Celebrate the 2019 Festival of Jewish Literature!

Posted on November 4, 2019 by

Below you will find just some of the fantastic programs included in this festival.

Make sure to head to the festival website for a full calendar of events.

Jewish History

Jewish Migration: November 11th at 6:00pm

Hasia Diner and Deborah Weiner in conversation: a discussion of the impact of Jewish migration in the United States. The conversation will be moderated by Neil Rubin, PhD.
Free: Register here.

Location: Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, 8000 York Road, College of Liberal Arts, Room 4310, Towson, MD 21252

*AT THE JMM!* America’s Jewish Women: November 13th at 7:00pm

From Emma Lazarus to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Dr. Pamela Nadell recounts how Jewish women have been at the forefront of causes for centuries–fighting for suffrage, trade unions, civil rights, and feminism, and hoisting banners for Jewish rights around the world.
Register here.

Location: Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

After They Closed The Gates: November 16th at 7:00pm

Author Libby Garland in conversation with the International Rescue Committee’s Executive Director, Ruben Chandrasekar.
Tickets: $10-35; to purchase, call 410.358.0105.

Location: Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom Congregation, 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208


Savage Feast: November 10th at 6:00pm

Fishman’s incredible memoir highlights questions of identity and the role of food, while you feel like a guest at his Russian-speaking Jewish immigrant family’s kitchen table.
Tickets: $15, purchase here.

Location: Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Braided: November 12th at 7:00pm

Beth Ricanati’s memoir “is a well-written investigation into her maturation as a doctor, her growth as a wife and mother, and the increasing wisdom she gained while pondering Jewish rites and rituals.”
Tickets: $36; to purchase, email  tbrownpreuss@brandeis.edu.

Location: Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Can’t Help Myself: November 14th at 7:00pm

The Boston Globe advice columnist presents her memoir/letter collection, which includes stories about work romances, millennial friends, sickness and health, and grilled cheese.
Tickets: $10; to purchase, email rachels@bethelbalto.com.

Location: Soul Center at Beth El, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Fighting for Rights and Freedoms

The Woman’s Hour: November 9th at 7:00pm

The climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. Elaine Weiss in conversation with Sue Sadler, Head of The Bryn Mawr School for Girls.

Location: The Curch of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210

Antisemitism: Here and Now: November 13th at 2:30pm

Is today’s antisemitism different from what we’ve seen before? Dr. Hana Bor examines the new face of antisemitism through analysis of Deborah Lipstadt’s Antisemitism: Here and Now.

Location: BCPL – Pikesville Branch, 1301 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

Separate: November 17th at 7:00pm

Award-winning author Steve Luxenberg discusses Separate, a fresh and urgently-needed exploration of our nation’s most devastating divide.

Location: Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Novels & Poetry

Gateway to the Moon: November 7th at 7:00pm

Mary Morris will discuss her page-turning novel about the many Conversos—Jews who lived in disguise as Christians in order to escape torture and death.

Location: Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 8100 Stevenson Road, Pikesville, MD 21208

All the Holes Line Up: November 10th at 4:00pm

Zackary Sholem Berger’s first book of entirely English poetry includes verse on everything from cities, God and death to brothels and sacred spaces.

Location: Beth am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217

The Paris Architect: November 11th at 11:00am

New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure presents his novel of art, heroism, intrigue and wartime resistance.
Tickets: $10, to purchase, email bfink@hadassah.org.

Location: Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209

More Than Books

Young Jewish Artists: November 10th at 2:00pm
Two Jewish artists in Baltimore.  Internationally renowned artists Alex Epstein and Zemer Peled work and live in Baltimore. They discuss their art and the inspiration they derive from our City with Cara Ober, publisher of BmoreArt Magazine.

Location: Enoch Pratt Free Library – Central Branch, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Beit Midrash: November 12th at 7:00pm
The Mack’s Center for Jewish Education invites you to a stimulating evening mixing modern technology and classical text. The event will be featuring Sefaria.org – an amazing tool to facilitate and enhance Jewish learning.
Free: Register here.

Location: Beth am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt: November 13th at 7:00pm
Journalist and ‘rebbetzin’ Chizhik-Goldschmidt will share the story of her journey and the challenges she has faced, navigating modernity and tradition.

Location: Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208

Rafael Avarez: November 14th at 12:00pm
The Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation presents Baltimore icon Rafael Alvarez, discussing the meaning and importance of community.

Location: Weinberg Park Heights JCC Community Room, 5700 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Layer the Walls: November 17th at 3:00pm
In this dramatic production, 40 layers of wallpaper in an old N.Y.C. apartment reveal the stories of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants, replete with puppets, music, costumes and sets.Tickets: $25-30; purchase tickets here.

Location: Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Many thanks to the 2019 Festival of Jewish Literature sponsors!


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