October Things to Do

oct 14 Ruth WisseLooking for some ways to fill your time? Here are a few suggestions.

Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature emerita at Harvard has a series of podcasts and webinars produced by the Tikvah Fund. While you may or may not agree with the organization’s politics, Professor Wisse’s lectures are well worth listening to. 

Have you read the books on her list of books to read during the pandemic?

  • Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
  • Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem
  • In the Heart of the Seas by S.Y. Agnon
  • The Wall by John Hersey
  • My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner by Chaim Grade

The Jewish Book Council has three webinars about Latin America beginning with Pastrami Tacos and other Latin American Jewish Foods with Pati Jinich and Ilan Stavans on Friday October 16 at 12:30.

Oct 14U.S-Senatorial-Candidates-Virtual-Forum-Icon-1536x1536On Monday, October 19 at 6:30, the Jewish Federations in New Jersey will hold a Senatorial Candidates Virtual Forum with candidates Cory Booker and Dr. Ric Mehta.

Be’chol Lashon was founded in 2000 as a response to a “Study of Racial & Ethnic Diversity of the American Jewish Community,” which found that 20% of America’s 6 million oct 14Jews or 1,200,000 are African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, mixed race, Sephardic, and Mizrahi. The organization” gives voice to the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of Jewish identity and experience.” The organization offers classes and experiences. Past events are archived.

oct 14 levineThe Streicker Center of Temple Emanuel is presenting Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S); she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge. Professor Levine is cogent and well organized. Her lectures on Agreeing to Disagree: how Jews and Christians read Scripture differently will fascinate and elucidate. Lectures are recorded so you can view them at any time.

Books to read

  • Wisse, Ruth
    • No Joke: making Jewish humor
    • Jews and Power
    • The Modern Jewish Canon: a journey through language and culture
  • Stavans
    • The Seventh Heaven: travels through Jewish Latin America
    • El Iluminado
    • On Borrowed Words
  • Levine, The Bible with and without Jesus: how Jews and Christians read the same stories differently
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Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg

Aileen Grossberg, a professional librarian, is a long-time congregant and serves as volunteer librarian for Shomrei's Lampert Library. The library, one of the best-kept secrets at Shomrei is used by the Rabbi, congregants, students and teachers of the JLC (Hebrew School) and Preschool. It's a tremendous resource completely supported by your donations and gifts. Aileen also heads the Shomrei Caterers, the in-house food preparation group. Can there be any better combination…good food and good books!
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