Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco
Told in multiple voices, Sigal Samuel’s debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End, follows a family reeling from the sudden death of their mother. In the part-Hasidic, part-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own study of the Bible’s Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister, Samara, is secretly studying for her bat mitzvah with their next-door neighbor, a Holocaust survivor. And their father, a professor of Jewish mysticism who eschews religious observance, struggles with heart problems and challenges to his beliefs. The Mystics of Mile Enddelves into the heart of Jewish mysticism, faith, and family.
Sigal Samuel is a writer and editor for The Jewish Daily Forward and has published fiction and journalism inThe Daily Beast, Tablet, and Prairie Fire, among others. Her plays have been produced in Montreal, Vancouver, and New York. Samuel earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Brooklyn.
Program made possible, in part, by Allison Green. Co-presented by Hadassah, San Francisco Chapter
The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.