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Book Launch for "Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud" with Andrew Ramer

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)
Cover art for “Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud” by Anne Marguerite Herbst.

Cover art for “Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud” by Anne Marguerite Herbst.

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

Note that this is a fragrance-free event, as there will be attendees who are physically harmed when exposed to chemical fragrances. Please refrain from wearing perfume/cologne or health products with chemical fragrances.

The program will be followed by a reception in honor of Jane and Michael Rice as they begin a new adventure.

Eighty years from now, in a time of increasing environmental degradation and after one sixth of the Earth’s population has died in a vast pandemic, a noted rabbi in Brooklyn hosts a convocation for Jewish clergy and scholars from every background. Her vision: to create a new Talmud for living in dangerous times. Over the course of five years the attendees work to compile a text in multiple genres, but their text is never completed. Eighty years later a single laptop is discovered that contains fragments of their work; those fragments form this book. There are texts of hope, humor, despair, rage, and simple witnessing of a dying world—which may or may not be our world.

Andrew Ramer is an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of three prior thematically-linked books: Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories; Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Poly/Post-Denominational Era; and Deathless: The Complete, Uncensored, Heartbreaking, and Amazing Autobiography of Serach bat Asher, the Oldest Woman in the World. A number of his prayers and poems appear in the siddur of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. He lives in Oakland, California.

Co-presented by Congregation Sha’ar Zahav.