LUNCH WITH THE RABBIS
LUNCH WITH RABBI STRAUS - CENTER CITY
Tuesday, February 20 | 12:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20 | 12:00 pm
You bring lunch, and Rabbi Straus will serve up an interesting conversation. Hosted by Sid Steinberg at Post & Schell, P.C.,
Four Penn Center, 1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.
RSVP to Sid.
LUNCH WITH RABBI STRAUS - KING OF PRUSSIA
Tuesday, February 27 | 12:15 pm
Tuesday, March 27 | 12:15 pm
You bring lunch, and Rabbi Straus will serve up an interesting conversation. Hosted by Steven Handleman at Parkview Towers, 1150 First Avenue, Suite 450 (4th Floor), King of Prussia, PA. (This is the building adjacent to, and to the right of the Valley Forge Radisson and Casino.)
RSVP to Steven.
LEARN & LUNCH WITH RABBI GERI NEWBURGE
Friday, February 23 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Home of Susan & Bruce Golboro
Friday, March 16 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Take a little time each month to explore some of “The Strange Tales of the Bible.” Our lunch and learn program is a great way to meet new people, build community and learn something new. Sandwiches/wraps provided. Please bring a salad, fruit or dessert.
RSVP to Cindy.
Tuesday, March 13 | 12:15 pm
Join Rabbi Straus for a thought-provoking lunchtime discussion of selected articles from The Daily Forward. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.
Conversations (on Current Events…..)
Understanding US Policy in the Middle East
Tuesday, February 20 | 7:30 pm
(NOTE REVISED DATE!!)
JOIN THE DISCUSSION, an honest dialogue on the critical issues of the day. MLRT members began meeting three years ago, and prior topics have included gun violence and the US Bill of Rights, the minority experience in America, the Iran nuclear deal and other important issues. We ask participants to come prepared for an open and honest exchange of views—political correctness is not a requirement, but respectful dialogue is an expectation.
The topic for our next meeting on February 20 is “Understanding US Policy in the Middle East.” We are living in fascinating times. We will focus on US policy in the Middle East and its impact on Israel. Specific areas of discussion will include:
Amy Alfred, Ph.D.: The Trans-formative Power of Forgiveness
Monday, February 26 | 7:30 pm
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” We have all made resolutions during the High Holy Days and the secular New Year to be more forgiving and to let go of past grievances. Please join Dr. Amy Alfred as she discusses the trans-formative powers of forgiveness and how practicing it can be so instrumental in letting go of past hurts, fears and misunderstandings. Dr. Amy Alfred is a licensed psychologist practicing in Narberth, where she works with a variety of issues, including relational concerns, conflict, setting appropriate boundaries, self-esteem, depression and anxiety.
"Hullo, Are you Dere?”: Jewish Immigration, the Telephone,
and the Technology of Acculturation
Monday, March 5 | 7:30 pm
This talk will take a look at the telephone as an example of how American technological culture shaped the experience of Jewish immigrants in the first half of the twentieth century. From ads (including a tagline in Yiddish, “remember all languages can be spoken through the telephone”) to vaudeville routines to op-eds, the phone was a focus of anxiety about immigration, ethnic identity, and religious difference. It impacted Jewish community and cultural connection in surprising ways, just as modern communication technologies do today.
Tamar Rabinowitz, an affiliated scholar at the Katz Center this year, is an American historian focusing on the Jewish immigration and women in the early twentieth century. She earned her Ph.D. from the George Washington University in 2016 and is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She also works as a Research Associate at the New York Historical Society consulting on a project to create a national curriculum in American Women's History. She served previously as a curatorial researcher at the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Baltimore Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York.
READING JEWISH BOOKS
What could be better than reading a good book or two during these cold winter months? Here at Main Line Reform Temple we offer short stories to discuss, books to read and authors to meet.
Short Story Discussion Dates:
Short Story Discussion
Thursday, February 15 | 12:00 pm
February’s discussion features three stories by Israeli author Etgar Keret whose short stories have a way of captivating us. ”Rabin’s Dead,” “ My Lamented Sister,” and “The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God” are our selections. These very short stories offer us a glimpse into one of Israel’s most imaginative and energetic writers. If you’ve never read anything by Etgar Keret, now is the time!
Short Story Discussion
Thursday, March 15 | 12:00 pm
Our story for March was written by author David Liss who is the author of several novels that you may recognize. Among them are The Coffee Trader and the young adult book Randoms. Our story is titled “Jewish Easter” and can be found in the collection titled Jewish Noir: Contemporary Tales of Crime and other Dark Deeds. I will have some additional copies of the story “Jewish Easter” in the lobby and in the library.
April 12, 2018
May 17, 2018
“The Feigenbaum Foundation”
June 14, 2018
Jewish Fiction from the Forward
Friday, March 9 |8:00 pm
On Friday March 9 we will have the opportunity to hear Ezra Glinter, an editor at The Forward, the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world. He has edited the anthology Have I Got a Story for You : More than a Century of Jewish Fiction from The Forward. Organized by themes like immigration, modernity, war, and Eastern European life, the volume contains the work of twenty-six writers, including ten women, comprising a total of forty-two Yiddish-language stories, all translated for the first time. Each one of the stories reflects its particular milieu, nestled, as they were, amid world news. The collection gives these stories new life in a new language. Individually, they exhibit the talents of their creators; collectively, they offer a picture of millions of readers and the imaginative landscape of an entire immigrant community.
Ezra will speak during Friday night services. We will host a welcome wine and cheese reception for him at 7:00 pm. We welcome short story readers, literature enthusiasts and lovers of Yiddishkeit!
Ezra Glinter was the Forward’s deputy culture editor from 2011 to 2016 and is its current critic-at-large. His writing has appeared in the New Republic, the Paris Review, Bookforum, and The Walrus. He is currently writing a biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for Yale University Press.
JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL AUTHOR NETWORK
Main Line Reform Temple is a member of the Jewish Book Council. This marvelous organization makes it possible for us to bring in Jewish writers to highlight their wonderful new books. We hope you will be able to meet and greet these diverse and interesting authors who have written about the many facets of our rich Jewish life.
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