Congregation Tifereth Israel

2022 Scholar-in-Residence


Dara Horn is the award-winning author of five acclaimed novels and the essay collection People Love Dead Jews. One of Granta magazine’s Best Young American Novelists and a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award, among other honors, Horn received her doctorate in Yiddish and Hebrew literature from Harvard University, and has taught these subjects at Sarah Lawrence College, Yeshiva University, and Harvard. She has lectured at hundreds of venues across North America, Israel and Australia. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

All events are free & open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Minnie Cobey Library and the Cobey Family, along with the Columbus Jewish Community Relations Council, and all our other sponsors and supporters. Masks and vaccination cards are required and the weekend will be live-streamed from our sanctuary.

Schedule of events

People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present | 6:30 pm Friday, after 5 pm services

D’var Torah: On Being a Jewish Writer | ~11:30 am Saturday, during services

Eternal Life: History and Purpose in a World that Outlasts Us | ~12:30 pm, after services

Antisemitism and Jewish Memory: a Conversation With Dara Horn | 7:30 pm, after community havdalah at 7:15 pm

Sponsorship Information
Click HERE to register and/or become a sponsor

Suggested Donation – $36
Recognition as a sponsor in event handout

Supporter – $108
Suggested Donation Level + 2 Shabbat Boxed Lunches

Bronze – $180
Supporter Level + invitation to Saturday Evening Sponsors’ Reception

Silver – $360
Bronze Level + 1 signed copy of People Love Dead Jews

Gold – $540
Silver Level + 1 signed copy of Eternal Life

Platinum – $1,080
Gold Level + 4 Shabbat Box Lunches, and your name acknowledged live during event and in all event advertising


“People love dead jews” Book Group in preparation of the weekend

Wednesdays l 12:00 pm l Rabbis Skolnik and Braver

December 8: In the Haunted Present, Everyone’s (Second) Favorite Dead Jew, Frozen Jews, Dead American Jews Part One

December 22: Executed Jews, Fictional Jews, Legends of Dead Jews

January 5: Dead American Jews, Part Two, On Rescuing Jews and Others, Dead Jews of the Desert

January 19: Blockbuster Dead Jews, Commuting With Shylock, Dead American Jews, Part Three