Press Release

Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions

January 15, 2016

HOUSTON – Jan. 15, 2016 – Explore the mystery of Kabbalah at the Rothko Chapel.

The Rothko Chapel is continuing its series, “Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions,” with a look at Jewish mystical traditions, scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3. A donation of $10 is suggested.

The Kabbalah will be explored through a selection of contemplative readings and meditations from the classics of the tradition, including spiritual chants that are 200 years old.

The meditation will be led by Yossi Chajes, an associate professor in the department of Jewish history at the University of Haifa, who also serves as director of the college’s Center for the Study of Jewish Cultures.

Chajes is a recipient of Fulbright, Rothchild, Wexner and Hartman Fellowships and has also been named this year’s Bunny and Leo Horvitz Scholar-in-Residence.

His book, “Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism,” was listed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 as one of the top five books ever written on spirit possession.

The Twelve Moments series is co-sponsored by Ligmincha Texas Institute, the Jung Center of Houston and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

“If people are new to the concept of Kabbalah, this is a great way for them to learn more and to join in an amazing community discussion,” public programs director Michelle Ashton said. “Dr. Chajes is a wonderful guide for this introduction and has been invited by communities around the world to teach and to lead inspirational lectures.”

For more information about the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.




About the Rothko Chapel

The Rothko Chapel is open to the public every day of the year at no charge and successfully interconnects art, spirituality and compassionate action through a broad array of free public programs. Founded by Houston philanthropists Dominique and John de Menil, the Chapel was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary. Today it stands as a monument to art, spirituality and human rights. As an independent non-profit, non-governmental organization, the Chapel depends on contributions from foundations and individuals to support its mission of creating a space for contemplation and dialogue on important issues.

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