Best-selling, internationally acclaimed author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom, will discuss his new book: Have a Little Faith: A True Story
at Temple Israel in Minneapolis on Sunday evening, October 18th. ” The book, which just arrived in bookstores on Tuesday, is Albom’s first nonfiction book since Tuesdays with Morrie. [Update: Free Tickets No Longer Available.]
The event is a benefit for Temple Israel, Minneapolis’ oldest congregation, and tickets start at just $25. A dessert reception and book signing will follow the event.
Want to win a pair of tickets to hear Mitch Albom speak about his new book Have a Little Faith at Temple Israel on October 18th?
Temple Israel is offering one lucky reader (and their +1) the opportunity to attend their October 18th benefit for free. You may know that one of Mitch Albom’s most popular books, in addition to Tuesdays with Morrie, is The Five People You Meet in Heaven. To win the pair of tickets to Temple Israel’s benefit with Mitch Albom, between now and 8am on Monday, October 5th, go to the comments section of this post and tell us the five people that you would hope to meet in heaven. We’ll enter your name in our raffle (drawn randomly with the help of The Hat). One submission per person.
More about Have a Little Faith
The story behind Mitch Albom’s book Have a Little Faith begins when an 82-year-old rabbi from Albom’s old hometown asks him to deliver his eulogy. 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.
Moving between their worlds, Christian and Jewish, African-American and white, impoverished and well-to-do, Albom observes how these very different men employ faith similarly in fighting for survival: the older, suburban rabbi, embracing it as death approaches; the younger, inner-city pastor relying on it to keep himself and his church afloat. Have a Little Faith is a story about life’s purpose; about losing belief and finding it again; and about believing in something bigger than yourself.
Publisher’s Weekly calls Have a Little Faith a “masterpiece of hope and a moving testament of interfaith understanding.”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, says of the book, “Once again, Mitch Albom has given us a heart-warming true story, about the power of love to triumph over death, and the power of faith to guide us through the worst adversity.”
More about Temple Israel’s October 18th Benefit:
General Admission assigned seats are $25 and include the lecture, book signing and dessert. Books will be available for sale at the event. Preferred seating starts at $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available at $1,500-$3,000 and include a pre-event dinner, complimentary book and private book signing. Ads can also be purchased for our evening program. To purchase tickets, become an event sponsor or purchase an ad, contact 612-374-0314 or email [email protected].
Proceeds from the Benefit support scholarships, programming and education. Temple Israel is located at 2324 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
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I’m excited for this event! I’ll be photographing it for Temple Israel.
I would like to meet in heaven:
1. My father
2. My brother
3. friend, John Franzoia
4. St. Benedict
Mitch has such an amazing way with words and the enlightenment I received from “The Five People You Meet In Heaven” book was astounding.
I would be blessed to meet:
1. My birth mother: Asking her questions and telling her of my life
2. My brother Danny: (Who died when I was seven.) His laugh still resonates in my mind.
3. Anne Frank
4. Dorothea: A family friend who nursed my grandmother. We became close before she died.
5. I want a surprise: Someone I’d never expect. 🙂
Okay, I know I can’t win this prize, but the five choices are so awesome that I had to throw my hat in:
1. God (come on – I want to know if he/she is real)
2. My Grandma Rose (I was too young when she died and don’t remember her that well)
3. My Great Aunt Fran (so we can talk about Yiddishe theater; and she would love TC Jewfolk)
4. Golda Meir
5. Lilith (the original she-devil/feminist)
By the way, this was a much trickier exercise than I thought. I can’t wait to see what other people post.
I would love to meet:
1. My maternal great-grandparents to ask them why they converted from Judaism and erased all traces of it from our family.
2. My paternal great-grandmother to hug her and remember what it was like when she would hold me when I was a little girl in England.
3. My High School Quick Recall coach and mentor. She helped me through some tough emotional times in high school and her death devastated me.
4. This is a two-fer: Abraham and Sarah. I want to meet the couple who had immense faith and completely changed the course of human history.
5. Someone (it doesn’t matter who) who fought against the Nazi’s in WWII by hiding or helping Jews. It takes great courage and faith to stand up against a force such as the Nazi’s were.
1) My paternal grandmother who passed away when I was 1 and really was the grandma i never had.
2) My maternal grandfather who passed away before I was born, simply becaus ei know his reality and mine were just completely different.
3) My paternal great grandmother who passed away when i was 13, grew up in chicago and lived through both world wars
4) a friend of mine from college who always knew how to live life to the fullest and put a smile on everyone’s face.
5) FDR – i’d love to know how his mind works/worked.
Wow… this is a tough question.
There’s a lot of people who I know I’ll meet there. Here are some who I’m not sure I’d bump into, but I’d sure hope to:
2. Albert Einstein
3. Harry Houdini
4. Judith Resnick
5. Sammy Davis, Jr.
1. Nana – Rose Bernstein (z”l)
2. Grandma – Natalie Ruth Friedlander Elperin (z”l)
3. The relative-I-never-met on my mother’s side with whom I have the most in common – God can choose, I trust God’s judgment on this one.
4. Great-Grandpa Joseph (z”l)
5. Someone who needs me, even in heaven – again, God can choose.
Thanks everybody for their great comments! While the official contest ended at 8am this morning (sorry Amy!), please do keep the comments coming – it’s great to see all of the great ideas for who you’d love to meet.
Congrats to Danny for winning the two free tickets to hear Mitch Albom at Temple Israel! Stay tuned on TC Jewfolk for other great chances to win free tickets to upcoming Twin Cities Jewish events.