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Special Shabbat Guest Speaker: David Biespiel
Saturday, November 21 | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
November 21 Shabbat Toldot
On November 21, Shabbat Toldot, we welcome a special guest—renowned author David Biespiel—to speak with us.
His most recent work, A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas is a memoir of growing up Jewish in Texas. It recounts “the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas”—his estrangement from Jewish community and ultimately how he found his way back to a home he could now claim as a changed adult.
Please join us for services when David Biespiel will speak during the sermon slot.
At the conclusion of services, you are invited to take part in a wide-ranging conversation about the meaning of home, Judaism, identity and the journey from home that is such an essential human experience.
David Biespiel is a poet, memoirist, and critic. He is the author of eleven books, among them Republic Café, The Education of a Young Poet, The Book of Men and Women, A Long High Whistle, and Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces. A contributor to The New Republic, The New Yorker, and Slate, he has won a number of awards for his writing, including Lannan Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner fellowships. He is the Poet-in-Residence at Oregon State University.