Be with Ani at one of her events!

Harvesting: A Dance of the Letters Writing Circle for Women over 60

Dance of the Letters Writing Center
Hatfield, MA

Please contact Ani for more information.

Creative self-expression holds a key to living with vitality, purpose, and joy in full bloom. Members of a HARVESTING Writing Circle gather together to explore and share the harvest of their lives. These writing circles welcome women new to writing, those who may have been journaling or writing regularly through other avenues for decades, and those who loved writing when younger, but left it behind. All are drawn to discovering what’s inside to express and fulfill—a desire that ripens with age.

All forms of writing are welcome—fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, as well as what Ani’s teenage writers have dubbed “rants,” writing into any topic at all, in any style.

This group meets monthly. Ani also hosts occasional half and full day retreats. For more information, please contact Ani.

Mystical Study Evening: featuring The Tremble of Love

Portland UnShul

Art by Diane Fredgant.

Hosted by Portland’s UnShul
Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, March 14
7-8:30 PM

Portland’s UnShul
3651 SW Custer Street
Portland, OR 97219

Click HERE for directions

Open to the Public. Donation Welcome.

Portland’s UnShul engages the Jewish soul, celebrating an embodied approach to Judaism through dance, song, meditation, connecting with nature, and serious study too. This evening’s event will open with chanting and Rabbah D’vorah leading a guided meditation, followed by Ani reading passages from The Tremble of Love. There will be opportunity for open discussion, all topped off by book signing.


In The Presence of Love:  An Evening with The Tremble of Love and Ani Tuzman

Havdalah at P'nai Or of PortlandHavdalah at P’nai Or of Portland

Saturday evening, March 17
7-9 PM

Location of the event:
9750 SW Terwilliger Blvd
Portland, OR 97219



Ani will read passages from The Tremble of Love, transporting listeners both back in time and into the timeless sanctuary of their indomitable inner love. We will pause for a brief Havdalah ceremony, replete with blessings, wine, fragrance, and candlelight, to mark the end of Sabbath. Havdalah will be followed by discussion and book signing.

Worship at P’nai Or is infused with singing, chanting, and dance. Study is deep into Torah and other wisdom traditions. “We pray with our feet” through social, environmental, & economic justice work in partnership with other communities.


Writing Our Way to Inner Peace:  A Dance of the Letters Writing Circle with Ani Tuzman

Co-sponsored by Mittleman JCC, Compassionate Listening Oregon, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, and Congregation Shir Tikvah.

Portland, OR

Congregation Shir Tikvah
7550 NE Irving St
Portland, OR 97213

Click HERE for directions

Monday evening, March 19
6:30-8:15 PM
Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to register.

Open to the Public. $15

Faced with the turbulence in our world and the demands of our daily lives—not to mention the reactivity of our dear minds—it is vital to find our way to the stillness, perspective, and abiding love within us. Writing can be a path to connecting with a compassionate and embracing inner witness. We can write our way into this inner “space” and, in the process, tap into an infinite source of health and creative energy. Just takes some willingness, a spirit of openness and adventure, and a little time to rendezvous with your Self.

About Dance of the Letters Writing Circles:

A Dance of the Letters Writing Circle is a welcoming space in which to find and free not only one’s voice, but also one’s heart. These energetic and contemplative gatherings are rendezvous with the soul. Ani offers writing sparks that can kindle the creative fire. Participants can use or ignore these sparks; permission and play are at the heart of writing freely. There is no way to do this wrong.

Learn more about Dance of the Letters Writing Circles and find free writing
resources at


Mittleman JCC March Author Series
Portland, Oregon

Mittleman JCC
Co-sponsored by Mittleman JCC, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Portland, Oregon

Tuesday evening, March 20, 2018
7 PM

Mittleman JCC
6651 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219

Click HERE for directions

Open to the Public.

Event tickets: $8. (MJCC Members $5) Register:

Ani will be the featured author on March 20 in this monthlong Author Series. Ani’s readings will be followed by Q&A and book signing—its own intimate encounter. Be transported back in time to find sanctuary in the timeless presence of Love.

The Mittleman Jewish Community Center celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2014!


In the Presence of Love:
An experience of The Tremble of Love
with music

Temple Beth Israel Co-Sponsored by
Temple Beth Israel and Or haGan

Eugene, Oregon

Thursday evening, March 22, 2018
7:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel
1175 East 29th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97403

Click HERE for directions

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.     Donations gratefully accepted.

Ani will share passages from The Tremble of Love, framed by music—all together transporting us back in time and into the timeless sanctuary of the heart. Followed by discussion, book signing and more music.

Temple Beth Israel embraces traditional wisdom with contemporary insight, and promotes the spiritual, educational and social well-being of its members. TBI is a member of the Jewish Reconstructionist Movement and of the Community of Welcoming Congregations.


In the Presence of Love: An Experience of The Tremble of Love

Havurah SynagogueHavurah Synagogue
Ashland, Oregon

Sunday evening, March 25, 2018
7:30 PM

Havurah Synagogue
185 North Mountain Avenue
Ashland, Oregon, 97520

Click HERE for directions

Open to the Public. Donation welcome.

Ani will be reading from The Tremble of Love, followed by discussion and book signing. Spiced with a niggun led by Rabbi David Zaslow.

Havurah Synagogue, a dynamic, egalitarian, spiritual community, rich in diverse approaches to Jewish learning and practice, strives to deepen personal connection to the Divine through prayer, music, movement, and storytelling. Havurah is proud to be an LGBTQ Safe Zone.


Just wanted to thank you for a lovely evening at our book club. I so enjoyed listening to you talk about the process of creating The Tremble of Love. It is not often that I think about the research, thought, and endless editing that authors go through to produce a final product. I loved learning in your book about the history and the legend of the Baal Shem Tov.

I found your writing engrossing and beautiful. The book did really make me think hard about what is truly important in my life and in life in general. Your enthusiasm and energy at our gathering made me want to go back and reread parts of the book and think more about the major themes.

With admiration and love,
– Bina Addes

I realize that you put your whole self into whatever you offer…I want to learn to write from the heart the way you do.

– Frances Delahanty, Life Coach at Exquisite Life Coaching

When I joined a writing group led by Ani Tuzman, I hadn’t done any “creative writing” in decades! The stimulation and support I’ve experienced from my sister writers, and from Ani — who models a respectful, positive and always helpful style — has been deeply inspiring. I’m surprised, moved and excited by the writing coming out of me because of this skillful guidance and loving support.

– Carol Drexler, Psychotherapist

I am writing to say that your reading and talk had a tremendous impact on my students. They wrote movingly about it, and one student’s entire reflection was about your impact on her.

– Carol Bailey, Professor, Literature of Diversity Class, University of Massachusetts

The Tremble of Love

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A Very Special Opportunity:

Bring Ani to your venue when she is on her book tour.

During 2018 and 2019, Ani will be traveling in the US and abroad on a book tour with her new novel, The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov. See where Ani will be traveling.

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In the Presence of Love:
Boston Area Book Reading and Discussion

Sunday morning, December 3, 2017
10:30 AM-12 PM

Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Free and Open to the Public.

Click HERE for directions

A not-to-be-missed experience of immersion in the loving presence that infuses The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov. The reading and discussion will be followed by Ani signing books, a special opportunity to purchase a personally signed copy of The Tremble of Love as a unique holiday gift.

About Temple Beth Zion (TBZ):
TBZ inspires spiritual searching, lifts the soul, challenges the mind, and requires social responsibility and action—a community of serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and carry out deeds of loving-kindness.

Indie Author Day 2017

Indie Author Day: Reading and Book Signing

Saturday, October 14, 2017
2 PM-3:30 PM

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Ani will be the first of the featured Indie authors to read in celebration of Indie Author Day, a national event.  So, please plan to arrive a little before 2.   
Book signing will follow the readings.

A Reading Co-hosted by Yiddish Book Center and Odyssey Bookshop

A Reading Co-hosted by Yiddish Book Center and Odyssey BookshopMarch 9, 2017 – 7 PM

Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Click HERE for directions

facebookThe Tremble of Love: Book Reading (Facebook Event Page)

Ani’s first official reading of The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov!.

The Odyssey is located at 9 College Street on the Village Commons in South Hadley Massachusetts, across from Mount Holyoke College on Rt. 116.

Book Club Discussion of The Tremble of Love

April 24, 2017. 

Amherst, MA.

*For members of the book club only.

Women’s Rosh Chodesh [New Moon] Group

New Moon, April 26, 2017. 

Brookline MA

*For members of the Rosh Chodesh group only.

Pioneer Valley Reading and Celebration

February 26, 2017 – 2PM

Munson Memorial Library
1046 South East Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Click HERE for Directions

facebookBook Celebration (Facebook Event Page)

All are warmly welcome to celebrate the birth of The Tremble of Love in Ani’s “backyard,”the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Ani (and others) will read selections from the novel. We will rejoice with live Klezmer music (thank you, Amy Rose and Klezamir!), along with delicious refreshments and great company.

Hardcover and paperback editions of The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov will be available for purchase and signing. If you have already purchased the book, please feel free to bring your copy for signing!

Please join Ani in celebrating The Tremble of Love!

Writer’s Voice: Francesca Rheannon Interviews Ani

December 2016

From the Writer’s Voice website:

“Writer’s Voice …where the conversation goes deeper. We talk to writers of all genres about matters that move us and make us think.

The program features interviews and readings, as well as reviews, with authors such as Louise Erdrich, James Risen, Ursula K. LeGuin, Russell Banks, poet Richard Wilbur and many more notable writers. Writer’s Voice is produced and hosted by Francesca Rheannon, and has been on the air since 2004 with more than 400 shows produced, broadcasting on stations around the United States.”

Listen to Ani’s interview

Giving Voice

November 13, 2016

This session is designed to inspire participants— second and third generation children of survivors, and others—to give voice to that which may seem unspeakable. Bring a notebook and pen.

The Arnold and Esther Tuzman Holocaust Memorial Teach-In, Gratz College 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027
215-635- 7300 •

Yom Kippur High Holiday Services, Brandeis University

October 12, 2016

Ani is deeply honored to have been invited by Rabbi Albert Axlerad, rabbi emeritus of Brandeis University (Ani’s Alma Mater), to offer a Dvar Torah, a Torah commentary, during this year’s Yom Kippur services. As her Dvar Torah, Ani will be reading a selection from The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov, highlighting what it is, or can be, to pray with one’s whole being. The scene Ani will read takes place in one of the grandest synagogues of its time in the Polish Lithuanian. Yom Kippur, 1736.

Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Dear Ani,
I wanted to thank you again for presenting “Giving Voice” at the Holocaust Teach-In and share just a few comments from the teacher evaluations: “Extremely valuable.” “A good presenter.” “Very inspirational.”

So glad you could share your passion and expertise with the group. It is always a pleasure working with you.

– Mindy Blechman, Coordinator, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Gratz College

I really enjoyed your workshop at the 5 College Women’s Study Center. You have such wonderful, inspiring energy! I loved reconnecting with writing and journaling. Your workshop was truly a gift.

– Jaime Michaels

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