“Do not say, When I have free time I will study, for perhaps you will never have free time”
Lifelong learning's goal is to provide dynamic speakers and topic discussions, of interest to adults of all ages. The Lifelong Learning (Adult Education) Committee promotes Jewish learning. This is accomplished through an exciting mix of classes, events and workshops which provide knowledge and inspiration for the members of our Reform Jewish Community.
Dev Patel on “Lion”: Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf
(59 mins.) 7:30 PM
Special Event Look for our Spring 2017
The Trial of the People vs. Abraham
Eliot Spitzer & Alan Dershowitz argue the case against biblical patriarch Abraham before Federal Judge Alison J. Nathan, at the Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center in New York City. The charge: Attempted Murder and Child Endangerment. Audience members will serve as the jury.
Some of our past lifelong learning programs.....
Sample of a past Fall Authors’ Discussion Series
Our past presentations include hearing authors personally presenting their newest works. These authors are among those who have been selected by the Jewish Book Council to participate in the JBC Visiting Authors program. Our Lifelong Learning Committee chose these three outstanding memoirs for our series.
An American Bride in Kabul Our first Authors’ Discussion took place on September 16, 2013. Dr. Chesler addressed a packed house of over 60 attendees. She told of her marriage at the age of 20 to a westernized Afghan man she met at college. In 1961 they returned to his native Afghanistan, and he reverted to culturally Afghani attitudes and behaviors. This young Jewish woman experienced concerted pressure to convert to Islam, something she would not do. She spoke of the grandeur of the countryside, the diverse origins of its inhabitants, and her struggle to return to the United States. She went on to explain the cultural nature of “honor” killings and detailed her lifelong campaign against them. The audience was riveted while she spoke, and there was a very lively Q & A at the end of the evening.
On Dr. Chesler’s blog she states: “My first book event for An American Bride in Kabul: Those gathered at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, Long Island, NY, were warm, supportive, sophisticated, eager, and appreciative. Their questions were endearing, curious, concerned, and not always easy to answer.”
Slash Coleman The Bohemian Love Diaries A Memoir
Slash is indeed a masterful storyteller. He began his talk discussing his childhood memories of personal heroes and he framed his discussion around his crush on his third grade teacher. From this very personal vantage point his discussion broadened to the fragility of the past and the nearly accidental revelation of his grandparent’s and mother’s history. He spoke poignantly of the difficulties and opportunities for a second generation survivor, and addressed the ongoing problem of anti-Semitism in our nation. His descriptions were poetic and he adorned his presentation with his guitar and voice. The audience was engaged, and there was a very lively Q & A at the end of the evening.
He has a compelling coming-of-age tale infused with southern charm. The Bohemian Love Diaries chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but loving household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants—including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge—and raised in the capital of the Confederacy during the ’70s and ’80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Slash Coleman is an award-winning storyteller, he lives in New York City and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS.
Once again,our thanks go to all our volunteers who made this event such a success: Bob Epstein, Lenore Greenberg, David Kirsh, Shirley Lieberman, Roz Sollinger, Dorothy Sorocki, Diane Stern, Roberta Treacy, and our Committee Chair Elaine Yeoman. Thanks too to Gabe, Eli, Shari Brown and Shari Knopf for their assistance with room set up and registrations. Special thanks to Tom Weider for the loan of his amplifier.
Mark Russ Federman Russ & Daughters Reflections and Recipes from the House that Herring Built The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times Magazine). Mark Russ Federman, grandson of founder Joel Russ, took over Russ & Daughters from his parents in 1978.
Stay tuned for our new programming for the upcoming year.
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