YPD kicks off new ‘Brew House Educational Series’ at Schlafly Bottleworks.
St. Louis born Andy Abrams, who wrote the documentary, “Tattoo Jew,” will kick off a free Brew House Educational Series hosted by the Young Professionals Division of Jewish Federation at 7 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 20 at the Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Abrams will discuss his documentary, which explores the intersection between traditional Jewish culture and the current popularity of tattoos. This is the first in the series.
A writer and filmmaker, Abrams grew up in an Orthodox home in Creve Coeur and attended Epstein Hebrew Academy. He is the son of Bob and Sandie Abrams, executive director of Nusach Hari. Currently, Andy Abrams lives in University City. He has more than 10 years of experience working in film, television and new media; including time with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope, Myriad Pictures, Arclight Films, Logical Evolution and Yahoo! TV. Andy has written professionally for “Skin & Ink,” and for the book series, “Jewish Choices, Jewish Voices” for which he authored a chapter about tattoos and religious law called, “Kosher Ink.: The Emerging World of Tattooed Jews.”
The second in the series will feature author Benyamin Cohen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at Fallon’s Bar and Grill in Olivette. Cohen, the Atlanta-born son of an Orthodox rabbi, traveled around the Bible belt visiting various places of worship to find out why Christians seem so excited about Christianity. He wrote this humorous yet sincere account of how this transformative experience impacted his own spirituality and Jewish identity. The founding editor of Jewsweek magazine and editor of American Jewish Life magazine, Cohen has written for a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish publications.
Dietary laws will be observed. RSVP for each program by Feb. 26 and April 26, respectively. Contact Lee’at Bachar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-442-3817.