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POSTPONED: “I am a Stranger:” Becoming Ruth

May 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


ABOUT THIS LECTURE: Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about?

ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg was born in wartime London (1944) where her parents found refuge after the 1938 Nazi takeover of Austria. When she was five years old, the family moved to Glasgow and her father, an eminent rabbi, was appointed head of the Rabbinical Court of Scotland. Growing up, Avivah studied the Bible with her father every day and continued her Jewish education as a resident of Gateshead Seminary near Newcastle. While still in her teens, she co-authored a book of Bible studies, Sabbath Shiurim, with Rabbi M. Miller which won such wide acclaim in Orthodox Jewish circles that Feldheim Publishers commissioned her to translate a work about the Book of Proverbs by the great 19th century biblical commentator known as the Malbim.

A lover of all literature, Avivah went on to enroll at Girton College, Cambridge University, earning a double first BA and a PhD with a thesis on the writings of George Eliot. Upon moving to Jerusalem shortly thereafter, Avivah became a popular lecturer in English literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1975, she married physicist Eric Zornberg, with whom she has three children and nine grandchildren to date.

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg’s career as a teacher and speaker has flourished over the years at various institutions of adult Jewish learning in Jerusalem as well as in the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Poland. On her annual five-week tours of the US, she lectures at universities, synagogues, Jewish community centres and psychoanalytic institutes, and also travels to the UK where she holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies.


May 13, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Congregation Beth Israel
10460 N 56th St
Scottsdale, AZ 85253 United States
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