One Book | One Community—Meet the Author at Spertus

Sunday, December 4, 2011 @ 8:00am

Event Info

Admission

$18; $10 for Spertus members; $8 for students

Venue

Spertus Institute

610 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, 

IL 

60605

Presenter

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
312-322-1700

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum was born and raised in New York. She studied modern dance and majored in religion and philosophy at New York University, and then studied international relations at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After working at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, Rosenbaum went back to school to study law. After her first child was born, she took a writing class at UCLA and found that her sensibilities about writing felt much like creating dance—a choreography with words. In the 1990s Rosenbaum traveled to Poland with her in-laws, who are Holocaust survivors. Their experiences inspired A Day of Small Beginnings.

A Day of Small Beginnings starts in rural Poland with a lively 83-year-old ghost named Friedl Alterman. It tracks three generations of a Jewish family unraveling the mysteries of their past. It was selected by Spertus staff and local Jewish librarians for its mystical and surprising plot lines, its stories of characters across generations, and the vivid portrait it paints of life for Eastern European Jews.