The Calling


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The Museum of Tolerance New York and ITVS present

The Calling

Special Film Screening

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 

6:00pm - Reception
7:00pm - Film Screening

The Calling is a documentary series that follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey - training to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must uphold timeless truths in an era that values quick fixes and hot trends, and face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission. A new look at an old job, The Calling takes viewers into the unknown world of seminaries to tell entertaining and compelling personal stories of how faith is lived today.

The Calling intercuts its characters' stories from their first days of training, through years of study, and into their early practice as religious professionals. Documentaries that have been produced on faith often focus on single faiths, church scandals, fundamentalist extremists, or religion's polarizing effect on society. The Calling underscores our spiritual common ground and offers intimate portraits that provide a fresh, nuanced portrayal of faith in America.

Tahera Ahmad is a young female scholar, and a native of the Chicago land Muslim community. She was raised in Morton Grove, and graduated from Niles West High School where she played varsity basketball. She has served the Muslim Community of Chicago through leadership at the MCC, IFS, CIOGC, IMAN, MYNA, ISNA, etc.  As a Dept. Head of Islamic Studies at the Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park IL., she taught courses in Quran, Arabic, and Islamic Studies. She regularly hosts young Muslim art stages, open mics, and counsels young Muslims through study circles that promote a balanced Muslim life-style.

Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz is the Founder and President of Uri L'Tzedek. In 2012, Newsweek rated Rav Shmuly one of the top 50 rabbis in America! Rav Shmuly is the author of Jewish Ethics & Social Justice: A Guide for the 21st Century. He studied at the University of Texas as an undergraduate and Harvard University for a Masters in Leadership and Psychology, and he completed a second Masters degree in Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He completed his doctorate at Columbia University in Moral Development and Epistemology. Shmuly was ordained as a Rabbi by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (the YCT Rabbinical School) as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Has served in five different congregations in Montreal, Connecticut, Boston, Florida, and Los Angeles and has taught as a scholar-in-residence for dozens of synagogues and organizations. Shmuly, and his wife Shoshana, currently live in Overland Park where he serves as the Senior Rabbi at Kehilath Israel, a 500 family synagogue.

Q&A with Tahera Ahmad and Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz following the film.

Admission is free.


Seating is limited. Registration is required.

For more information contact Melissa Hooper via email or call (212) 697-1180 ext. 102


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