Two groundbreaking books; two inspirational talks in one evening
Author presentations by: Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow
On Thurs., August 13th at 7:00 pm, Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow will speak about their recently published books at Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams. The event is co-sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church and Congregation Beth Israel. Both Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow are gifted speakers, known for their ability to inspire and entertain. The talk is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.
Rabbi David Zaslow is the author of Jesus: First Century Rabbi and Debra Gordon Zaslow is the author of Bringing Bubbe Home, A memoir of Letting Go through Love and Death.
In Bringing Bubbe Home Debra Zaslow writes candidly about the life-changing experience of bringing her 103 year-old grandmother into her home during her final months of life. The narrative of their time together in Bubbe’s last months is mingled with scenes from the past that reveal how her grandmother’s stories of abuse, tenacity and survival have played out through the generations of women in the family. Debra watches her expectations of a perfect death dissolve in the midst of queen-size diapers, hormonal teenagers and volatile caregivers, while the two women sit soul-to-soul in moments of stark tenderness.
This honest and powerful literary memoir illustrates the choice to bring death into the home with family, caregivers, hospice, and all the ramifications. Zaslow offers keen insights into the process of being with a dying person on their own terms, while meeting the needs of family at the same time.
Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Jean Houston writes of Bringing Bubbe Home, “This courageous, poignant, truthful book will give you an experience that will never leave you. You will become wiser in the reading, shocked and compassionate as love rises to the challenge of tending to life’s end.”
Debra Gordon Zaslow travels nationwide teaching memoir writing workshops and performing storytelling programs. She has a CD of inspirational Jewish stories and teaches storytelling at Southern Oregon University.
Jesus: First Century Rabbi takes a bold, fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity while challenging both Jews and Christians to re-examine their understanding of Jesus’ firm commitment to his Jewish faith. Instead of emphasizing the differences between the two religions, this groundbreaking text explains how the concepts of vicarious atonement, mediation, incarnation, and Trinity are actually rooted in classical Judaism. Using the cutting edge of scholarly research, Rabbi Zaslow dispels the myths of disparity between Christianity and Judaism without diluting the unique features of each faith. Jesus: First-Century Rabbi was recently awarded the Church-Synagogue Library Associations’ “Book of the Year” award.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. a pioneer in integrative medicine and world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection and spiritual exploration said of Jesus: First Century Rabbi, “Rabbi Zaslow's book is a dose of sacred medicine for both Christianity and Judaism. He challenges us to face our prejudices, while affirming and celebrating our unique traditions. While Jesus has a different meaning for a Christian and a Jew, reflecting on that can take us on a deeper and yet more universal journey into our own faith. Based on solid scholarship and a luminous open heart, Zaslow makes a powerful and much needed contribution to the interfaith dialogue.”
Rabbi David Zaslow, M.S., is the spiritual leader of Havurah Shir Hadash, a synagogue in Ashland, Oregon. He is the editor of the best selling Hebrew/English prayer book for spiritual Renewal, Ivdu et Hashem B’simcha – Serve the Holy One With Joy. He travels the country leading workshops for churches and synagogues on the Jewish roots of Christianity. He is also a guitar player, poet, author, and lecturer who has been interviewed on national TV and radio. He is also the author of numerous poetry books for children and adults.
Following the author presentations there will be time for Q and A.
Bringing Bubbe Home is published by White Cloud Press; Jesus: First Century Rabbi is published by Paraclete Press. Both books are available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com or from local independent booksellers.
Sponsor: Congregation Beth Israel and All Saints Episcopal Church, North Adams