Saturday, May 7th at 7 p.m. Conversation and Poetry Reading with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat (the Velveteen Rabbi) Rabbi Barenblat’s poems interrogate, explore, and lovingly respond to Torah texts, balancing feminism and contemporary liberal theology with respect for classical traditions of interpretation. Her work invites us to engage both spiritually and critically with a body of writing that lies at the root of both the Abrahamic religions and much of Western literature. The event will begin with a brief Havdalah service (wine, spices, and flame to mark the end of Shabbat), and continue with conversation about midrash and the sharing of poems from 70 faces (Phoenicia Publishing, 2011). Children’s Chapel, Unitarian Church of Montreal, 5035 boul. de Maisonneuve O., three blocks from the Vendôme metro station.