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An Afternoon Honoring Rabbi Lawrence Kushner and Marcia Falk

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

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Join the Jewish Community Library as we celebrate the fortieth anniversaries of groundbreaking Jewish books by two Bay Area residents who are among America’s most influential Jewish authors. 

Rabbi Lawrence Kushner is an author, painter, and Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El. His eighteen books for both adults and children have deepened the awareness of people of all backgrounds to Jewish spiritual traditions, beginning with 1977’s Honey from the Rock: Visions of Jewish Mystical Renewal. His other books include Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary; God Was in This Place & I, i Did Not Know; What Does God Look Like?; and In God’s Hands.

Marcia Falk is a scholar, teacher, author, poet, and painter. Her 1977 book, The Song of Songs: A New Translation and Interpretation, expresses the poetry and eroticism of the biblical text. She has also translated the work of Yiddish poet Malka Heifetz Tussman and Israeli poet Zelda, as well as writing two books reinterpreting Jewish liturgy, The Book of Blessings and The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.

Short talks by Kushner and Falk will be followed by a reception. Falks’s newly released 20th Anniversary edition of The Book of Blessings, along with other works by both authors, will be available at this event.

Program made possible, in part, by Marc and Marci Dollinger, and by Carla Ruff, in memory of Dr. Robert T. Mendle.

Co-presented by the Union for Reform Judaism in the San Francisco Bay Area Community.

Co-presented and co-sponsored by the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press