Rachel Tzvia Back, Israeli poet-in-residence

Rachel Tzvia Back photoRachel Tzvia Back is a poet, translator, senior lecturer of literature at Oranim College, and peace activist. She resides in the Galilee, where her great-great-great-grandfather settled in the 1830s. Her residency in Maine is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, and synagogues across the state.

The Mother Who Sends Her Son to War

Thursday, Nov. 17 / 4:00 pm / Colby: Wormser Room, Miller Library

Friday, Nov. 18 / 6:00 pm / Bangor: Congregation Beth El, 183 French St.

Sunday, Nov. 20 / 10:00 am / Portland: Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave.

Israel of 2016 has become, in profound and disturbing ways, a nation that has wandered far from its original values and vision. Through poetry and personal framings, Rachel Back discusses the particular dilemmas and conflicts of life in Israel today.

A Meeting of the Dispossessed & Possessors: A Galilean Tale

Saturday, Nov. 19 / 10:30 am / Augusta: Temple Beth El, 3 Woodlawn Ave.

Saturday, Nov. 19 / 5:00 pm / Rockland: Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St.

Sunday, Nov. 20 / 12:30 pm / Auburn: Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center, 74 Bradman St.

In this talk, Rachel Back will discuss a single tale of mutual recognition and reconciliation between a small group of Galilean Jews and Arabs, and what might be learned from it.