Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

Date: Oct 31, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Book Talks Livestream Public Lectures & Events

The Fall Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture

Join Rabbi Naomi Levy (JTS ’89) for a journey into the world of our souls, inspired by correspondence between Albert Einstein and a grieving rabbi. We often get so distracted by life’s surface demands and pressures that we rarely take the time to see what’s planted deep inside us. By listening to our souls we can uncover our true goodness, our calling, our yearnings, our gifts, yes, and even our greatness. Once we begin listening to our own souls we begin seeing the souls of others, seeing beyond our differences, to the truth that unites us and unites all things.

“Naomi Levy [JTS, 1989] examines life’s polarities: birth and death, love and loss, faith and doubt. With keen insight, she shows how each duality is connected by the vital force we call ‘the soul.’ This is a lovely, tender book that will illuminate and inspire.”—Jerome Groopman, Recanati Professor at Harvard University and author of The Anatomy of Hope

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Admission is free, but reservations are required.


Live Streaming

This program will be livestreamed at no charge at www.jtsa.edu/live (registration not required for the livestream). JTS invites synagogues and other communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. To learn more, please contact publicevents@jtsa.edu.

About the Speaker

Naomi Levy is the author of the national bestseller To Begin Again, as well as Talking to God and Hope Will Find You. Her latest book is Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul. She is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. Levy was named one of the top-fifty rabbis in America by Newsweek and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, and NPR. She was in the first class of women to enter The Jewish Theological Seminary’s Rabbinical School and the first woman in the Conservative Movement to head a congregation on the West Coast.

About the Rudin Lecture

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large. 

General Information

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
  • Photo ID is required for admission to JTS. 
  • JTS is wheelchair accessible. Please notify us at publicevents@jtsa.edu in advance of any special needs so that we can best accommodate you.
  • ASL interpretation is available upon request. Please notify us at publicevents@jtsa.edu at least seven business days prior to the program and indicate “ASL Request” in the subject line so that we can arrange for an interpreter.