Asheville Wisdom Exchange presents “Judaism: On One Foot,” with guest speaker Rabbi Mathew Marko, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The presentation will take place over Zoom and is free.
The talk will feature a brief introduction to the history, values, beliefs and practices of the Jewish faith and people.
Rabbi Marko serves as senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel of Greenville, South Carolina. He is from Brooklyn, New York, and completed his undergraduate education in Florida. He spent several years in Israel, and survived 20 years in Los Angeles. His career adventures have included acting professionally at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Florida, various theaters in New York City and The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles; development and fundraising; and he was the proprietor of a fine carpentry and custom furniture shop in Los Angeles.
This is all precedent to realizing his calling: Torah, Jewish community, spiritual modernism and activism, and social justice.
Rabbi Marko holds a bachelor of fine arts in theater performance from the University of Florida at Gainesville with a minor in Hebrew. He earned his master of arts in Rabbinic literature and rabbinic ordination from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.
Rabbi Marko is a certified scuba instructor and enjoys being a creative kosher chef of international cuisine — what he calls “kosher treiff.”
Following rabbi Marko’s presentation, participants will be able to ask questions.
For more information and to receive a link to the Zoom presentation, visit www.ashevillewisdomexchange.org.