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Thursday, April 01, 2004

Surfing Rabbi Ripping Into Boulder
April 16 - 18

Growing up under the spell of one of the world’s most coveted surf spots, Norm Shifty Shifren risked missing his own bar mitzvah to take his first shaky ride at the legendary spiritual vortex of surfdom Malibu Beach. An assimilated Jew who barely acknowledged his spiritual roots, Shifren pursued his dream of becoming a big-wave surfer, lifeguard, and triathlete. This child of the sun and surf, of Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, and the Ventures undertook an awesome transformation and spiritual awakening when he least expected it.

His quest for self and ultimate truth led him to Israel, a stint in the Israel Defense Forces, kibbutzim, back to the U.S. to teach in arguably the toughest public high school in L.A., and then back to Israel where he would plumb the depths of Torah, Talmud, and Chassidut at Kfar Chabad.

Chabad Rabbi Nachum Shifren will be the featured guest of Kol Hamacabee April 16-18. In addition to his talks over Shabbat at Lubavitch of Boulder Friday evening and Saturday, he will be giving a class Sunday morning based on his best-selling book Surfing Rabbi – A Kabbalistic Quest for Soul, and then Sunday evening debating University of Colorado Professor of Religious Studies Ira Chernus on historic and contemporary issues facing Judaism and the Jew’s role and position in the Land of Israel and the Diaspora.

vs. Ira Chernus
The debate which will be held in Room 150 of the Humanities Building on the CU campus will be open to the general public without charge April 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Seating will be limited to the first 160 people to arrive that evening.

Reb Nachum is a chassid and follower of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ZT”L, as well as Rabbis Meir and Binyamin Kahane, HY”D, and proudly considers himself a Settler in the Kingdoms of Judea and Samaria. He will address the following topics among others relevant to Jewish seekers and spiritual athletes:
1) Can I be Jewish and still be a professional surfer?
2) What is the connection between Torah, Mysticism, and Surfing?
3) Where is the best wave in the world?
4) Why does Israel have such lousy surf?
5) How can diet and physical fitness influence your spirituality?
Tide Type

Boulder Harbor

7:15 PM MDST

7:30 PM MDST
Kabbalat Shabbat

9:45 AM MDST

12:30 PM MDST
Kiddush/Tishch-Reb Nachum Talk
Beach Break

11:00 AM MDST
Surf and Soul Class Led by Reb Nachum
Mexican Pipeline

7:00 PM MDST
Reb Nachum vs. Professor Ira Chernus Debate

All events other than the Debate at 4900 Sioux (Chabad) in Boulder

Debate at CU Humanities Room 150



Visit www.surfingrabbi.com for a preview and photos.

The mission of Kol Hamacabee – The Center for Religious Zionism, with offices in Boulder and K’far Tapuach, Israel, is to provide education in Jewish and Israeli history, heritage, and culture; teach effective leadership as brought down in and from the Torah; engender love of Torah and the Land of Israel; build self-esteem, strength, and honor in the Jewish People; encourage and support Torah-based living; provide moral support and assistance to individuals who desire to relocate to the Land of Israel; and foster mutually beneficial relations and relationships between the People of the United States of America and the People of Israel.

Good Shabbos and Pesach Sameach,
Moshe Ha'levi