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Blumberg-Zalis Family Library

WednesdayWed, 20 JanJanuary, 2021

"Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation" at Home Movie Screening

Wednesday, Jan 20th (All day)Screen the movie at home anytime from January 4–11. Join in the discussion led by Meredith Weisel of the ADL on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 PM.


WednesdayWed, 10 FebFebruary, 2021

Book Discussion Group "Becoming Eve"

Wednesday, Feb 10th 11:30a to 12:30pBecoming Eve by Abby Stein Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. She suppressed her desire for a new body while looking for answers wherever she could find them. Finally, she orchestrated a personal exodus from ultra-Orthodox manhood to mainstream femininity—a radical choice that forced her to leave her home, her family, her way of life.


MondayMon, 22 FebFebruary, 2021

Monday Night at the Movies and Discussion: "Jewtopia"

Monday, Feb 22nd 7:00p to 9:00pTwo childhood friends from very different families reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish in order to woo a beautiful woman in this outrageous comedy Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. (1hr. 28 Min.; English)


SundaySun, 28 FebFebruary, 2021

Rabbi Matthew Simon's Summer Book Review

Sunday, Feb 28th 10:00a to 11:00aYou are sure to learn a lot from Rabbi Simon's fascinating discussions, filled with historical references, side-notes, and interesting anecdotes.


WednesdayWed, 10 MarMarch, 2021

Book Discussion Group: The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

Wednesday, Mar 10th 11:30a to 12:30pFrom the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.


MondayMon, 15 MarMarch, 2021

Monday Night at the Movies & Discussion - Welcome to the Kutsher's: The Last Catskill Resort

Monday, Mar 15th 7:00p to 9:00pKutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience, and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries, this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world as it disappears before our eyes.


SundaySun, 11 AprApril, 2021

Author Presentation with Manny Thorne

Sunday, Apr 11th 11:00a to 12:15pManny Thorne will present It Will Yet Be Told, by his late father, Leon Thorne, with a forward by Isaac Bashevis Singer.


MondayMon, 19 AprApril, 2021

Monday Night at the Movies and Discussion: Abe

Monday, Apr 19th 7:00p to 9:00pTwelve-year-old Abe has a complicated family: part Israeli, part Palestinian, and constantly fighting. But when he meets Chef Chico and his fusion cuisine, he's inspired to unite his family through food. Abe wants to cook a meal that will bring everyone to the table, but he's about to learn that the kitchen can't heal some divides (1 hr. 25 min.; English).


WednesdayWed, 12 MayMay, 2021

B’nai Israel Book Discussion Group: Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 12th 11:30a to 12:30p Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another, and yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.


WednesdayWed, 9 JunJune, 2021

B’nai Israel Book Discussion Group - My Wild Garden: Notes from a Writer’s Eden by Meir Shalev

Wednesday, Jun 9th 11:30a to 12:30p Meir Shalev has a beloved garden. He extolls the virtues of the lemon tree, rescues a precious variety of purple snapdragon from the Jerusalem–Tel Aviv highway, and does battle with a saboteur mole rat.


MondayMon, 14 JunJune, 2021

Monday Night at the Movies and Discussion: Remember Me

Monday, Jun 14th 7:00p to 9:00pIn this coming-of-age-at-30 comedy, a riskaverse public radio war correspondent—who’s never actually been to war—unexpectedly ends up on a road trip with his cousin, an aspiring actor with whom he is feuding, and their seemingly frail grandmother (Academy Award winner Rita Moreno) to deliver her to an assisted care facility.



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Wed, January 20 2021 7 Shevat 5781