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The Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature

The 3rd Annual Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature showcases our community’s love of reading, writing, and the written word. Organizations across Baltimore will host virtual events covering a wide range of topics, literary genres, and interests. The festival includes family events, panels, and author readings.

Gordon Center for Performing Arts
November 8 | 1:00pm

Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy 
Authors of Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People reflect on Human rights activist, Sharansky’s three distinct nine-year periods of his life, offering profound insights into his faith, people, and humanity at large. A compelling account of courage, integrity, and, most of all, belonging.

Gordon Center for Performing Arts & Har Sinai/Oheb Shalom
November 8 | 8:00pm 

Joan Lunden
Acclaimed broadcast journalist Joan Lunden, in conversation with CNN’s Holly Firfer, shares from her new book Why Did I Come Into This Room, a hilarious take on coping with the realities of aging, through her poignant and often laugh out loud funny personal experience.

The Soul Center
November 11 | 8:00pm

The Soul Center welcomes Harvard's Casper ter Kuile to discuss his new book, The Power of Ritual, and explore how everyday activities can transform into spiritual practice.

Baltimore Hebrew Institute
November 16 | 4:00pm

Judaism and Heresy: The case of Spinoza, Freud, and Tchernichovsky
A discussion with an academic panel on the varied forms of expressions of heresy in Jewish history thought and literature.

Myerberg Center
November 18 | 5:00pm

Morey Kogul
Author of Running Breathless: An Untold True Story of WWII and the Holocaust, Morey Kogul shares his father’s story and Holocaust lessons.

Beth Am Synagogue
November 22 | 11:00am

Poetry reading with Michael Salcman, author of Shades & Graces, inaugural winner of the Daniel Hoffman Legacy Book Prize from Spuyten Duyvil Press in New York City.

Macks Center for Jewish Education & PJ Library
November 22 | 4:00pm

An interactive food experience with author Amy Meltzer, author of Harvest Blessings, a beautifully illustrated PJ Library board book filled with blessings for food that comes from trees and food that comes from the earth.

Additional Community Partners with Events Coming Soon:
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Jewish Museum of MD 
Chizuk Amuno Congregation

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