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Virtual Conversations

Virtual Conversations: A Book & Author Experience is a series of book discussions with authors—in real time!—in which you can participate from the comfort of your own home or at a local Hadassah meeting. Our aim is to bring this program to as many of our members as possible—to engage those in Hadassah book clubs and study groups, in addition to women who do not have those opportunities in their area. Each program is fully captioned. In addition, they are recorded for further convenience. This program is a collaborative effort of Hadassah and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

About Hadassah-Brandeis Institute:
The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.

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Virtual Conversation Program Archive

Jerusalem Maiden: A Novel

by Talia Carner

If a Tree Falls by Jennifer RosnerTalia Carner dicussed her book, Jerusalem Maiden: A Novel, where she presents the story of Esther Kaminisky, who knows that her duty is to marry young and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah's arrival. When her French teacher discovers her talent for drawing, Esther wonders if God has a special destiny for her as an artist, not a mother. As the years pass, Esther sacrifices her desire for painting and devotes herself to God's path as a "Jerusalem Maiden." When her beliefs clash with her surging passions, Esther must confront questions of faith, destiny and God and herself.

The original discussion took place April 28, 2013, but you can watch it from the comfort of home at any time.

If a Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard

by Jennifer Rosner

If a Tree Falls by Jennifer RosnerJennifer Rosner discussed her book, If a Tree Falls: A Family's Quest to Hear and Be Heard, where she explored family, silence, and what it means to be heard. When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a history of deafness in her family going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. She imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them, and shares her journey into the modern world of deafness, exploring whether she—a mother with perfect hearing—will hear her children.

This program is part of EdConnections, Hadassah’s Jewish and Zionist education series. Programs offer diverse topics of interest, both online and in units around the country.

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