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SJCC: Book Fest in Your Living Room with Dr. Jonathan Sarna

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January 27th, 2021 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


ONLINE | Mercer Island, WA 98040


The Stroum Jewish Community Center presents a Book Fest in your Living Room with Jonathan Sarna, editor of Cosella Wayne and Judith Rosenbaum of Jewish Women’s Archive. Cora Wilburn’s Cosella Wayne, Or Will and Destiny, published in 1860, is considered the first American Jewish novel. It was all but forgotten until rediscovered by Brandeis University Professor Jonathan Sarna in 2016. In this Zoom conversation, Sarna, who currently serves as chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History, discusses the newly published version and Wilburn’s fascinating life with Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Tickets are $5 – $10 for the virtual event or $36 for a virtual ticket and a book from Island Books.
Zoom links will be emailed one hour prior to the event. Ticket sales end Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30 pm.

About the Book:

For much of her life, author Cora Wilburn, born Hen­ri­et­ta Pulfer­ma­ch­er, worked to shed light on injus­tice. She wrote about taboo topics such as slav­ery, the exploita­tion of work­ers, women’s rights, intermarriage, and religious hypocrisy. This did not make her very pop­u­lar in cer­tain cir­cles, and few embraced or preserved her legacy. After her death, Sarna’s efforts set Wilburn in her right­ful place, which was not mere­ly among the canon of Jew­ish Amer­i­can nov­el­ists, but at its lead. She wrote Cosella Wayne, Or Will and Destiny, published in 1860.




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