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The Grammar of God: A presentation by Aviya Kushner

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)


Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Aviya Kushner, who grew up in a scholarly Hebrew-speaking family, will discuss her ten-year journey of reading translations of the Bible after a lifetime of reading the Tanach exclusively in Hebrew. She will consider why translation is a Jewish issue, and how translations of key biblical passages—such as Genesis 1:1—affect society at large. 

Aviya Kushner is the author of The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible, which was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature finalist, and one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Religion Stories of 2015. She is an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago and writes the “World of Words” column in The Forward.

Program made possible, in part, by Ann Germanacos.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Sholom