Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Cultural & Learning Center Resources

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club
Friday, February 26 – 12:00 pm
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon. Join the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club for a special Purim Lunch & Learn with Ali Drumm & Rachel Kamin to discuss The Book of V., a propulsive novel that intertwines the lives of the biblical Queen Esther, a Watergate-era senator’s wife, and a Brooklyn mother in 2016. Author Anna Solomon will join us too! New participants are always welcome! RSVP to Marcie Eskin to receive the Zoom link. Click here for the complete Book Club calendar.


Family Book Club
Sunday, March 7 – 10:00 am
The Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, the Cohen Religious School, and the Beth El Youth Community will host a special discussion of Turtle Boy, winner of the 2021 Sydney Taylor Book Award, with author Evan Wolkenstein. All 4th-7th graders, and adult readers of all ages, are encouraged to attend! Students received a copy of Turtle Boy in their Hanukkah gift bag from Beth El. Copies are also available in our Pinsof Children’s Reading Room and from local libraries. Contact Rachel Kamin for more information.


Afternoon @ the Movies: Back to the Future in West Rogers Park
Thursday, March 18 – 4:00 pm
Join us on Zoom for a special screening of the short film Driving West Rogers Park: Chicago’s Once and Future Jewish Neighborhood, a spirited romp through the “golden age” of Devon Avenue, subsequent neighborhood transformations, and the changes being fueled by Jewish activists today. Filmmaker Beverly Siegel will give behind-the-scenes insights and Ellen Doppelt, NSS Beth El member and executive director of the Jewish Neighborhood Development Council of Chicago, will participate in the discussion.


Passover Treasures from the Rissman Family Kol Ami Museum
Wednesday, March 31 – 8:00 pm
Experience a Passover “Show & Tell” after evening minyan with treasures from our Riss-man Kol Ami Museum as well as congregants’ own unique haggadot, seder plates, and other holiday Judaica.


Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club
Sunday, February 26 – 1:00 pm
Join Rachel Kamin for a discussion of The Lost Shtetl about a tiny Jewish shtetl that has peacefully escaped the devastations of the Holocaust and Cold War until a marriage dispute spins out of control. Author Max Gross will join us for a Q&A following the discussion. RSVP to Marcie Eskin to receive the Zoom link. Click here for the complete Book Club calendar.


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.

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