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Beginnings: Reading Genesis

Rosh Hashanah is a time of hope and new beginnings. While Rosh Hashanah marks our new year, it is also the anniversary of Creation itself. During the High Holy Days, we reflect on the central story, what it means and how it shapes the year ahead.

Join us for an intriguing discussion on Genesis and beginnings as author/editor Beth Kissileff speaks with Dara Horn, Tobi Kahn, Joan Nathan and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. These renowned experts, who all contributed to Ms. Kissileff’s book Reading Genesis, will talk about Genesis through the lens of their particular field, sharing new and intriguing perspectives on one of our most essential stories.

Dara Horn is the award-winning author of four novels, most recently A Guide for the Perplexed. One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, she has also taught Yiddish and Hebrew literature at Sarah Lawrence College, City University of New York and Harvard.

Tobi Kahn is an internationally renowned painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in 50 solo exhibitions and more than 80 museum and group shows. He is the co-founder of Avoda Arts and has taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York since 1985.

Joan Nathan is a multi-award-winning cookbook author, film and television producer and star of the PBS series Jewish Cooking in America with Joan Nathan. Her most recent book is Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, aka “Dr. Ruth”, is a renowned sex therapist, media personality and writer. She is the author of many books, including Sex for Dummies and Dr. Ruth’s Sex After 50.

Beth Kissileff is the author of the upcoming novel Questioning Return and the editor of Reading Genesis, where the aforementioned guest speakers and others reflect on the Genesis story.



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