Talking about Love in Jewish Lit

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Sex and Love in Jewish Literature, a series of six discussions of books by Jewish authors.

Love, sex and desire have been themes of Jewish thought and literature since the story of Adam and Eve. Starting next week and wrapping up next May, the Kehillah of Chester County — a Jewish community collaborative funded by a Neighborhood Initiative Grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia — in partnership with the Chester County Library, presents Your Heart’s Desire — Sex and Love in Jewish Literature, a series of six discussions of books by Jewish authors such as Philip Roth and Isaac Bashevis Singer.
 
The discussions will be facilitated by Emilie Passow, Ph.D., of Drexel University’s Judaic Studies Program, who has taught a broad range of literature and writing courses at schools and programs throughout the community, including the Florence Melton Adult Jewish Learning Program.
 
The series begins next Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at 7 p.m., at the Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway in Exton. The book discussed that evening will be The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein, a 1983 New York Times-bestselling novel about life and love in academia.
 
Your Heart’s Desire is based on one of the themes of the Let’s talk About It! Jewish Literature series, created by the American Library Association (ALA) and Nextbook, and is authorized by the ALA. “This Jewish literature series is a perfect addition to our program offerings,” says David Gold, the Kehillah’s chair. He adds: “Our focus is on arts and Jewish cultural programs that engage the community and enhance the quality of Jewish life in our area. We are very proud of our accomplishments so far.”
 
This series is free and open to the entire community. To register, visit the Chester County Library’s website, ccls.org. For a complete schedule or more information, visit jewishphilly.org/jewishlit or contact Shelley Rappaport, Director of the Kehillah of Chester County, at 484.582.0210 or [email protected]

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