JTS to Host Mitch Albom, Best-Selling Author of Tuesdays with Morrie

Albom to Discuss His Inspirational New Book, Have a Little Faith

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October 7, 2009, New York, NY

Mitch Albom, the internationally-renowned and best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie and other works, will discuss his new book, Have a Little Faith, at The Jewish Theological Seminary's Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture. The event, open to the community at no charge, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, at JTS, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Have A Little Faith begins with an unusual request: an 82-year-old rabbi from Mitch Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. (Coincidentally, the rabbi, Albert Lewis (z”l), was ordained at JTS in 1948.) Feeling unworthy, Albom insists on understanding the man better, which throws him back into a world of faith he’d left years ago. Meanwhile, closer to his current home, Albom becomes involved with a Detroit pastor—a reformed drug dealer and convict—who preaches to the poor and homeless in a decaying church with a hole in its roof.

As America struggles with hard times and people turn more to their beliefs, Albom and the two very dissimilar men of God explore issues that perplex modern man: how to endure when difficult things happen; what heaven is; intermarriage; forgiveness; doubting God; and the importance of faith in trying times. Ultimately, Have a Little Faith is a book about a life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; and about the divine spark inside us all.

Mitch Albom is the author of ten books, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which spent four years on the top of the New York Times bestseller list and is the most successful memoir of all time. His books have collectively sold more than twenty-eight million copies worldwide and have been published in forty-two languages.

In addition to his work as an author, Albom is also a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His award-winning sports columns have appeared in the Detroit Free Press since 1985, and he has been named the nation’s best sports columnist more than a dozen times by Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE). The film version of Tuesdays with Morrie, produced by Oprah Winfrey, garnered four Emmy Awards. Two of his other bestsellers, The Five People You Meet In Heaven and For One More Day, have also been turned into successful TV movies.

Albom has founded three charities in and around Detroit, where he resides. The Dream Fund allows disadvantaged children to participate in the arts; A Time to Help brings volunteers together monthly to tackle various projects in Detroit; and “S.A.Y. Detroit” helps fund shelters and care for the homeless.

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large.

Admission is free; reservations and photo ID are required. To register, or for further information, please call (212) 280-6093 or email publicevents@jtsa.edu.