"One Hundred Great Jewish Books"

Category: Authors on Stage
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

Authors on Stage welcomes Lawrence A. Hoffman on Sunday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.  Rabbi Hoffman will speak about his latest release One Hundred Great Jewish Books: Three Millennia of Jewish Conversation.  The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County and Elm Street Books.

Over the centuries, Judaism has consistently exhibited a special fondness for books and literacy, and this in-depth guide allows readers to listen in on the Jewish conversation across many centuries. From the Hebrew Bible and rabbinic masterpieces to vital subjects of the early 21st century, Hoffman gives a clear and focused summary of each book he discusses. It introduces great works of biography, spirituality, theology, poetry, fiction, history, and political theory, treating each with equal weight and giving each title its own important place in the realm of Judaism. With a special focus on modern American Jewish life and the two core events of contemporary Jewish history—the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel—this overview points readers towards books espousing virtually all types of Judaic expression, both modern and historic.

Lawrence A. Hoffman is a rabbi and the Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He lectures widely on bringing spiritual innovation into contemporary Jewish life and is the author of many books, including Israel: A Spiritual Travel Guide, The Journey Home, and the National Jewish Book Award winner, My People's Prayer Book.

The Jewish Historical Society of Lower Fairfield County serves the community in a multitude of functions including programs, Judaica library, and archives. JHS serves as a resource for discovering, explaining, preserving, generating interest in and enjoying Jewish history, as well as working on preserving the past and the present for the future.