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Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club: The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Sunday, June 7, 1:00 pm via Zoom
Desperate to escape a near-invisible life, an ice cream shop worker tells a terrible lie that renders her the center of public and media attention, before she is blackmailed by a neighbor who knows the truth. Join Rachel Kamin to discuss this literary thriller by the bestselling Israeli author of Waking Lions.



Unorthodox Netflix & Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 8, 7:45 pm
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman is the bestselling memoir of a young woman’s escape from the Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism. Originally published in 2012, along with the follow-up memoir Exodus in 2015, Unorthodox is now a four-part Netflix Original Series. Read the book and/or watch the series and join us for an enlightening, in-depth discussion.



Summer Stories & Sweet Treats . . . and a Movie Too!
Wednesday evening, August 5 (time TBA)
The literary critic Clive James called Israeli author Etgar Keret “one of the most important writers alive.” His newest collection of short stories, Fly Already, won the 2019 Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. Join Rachel Kamin for a discussion of these subversive, hilarious, and heart-breaking stories along with a screening of the hybrid documentary Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story. Stay tuned for more information . . .



Summer Reading Round Table Recommendations
If you missed the lively discussion of what we’ve been reading with Rachel Kamin & Marcie Eskin, just click on this link to see the books they discussed. And click here to see a list of what the other readers have been reading while sheltering in place.


Although our building is closed, consider taking a virtual tour of the Rissman Kol Ami Collection’s new exhibit, Growing Up Jewish: Art and Storytelling by Beth El member Jacqueline Kott-Wolle. Her contemporary paintings explore the key people, experiences, and institutions that shaped her evolving Jewish identity. To view her work and to read Jackie’s accompanying personal narratives, click here. See also the exhibit brochure.


Looking for a book recommendation? Contact Rachel Kamin and/or Marcie Eskin – we are happy to recommend a good ebook that you can download from your local public library, an audio-book that you can listen to, or a print book that you can order online.  Jewish or secular, fiction or non-fiction, for children or adults . . . we’re happy to help you satisfy your literary appetite!


Menemsha Films, one of the distributors that we work with for our Afternoon @ the Movies and other film programs, has just launched CHAIFLICKS, a streaming service dedicated solely to Jewish themed films and entertainment. View the best of films from past Jewish film festivals and elsewhere with a FREE 30-day trial. Click here from your iPad, tablet, laptop, or desktop to start enjoying great Jewish entertainment.