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Uncovering Family Secrets

Facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. In his powerful book The Color of Water (1996), James McBride uncovers his mother’s Jewish past and begins to understand his own racial complexities. Dani Shapiro’s memoir Inheritance (2019) chronicles her discovery that the man who raised her…...

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Ancient Jewess Magic

Presented by Mika Ahuvia Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. According to a less-quoted saying by the ancient sage Hillel, “The more women, the more witchcraft.” What is the connection between gender, witchcraft, and magic in ancient Judaism? Professor Ahuvia’s lecture will survey the evidence…...

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The Memory Work of Jewish Spain

Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. The 2015 Spanish law granting nationality to the descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 is the latest example of a widespread phenomenon in contemporary Spain, the “re-discovery” of its Jewish heritage. This talk examines the implications of reclaiming the…...

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Drop-In Book Club: The Book of V. by Anna Solomon

Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. In this new novel, rooted in the Book of Esther, three characters’ stories in different time periods overlap and ultimately collide. Lily is a young wife and mother in contemporary Brooklyn, and Vee is the wife of an ambitious…...

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1000 Jewish Cookbooks: Yiddish Gems from a Personal Collection

Presented by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. Drawing from one of the largest collections of Jewish cookbooks in private hands, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett will talk about how she amassed more than 6000 cookbooks, of which more than 1000 are Jewish cookbooks, over the…...

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Drop-In Poetry Club: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai with Chana Kronfeld

Please click here to register for this Jewish Community Library event. Chana Kronfeld is the Bernie H. Williams Professor of Comparative, Hebrew and Yiddish Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in modernist poetry and translation studies. Her On the Margins of Modernism: Decentering Literary Dynamics won the MLA…...

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Drop-In Story Club: Circle of Friends by Dalia Betolin-Sherman

POSTPONED Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been postponed from its original date (March 21, 2021) and will now take place on Sunday, July 25, at 11 AM Pacific. **Please note that live closed captioning will be available for this event.** To register for this event, click here. Facilitated…...

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