Beth Kissileff discusses her novel with Professor Nili Gold at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania
June 8, 2019
Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Squirrel Hill JCC, 5738 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh PA. Midnight. “The Power of Chesed in the Book of Ruth.”
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January 11, 2018 Temple Shalom of Naples. Naples, FL.
January 22, 2018. Beth El of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA.
February 2-3 The Congregation Mikveh Israel. 44 North Fourth Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19106.
Reading at Kelly Writer’s House at the University of Pennsylvania. November 9, 2017.
July 9-15 Teaching at Beyond Walls at Kenyon College in Gambier Ohio.
June 20, 2017 Reading at Magers and Quinn bookstore in Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis, 7PM.
April 22, 2017 Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Centre East Rockaway, NY
April 29, 2017 Temple Israel of Natick, Natick, MA. Speaker at Sisterhood Shabbat service and book club discussion on Questioning Return.
- 1/24: Red Dog Reading Series, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
- 12/1o: Beth Shalom Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA 12:45 PM reading and Q and A
- 12/28: New York Public Library – Midtown Branch Panel with Reading Genesis contributors Steven Brams, Seth Greenberg, Tobi Kahn and Moses Pava
- 11/2: Jewish Theological Seminary Library, NY, NY
- 11/15: Classic Lines Bookstore Pittsburgh, PA 7 PM Book launch for Questioning Return
- 11/17: Rodef Shalom Synagogue, Pittsburgh, PA, 10:30 AM
- 10/31: Beth Shalom Sisterhood, Paid up membership opening dinner, Teaneck, NJ
- 9/26: Columbia University Seminar for teachers of Literature Humanities, session on Genesis
- 9/27, 7 PM: Skirball Center at Temple Emanu El NY, NY. With Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joan Nathan, Dara Horn, and Tobi Kahn. Free and open to the public.
- 8/4: Congregation Shaarei Tzedek, Southfield, MI
- 8/22: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Pittsfield, MA
- 7/25: Ansche Chesed Synagogue, NY, NY. Part of the Scribblers on the Roof series.
- 3/2: University of Pennsylvania Alumni club, Pittsburgh PA.
- 3/14: Siegel Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, Case Western Reserve University, Beachwood, OH, two presentations March 14, 2016. Click here for a video of this event.
- 2/11: Reading Geneis Book Launch, Jewish Community Center, Pittsburgh, PA
- 2/18: Current events group at Pittsburgh JCC
- 2/21: Sisterhood, New Light Congregation Pittsburgh, PA
Possible speaking topics
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- Discussion about Reading Genesis anthology with selections from its essays
- Women in the Bible – any topic. I have taught this on the college level and to adult learners many times.
- The Torah Portion of the week – can deliver as sermon, discussion, text study session, bibliodrama or any combination of the above
- Reading from my novel. Can be paired with book club discussion suited both for those who have already read and those who have yet to read.
- Workshop on creative writing or creativity in Jewish context, as part of Jewish conversation
- Talk about liveliness of Bible study in Israel. Click here for a video of this talk.
- Talk about modern Israeli writers
- Any of the articles or essays listed here can be adapted for a talk
Sample titles include:
- The Man Came to Me: Marital Misunderstanding in the Bible
- Recognition in the Book of Ruth
- Luckless Israel: Fate and Destiny in the Book of Esther
- Irresistible Samson: Performance Artist, Superhero or Suicide Bomber?
- Tricksters, Thieves and Disguisers: Women’s Ways of Negotiation in the Hebrew Bible
- “The Way of Women is Upon Me”: Underhanded Means of Revenge in Genesis.
- Shabbat: Our Tool for attention literacy
- Making Sense of History
- The Feedback Loop
- Joseph’s Power: Reading Backwards and Forwards
Reactions to talks by Beth Kissileff
Beth Kissileff gave a remarkable D’var Torah for our Sisterhood Shabbat. It was smart, engaging and very intellectually stimulating. I was captivated by her reading of her novel later in the morning.
Rabbi Andrew Warmflash, Hewlett-East Rockaway Jewish Center East Rockaway, NY
Beth is an engaged & approachable speaker. Her unique and pluralistic Jewish background as well as her familiarity with traditional texts and love for the material combine to make her one of the most accessible and insightful authors available. Beth is able to speak to diverse groups on a multitude of subjects & can engage her audiences on multiple levels. Between her appreciation for the primary texts of Judaism and her penchant for fiction writing, Beth Kissileff is a refreshingly new voice for our generation.
Beth Kissileff has the remarkable capacity to intuit the special qualities and viewpoints inherent in the biblical narratives, and to be a “matchmaker” between those narratives and modern writers whose expertise allows them to shed new light on the biblical texts. Guiding and learning from the writers she gathers as commentators, Beth communicates their insights with humor and wisdom, assuring that listeners will take new lessons from even well known biblical stories.
David C. Kraemer, professor of Talmud and Rabbinics and the Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Dr. Kissileff is an engaging speaker who captures the depth and breadth of Jewish life in her work. Her voice is one that speaks to contemporary audiences: at once nostalgic and modern, with a subtle sense of humor and elegant turns of phrase. We were enthralled, amused, and informed.
Rabbi Seth Adelson
Congregation Beth Shalom Pittsburgh, PA
We were very pleased to have Beth Kissileff read from her new novel Questioning Return to us at Congregation Beth Shalom. Dr. Kissileff is an engaging speaker who understands her audience. She chose to read from a section of the book that related well to the time and place where she was speaking, and that would be accessible and interesting to both those who had read the book before and those who were not aware of what the book was about. When answering questions at the end of her reading she engagingly covered a number of topics, from where she draws her inspiration, to the hurdles of publishing a book, and even to how she names her characters. It was wonderful to have Beth as a speaker!
Chris Hall, Adult Education Chair, Congregation Beth Shalom. Pittsburgh, PA