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Annual book brunch to highlight women’s prayers

Esther Becker will explore “Conversations with G-d” at the annual Women’s Academy of Jewish Studies Women’s Book Brunch, Sunday, Sept. 15 at Congregation Chofetz Chayim.

“We live in an era when we all have our challenges to deal with and no one goes unscathed,” says Becker.  “I wanted to give the women a book that could be a companion to them, that can open the doors for them to find comfort and connection to G-d no matter what they are going through. I found my answer in ‘Conversations with G-d,’ a book written by Ruchi Koval.”

Koval is an educator and parenting coach in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs Jewish character-development groups for women, and is a motivational speaker and blogger. In “Conversations with G-d: Prayers for Jewish Women,” she offers personal explanations of traditional prayers and new prayers for many occasions, from holidays to pregnancy to aging with grace.

A brief introduction precedes each prayer, explaining when it is said and its purpose. Each prayer includes the original Hebrew text, a transliteration, and an English translation. Following the prayer is a “takeaway” that makes the prayer personal and helps internalize its message.

The brunch begins with registration at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $36, which includes the book. For reservations, call Becker at 591-7680.