First JHFE Jewish Author Series Includes Ament, Gordis, Shavit and Kula

Rachel Ament, author of The Jewish Daughter Diaries; Daniel Gordis, author of Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul; Ari Shavit, author of My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel; and Irwin Kula, author of Letters between Irwin Kula and Leonard Fine, z”l (soon to be published); are all coming to Louisville to speak as part of the brand new Louisville Jewish Authors Series, made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

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Rachel Ament

The relationship between Jewish daughters and their mothers is complex and colorful, loving and fraught. On Sunday, November 2, Louisville’s own Rachel Ament will talk about her book, The Jewish Daughter Diaries, at 10:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center. There will be a book signing at 11:30.

The book is a collection of essays that includes stories from Mayim Bialik, a star of The Big Bang Theory; Jena Friedman, a producer of The Daily Show; Rachel Shukert, author of Starstruck; Anna Breslaw, editor of Cosmopolitan; and many others.

It includes stories about moms who do things like impersonate their daughters on J-Date, try to set their daughters up with celebrities, and take selfies with their dogs. The book has been described as heartfelt and hilarious.

Ament, the daughter of Sue and Mark Ament, is now a writer and editor who lives in Washington, D.C.

For more information, please contact Adath Jeshurun Cantor David Lipp, 458-5859 or

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Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis will be coming to town on Sunday, November 16, at 7 p.m. at a location to be announced. Gordis’ book, Menachem Begin, is a biography of Israel’s sixth prime minister that explains how this pre-state “terrorist” became the first Israeli leader to sign a peace treaty with an Arab country.

The book explores the many facets of this complex, controversial leader, including his rivalry with David Ben Gurion, his internationally admired statesmanship, which led to his selection as the first Israeli to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and the fact that he was a proud Jew, but not a conventionally religious one. There will a book signing following his talk.


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Ari Shavit

Ari Shavit will speak on Sunday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Adath Jeshurun. There will be a book signing following his talk. This event is sponsored by Adath Jeshurun and co-sponsored by Temple Shalom.

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Irwin Kula






Details of the event featuring Irwin Kula will be announced when they are finalized.

Books, provided by Carmichael’s Bookstores, will be available for purchase at each event.

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