Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Summer Reading Roundtable
Tuesday, June 1 – 12:00pm
Have you read any good books lately? Grab your lunch and join Rachel Kamin & Marcie Eskin for a lively discussion of what you’ve been reading and get some new summer 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.

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club
Tuesday, June 8
Join Rachel Kamin to discuss Florence Adler Swims Forever, the 2020 National Jewish Book Award Debut Fiction Winner, and “meet” author Rachel Beanland.
1:00pm – Discussion Outdoors @ Beth El. Reservations required. E-mail Rachel by June 4.
7:00pm – Meet the Author on Zoom
7:45pm – Alternate Discussion on Zoom (after evening minyan)
RSVP to Marcie Eskin to receive the Zoom link. Click here for the updated Book Club calendar. Minimum $54 donation to attend one or ALL Torah Fund classes for the whole year. Click here for information to make your donation directly to Torah Fund via credit card or to pay by check.

Summer Stories Series with Rachel Kamin
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm Outside @ Beth El or 7:45 pm on Zoom, July 7, 14, 21 & 28
The ten stories in Nicole Krauss’s new collection, To Be a Man, deal with the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and all of the tensions in the relationships between parents and children, lovers and friends, husbands and wives. All contemporary, they span the globe with many of the characters living with their feet in the United States and their hearts in Israel. Join Rachel Kamin to discuss selected short stories over four sessions this summer. Summer Quarter Continuing Education Fee: $60 for Beth El members; $125 for non-members. Class fee includes a hardcover copy of the book. Register here.


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! And if you would like to borrow a book from the Beth El library, just contact Rachel or Marcie and we will arrange a safe way to deliver it to you.

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.