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Author Appearance: Irene Shaland & Alex Shaland

May 19, 2018 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Two and a half millennia ago, a small party of Jews exploring new trading routes for King Solomon settled in the south of India, and lived there peacefully until today. During the ancient Roman period, many Jewish merchants traveled to China over the Silk Route and some made it their permanent home. Before the Edict of Expulsion in 1492, Sicily was home to over 50 Jewish communities, possibly numbering 50,000 people. So, how did the Diaspora bring these wandering Jews to so many places around the globe? How was their sense of identity formed? And why did Jews live happily in India and China for centuries and not experience antisemitism, while the story of the Jews in Europe went from persecutions and massacres to unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust? Finally, why do we see the rise of antisemitism and violence again in the 21st century? You will find answers to these questions and much more in the current edition of Irene Shaland's artfully illustrated book The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories. She collected these fascinating stories while visiting ten countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa and interviewing the locals in their homes, synagogues, and even cemeteries. Now, Irene Shaland's book, replete with her husband's photos, takes you on your own exciting journey of self-discovery along your own “Dao” from Austria and the Czech Republic to Scandinavia, from India and China to Sicily and Sardinia, and from East Africa to Stalinist Russia.

“For the student of Jewish history … and for the curious traveler in all of us, this book is required reading; a must-have on every bookshelf…part travel-guide, part cultural history, Shaland takes you by the hand and delivers a Jewish heart” Corinne Brown, Editor-in-Chief, HaLapid Magazine, December 2016.

Irene is the author of two books on the history of theater, drama, and intercultural interpretations. Her third book "The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories" has been published in 2016. Irene's over 25 articles dedicated to arts, theater, and cultural and historical travel have appeared in multiple journals both in print and online in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, and the U.K. An internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer, Irene has a life-long passion for travel with a higher purpose. Together with her husband-photographer Alex, Irene has visited close to 70 countries. Her research trips result in numerous publications and series of educational lectures and slide-shows focused on various countries' responses to Holocaust, Jewish history, little-known Jewish communities, origins of traditions and myths, sense of identity, and personal stories. Irene regularly presents to academic and lay audiences in universities, museums, libraries, synagogues, JCCs, and art galleries in Cleveland, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and New York/New Jersey area.

Wednesday 9/26
21st Annual L'Amour du Vin

Thursday 9/27
thru Sun Sept 30

Friday 9/28
Reggae for Food 10 benefit concert

Saturday 9/29
Brooklyn Fall Fest

Monday 10/1
Slow Roll Cleveland

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