Soul Searching

Temple Beth Shalom

Podcast by Temple Beth Shalom

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Reverend Robin Dodge, Canon for Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue for the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, discusses both the challenges and the solutions gained by working with different faith communities.

Dec 3

29 min

Ambrose Ferber, web developer, and Art Director turned Educator for Middle and High School students, Talks to Rabbi Neil about what skills students will need to be successful in the 21st century.

Nov 8

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil talks with Rachel Ryer, a Middle School teacher, on how she developed an authentic Buddhist practice over many decades of study.

Nov 8

29 min

Rabbi Neil talks to Cantor Lianna Mendelson, Cantor-Educator at Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe NM about a Cantor's role as a Jewish clergy person and connecting music to tradition and text.

Oct 7

29 min

Rabbi Neil talks to Jack Conrad, Manager of Spiritual Care at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, about the delta variant of COVID-19 and what it means when people refuse to get the vaccine that might prevent harm to themselves or others.

Sep 3

29 min

Rabbi Neil talks to Joan Lamunyon Sanford, Executive Director of the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice about religious responses to female body autonomy and to forthcoming legislation that seeks to limit that autonomy.

Aug 27

29 min

Marcos Zubia, Director of Development for Esperanza Shelter, discusses responding to Domestic Violence in Santa Fe, NM.

Aug 6

29 min 1 sec

Rabbi Neil discusses the differences between interspirituality and interfaith dialogue with Rev Len Schreiner, an Ecumenical priest who retired from the Catholic Church and who know writes and speaks about the evolution of religious consciousness.

Jul 22

29 min

Rabbi Neil talks to the co-authors of How Millennials Can Lead Us Out of the Mess We’re In - A Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian Share Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses. Together, they explore how to face the challenges of the future, and how to shatter the sacred cows in our society.

Jul 19

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews two of the authors of the new book How Millennials Can Lead Us Out Of The Mess We're In: A Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian Share Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses. Written by Rabbi Mordecai Schreiber, Dr. Iqbal Unus, and Deacon Ian Case Punnett.

Jul 15

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Laura Paskus author of At the Precipice: New Mexico's Changing Climate. They talk about climate change, environmentalism, and activism.

Jul 15

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, continues his interview with Rabbi Stanley M. Davids and Rabbi John L. Rosove. They discuss their book, Deepening the Dialogue: Jewish-Americans and Israelis Envisioning the Jewish-Democratic State (CCAR Press).

Jul 15

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Victor Nelson, a former minister and now family therapist. They talk about the hospitality we can practice in our own relationships.

Jul 12

29 min 1 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rev. Dr. Harry Eberts III. Harry, as he likes to be called, is the pastor of First Presbyterian of Santa Fe, and the co-president of the Santa Fe Interfaith Leadership Alliance. They talk about how the shift from in-person to online happened at the start of the pandemic happened in all its challenges and unexpected gifts. And then they discuss the difficulty of returning to in-person services as things begin to open up.

Jul 12

28 min 58 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe NM, interviews Rabbi Stanley M. Davids and Rabbi John L. Rosove about their latest book, Deepening the Dialogue: Jewish-Americans and Israelis Envisioning the Jewish-Democratic State (CCAR Press). They discuss a how American Jews can partner with Israelis to create pluralistic democracy in The State of Israel with American Support.

May 13

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews. Rev. Mathews is the Deputy Director of Faith in Action, the host of Prophetic Resistance Podcast, president of the Alliance of Baptists, and co-founder of the Sympara. Together, they discuss Rev. Mathews' work, his story, race in US, our own narratives and how to challenge them.

Apr 29

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews liturgist Alden Solovy. The two of them discuss his latest work This Precious Life, joy, and healing through prayer and writing.

Apr 22

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Emmy-nominated indie artist, songwriter, vocal producer, and social impact activist Alexander Star, aka The General. They discuss his music, his word play, identity and the idea of being "other", and much more.

Apr 16

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews philosopher Dr. Sophia Stone. Dr. Stone is the president and dialogue facilitator for Wisdom's Edge Foundation, which aims to bring philosophy to "the edges of society". They discuss her work with women who deal with addiction and abuse, and how philosophy can help all of us in times of transition.

Apr 8

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz about his book The Book of Jonah, A social Justice Commentary, the pandemic, finding your passion and your power, and much more.

Apr 1

28 min 48 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Archbishop John C. Wester, the archbishop of Santa Fe. He has been a priest since 1976, and became the twelfth Archbishop of Santa Fe in 2015. The two discuss how worship service has changed in the wake of the pandemic, as well as the issue of race, specifically here in Santa Fe.

Mar 25

28 min 44 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews author, scientist, and meditation teacher, Sundari Dembe. They talk about her unusual path from a woman in science in the mid-twentieth century, to religion and spirituality, and to writer of the book The Choice of Happiness: Glimpses From An Extraordinary Ordinary Scientific Mystical Life.

Mar 18

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rabbi Denise Eger, editor of the book, Mishkah Ga'avah: Where Pride Dwells, a collection of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual. Rabbi Eger is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, and was the first LGBTQ person to be the president of the Centeral Conference of American Rabbis.

Mar 11

28 min 27 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interview Peter Pesic about his transition from physics to music, and how the two interact, as well as how asking questions of is science, and more. Peter Pesic is the director of the Science Institute at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM, where he also serves as the Musician-in-Residence. He is also a published author, and a pianist.

Mar 4

27 min 40 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom, in Santa Fe, NM, interview Rabbi Judith HaLevy of the Taos Jewish Center. Rabbi HaLevy works as the Rabbi of the TJC, as well as the rabbi emerita of the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue. They two discuss her journey from small town New Mexico, to Malibu, and back, as well as the glass ceilings women in the rabbinate have faced both past and present.

Feb 25

28 min 41 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych from Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Henry Shukman, a writer, poet, and Zen Master at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center. The two of them discuss experiences of expansiveness, the paths we follow, and love.

Feb 18

28 min 52 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Joe Jordon-Berenis from the Interfaith Community Shelter (Pete's Place). They talk about how the shelter is more than a place for a hot meal and a place to sleep, but is creating a community for its guests. As well as how Santa Fe's success can create poverty, and how mental illness and childhood trauma contribute to homelessness.

Feb 11

28 min 31 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Tarrie Burnett, the executive director of Tomorrow's Women (formerly called Creativity for Peace). Focusing on bringing young women from Israel and Palestine together in peace, in the desert of Santa Fe, "transforming anger and prejudice to mutual respect, facilitating an understanding of the other, and inspiring action to promote equality, peace, and justice for all" (from https://tomorrowswomen.org). The two talk about how bringing young women together, away from their usual settings, creates power and space for growth; the ways in which these young women in the program take risks to participate; and the hopes that alumni will change world for the better.

Feb 5

28 min 31 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Doug Lynam - a former monk and current Director at LongView Asset Management. They talk about how we can use money as a tool for our health & spiritual needs, how damaging the prosperity gospel can be and more.

Jan 28

28 min 16 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews psychotherapist and teacher, MelindaJoy Pattinson. They discuss what psychotherapy is, what brings so many therapists to Santa Fe, what is driving the current increase in demand for therapy, and the healing and holy nature of the land in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jan 20

28 min 15 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews returning guest Rev. Talitha Arnold. She is the Senior Minister at the United Church of Santa Fe. They discuss the roots and complexity of Christian antisemitism.

Jan 14

28 min 46 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Imam Ibrahim Habach from Masjid Al-Rahma mosque, also in Santa Fe. They discuss what is Islam, doing good, and much more.

Jan 7

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rabbi Marc Katz, from Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ. They discuss Rabbi Marc's book, The Heart of Loneliness: How Jewish Wisdom Can Help You Cope and Find Comfort. Loneliness, a real problem before the pandemic, has only gown. This timely episode of Soul Searching explores what is loneliness, how we can relate to it, and how we need each other in those moments.

Dec 2020

28 min 57 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Victor Nelson on his spiritual direction counseling, spiritual development, and more. Victor Nelson is a former Lutheran pastor, and current faculty member at Southwestern College.

Dec 2020

28 min 13 sec

Recorded just three months before his death in August of 2018, Rabbi Ben Morrow spoke with Rabbi Neil Amswych, of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM. Rabbi Ben was formerly the leader of Temple Beth Shalom (among many other things) and had previously been a guest on Soul Searching as well. In this second interview the two rabbis discuss what is a soul and how do we actually do "soul searching".

Dec 2020

29 min

Rev. Gail Marriner of Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe, interview the usual host of Soul Searching - Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom, in Santa Fe. They discuss the journey from science to religion, gender, and what it means to be reforming Judaism.

Nov 2020

28 min 47 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych from Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Michael Robison, President of Feeding Santa Fe and a part of the Social Justice Team at St. Bede's Episcopal. They discuss the fact that 1 in 4 young people, and 1 in 5 adults experience food insecurity in Santa Fe (at the time of the recording in December 2019), and how Feeding Santa Fe does their best to help alleviate some of that. They also talk about how we give and seeing others as people instead of stepping over them.

Nov 2020

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM interviews Rev. Gregory Toole, from the Centers for Spiritual living, and spiritual director of Somseva. They discuss what God is and isn't, whether we need suffering, and what it means to be "Spiritually Magnificent.

Oct 2020

28 min 43 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Yusef Cabaret, liaison to the imam at Masjid A Rahma. The two discuss prayer - being in conversation with God, atonement, and forgiveness. And they talk about the difference between "Islam" and "Muslim", what it means to be a human in a law system, humanity vs. tradition and customs.

Oct 2020

28 min 57 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Matthew Kozan Palevsky, a visiting teacher and former president, at the Upaya Zen Center. The two discuss Matthew's work with the Diamond Sutra, the idea of letting go of the self, and more.

Sep 2020

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Josue Damian Martinez of YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Change Action). They discuss the urgent climate emergency in the world, how young people are coming together to create power to demand that our governments intervene, the economic impact of the climate crisis, and much more. To find out more about YUCCA please visit climatestrikenm.org.

Aug 2020

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Deacon Andy Dimas of St. Anne's Catholic Church. They discuss how the bible helps the Deacon understand the world, how God makes good in the world, where Catholic thought comes from, and the infallibility of the Pope.

Aug 2020

28 min 49 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Elder Kathy Sanchez from Tewa Women's United. They get into a deep discussion about cyclical energy, how we are what we eat, the multi-verse, and reciprocity.

Aug 2020

28 min 54 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Pastor Tiago Arrais of Advent Life Church.Together they discuss how we read sacred texts, exploring ideas about what we bring to a text and what it has on its own. Pastor Tiago speaks about how important it is to leave some open space for what the text has to offer. Originally aired on September 4, 2019.

Jun 2020

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews artist Judy Tuwaletstiwa. Recorded in August of 2019, Judy discusses her show "The Dream Life of Objects", which was on display at the CCA from June 7-September 15, 2019. They talk about how we as humans bond with objects, how can we talk to God after the Holocaust, and how cart can heal.

Jun 2020

28 min 43 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, leads a fascinating discussion about the big question, "When does life begin"? To help him in this discussion he talks with Deacon Andy Dimas of St. Ann Catholic Church, and activist Janet of the Santa Fe Chapter of the National Organization for Women. The three of them discuss what exactly is life, how does science come into play, or religion? When DOES life begin? How do we let these thing (or not) influence secular law in our society? And much more.

Jun 2020

29 min

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Janice Simmons on Narcissus and Echo.

Mar 2020

28 min 59 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews David Berkeley.

Mar 2020

28 min 57 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rabbi Jack Schlacter on science and religion.

Mar 2020

28 min 18 sec

Rabbi Neil Amswych of Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe, NM, interviews Rev. Ben Larzelere on being a Lutheran.

Mar 2020

28 min 20 sec