Sunday, February 27, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+ pride, Ben Freeman aims to educate, inspire and empower Jewish people to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on Jews by the non-Jewish world as well as non-Jewish perceptions of what it means to be a Jew. Enabling them to begin the process of defining their own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish values. His book, "Jewish Pride" is an urgent and essential read. Join an intimate conversation with this author.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
In his novel, "A Play for the End of the World", set in early 1970's New York and rural India, Jai Chakrabarti tells the story of a turbulent, unlikely romance, a harrowing account of the lasting horrors of World War II, and a searing examination of one man's search for forgiveness and acceptance. Join us for a conversation with this winner of the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction.
In light of the recent data furnished by the Pew 2020 Report on the American Jewish community, many think that there is little future for American Judaism outside of the Orthodox. The Pew Report, although not entirely negative, still contains much cause for concern for those interested in a viable path for transmission of Jewish tradition outside of strict compliance with Jewish law. My presentation will focus on how a remixed approach to Jewish tradition can energize both religiously liberal Jews and Jewish organizations and facilitate continuity among a broader spectrum of the American Jewish community.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The moving story of an undocumented child living in poverty in the richest country in the world—an incandescent debut from an astonishing new talent • A TODAY SHOW #READWITHJENNA PICK
In Chinese, the word for America, Mei Guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.
In Chinatown, Qian’s parents labor in sweatshops. Instead of laughing at her jokes, they fight constantly, taking out the stress of their new life on one another. Shunned by her classmates and teachers for her limited English, Qian takes refuge in the library and masters the language through books, coming to think of The Berenstain Bears as her first American friends. And where there is delight to be found, Qian relishes it: her first bite of gloriously greasy pizza, weekly “shopping days,” when Qian finds small treasures in the trash lining Brooklyn’s streets, and a magical Christmas visit to Rockefeller Center—confirmation that the New York City she saw in movies does exist after all.
But then Qian’s headstrong Ma Ma collapses, revealing an illness that she has kept secret for months for fear of the cost and scrutiny of a doctor’s visit. As Ba Ba retreats further inward, Qian has little to hold onto beyond his constant refrain: Whatever happens, say that you were born here, that you’ve always lived here.
Inhabiting her childhood perspective with exquisite lyric clarity and unforgettable charm and strength, Qian Julie Wang has penned an essential American story about a family fracturing under the weight of invisibility, and a girl coming of age in the shadows, who never stops seeking the light.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Water. Food. Housing. The most basic and crucial needs for survival, yet 40 percent of people in the United States don't have the resources to get them. With key policy changes, we could eradicate poverty in this country within our lifetime - but we need to get started now. Author Joanne Goldblum explores these issues and more in her newest book, "Broke in America".