Friday, October 23, 2020

Book Discussion: Wandering Dixie (Sun, Nov 15)

 

Wandering Dixie cover


(Available via paperback and Kindle)

About Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South by Sue Eisenfeld


From the Publisher:

Sue Eisenfeld is a Yankee by birth, a Virginian by choice, an urbanite who came to love the rural South, a Civil War buff, and a nonobservant Jewish woman. In Wandering Dixie, she travels to nine states, uncovering how the history of Jewish southerners converges with her personal story and the region’s complex, conflicted present. In the process, she discovers the unexpected ways that race, religion, and hidden histories intertwine.

From South Carolina to Arkansas, she explores the small towns where Jewish people once lived and thrived. She visits the site of her distant cousin and civil rights activist Andrew Goodman’s murder during 1964’s Freedom Summer. She also talks with the only Jews remaining in some of the “lost” places, from Selma to the Mississippi Delta to Natchitoches, and visits areas with no Jewish community left—except for an old temple or overgrown cemetery. Eisenfeld follows her curiosity about Jewish Confederates and casts an unflinching eye on early southern Jews’ participation in slavery. Her travels become a journey of revelation about our nation’s fraught history and a personal reckoning with the true nature of America.


Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Sue Eisenfeld's book Wandering Dixie.


Time:  Sunday, November 15, 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, September 24, 2020

Reminders leading up to Yom Kippur (beginning Sun, Sep 27)

Please join our Yom Kippur services with Rabbi Kalfus via Zoom; as always, no tickets required. Visit the schedule for times. 

(And join us before then for Friday services—Zoom only this week—and Torah study on Saturday.)

Rabbi Kalfus and Phyllis Meyers are looking forward to seeing you on Yom Kippur, as are other members of the community. Everyone will see your camera's view if you join with video, and we hope you do! However, we know the day is long and that not everyone can fast. If you eat, please remember to turn off your camera to make the fast easier for those who are fasting.

Shana Tova! 

Computer and food: Turn off your camera if eating



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. 

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