Friday, February 25, 2011

Bill Cutter Book Signing on Sunday 2/27

Rabbi William (Bill) Cutter will be signing copies of Midrash & Medicine: Healing Body and Soul in the Jewish Interpretive Tradition on Sunday February 27th from noon to 2pm.

The Jewish healing movement is an effort to promote the use of Jewish beliefs and traditions among doctors and health care workers. The rabbis and other community workers who founded this movement believed that patients and people facing life crises are better served by practitioners knowledgeable about Jewish literature, liturgy, and midrash -- commentary, interpretations, and stories about biblical texts.

The Kalman Institue on Judaism and Health, founded by editor Cutter, a rabbi and professor emeritus at Hebrew Union College, fosters the movement through conferences and workshops, including the 2009 "Midrash & Medicine" that is the basis for this book.

Rabbi William Cutter, PhD, is director of the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and professor of modern Hebrew literature and the Steinberg Professor of Human Relations at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He is editor of Healing and the Jewish Imagination: Spiritual Perspectives on Judaism and Health (Jewish Lights). He has published widely on health and healing.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Basketball Slave by Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson will be signing copies of Basketball Slave: The Andy Johnson Story on Saturday February 19th from 1-3pm.

Basketball Slave: The Andy Johnson Story is filled to the brim with extraordinary tales from behind the scenes of the early Original Harlem Globetrotters and loaded with a wealth of historical information never disclosed about the slow, quota-based inception of African American athletes in the NBA. This book clarifies the role of the Original Harlem Globetrotters in making the NBA the multi-billion dollar organization it is today.

It is also a fascinating and inspirational story that weaves the heart-wrenching account of a young boy who became a man through the lessons of basketball. He grew up watching his family working in the cotton fields of Louisiana, to playing basketball bare foot in the streets of Hollywood, California. Having his education undervalued as a high school basketball star and being sent to a major University without any hopes of receiving a degree, to finally being sold on the professional basketball auction block three times without any ability to negotiate his pay or where he could play. Johnson turned every devastating event into another opportunity by staying positive in the game of life.