Meet Susan Silverman, author of "Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World," on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. at [words] bookstore, 179 Maplewood Avenue in Maplewood.

The event is free and open to the community. Book available for purchase. Temple B’nai Abraham is cosponsoring this event.

Susan Silverman grew up with parents who were, both before and after a devastating loss, atheists. Yet, as a young adult, she shocked everyone who knew her (“But you were elected Class Flirt in high school!”) and became a rabbi. What was not surprising, however, was that she built her own big, unwieldy family through both birth and adoption, something she had intended from childhood. A meditation on identity, faith, and belonging— one that’s as funny as it is moving—Casting Lots will resonate with anyone who has struggled to find their place in the world and to understand the significance of that place.

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Susan Silverman is a writer, activist, speaker and a Reform Rabbi. She has written for and appeared in The Forward, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post, The New York Post, Al Jazeer and CNN, among others. She speaks on social justice issues, including partnering with her sister, comedian Sarah Silverman, to address issues and ideas of common concern, most recently at Lincoln Center as part of Tina Brown's "Women in the World" conference. She is the co-author, with her husband, of Jewish Family & Life.

Of special note…Temple B'nai Abraham's Rabbi Faith Joy Dantowitz and Rabbi Silverman are longtime friends and were roommates in Israel during their first year in rabbinical school decades ago.