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In this multimedia program incorporating still images, video, and close lyrical analysis, Seth Rogovoy, author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet (Scribner, 2009), explores the deep and profound influence of the Jewish background and scriptural roots on Bob Dylan’s life and work. We will see how the Nobel Prize-winning rock poet’s familiarity with Torah, Talmud, and Kabbalah has worked its way into his songs and public utterances, along with his embrace of Israel and the Jewish outreach organization Chabad. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and discuss how Dylan can best be seen and appreciated as a Jewish artist.
Seth Rogovoy is the recipient of a 2016 Simon Rockower Award from the American Jewish Press Association for excellence in arts and criticism, for his portrait of musician Leonard Cohen published in Hadassah Magazine in its April/May 2015 issue.
For three decades, Seth’s work has appeared in the English-language national Jewish publication, the Forward, to which Seth is a contributing editor. Seth is a former board member of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires.
This free program is part of the Federation’s Connecting With Community Series.