Closing Day at the Book Festival is Global Day of Jewish Learning

by | Nov 6, 2015 | What’s Happening

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2 pm, Sandler Family Campus

The conclusion of the Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival coincides this year with the 6th annual Global Day of Jewish Learning.

In 2010, The Global Day was created to celebrate the completion of Rabbi Steinsaltz’s 40 years of work to translate the Talmud. Since then, this project has grown to involve communities in more than 40 countries worldwide.

From Australia to Asia and all around the globe, The Global Day brings Jewish people together “to celebrate our shared Jewish text through community-based learning… empowering individuals through increased Jewish knowledge, and creating meaningful shared experiences.”

This year’s theme is “Love: Devotion, Desire and Deception,” and two authors visiting the JCC will present their events in the context of the Global Day.

These events are free, and so is babysitting, for those who attend.

Anthony David will be on hand with his book, An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palastinian Raymonda Tawil and Their Forty- Year Peace Mission, along with breakout groups lead by area rabbis.

David is an award-winning Israeli biographer and historian who has written eight books. Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from the lives of two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict, the story of the women’s friendship finds hope for the possibility for peace and reconciliation.

Young adults can simultaneously hear about Love and Miss Commu n i cat i on, when Elyssa Friedland’s heroine Evie tosses away her computer and promises herself a break from the online world. Evie may find love and a new direction when she least expects it, but she also learns that just because you unplug your phone doesn’t mean you can also unplug from life.

*of blessed memory

The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.