Join us for an intimate evening with acclaimed best-selling author Anita Diamant on the themes of women’s empowerment, social justice, and Jewish living. Elisa Spungen Bildner will guide this informative and inspiring interview with plenty of time for Q&A. A selection of books will be available for purchase or BYO book for Anita to sign.
This event is open to Federation donors who make a household commitment of $36 or more to the Federation's Annual Campaign.
Seating will be limited. Registration is required.
If you are unable to attend, please let us know at 413-442-4360, ext. 10 so we may release your seat.
Masking and proof of Full COVID vaccination are required for entry.
We will be collecting new packaged feminine hygiene and incontinence products as part of our community Dignity Drive.
Anita Diamant is an award-winning novelist, journalist, essayist, and the author of five guidebooks to contemporary Jewish life. She is best known for her 1997 novel The Red Tent, which eventually became a best seller and book club favorite. Her newest book, PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. A NEW CHAPTER IN THE FIGHT FOR MENSTRUAL JUSTICE draws together a timely collection of essays to help inspire period positive activism around the globe. Anita is the founding president of Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh, and Education Center in Newton, MA - a reinvention of the ancient Jewish tradition of the mikveh, ritual immersion in water.
Elisa Spungen Bildner currently serves as a vice president on the Board of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. In her earlier career, Elisa was CEO of FreshPro and worked as a journalism professor at Rutgers University and New York University, and as a reporter/editor for the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ. She has practiced law at both New York City and New Jersey law firms. In addition, Elisa is a professionally trained chef and a yoga instructor. Elisa serves on the boards of many noted organizations including JTA, the Jewish Book Council, and is co-founder of the Foundation for Jewish Camp where she is currently co-chair of the Board of Trustees.