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"Book of Joy' Community Read
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Sangha Meeting, Sunday, December 9, 2018

We're changing our plan for Sunday, December 9,
so we can attend the Community Read of The Book of Joy
from 2 - 4 pm  at Temple Beth El in Soquel, 
with author Doug Abrams.
Father Cyprian will participate in the panel discussion,
along with Rabbi Paula Marcus, 
Reverend Deborah Johnson, 
and Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi.

Book of Joy Community Read

Join Book of Joy author Doug Abrams, in partnership with Bookshop Santa CruzSanta Cruz Public Libraries, Temple Beth El, and The Humanities Institute for a community-wide discussion and celebration around the themes of kindness and joy.  

During this time of social and cultural division and at a time when many are feeling a sense of despair, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu is an ideal book to discuss as a community. 

Abrams will share some of the rare footage from the historic meeting of these global icons in Dharamsala, India and will then facilitate a dialogue with several community faith leaders:

Rabbi Paula Marcus, Father Cyprian Consiglio, Reverend Deborah Johnson, and Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi

They will talk about different spiritual traditions that lift up joy and compassion. The afternoon will conclude with a book signing and musical performance.

About the book: The Book of Joy has sold over a million copies around the world in over 38 countries. The Book of Joy was on the New York Times bestseller list for almost a year, awarded the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award, and chosen as one of “Oprah’s Favorite Things.”

Free & Open to the Public.

Truly a blessed event for us all.


Map of Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center

Location Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Rd, Aptos, CA 95003
Sangha Room (Holy Cross Pastoral Center; enter through side door nearest freeway. Please knock if you arrive late and the door will be opened for you.)

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