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Books of Wisdom:  Life Lessons from Beth Am Israel Authors

The Beth Am community is literally a people of the book, with congregants who are authors of an amazing range of different kinds of books. Please join us for an evening of prose, poetry, and philosophy with some of those authors as they read from and reflect on their writing and its life lessons.

Wednesday, January  30th, 7:30PM – “People of the Book – Beth Am authors present their books”

Jim Remsen presents Embattled Freedom: Chronicle of a Fugitive-Slave Haven in the Wary North. This is an extraordinary and well-researched historical account of Jim’s hometown village of Waverly, Pennsylvania, which was an Underground Railroad stop and haven for fugitive slaves.  The town harbored a community of African Americans in the turbulent years leading to the Civil War and the book tells the stories of 13 men who fought for freedom in the war.  Purchase online at Amazon.

Congregant Ruth Estrich presents her inspirational book, Letters to Dorian, which describes her experiences as a 32-year old woman dealing with a very challenging cancer diagnosis and treatment. She describes how the “blessings” of those lessons helped her through multiple cancer diagnoses, two strokes and heart failure in the intervening years. To this day, she lives her life with gratitude and joy, guiding by the belief that “life happens FOR you,” which she shares in inspirational speaking venues.  Purchase online at Amazon.

Congregant Sandy Choukroun presents her rich and fascinating two-part memoir, Tales of the Japanese Maple. Strong Jewish themes unite the first half, “Broad Street Stories,” which is about growing up in Philadelphia; each chapter taking place on an intersection of Broad Street, with the second half, “Aventures en France,” which describes her discovery of her husband Jean-Marc’s Sephardic/French culture and events that happened as their children grew up.

Recently in this Series

  • Communicating More Effectively and Compassionately with Ilene Wasserman, author of Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning.
  • The Physician as Poet with Dagan Coppock, author of Body Language: Poems of the Medical Training Experience.
  • Lessons from a Philosopher about Conflict and Reconciliation with Molly Farneth, author of Hegel’s Social Ethics: Religion, Conflict, and Rituals of Reconciliation.