Public Lecture: Mysticism in the Abrahamic Faiths

The Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy & the Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group are hosting a public lecture by Rabbi Niles Goldstein on ‘Mysticism in the Abrahamic Faiths‘. All are welcome.

Details: Monday 17 May in Archway 3 Lecture Theatre, University of Otago; 7.30-8.45pm.

Niles Elliot Goldstein is Rabbi Emeritus of a progressive synagogue (New Shul) in Manhattan, Downtown New York where he served as its spiritual leader from its founding in 1999 until 2009. Prior to this he was a senior fellow at the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a program officer at The Steinhardt Foundation, and the assistant rabbi at Temple Israel in New Rochelle. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the New York Board of Rabbis. He is a former US Army Chaplain and Law Enforcement Chaplain. He was active in offering counseling in Manhattan post-9/11.

Niles holds an honors B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and received an M.A. and his Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He teaches across the USA and internationally on issues in mysticism and spirituality, values and leadership, the environment, and on new models for religious life in the 21st century. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Michele.

He is the author or editor of nine books, including the award-winning Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith, and his writing has appeared in many publications, including Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Forward, and Moment. His latest book is entitled The Challenge of the Soul: A Guide for the Spiritual Warrior (2009).


  1. Mysticism, in Judaism has been profound at times, Hasidism, etc. One of my favorites was Martin Buber, with his I& Thou, etc. He read early in his life Kant and Kierkgaard, and of course wrote on religious existentialism.

    But the question for today, for me at least, is what is spirituality? Can there exist such outside of the Judeo-Christian ethic and mystery?


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