Faith in the Five Boroughs
Where: Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Ave.
212-534-1672 Price: $25 includes museum admission and complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue
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A Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam walk into a museum….
In our deeply fractured present moment, join us for a conversation about the evolving – and increasingly vibrant – role of faith and faith communities in New Yorkers’ lives today. Reporter Sarah Maslin Nir sits down with three religious leaders — Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue, Pastor Kenneth Hart, self-proclaimed “Hood Pastor” of an unorthodox new church in Harlem, and Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center, New York City’s largest Muslim community center – in our latest edition of Only in New York.
Reception to follow with complimentary beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.
Only in New York with Times reporter Sarah Maslin Nir is a conversation series bringing together two distinctive New Yorkers from different worlds to explore key questions about the city’s identity, culture, and history – glass of wine in hand.
About the Speakers:
Imam Shamsi Ali is a renowned Muslim scholar and the Director and Spiritual Leader of Jamaica Muslim Center, New York City’s largest Muslim community center. Recently, he founded Nusantara Foundation to enhance interreligious dialogue and cooperation, and to introduce an alternative face of Islam to the West. He is also president of the Muslim Foundation of America and Chairman of the International Muslim Day Parade in New York City.
Pastor Kenneth Hart is the lead pastor of The Gathering Harlem, a multi-ethnic, non-denominational church in Harlem. The Gathering is passionate about seeing a Harlem where everyone is unified and dignified because justice, love, and mercy are present. Hart left a professional baseball career to become a pastor and graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem and the Bronx.
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST). She was installed as CBST’s first rabbi in 1992, arriving at the height of the AIDS crisis when the synagogue was in desperate need of pastoral care and spiritual leadership. Under her leadership as Senior Rabbi, CBST has become a powerful voice in the movement for equality and justice for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
Sarah Maslin Nir is a native New Yorker and a reporter for The New York Times best known for her report on the working conditions of nail salon workers, for which she was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Brearley School, Columbia University, and the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she received her master’s, she was also The New York Times’ nightlife correspondent, covering 252 parties in 18 months. She once had an audience with the Queen of Spain, though she failed to realize it at the time. She is currently working on a book about horses in New York City for Simon & Schuster.