Deschutes Public Library News
Judaism 101 at Bend and Sisters Libraries
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 5/9/2008
Explore Judaism as part of the Novel Idea ... Read Together project Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 am (Sisters Public Library) and at 3:00 pm (Bend Public Library. The programs are free and open to the public.
Judith R. Baskin is Knight Professor of Humanities, Head of the Department of Religious Studies, and Director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Oregon. She received the Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University. Dr. Baskin is the author of numerous book and articles. During her presentation, Baskin will offer a historical perspective on some of the central moments in Horn’s charming and thoughtful fictional odyssey and also place them within a Jewish context.
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.