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Thursday, November 10, 2011| Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Spertus College recently announced their One Book, One Community pick for Jewish Book Month: A Day of Small Beginnings (Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum)

A Day of Small Beginnings was selected with recommendations from Spertus staff and local Jewish librarians. Spertus Director of Programming Beth Schenker says, “We selected A Day of Small Beginnings because the novel addresses ideas about Jewish faith on both a very personal level and through the wide lens of political and social change. It examines the loss of Jewish family history and cultural heritage against the backdrop of increased freedom and opportunities in the secular world.”

Spertus has created some great resources to go along with the book, which you can check out below:

A special section of the Spertus website—accessible at—links to program information, a downloadable version of the reader resource guide, and a drawing for books and items related to the story.

Plus, check out these great One Book, One Community events:

Kick-Off Event—Getting Inside the Story 
Sunday, November 13 at 2pm at Spertus
(This event is Free)

Lecture & Discussion—Revolution & Tradition in Jewish Literature
Sunday, November 20 at 2pm at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka

Lecture & Dance Demonstration—What Makes a Jewish Dance? 
Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm at Spertus

AUTHOR APPEARANCES—Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum 
Sunday, December 4
2pm at Spertus
7pm at the Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Avenue

Each program is $18 ($10 for Spertus members and $8 for students).
As an incentive for book groups to attend together, tickets are $10 per person for groups of ten or more.
Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 312.322.1773.
A Day of Small Beginnings will be for sale at all events.

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