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JNF Women for Israel to host reception with Anita Diamant, author of ‘The Red Tent’

Anita Diamant Anita Diamant The Jewish National Fund Women for Israel is bringing bestselling author Anita Diamant to Tampa for a special celebration of the 25th Anniversary of her book, The Red Tent.

The dessert reception is being held at Congregation Schaarai Zedek, 3303 W. Swann Ave., on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome

Prior to the community program, an exclusive pre-reception for all women contributing $1,000 or more to JNF’s 2019 campaign begins at 1 p.m.

Guest speaker Anita Diamant is a journalist and New York Times best selling author of The Red Tent and The Boston Girl. She has penned various feature stories and columns including profiles of prominent individuals as well as stories about medical ethics, politics, pop culture, and contemporary Jewish practice. She started her career as a journalist in Boston writing for local publications and covering regional and national news, before turning to writing non-fiction books about Jewish life such as The New Jewish Wedding Book and The Jewish Baby Book along with her novels inspired by the Bible, Judaism, women, and American history.

When the Red Tent was first published in 1997, it became a book group favorite, its popularity largely fueled by word-of-mouth. It has been published in 25 countries and in 2014 the book was made into a Lifetime channel mini-series. The historical novel expands the story of Dinah, a minor character in the book of Genesis. The brief episode in which she appears – but does not speak - is usually referred to as the “rape of Dinah.” In Diamant’s retelling, Dinah is given a voice. The Red Tent is told from her perspective and the point of view of the women around her.

Event chair for the JNF Women for Israel Dessert Reception is Lynne Merriam.

While there is no charge to attend Diamant’s talk, RSVPs are required. Contact or call (727) 536-5263.

About Jewish National Fund

JNF began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. Today, JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. For more information on JNF, call (800) JNF-0099 or visit

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