Mirvis, Pogrebin set for Nashville Jewish Book Series opener

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by tgregory

Tova Mirvis

The Nashville Jewish Book Series kicks off its second season on Nov. 30 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center with a program featuring authors Tova Mirvis and Abigail Pogrebin exploring what it means to be a Jewish woman.

The series continues through April 2018 and is part of the Jewish Book Council’s 2017-18. 

“We really tried to bring a range of people, for different interests,” says GJCC Program Director Michael Gross. Upcoming authors offer their take on humor, law, sports, health and cooking.

November author Mirvis grew up in Memphis, part of its Orthodox Jewish community. Her first novel, “The Ladies Auxiliary,” was published in 1999 and became a best-seller. Two more novels followed.

Her most recent work, a memoir titled “The Book of Separation,” was published on Sept. 19. In it, she talks about how she came to leave the Orthodox community and end her marriage. 

Abigail Pogrebin

Appearing with Mirvis is Pogrebin, author of “My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew,” which also was published this year. It details her year of living Jewishly – participating in the Jewish holiday cycle and connecting with the meaning of these religious observances in her life. 

When Pogrebin and Mirvis meet at the GJCC on Nov. 30, they’ll join in conversation with moderator Harriet Schiftan, associate executive director of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. 

“Both of these books offer honest firsthand experiences from thoughtful women each of whom is on a search for Jewish meaning and identity,” Schiftan said in an email. “They are on different paths but are so honest in their searching and reporting – it’s like we are sitting across the table from them having coffee. We are so fortunate that both authors will be here in person so we can check in on them and continue the conversation. I’ve already got a list of questions!”

Other writers participating in the series include:

• Producer, writer and Saturday Night Live alumnus Alan Zweibel. His whose most recent work, written with Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach, is a parody of the Haggadah called “For This We Left Egypt;”

• Historian and rabbi David Dalin, author of “Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court;”

• Gary Belsky, author with Neil Fine of “Up Your Game!: Skills, Tips, and Strategies to Achieve Total Sports Mastery;”

• Esteemed cookbook author Joan Nathan, author of “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking from Around the World;” and

• Michael Roizen M.D., who with Jean Chatzky wrote “AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip.”

Watch for more details from the GJCC, www.nashvillejcc.org. •