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Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Cultural & Learning Center Resources


Summer Stories & Sweet Treats . . . and a Movie Too!
Wednesday evening, August 5, 7:45 pm
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. Email Rachel for a link to the film.



Writer’s Beit Midrash: Poetry Workshop
Wednesday, August 12, 9:30 am
Join guest presenter Sarah Stern for this special poetry workshop. Participants will have the chance to read and discuss contemporary poets and poems and then will receive writing exercises to prompt new poems. Beginning, emerging, and seasoned poets are encouraged to attend. Bring your writing to the next level with our supportive Writers Beit Midrash community. RSVP to Rachel Kamin to receive the Zoom link.  


Summer Reading Round Table
Wednesday, August 19, 12:00 pm
Have you read any good books this summer? Grab your lunch and join Rachel Kamin & Marcie Eskin for a lively discussion of what we’ve been reading and get some new reading recommendations from other readers. Come prepared to talk briefly about any book you’ve read recently (fiction or non-fiction on any topic) or just login to listen. RSVP to Marcie Eskin to receive the Zoom link. 

If you missed the Summer Reading Roundtable in May, click on this link to see the books Rachel & Marcie discussed and click here to see a list of what the other readers recommended.

After participating in the Sisterhood’s virtual tour of the Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, learn more about the Supreme Court Justice through these books and movies, available in the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center or from your local public library or bookseller.


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.