Join us for four Sundays in May from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to learn about Judaism in the context of world religions and history. In each two-hour session, Dan will discuss the topic in an informative and interesting manner and will then open the floor to questions and comments.
- May 5 – When Religion is Negative: The Pitfalls of Belief
- May 12 – The Eternal Triad: A Discussion of Symbols Throughout History shared by all religions
- May 19 – The Myth Dream: The History of Prophets and Messiahs
- May 26 – The Anatomy of Cults: Culture and Holocaust
Dan Elman studied at the University New Brunswick; Fredericton, Dalhousie University, Halifax; the University of Fribourg, Switzerland; the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and the Jungian Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. He has enjoyed a diverse career including a year at N29 Saglek Bay, Labrador working with the American Corps of Engineers, as the owner of Maritime Film Transport and as an IT instructor and consultant for Advanced Training and Services and JD Irving Ltd.
Dan served as president of Congregation Shaarei Zedek from 1983-1984. In the absence of a rabbi, he was the community’s Lay Reader for nearly two decades, leading Sabbath services, teaching children for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and conducting community outreach about Judaism to community, church and school groups. More recently he has served as a coordinator for the community’s Immigration Committee which has been working since 2004 to rebuild the Jewish population of Saint John. Dan Elman has also made a name for himself as a champion chess player and instructor and was instrumental in bringing the World Chess Festival to Saint John in 1988.
His writings include Centrum (a novel), Enixam (poetry), Evolution of Chess Concepts, A Program for Scholastic Chess and A Collection of Thoughts (based on weekly Sabbath portions)