Presenter: Rabbi Ed Stafman

  • Date: Monday, Feb 27
  • Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Holiday Inn

Spirituality, a somewhat vague term, is permeating American religion in many new and surprising ways, sometimes ancient and sometimes modern. Using data from the 2014-2016 Pew Research Center studies on religion, and other recent research, and with Jewish spirituality as an example, Rabbi Ed will explore how spirituality is changing the face of American religious life.

Participants are invited to explore related questions: Why do people increasingly claim to be spiritual rather than religious? How does this trend reflect and/or inform other demographic trends? What are the implications of this trend for the future of religion in America? Are there “winners” and “losers” in this shift?

RabbiRabbi Ed Stafman has served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom since 2008 following eight years of rabbinic study and ordination in the ALEPH Rabbinic program. Rabbi Ed spent 27 years as a trial lawyer in Florida and specialized in defending death penalty cases. He holds an MA in Religion from Florida State University and has completed the coursework for a PhD.


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