Deschutes Public Library News
Russian Jewish Immigration in Oregon
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/5/2008
Take a look inside the Russian Jewish immigration expereince in Oregon as part of the Novel Idea ... Read Together program on Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at the Bend Public Library.
Judith Margles, Director of the Oregon Jewish Museum, highlights Russian Jewish immigration to Oregon, using stories that have been put together from photographs, artifacts and documents in the collection of the Oregon Jewish Museum. Previously she served as the Curator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. She has consulted on exhibit projects for many institutions in the Portland area, including the First Unitarian Church, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Oregon Historical Society, and American Jewish Committee–Oregon Chapter. She serves on the board of the Old Town History Project and on the Steering Committee of the Council of American Jewish Museums.
The 2008 “A Novel Idea…Read Together” selection, is “The World to Come” by Dara Horn. Through the life of former child prodigy Ben Ziskind, Horn tells an amazing story that weaves art, history, religious and cultural Judaism together into a canvas as colorful, symbolic, and rich as a Marc Chagall painting. From the orphanages of Soviet Russia to the suburbs of New Jersey, Horn takes readers deep into the traditions of Yiddish literature and Jewish mythology, and brilliantly combines the themes of mystery, theology, folklore, and art in one spellbinding, award winning novel. Programming for this year’s novel begins on April 26th and will culminate with the author reading at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, May 15th.
People with disabilites needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating, or auxiliary aides) should contact the library at 312-1032 one week in advance of the program.