Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Danny Maseng: Spiritual Cooking in the Time of the Plague

May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Navigation

UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies presents a virtual discussion with Israeli musician, chazzan and Jewish spiritual leader Danny Maseng, via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

This event is free and open to everyone. To join, please register here.

Description from the Center for Jewish Studies:

Spiritual Cooking in the Time of the Plague:
Finding Meaning in the Mundane – May 13, 7 p.m.

My father taught me that what makes human beings extraordinary is their devotion to making the mundane divine, their commitment to transform daily tasks of survival into works of art. We all must eat, but eating can be elevated to great heights. Cooking, done with intention, skill, and devotion, can be an overt act of love and compassion. While cooking can be an art form, it is primarily a learned skill that can be—and must be—developed and honed through daily practice. Discover with me how the act of cooking can become a spiritual practice, a mind expanding activity; how food triggers memories and connects us to our roots and to the world around us; how the discipline of cooking can be a richly rewarding life teacher. The presentation is anchored in the wisdom of Jewish teaching.

Born in Israel to American parents, Danny Maseng first came to the United States to star on Broadway in Only Fools Are Sad. A playwright, actor, singer, and composer, Danny has served as Evaluator of New American Plays/Opera-Musical Theater for the National Endowment For The Arts, as the Director of the Spielberg Fellowships for the FJC, as Spiritual Leader of URJ congregation Agudas Achim in NY, and as Cantor of Temple Israel of Hollywood in California. Danny is the founder of Makom LA, a new, dynamic, post-denominational Jewish Community, in Los Angeles, where for the past five years he has been the Chazzan and Spiritual Leader. A much sought after Scholar/Artist-in-Residence, Danny travels the world, inspiring, teaching and rekindling the love of Judaism through Torah, Hasidut, Jewish Culture, and the Arts.

This event is co-sponsored by Congregation Beth HaTephilia, Carolina Jews for Justice, Beth Israel, and the Asheville Jewish Community Center.

For more information, contact the Center for Jewish Studies at dkillian@unca.edu or 828.333.7126.

To be added to the CJS email list, please complete this web form:

logos of the four co-sponsors



Visitor Parking



May 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Center for Jewish Studies