Chapter & Verse

Our new Chapter & Verse series offers Sunday brunch and conversation as we hear from contemporary Jewish authors on relevant issues of today. 

Advanced registration required for all programs. See below for details.

Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz 
The Path of the Prophets: The Ethics Driven Life

Sunday, March 17, 2019 | 10:30 AM | at the Merfish Teen Center
Advance Registration Required by March 11

Rabbi Barry Schwartz

Illuminating the ethical legacy of the biblical prophets, Path of the Prophets identifies the prophetic moment in the lives of 18 biblical figures and demonstrates their compelling relevance to us today. While the Bible almost exclusively names men as prophets, Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz celebrates heroic, largely unknown biblical women such as Shiphrah, Tirzah, and Hannah.

Rabbi Schwartz is the director of The Jewish Publication Society and the spiritual leader of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey.

$25 Member I $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)

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Ariel Burger 
Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom

Sunday, Apr 14, 2019 | 10:30 AM | at the Merfish Teen Center

Ariel Burger

This profoundly hopeful, thought-provoking, and inspiring book takes us inside Elie Wiesel’s classroom. As Wiesel’s teaching assistant, Ariel Burger gives us a front-row seat witnessing these remarkable exchanges in and out of the classroom.

Burger first met Wiesel at age fifteen. Witness chronicles the intimate conversations between these two men over decades, as Burger sought counsel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey. Burger is a writer, artist, teacher and rabbi.

Patron Sponsor: Leah Stolar & Bruce Kessler

$25 Member I $37 Public (includes brunch and lecture)

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Jewish Book Council

Looking for more author talks? Be sure to check out our Afterword series of upcoming author visits. 

All programs will take place at the Merfish Teen Center | 9000 S. Rice. For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at or 713.595.8183.