Or Zarua's Author Speaks Series
is a program inviting authors of recently published and well-received books of note to discuss
This series is open to all, both members and non-members.
Below are the 2013 events; events for 2014-2015 will be announced soon...
Sunday, October 27, 2013, at 7:30 pm Shirley Graetz, She Wrote on Clay
On October 27, newly minted Ph.D. Shirley Graetz (2013, Ben Gurion University of the Negev) will
present her novel, She Wrote on Clay, which is to be published this October. It is about Iltani, a
female scribe who lived in Mesopotamia 3,800 years ago. Although a novel, the book is based on
Assyrian history and culture, and uses original Akkadian
material to develop the story. Dr. Graetz, an expert on the lives of women in Mesopotamia, teaches
history of Ancient Israel and the Ancient Near East. She will be making her presentation with
visual material of archaeological artifacts and reading of ancient texts.
Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 7:30 pm Ruth Wisse, No Joke
Our third author,
Dr. Ruth Wisse, is well known to Congregation Or Zarua; she has presented two Lucy Dawidowicz
lectures. On November 3, Dr. Wisse, the Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish
Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and winner of a National
Jewish Book Award, will be discussing her latest book, No Joke. This book is a scholarly approach
to the role of humor and satire in Jewish history, culture, and political life. Although you will
be thinking of many Jewish jokes and Jewish comedians during the presentation, the role of
stereotype and anti-Semitism will be part of the discussion.
For your convenience, OZ, in collaboration with the East 86th Street Barnes and Noble, will be
selling each book in the Author Speaks Series for the publisher's list price. This price includes a
donation to Or Zarua. The books will be available in the synagogue office two weeks prior to each
event and at the event itself. Please contact Helene Santo at 212-452-2310, extension 14, or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve a copy.
Please invite non-members to each of these events. We hope to see you there!
IMPORTANT CLASSES AND UPCOMING EVENTS:
Weekly Talmud Class with Rabbi Bolton - Fasting, Praying, Planting, and Walking
Through the Rain Masekhet Ta'anit: Wednesdays at 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Weekly Siddur Class with Rabbi Bolton: Thursdays from 8:40 - 9:40 am, in the Library following minyan