9 2017

Jewish Author Series - Fifty Shades of Talmud with Maggie Anton

7:45PM - 9:15PM  

Beth Shalom Congregation 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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$ Cost $ 20.00

Three weekdays and one Friday evening Sabbath program brings to us four amazing Jewish authors speaking about their most recent works. Reading the each book beforehand may enhance your experience. Books can be ordered online at through

Single Author Fee: $10 members; $20 non-members or Save with the Series Fee: $25 members; $50 non-members. (Friday Shabbat Author Program – free)

Roger Horowitz: Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food, 2016
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:45 p.m.

Learn the truth behind the kosher food labels and certification groups! The author, a professor and historian, will provide answers to many questions such as: Why do non-Jews represent one of the fastest-growing sectors in the kosher market? What are the most controversial kosher ingredients? How does modern food processing present obstacles to the kosher food industry?

You don’t have to keep kosher to attend this book talk! You may, however, walk away with a greater appreciation of the positive influences that kosher food has brought to the food industry in America.

Avraham Azrieli: Deborah Rising, 2016
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Imagine a Jewish John Grisham! Similar to Grisham, Avi Azrieli graduated from law school, practiced law for a while and then became a full time author. Many of Azrieli’s books have Jewish, political and legal themes but they vary in genre; for example, a political thriller, a courtroom drama, a spy novel, a mystery, a biography and many more. Lavish reviews of his work can be found on His novels have a Jewish theme. His newest, listed above, portrays the dramatic rise of the first woman to lead a nation in human history.

Maggie Anton: Fifty Shades of Talmud: What the First Rabbis Had to Say About You-Know-What, 2016
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:45 p.m.

Not only is Maggie Anton a great writer, but a terrific speaker as well, according to several community members who have heard her speak here before. Who can resist her most recent, intriguing title? Amusing, Seductive and Stimulating are three words used to describe her book. She shares a light-hearted in-depth tour of sexuality within the Talmud. "Author Maggie Anton reveals how Jewish tradition is more progressive in many respects, and more bawdy, than one might think. The award-winning historical novelist's first foray into nonfiction is likely to leave her fans going OMG, WTF, and even LOL." (


Special Friday Evening Author

Jeffrey Gorsky: Exiles in Sepharad: The Jewish Millennium in Spain
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. during services

Commemorate the 525th anniversary of the 1492 Spanish Expulsion of the Jews with this fascinating talk during Sabbath services. We are honored to welcome author Jeff Gorsky to talk about his book: Exiles in Sepharad, a dramatic history of Sephardic Jews who flourished in Europe for a thousand years under Christian and Muslim rulers until they met their unfortunate fate at the end of the fifteenth century.

Jeffrey Gorsky, a nationally recognized expert in immigration law, currently works for a law firm that specializes in immigration. Formerly, he held positions in the U.S. government as a diplomat, a vice-consul and an intelligence analyst.