People of the Book – American Jewish Authors Book Group
Free, Monthly Tuesday evening meetings at the Temple, 7:00 – 9:00pm Oct 17; Nov 14; Dec 19; Jan 16; Feb 20; Mar 27; Apr 24 and May 15
What better time to start a book group than the start of the new Jewish Year?
Our focus will be on the fiction—novels and short stories—of selected Jewish American writers of the 20th and 21st centuries as they explore the tension between assimilation and tradition and the poles of alienation and belonging. Every work will also be rich in character, story, and the exploration of the human condition—the stuff that makes for great and enjoyable fiction. Be prepared for familiar and less well known works, humor and sadness, seriousness and whimsy, and all the passions of life.
Join Debby Bloch—author, professor, and avid lifelong reader—and Rabbi Jonathan Singer for the first meeting on October 17, 2017. We will get organized, begin to explore what we mean by “Jewish American” writers, and become enthused (we hope) about the works we will read and discuss this year.
Charles Michael Endowment Scholar-in-Residence
PROFESSOR LEAH HOCHMAN
Friday, October 27 – Sunday, October 29
Friday, Oct. 27 at 6:00 pm
One Shabbat Service: Can you Waze it? Going Toward the Unknown: What Modern Jews Think.
Friday, October 27
Special dinner with Dr. Hochman immediately following Shabbat service, 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Discussion
Pre-registration required. $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers
Saturday, October 28
Torah Study 9:15 – 10:15 am – Beauty in Judaism: Aesthetics, Religion, and Jews (Lech Lecha)
Sunday, October 29, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Lecture: Developing Your Own Theology
Dr. Leah Hochman directs the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California and is associate professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.
She received her B.A. from Pitzer College and her M.A./Ph.D. in religion and literature from Boston University; her dissertation treated Moses Mendelssohn’s theories of religion and language. She held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum and has been a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Simon Dubnow Institute in Leipzig, and the Einstein Forum in Potsdam. She taught previously at the University of Florida and Boston University.
Her book is The Ugliness of Moses Mendelssohn: Aesthetics, Religion, and Morality in the Eighteenth Century from Routledge (2014).
Join us for our annual Kristallnacht Commemoration on Sunday, November 12, 1:00pm.
Reflections on Resistance: After Auschwitz – An Afternoon with Eva Schloss.
Eva, 86, is an Auschwitz survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank. Both Frank and Schloss were Jewish refugees in Amsterdam together and the pair played together as children until their families were forced into hiding in 1942. After the war, Otto Frank (Anne’s father) married Fritzi (Eva’s mother). Eva Schloss is the co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK and the author of several books about her experiences during the Holocaust. Hear Eva tell of her personal journey through the Holocaust, her life after Auschwitz and the artwork that survived her brother’s time in hiding during the war.
This is a program open to the community and appropriate for participants 11 years old and up.
Reflections on Resistance is made possible by the generous support of the Ingrid D. Tauber Philanthropic Fund. Additional support is provided by the Holocaust Memorial Education Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.
Monthly Learning Opportunities
“Brown Bag,” first Wednesday of the month at Emanu-El
Join Emanu-El clergy for Brown Bag Wednesdays. On the first Wednesday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to the temple library for engaging spiritual and cultural discussions.
Next Date: November 1 with Cantor Marsha Attie, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Congregation Emanu-El Library
“Limonata and Learning,” first Wednesday of the Month in Marin
Join Emanu-El clergy on one Wednesday a month for an hour of learning and engagement ranging from a rabbinic/Talmudic issue that speaks to today’s events to a cultural or spiritual discussion.
Next Date: November 1, 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: Book Passage, Corte Madera
What questions keep you up at night?
What answers bring you comfort?
What more are you curious to know?
At Emanu-El, we are an active community of lifelong Jewish learners – in the endless pursuit of spiritual growth and exploration. As Jews, we are compelled to question and debate. These conversations energize us as we gain new perspectives and challenge our own long-held beliefs. Our shared desire for knowledge and for community enriches us as individuals and bonds us as a congregation.
Emanu-El thrives when we are learning together. We hope that you will find time on your calendar and in your mind to join us on a thought-provoking and powerful Jewish journey.
To inquire about adult education, please contact Ariana Estoque, director of adolescent and adult education, at (415) 751-2541 x307 or firstname.lastname@example.org