Wonder Woman – Jewish Women & Identity
With Tova Mirvis & Abigail Pogrebin, Moderated by Harriet Shiftan
November 30, 2017
Join us in conversation with Tova Mirvis and Abigail Pogrebin as we explore what it means to be Jewish and female in today’s America. Learn how their identities as Jewish women inform their storytelling, what shifting demographics mean for Jewish continuity, and how cultural Judaism, or being “just Jewish” impacts literature and society. Moderated by Harriet Schiftan, Associate Executive Director of the Nashville Jewish Federation.
Tova Mirvis is the author of the memoir The Book of Separation (2017) as well as three novels, Visible City, The Outside World and The Ladies Auxiliary, which was a national bestseller. Her essays have appeared in various newspapers including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Poets and Writers, and her fiction has been broadcast on National Public Radio. Abigail Pogrebin is the author of the My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew (2017) – a much expanded chronicle of her popular column for the Forward, for which she spent 12 months researching and observing every holiday in the Jewish calendar.
This talk is part of the Nashville Jewish Book Series, an annual celebration of books, authors and ideas. It features work on Jewish themes and topics, work by Jewish authors or work from a Jewish perspective. We go “beyond the book.” The Gordon JCC’s Series is presented in a range of formats: Lectures, stand-up routines, mediated panels with multiple authors, intimate interviews of authors by community leaders, and wonderful “hands-on” demonstrations. You can listen to our authors speak to their new book, discuss the inner workings of their writing or discuss the topics and current events touched upon in their books.
The Gordon JCC’s Series kicks off TWICE! Once on November 30 and again on December 7. It runs through April, bringing a range of topics, including humor, cooking, business, sports, Jewish identity, family, current events, and politics to name a few. Unlike traditional book festivals, our series runs over a longer timeframe, so you have a chance to do and see more!
Tickets on sale at nashvillejcc.org/book