Brooklyn, NY — Irwin Kula is not your typical rabbi. A respected spiritual iconoclast, the forty-eight-year-old Kula has inspired thousands of people across the country using Jewish wisdom in a way that speaks to modern life, and bringing the insights of the past to the challenges of the present to help people live more richly and fully. Brooklyn College will host a free screening of a documentary about Rabbi Kula, entitled Time for a New God and directed by award-winning filmmaker David Holbrooke, followed by a discussion with Rabbi Kula in the Brooklyn College Student Center on Thursday, December 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Filmed at Coney Island, Time for a New God is a nineteen-minute-long documentary that follows Kula as he walks along the famous Brooklyn shoreline and boardwalk and asks the viewer to reimagine God’s place in the present world. he film has been shown at many film festivals, including South-by-Southwest in Austin, Texas; the Santa Cruz Film Festival in California; the Jacksonville Film Festival in Florida; and the Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado, in addition to a special screening during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.
Rabbi Irwin Kula is president of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. He received his M.A. in rabbinics and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has served as rabbi of congregations in St. Louis, Mo.; Queens, N.Y.; and Jerusalem, Israel. A frequent guest on television, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2003 he hosted Simple Wisdom, a thirteen-part series on Jewish values for PBS. Named by both Fast Company magazine and the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly as one of the new leaders shaping the American spiritual landscape, Rabbi Kula provides a broad vision of religious pluralism. For more information, call the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at the College at (718) 951-5847.