Unique Interfaith Event: Tour and Experience a life-size replica of the Tabernacle of Moses

tabernacleMuslims, Jews, and Christians all recognize Moses in their faith traditions. Known to Muslims as Musa, he is the most frequently mentioned individual in the Qur’an and is considered a prophet, messenger, and leader in Islam. One of Judaism’s great figures, Moshe Rabbenu (Moses our teacher) is the channel between God and the Hebrews, through whom they received a basic charter for living as God’s people. And Christians ascribe the first five books of the Old Testament to Moses and acknowledge him as a prophet.

God commanded his prophet Moses to build a Tabernacle and revealed the “pattern of the Tabernacle” to him. “Let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8-9. On Thursday, July 13 you have the opportunity to explore a life-size replica of that tabernacle and hear scholars from three faith traditions talk about Moses and the Tabernacle.

Speakers are Donald W. Parry, Ph.D., Dr. Habib Hamidi, and Rabbi Kim Blumenthal.

Donald W. Parry, Ph.D. is a Professor of Hebrew Bible and Dead Sea Scrolls at Brigham Young University. He holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship and is the author of many works related to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Old Testament. He has served as a member of the International Team of Translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls since 1994. He is also a member of several other professional organizations, including the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, the Society for Biblical Literature, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew.

Dr. Habib Hamidi has served as a board member of the Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor as well as in similar leadership positions in Los Angeles where he lived before moving to Michigan. As a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Dr. Hamidi studies cancer genomics, molecular biology, and bioinformatics, leading to the discovery of novel targeted therapies to treat cancer. He was born in Afghanistan and raised in Los Angeles after his family fled from the communist regime that took over the country in the late 1970’s.

Rabbi Kim Blumenthal (Beth Israel Congregation – Ann Arbor) received her Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2006. She holds an MA in Jewish Education and a BA in Rabbinic Literature from JTS, as well as a BA in Sociology from Columbia University. She completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the New York University Medical Center. Upon ordination, she received a prize for Homiletics and the Men’s Club Prize for Student Leadership.

The life-size replica of the Tabernacle o­ffers a unique opportunity to see and understand an historic link among major religious groups. Explore how Jews, Muslims and Christians relate to Moses as you visit the sacred place of worship his people carried through the desert for more than 40 years.

The exhibit includes rooms that explore religious symbols and clothing that deepens sacred experience and connects man to the Divine. See a replica of the ancient vestments worn by high priests at the time of Moses.

Two beautiful veils hang inside the Tabernacle. The first leads to the Holy Place. The second veil opens into the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Visit this sacred space and learn about the three objects that were carried in the Ark.

An exhibit of original artwork has also been assembled for this interfaith event. Paintings, photography, sculpture, fabrics, and quilts explore the artists’ experiences with seeking sacred spaces and inviting sacred moments into their lives.

Seeking the Sacred: A Journey to the Tabernacle of Moses, an Interactive, Interfaith Experience will be held on Thursday, July 13 7 pm, and is hosted by The Ann Arbor Michigan Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 525 E. Woodland Dr., Saline, MI.

The event is Free but seating is limited.  Click here to make a reservation.