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Encounter with Rabbi Knopf

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, November 8, 2017 • 19 Cheshvan 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMThe Hof 2818 W. Broad St., Guest Jim Summerville, Pastor of First Baptist Church

2. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 • 18 Kislev 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

3. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 • 23 Tevet 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

4. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 • 22 Shevat 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

5. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 27 Adar 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

6. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 • 26 Nisan 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

7. Wednesday, May 9, 2018 • 24 Iyyar 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

8. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 • 30 Sivan 5778

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The vision of Encounter RVA is to bridge divides, deepen understanding, foster diverse relationships, and move our community forward in these troubled and divisive times.

In this program, Rabbi Michael Knopf  will host a series of public conversations featuring local religious, civic, and thought leaders from backgrounds as diverse as possible.

On some occasions, Rabbi Knopf and a guest will interview each other, engaging in dynamic discussion and even debate each other’s answers. On other occasions, two guests will interview each other in a similar fashion (some months, Rabbi Knopf will invite a previous guest to invite a new guest, giving the previous guest the opportunity to engage in conversation with the new guest of their choosing). In every instance, participants will be chosen to showcase differing points of view and/or to bring together people who don't know enough about each other and want to understand each other better.

There will always be time for audience Q&A, and, via a guerilla social media effort, the wider public will be invited to suggest discussion questions for the thought leaders on stage in advance of each event.

Our intention is that these conversations will not be “fluff.” Rather, they will be designed to be meaningful and meaty, delving into topics like God, faith, ethics, the human condition, politics, scripture, and ministry, probing into what folks really believe - in all their uniqueness and diversity. We won’t shy away from conflict, disagreement, and debate, but will commit to do so from a place of deep respect for one another, modelling civility even in passionate disagreement that is so crucial for this moment. Folks will seriously learn about other pathways beyond their normal comfort-zones. Through it all, we will all come to understand each other better and strengthen our larger communal fabric.

Encounter RVA will nurture relationships, not just among the people on the stage, but between audience members. Our hypothesis is that a diverse audience will show up for the chance to see a Jewish communal leader engaging on a deep level with other diverse leaders in a public space. There will be time in the program for audience members to mingle with one another before and after over refreshments.




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