Jewish Cultural Celebration 2014
November 3 to 14, 2014
Jewish Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Ochs
Wednesday, November 12 | 7 p.m. | Lee Hall, room 411
Vanessa L. Ochs, author of Inventing Jewish Ritual (Jewish Publication Society), won the National Jewish Book Award in 2007 and was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. A professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies Program, Ochs teaches Judaism, spiritual writing, and anthropology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in drama and French from Tufts University, a master of fine arts degree in theater from Sarah Lawrence College, and a Ph.D. in anthropology of religion from Drew University. Other books by Ochs include Sarah Laughed; Worlds on Fire: One Woman’s Journey Into the Sacred; Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Child in an Unpredictable World; the Jewish Dream Book, co-authored by daughter Elizabeth Ochs; and The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices, edited with American rabbi and author Irwin Kula.For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044.