Montclair faith-based communities Bnai Keshet and First Congregational Church are hosting a virtual screening of the 50-minute documentary "Spiritual Audacity: The Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Story" on Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. via Zoom.

A follow-up in-person discussion of Heschel's essay “No Religion is an Island” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m in the parking lot behind Bnai Keshet, located at 99 South Fullerton Avenue in Montclair.

The two-part joint program will dive into the life of Heschel, who was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement, a leading critic of the Vietnam War, a champion for Soviet Jews and a pioneer in interfaith dialogue.

From Warsaw, Heschel narrowly escaped the Holocaust and arrived in New York City in 1940. Over the next three decades, he became one of the most influential voices in religious circles, publishing many books including religious classics "The Prophets," "The Sabbath" and "God in Search of Man." His image today adorns the walls of countless synagogues across America despite the fact that 50 years ago many disagreed with his public opinions.

For more information on the program, contact Director of Congregational Learning and Associate Rabbi Ariann Weitzman at or call 973-746-4889.