Speaker Series Returns in December with Mary Doria Russell
Our very successful Speaker Series took place again this year with another interesting and exciting individual. The program was held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at the Temple. Over 125 people heard an entertaining and informative speech by Mary Doria Russell.
She is a local resident and New York Times Bestselling Author, discussed “Jewish Survival in Nazi-Occupied Italy,” the basis of her book, “A Thread of Grace” which was nominated for a Pulitzer prize. The historical fiction tells the story of a group of Jewish refugees in Italy trying to escape Nazi persecution during World War II.
Ms. Russell, a convert to Judaism, is the author of several well-received novels, Her latest, “DOC,” the story of Doc Holliday, was published earlier this year – once again to outstanding reviews.
Temple Israel Ner Tamid donated a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the American Joint Distribution Committee which, for almost a century, has been “rescuing Jewish lives at risk,” including many Italian Jews after WW II. Additional proceed will be used to further the Temple’s well-known social action and religious education programs.
Supporting sponsorships received a limited number of reserved seats for the presentation, an opportunity to participate in a “Meet and Greet” reception with Ms. Russell and a copy of her book.