ASU Jewish Studies
East Valley Jewish Community Building Initiative
Please join us on Sunday, May 5 for an afternoon seminar in which local Jewish leaders will gather to explore the Jewish value of community by examining its role for Jews in the East Valley in relation to the Greater Phoenix area. This program will provide a forum for Jewish community leaders to learn about the historical development of the kehillah as a source of strength throughout history, how it has developed in the East Valley and where it is headed in the future. By sharing ideas and breaking boundaries, Jews of the East Valley will ultimately strengthen
their collective leadership and create a communal infrastructure for future collaboration between agencies. Printable program
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Public parking is available in the Apache Boulevard Structure.
Enter from the North side of the structure, from Lemon Street.
Avdey Torah Hayah / Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University / Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert / Chabad of ASU / Chabad of the East Valley / Chabad of Mesa / East Valley Jewish Community Center / East Valley Jewish Day School / Hillel at ASU / Jewish Community Association of Greater Phoenix / Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley / Temple Emanuel of Tempe
author: RACHEL LEKET-MOR, Jewish Studies Librarian
In a much-beloved quotation from his 2011 book, This is Not the End of the Book: a Conversation, Umberto Eco stated that, "Either the book will continue to be the medium for reading, or its replacement will resemble what the book has always been, even before the invention of the printing press. Alterations to the book-as-object have modified neither its function nor its grammar for more than 500 years. The book is like the spoon, scissors, the hammer, the wheel. Once invented, it cannot be improved." (Carrière, Jean-Claude, Umberto Eco, and Jean-Philippe de Tonnac. London:Harvill Secker).
Like many of you, I associate the books I have read with certain physical qualities - I have treasured recollections of books' volume size, color of dust jacket, detailed cover art, and fonts used. Such physical features have been part of the reading experience for many of us. In the Jewish tradition, cherishing books is more than an abstract idea, as demonstrated in rituals that emphasize physical practices: think what is involved with handling and reading in the Torah, or imagine the respectful honorable treatment of defective texts when buried in a Genizah.[read full article]