Casting Lots

Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World

Friday, March 24

7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Susan Silverman will share her stories about adoption and creating a family of 3 daughters, along with 2 sons, born in Ethiopia.  The family made aliyah in 2006.  Rabbi Silverman is the founder of the newly formed NGO, JustAdopt, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the global orphan crisis.

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 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. With three daughters and two sons (“We produce girls and import boys”), this unique family becomes a metaphor for the world’s contradictions and complexities-a microcosm of the tragedy and joy, hope and despair, cruelty and compassion, predictability and absurdity of this world we all live in.