216 19th Avenue South East St. Petersburg, Fl 33705

Swami Ishtananda is the Spiritual leader and Minister of The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg in Saint Petersburg, Florida which is a branch of Ramakrishna Mission of India headquarter at Belur Math, West Bengal, India.
He came in contact with a North Indian monastery of the Mission at an impressionable age in 1967. He joined the monastery at its main temple in 1976 where he obtained the traditional monastic training, and also the final monastic vows in 1986. Living at the heart of the organization he benefited from closely coming in contact with many disciples of Holy Mother Sarada Devi and of other direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. He served the Mission in India at three educational centers from High School to Graduate College levels spanning activities from academic to administrative responsibilities. He joined the Vedanta Society of Southern California branch as Asst. Minister in charge of its San Diego branch in February 2000. He was very active in the Inter-Religious community there.
He came to Florida in December 2007 about one year after the formal start of a branch of the Mission in St. Petersburg. 

The Vedanta Center of St. Petersburg
216 – 19th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Celebration of

Universal Religion

Weekend retreat focusing on “Judaism”
SATURDAY, May 4, 2019

Daylong Seminar starting at 9:30 AM


Introduction: Swami Ishtananda

Session I: Rabbi Adir Glick

Topic:Prophets, Priests & Temple: Ancient Israel and Biblical Times

Break (15 minutes)

Session II:Rabbi Adir Glick

Topic: Rabbis, Sages & Mystics: The Judaism of the Rabbinic Era to Today

Lunch Break (45 minutes)

Session III: Rabbi Adir Glick

Topic: Two Great Ancient Religions: Points of Intersection and Opportunity

Concluding Remarks: Swami Ishtananda

Musical offering by Vedanta Choir during the program led byJay Traylor.
   Please email or call The Vedanta Center for registering.

Email: info@vedantaflorida.org    Phone: 727/896-9840

SUNDAY, May 5, 2019 – 11:00 AM

Invocation and Meditation

Introduction: Swami Ishtananda

Lecture: Rabbi Adir Glick

Topic: From the Baal Shem Tov to Ramakrishna: My Personal Journey into Jewish and Hindu Mysticism

Closing Remarks and Thanks:Swami Ishtananda

Music: Vedanta Choir led byJay Traylor

Freewill donation welcome at the end of service.

About Speakers


Rabbi Adir Glick is the spiritual leader of congregation West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest, IL.
He is a native of Israel, and grew up in the Old City of Jerusalem and in the South of France. He has also lived in England, Canada and India. He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic studies in Los Angeles in 2015. In addition to an M.A. in Rabbinic Studies, Rabbi Glick holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, and a Graduate Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He has served synagogues in Orange County, California, Marseilles, France, and Reno, Nevada. He is active in interfaith initiatives in the Chicago area and has a lifelong connection to the Ramakrishna movement. He has spoken at a number of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centers, including in Trabuco Canyon, and in Chicago.
Rabbi Glick lived in Calcutta as a teenager, has visited Belur Math, and has also lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for a year of doing social justice work. He is an avid student of Western and Eastern thought and spirituality.