Traditional, Egalitarian & Participatory Conservative Synagogue
127 East 82nd St, New York, NY 10028  |  Tel: 212.452.2310
Scott N. Bolton, Rabbi  |  Diane Okrent, President
a Conservative synagogue on the upper east side of nyc

Author Speaks Series

Or Zarua's Author Speaks Series is a program inviting authors of recently published and well-received books of note to discuss their works. 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.
Read Daniel Klein's review of No Joke in the July-August, 2013, issue of Harvard Magazine.

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, to reserve a copy.
Please invite non-members to each of these events. We hope to see you there!
• 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
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