Chai Fantasy!

Wednesday, April 2, 7:30pm
at Mittleman Jewish Community Center | Talk

Chai Fantasy! 
A Panel Discussion about Fantasy Literature and Judaism

Location: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

What connections can we discover between religion and imagination; what links can we discern between spiritual experience and the cultivation of curiosity and creativity? Why do we find so few examples of alternative universes in specifically Jewish literature? Can there be a Jewish Narnia? 

In this panel discussion, five authors who span the spectrum from fiction for children and adults to graphic novels and poetry will wrestle with these questions as they draw from experience weaving fantasy into their award-winning works. Additionally, PSU Jewish Studies Professor Michael Weingrad will contribute to the conversation from his study of modern Jewish and Hebrew literature.

Is there a place for such Jewish staples as matzoh balls and marzipan within the world of myth and magic? Come delve with us into chai fantasy.

Speakers Include:

Barry Deutsch 

Ruth Tenzer Feldman

Lisa Goldstein

Willa Schneberg

David Michael Slater 

PSU Hebrew and Judaic Studies Professor Michael Weingrad

Co-sponsored by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, the Institute for Judaic Studies and Moishe House with generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.