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The Unique Dimensions of Israeli Spiritual Caregiving (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Einat Ramon Click here to register. Einat Ramon will explore the unique features of modern Israeli approaches to spiritual caregiving, showing the influence of diverse Jewish and Israeli texts and thinkers—from the literary to the legal—on these methods and traditions. Dr. Einat Ramon is a practitioner and educator…...

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Drop-In Story Club: “Lot’s Wife” with author Michal Lemberger (VIRTUAL)

Click here to sign up for this event. Contact the Library to borrow a printed copy or download an electronic copy through the Library’s eBook program at no charge. A finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Michal Lemberger’s story collection After Abel reimagines the lives of biblical women whose…...

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Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Marisa Scheinfeld Click here to register. Today the Borscht Belt is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much…...

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The First to Cry Down Injustice? West Coast Jews and Japanese Removal During WWII (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Ellen Eisenberg Click here to register. Given the familiar story of the American Jewish community’s support for the civil rights struggle of African Americans, many assume that Jews were similarly supportive of their Japanese American neighbors during World War II and that they spoke out against the injustice…...

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Hasidic Yiddish (VIRTUAL)

Click here to register. Chaya Nove will discuss what makes the Yiddish spoken by Hasidic Jews in the United States distinct. Chaya Nove is a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in linguistics from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New…...

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Congregation B’nai David and the Vanished Synagogues of San Francisco (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Doron Shapira and Howard Freedman Click here to register. Built in 1908, the former synagogue building on 19th Street in the Mission District is a San Francisco landmark that has continued to fascinate visitors and residents. In addition to being the home of Congregation B’nai David for seventy…...

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The Golem Lives! in Prague, in Legend, and in Comics (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Elizabeth R. Baer Click here to register. This presentation will provide a lively history of the golem, enhanced with photos of Prague where the legend is grounded, as well as illustrations from several novels and comics featuring golems. Professor Baer will discuss some of the contemporary appropriations of…...

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From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Alexandra Dunietz Click here to register. Recently published by Yale University Press, From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family by June Cummins is the first biography of Sydney Taylor, author of the beloved All-of-a-Kind Family series. Alexandra Dunietz, who worked with the late Professor Cummins in…...

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Jewish Barcelona in the Middle Ages (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Dominique Tomasov Blinder Click here to register. The presence of Jews in Barcelona is documented from the mid-9th century through the end of the 14th century. This presentation will focus on Barcelona’s historic Jewish community, its occupations, its scholarly figures, and their relation to the rest of society…...

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The Jewish Maghreb: A Musical Journey (VIRTUAL)

Presented by Samuel Torjman Thomas Click here to register. Samuel Torjman Thomas will explore different areas of Moroccan and Algerian Jewish musical life, including liturgical, para-liturgical, and secular performance in a hybrid lecture–demonstration. Samuel Torjman Thomas, PhD, is a professor of ethnomusicology, Jewish studies, interdisciplinary studies, and Sephardic studies at…...

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