Sunday, October 14, 2012

Jewish Temple Encourages Worship Through The Arts

Most Jews in the United States belong to either the Conservative or the Reform branches of the faith. But in Los Angeles, music, drama and dance are the focus of one Jewish synagogue that has decided to go outside tradition. The Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theater is the largest arts synagogue in the country, and it's celebrating its 20th anniversary.  But not everyone approves of its methods. 

Located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, one synagogue is also a theater where people come for an experience unlike traditional Jewish services.  David Baron is the founding rabbi of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts. “We operate within a theatrical space with lighting and sound that relates to a theater. Our prayer books are all Biblical works of art," he said.

Baron says his synagogue does not belong to any mainstream Jewish movement.  He tries to create a religious experience by fusing religion with art - drawing , in large part, from Hollywood's talent pool. -- Elizabeth Lee, Voice of America

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