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Jewish Queeries with Andrew Ramer

April 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Queeries: Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud with Andrew Ramer

Eighty years from now, in a time of increasing environmental degradation and after one sixth of the Earth’s population has died in a vast pandemic, a noted rabbi in Brooklyn hosts a convocation for Jewish clergy and scholars from every background. Her vision: to create a new Talmud for living in dangerous times. Over the course of five years the attendees work to compile a text in multiple genres, but their text is never completed.

Eighty years later still, a single laptop is discovered that contains fragments of their work; those fragments form this book. There are texts of hope, humor, despair, rage, and simple witnessing of a dying world—which may or may not be our world.

Andrew Ramer is an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of three prior thematically-linked books: Queering the Text: Biblical, Medieval, and Modern Jewish Stories; Torah Told Different: Stories for a Pan/Poly/Post-Denominational Era; and Deathless: The Complete, Uncensored, Heartbreaking, and Amazing Autobiography of Serach bat Asher, the Oldest Woman in the World. A number of his prayers and poems appear in the siddur of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. His literary and personal collected works are housed in the CLGS archives.

Venue

Room 133, Pacific School of Religion
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
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