KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue — Panel Discussion

1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60615
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FEBRUARY 18 — 7:00 P.M.

Panel discussion and scenes at KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue, Chicago, IL

Panelists include:

No reservations needed, free admission.



Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro was professor of English and director of the Jewish studies program at the University of Illinois. For the last five years he has been a visiting professor at Loyola. He has written two books and many articles on Elizabethan drama, including several essays on The Merchant of Venice, and he is currently coediting a collection of essays on Jewish artistic responses to the play. He and his wife Elizabeth live in the South Loop.

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Michael Sparough

Fr. Michael Sparough

Fr Michael Sparough, SJ is a spiritual director, retreat master, writer and storyteller on the staff at the Bellarmine Retreat House in Barrington, Illinois. He taught for twelve years at the Loyola University Institute of Pastoral Studies training Spiritual Directors.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama and a Doctor of Ministry from St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

He was the founder and former artistic director of the Fountain Square Fools, a religious performing arts troupe that was based in Cincinnati from 1975– 93.

He is also the founder of Charis Ministries, the Chicago Jesuit outreach to young adults in their twenties and thirties. Started in 2000, Charis has grown to be the premiere young adult organization for retreats in the Ignatian tradition for young adults. Presently Charis has affiliates in over twenty cities across the US.

A prolific writer and speaker, Fr Michal has published extensively on prayer and the sacraments with Loyola Press, Paulist Press, Franciscan Communications, Paulist Press, Liturgical Training Publications, and Heart to Heart.

His latest book What’s Your Decision? is published by Loyola Press and co-authored with Fr. Tim Hipskind, SJ and Jim Manney. His most recent work is My brother, Joe, a dramatization of the life of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and his handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal.

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Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Rabbi Frederick Reeves became the rabbi of KAM Isaiah Israel in July 2013. He is thrilled to serve this diverse and multi-generational congregation as a spiritual leader. Rabbi Reeves is passionate about Jewish learning and meaningful worship, and he is a dedicated advocate for social change.

Prior to coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Rabbi Reeves served as the Associate Rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he served Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a rabbinic intern.

Rabbi Reeves is passionate about combatting global climate change and was recognized for his work by Georgia Interfaith Power and Light. He has worked towards interfaith understanding in numerous ways, including serving on the executive board of the Faith Alliance of Metro-Atlanta, co-leading a trip to Spain for Jews, Christians, and Muslims with World Pilgrims, and by serving as faculty for the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies’ Reclaiming the Center program.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Rabbi Reeves has a degree in French literature from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rabbi Reeves has four children: Violet, Asher, Levi, and Hazel. He and his wife, Lauren, love living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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Danielle Dwyer, C.J.
Artistic Director, Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage). The Barnstable Patriot recently noted,

“Under the able-handed direction of Sr. Danielle Dwyer this Julius Caesar soars with sight and sound. Dwyer is able to combine the intimacy of the columned setting, the sound of the slap of the sandals on the stone floor, the dance of burning torches, the rich acting and the beautifully composed music…into not just a play for the audience to view but more like the transport of actually being there.”

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.

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