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Women’s Academy book brunch to include Lau video

lau coverThe Women’s Academy for Jewish Studies at Congregation Chofetz Chayim will present “Out of the Depths,” a brunch and book presentation, on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

“Out of the Depths,” the autobiography of Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, tells the story of the youngest survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp, who rose to become one of the worldsí most influential religious leaders as the chief rabbi of Israel, meeting with two popes, the Queen of England, Nelson Mandela and several American presidents.

“This year’s event includes a special video presentation of Rabbi Lau’s message to our Tucson Israel Experience tour group this past May,” says Esther Becker, who has been presenting the community-wide women’s book event for the past six years. “We were honored to receive a private audience with Rabbi Lau, and we look forward to sharing part of that meeting with the women of Tucson.”

“The season between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a time for introspection and renewal. This is the perfect time to learn about the challenges of Rabbi Lau and others, and rejuvenate ourselves for the coming year,” adds Becker.

Copies of “Out of the Depths” are available directly from Becker. The cost for the book and brunch is $25. The event, which is limited to 100 women, is dedicated in memory of Elaine Tygiel, a former student of the Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies.

For more information, contact Becker at 747-7780 or