In debut NY event, a spoken-word riffing on sanctuaries and tabernacles.
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The sermon is a staple of the American Jewish synagogue experience. Commonly used to glean insight into the week’s Torah reading or as an excuse to catch up on sleep — depending on your interest and the speaker’s talent — the sermon as a form tends to be formulaic. Raise a question about the parsha, offer an explanation, maybe tell a story, stick in a joke here or there. Pretty straightforward, right?
Ever wondered what would happen if you take dozens of hyper-literate Jews and give them a microphone and five minutes on a stage to riff on the weekly Torah portion? Look no further than SermonSlam, a succinctly self-described “poetry slam, but for sermons,” which will be making its New York debut at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope on Thursday night, January 22.