Hadassah Local Authors Series | Congregation Beth Am

Hadassah Local Authors Series

A Sequoia Hadassah Event

Join Hadassah’s January class for a unique panel discussion with three local authors: Esther Erman, Norma Slavit, and Michal Strutin. Writing on very different subjects in diverse genres and styles, they’ll share how their Jewish backgrounds influence their work.

A longtime language teacher, Esther Erman views writing in diverse genres as an extension of her eclectic passions. Her extensive European travels include research for her exciting subjects. Planning a Jewish interest tour of Eastern Europe, Esther will explore reclaiming lost citizenships and the impact of international law on our personal histories. Esther’s latest novel, Rebecca of Solerno is inspired by a rare, positive Jewish character, Rebecca, in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.

A retired elementary school teacher, Palo Alto JCC newsletter editor and magazine writer, Norma Slavit has published four charming picture books for children. The latest is a true story of an Asian boy growing up in Silicon Valley, Pork Buns and High Fives. The focus of Norma’s stories center on the spirit of cooperation, patience, the importance of doing mitzvoth, Jewish holidays, and intergenerational experiences.

Judging Noa is Michal’s Strutin’s debut novel. She is working on the first of a historical mystery series set in Safed, Israel, and the Venice ghetto. Michal is an award-winning author of eight books on natural and cultural history, including Discovering Natural Israel. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Tablet, Outside, Rolling Stone, and others. She has worked as an editor and writer at national magazines and newspapers.

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$15 donation to Hadassah (collected at the door).

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