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The BIG Jewish Community READ is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival; Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library; Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE); and St. Louis Rabbinical Association to promote literacy, community and education.

2013 BIG Jewish Community READ

Fania Oz-Salsberger
(At Congregation Shaare Emeth)

RSVPs required 314-442-3299

Light breakfast refreshments courtesy of Shaare Emeth Congregation

Fania Oz-Salzberger JEWS & WORDS

Why are words so important to the Jewish people? Father and daughter, novelist Oz* and historian Oz-Salzberger use a blend of storytelling and instruction, conversation and argument, to tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, songs, disputes, texts, and quips. Full of learning, lyricism, and humor, this work offers an extraordinary look into the words at the heart of Jewish culture, and the connections between our generations.
*Due to health issues Amos Oz is unable to travel.

“Ingenious and thrilling, Jews and Words manages to cram more than 5,000 years of prayers, songs, stories, arguments, praises, curses and jokes into the suitcase of a thin, page-turning work of…what? History? Anthropology? Literary criticism? Theology? All of these and more. It’s a wonderful book.”
-Jonathan Safran Foer

Sponsored by: Diane & Paul Gallant
Co-Sponsored by: St. Louis Kabbalah Centre Bookstore; Temple Israel Sisterhood
ADMISSION $15 – FREE with Series & Series PLUS Tickets

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