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Interview: Rabbi Brent on ‘Passover’

Journalist Keren Cook talks with progressive Rabbi Brent Gutmann about Passover on Radio Shalom.

Gutmann is the recently-appointed Rabbi for the Beth Shalom progressive congregation in Epsom, Auckland.

Gutmann, 32, is American-born and has been living in New Zealand for the past two years. In this interview Brent shares some interesting insights about Passover from a progressive viewpoint, and offers some context for this upcoming festival about why it’s such an important festival in the Jewish calendar.

Gutmann says he is from a strongly Jewish family.

“We were proud of who we were and believed we should never conceal our Jewish identity,” he says.

Gutmann offers personal insights into his family background, talks about his Rabbinical calling, while offering interesting perspectives around Judaism all within a contemporary context.

For information about the Beth Shalom second night community seder, Saturday April 4, 2015 contact: or call 09 2823088, all welcome.

Listen to the full interview below:

Keren Cook
Keren is currently working as a casual presenter at NZME and freelancing as a journalist and Director and voice over-artist. She recently project-managed New Zealand's Jewish Online Museum, and co-hosts a regular show at Planet FM.
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