Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Book of Life and the Power of Books

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In this episode of The Book of Life, a show about Jewish people and the books we read, we celebrate the power of books to sustain the Jewish people. We'll hear from:

> Jonathan Kirsch, author of Biblical non-fiction such as The Harlot by the Side of the Road, God Against the Gods, and A History of the End of the World. He'll be the keynote speaker at the Association of Jewish Libraries convention on June 17, 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

> Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, author of Sacred Stacks: The Higher Purpose of Libraries and Librarianship.

> WJEW, an online Jewish radio station run by the teens of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan, which will periodically be rebroadcasting interviews from The Book of Life.

> Rebecca Lobel, Marketing Director at Milk & Honey Press, a bilingual Hebrew/English publisher of children's books

Background music is provided by The Freilachmakers Klezmer String Band.

Most books and CD's mentioned on the show may be borrowed from the Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel. Browse our online catalog to reserve books, post a review, or just to look around!

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