Thursday, September 3, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: Cut Me Loose by Leah Vincent (Sun, Oct 18)


Cut My Loose by Leah Vincent
Cut Me Loose

(Available via paperback, hardcover, Kindle, audiobook, and MP3 CD)

About CutMe Loose: Sinand Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood by Leah Vincent


From the Publisher:

For fans of the television series Unorthodox and Shtisel, this brutally honest memoir tells the story of one woman’s quest todefine herself as an individual. Leah Vincent was born into the Yeshivish community, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect. As the daughter of an influential rabbi, she was taught to worship two things: God, and the men who ruled their society. 

Then, at sixteen, Leah was caught exchanging letters with a boy, violating religious law that forbids contact between members of the opposite sex. Shunned by her family, she was cast out of her home, alone and adrift in New York City, unprepared for the freedoms of secular life and unaccustomed to the power and peril inherent in her own sexuality. Fast-paced, harrowing, mesmerizing, and ultimately triumphant, Leah's story illuminates both the oppressive world of religious fundamentalism and the broader issues facing young women of all backgrounds.


Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Leah Vincent's book Cut Me Loose.

Time:  Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878




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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Ed Fellow Margo Wagner leading services (Fri, Aug 28)

 On Friday, join us for services with Margo Wagner, our Education Fellow from the ISJL*. 

Margo Warner with the ISJL


*Education Fellow Margo Wagner is from Colorado and has worked since May 2019 as an Education Fellow with The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), which "supports, connects, and celebrates Jewish life in the South."


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Rabbi Sim leading services and Torah study this weekend (beginning Fri, Aug 21)

On Friday, join us for services with Rabbi Caroline Sim, Director of Rabbinical ​Services at the ISJL*. 

On Saturday, join us for Torah study led by Rabbi Sim. 

Rabbi Sim from the ISJL
Rabbi Sim of the ISJL

*Rabbi Caroline Sim was ordained in 2020 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, on the historic Cincinnati campus. Before beginning her rabbinical studies, she earned a Graduate Certificate in Judaic Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, French Language, and European Studies from the Ohio State University. 

Rabbi Sim feels a deep commitment for bringing access to Judaism to all Jews, wherever they are located and whatever the size of their community. She has served as student rabbi for many congregations in varying regions, and also served the wider Cincinnati Jewish community through being an educator at Temple Sholom, and a lecture organizer at the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. When at home, Rabbi Sim enjoys pursuing her artistic interests, including painting and drawing. She is also in the process of becoming a Soferet, a female Hebrew Scribe.

She recently began working as the Director of Rabbinical Services at the The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), which "supports, connects, and celebrates Jewish life in the South."


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Friday, August 7, 2020

Proactive Parents: Planning for Positive Change (Thurs, Aug 13)

Parents of school-aged children, please join us on Zoom (see email) to discuss being proactive in an age with rising anti-Semitism and bias activities. 

When: Thurs, Aug 13, 5:00 p.m. 
Where: Zoom (check your email for a direct link)
What: Information about actions already at work and planned; questions and conversation 
Why: Anti-Semitism and bias crime have risen across the country, including in schools. Learn about what's already at work locally for addressing these widespread problems. Discuss strategies to prevent them. Learn about your resources, contacts, and options. Have information handy to talk with educators, to be ready to help your schools turn a bad situation into a learning opportunity for students. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger (Sun, Aug 16 - date changed to Aug 30)

The Star and the Shamrock cover
About The Star and the Shamrock by Jean Grainger

(Available via paperback, Kindle, Audible audiobook
)

From the Publisher:

Ariella Bannon has no choice: she must put her precious children, Liesl and Erich, on that train or allow them to become prey for the Nazis.

Berlin 1939.

When her husband doesn’t come home one day, Ariella realises that the only way she can ensure her Jewish children’s safety is to avail of the Kindertransport, but can she bear to let them go?

A thousand miles away, Elizabeth Klein has closed herself off from the world. Losing her husband on the last day of the Great War, and her child months later, she cannot, will not, love again. It hurts too much.

But she is all Liesl and Erich Bannon have.

Thrown together in the wild countryside of Northern Ireland, Elizabeth and the Bannon children discover that life in the country is anything but tranquil. Danger and intrigue lurk everywhere, and some people are not what they seem.

From the streets of wartime Berlin, to the bombed out city of Liverpool, and finally resting in the lush valleys of the Ards Penisula, The Star and The Shamrock from USA Today bestselling author Jean Grainger, is unputdownable.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Jean Granger's book The Star and the Shamrock.

Time:  Sunday, August 16  30, at 3:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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Friday, June 26, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman (Sun, Jun 28)

Cover of Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman

About Spies of No Country: Israel's Secret Agents at the Birth of the Mossad by Matti Friedman

(Available via paperback, hardback, Kindle, Audible audiobook, CD)

From the Publisher:

Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff—but it’s all true.

The four spies were young, Jewish, and born in Arab countries. In 1948, at the outbreak of war in Palestine, they went undercover in Beirut, spending two years running sabotage operations and sending crucial intelligence back home. It was dangerous work. Of the dozen members of their ragtag unit, five would be caught and executed—but the remainder would emerge as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.

Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s masterfully told and meticulously researched tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel—but it’s all true. Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these spies, but it’s also about the complicated identity of Israel, a country that presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern roots, just like the spies of this fascinating narrative.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Matti Friedman's book Spies of No Country.

Time:  Sunday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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