August 14th: Lovesong:Becoming a Jew, Julius Lester.
Lester's central story is of his movement from nominal Protestantism, through a flirtation with Catholicism and an interest in American Indian religions, to the synagogue he was formally received into at age 43, on Jan. 3, 1983. At the same time, it's necessarily the story of his public life and, above all, his sense of self, particularly of being black and Jewish. Lester taught at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, first in Black Studies and then in Jewish and Judiac and Near Eastern Studies. This book led to his ouster from Black Studies. Lester also led the Congregation at Beth El in St. Johnsbury for a while. Many of our congregants knew Lester.
Steve Monsein will lead the discussion.