Ruth Ellenson Presents Her Funny and Poignant
New Book In Long Beach
Ruth Ellenson, featured on NPR, and across the country, comes to Long Beach’s AJCC on December 1, 2005, at 7:30pm, in an event sponsored by Beach Hillel.
Ellenson is the editor of The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt, a collection of essays by Jewish women writers about everything from pedicures on Yom Kippur to divorcing Mr. Jewish Right.
Ellenson is also the daughter of a rabbi and a convert to Judaism. Ironically, the idea for the book on Jewish guilt came to Ellenson in the middle of a Christian Methodist service, where her maternal grandmother was singing in the choir.
“The delight I saw sitting in her presence was mitigated by the fact that I was sitting in front of a large crucifix,” Ellenson writes. “Those divided loyalties define who I am, and how I approach my religious identity, which I imagine they do for many modern people.”
The book’s many essays discuss subjects as diverse as feminist mothers urging their daughters to have babies and the clash of ideologies in Buddhist-Jewish couples.
At the center of the book is the struggle that many Jewish women feel between obligation to one’s community, and the obligation to one’s individual interests and needs.
An Evening With Ruth Ellenson is free and open to the public. Following the program will be a book signing and a wine and cheese reception.
For more information contact Beach Hillel 562-985 7068
Here all about it at NPR!