Adult Learning

  • Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Novelist Rachel Kadish

    Posted ‍‍ה תשרי ה תשעח - September 25, 2017 By in Adult Learning, Lifelong Learning, Special Event With | Comments Off JBC.logo.web.pms2

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites you to a Jewish Book Council author talk and book signing on Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm : Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink: A Novel

    Light refreshments will be served, and the program will run approximately one hour and a quarter.

    Free and open to the public

     

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation welcomes the public to an author talk by Rachel Kadish, who will discuss her latest novel, The Weight of Ink. This event, like two others this fall, are part of Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s participation in the Jewish Book Council’s Author Network, which brings authors to communities for talks and book sales/signings. Eight Cousins Book Store will have copies of The Weight of Ink available for sale at the cost of $28 (credit cards and checks accepted). Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

     

    Rachel Kadish’s The Weight of Ink has been described as an intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel for readers of A. S. Byatt’s Possession and Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. Set in London of both the 1660s and the early twenty-first centurythe novel relates the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents’ scribe, the elusive “Aleph.”
    Weighty explorations of what it is to be Jewish and to enter interfaith relationships in multiple time periods are integral to each of these stories. Is there merit to keeping within the tribe? Are there, regardless of time, place, or commitment, bridges that those who would willingly enter the Jewish community from the outside can never truly cross? Crucially, what does it mean to choose survival over martyrdom? These questions play out in the characters’ personal lives concurrently with Ester’s philosophical forays into the nature of God. No stone is left unturned in either study. Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

     

    Rachel Kadish is the award-winning author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story, as well as the novella I Was Here. Her work has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, Ploughshares, and Tin House, and has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and elsewhere. She has been a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has received the John Gardner Fiction Award and the Koret Foundation’s Young Writer on Jewish Themes Award, and was a writer-in-residence at Stanford University. Ms. Kadish teaches in Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.

    The Jewish Book Council, which promotes Jewish books through a variety of online resources and programs (awards, author talks, publications), has an excellent website with discussion guides, book reviews, and more, at www.jewishbookcouncil.org.

     

    This event will take place at Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche and Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth. Reservations are not required. Falmouth Jewish Congregation Community is an inclusive, egalitarian Reform congregation serving the Upper Cape and beyond, is accessible and welcoming to all. For further information please visit the website at www.falmouthjewish.org, visit our Facebook page, or call 508-540-0602.

    Additional Jewish Book Council author talks will take place this October and November as follows:

    Thursday, November 16 at 7pm: Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

     

  • Jewish Book Council Author Talk with Rabbi David Jaffe (“Changing the World from the Inside Out”)

    Posted ‍‍יט אלול ה תשעז - September 10, 2017 By in Adult Learning, Social Action, Special Event With | Comments Off JBC.logo.web.pms2

    September 14 at 7pm: Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Rabbi David Jaffe focuses on a Jewish approach to Personal and Social Change

     

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites you to a Jewish Book Council author talk and book signing on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm. Rabbi David Jaffe will speak about his new book Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change.

    Rabbi Jaffe will help you think about your own personal and social justice goals for the New Year while bringing Jewish wisdom to the task. While geared toward a Jewish audience, this talk and subject matter will also be of interest to those from other faith traditions or humanists — anyone interested in the deeply personal aspect of civic engagement and work to improve our communities, our nation, and our world.

    The Jewish community in America has a long and proud tradition of tikkun olam, and the past decade has seen a growing interest in tikkun adam, personal transformation and inner growth – through mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and Mussar. Too often the two realms are perceived as distinct and mutually exclusive pursuits. David Jaffe’s new book weaves together the two into one unified path of personal and social transformation. Changing the World from the Inside Out distills centuries of Jewish wisdom about the inner-life into an accessible program for building the qualities necessary to accomplish effective and sustainable social change on issues such as: the environment, hunger, homelessness, and discrimination. It weaves together Jewish teachings with stories about contemporary and historic change makers who integrate spiritual qualities into their tikkun olam work.

    Eight Cousins is providing books for sale at the cost of $16.95, payable by check, credit card, or in cash.

    Light refreshments will be served, and the program will run approximately one hour and a quarter.

    Additional Jewish Book Council author talks will take place this October and November as follows:

    Tuesday, October 17 at 7pm : Rachel Kadish – The Weight of Ink: A Novel

    Thursday, November 16 at 7pm: Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation is a Reform congregation serving the Upper Cape and beyond and located at 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth. Contact the office at 508-540-0602 or visit the website (www.falmouthjewish.org) or Facebook page for further information. All are welcome and facilities are accessible to all.

  • Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts “Spiritual Intelligence” – A Breakfast Talk by Dr. Richard Wolman, Psychologist and Author of “Thinking with Your Soul: Spiritual Intelligence and Why It Matters,” Thursday, September 7 at 9:30 A.M.

    Posted ‍‍ג אלול ה תשעז - August 25, 2017 By in Adult Learning, Special Event With | Comments Off Richard Wolman 1

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation welcomes the public to a breakfast talk on Thursday, September 7 at 9:30 A.M. This special event features an interactive talk entitled “Spiritual Intelligence” by Dr. Richard Wolman, psychologist, teacher, and author of the book Thinking with Your Soul: Spiritual Intelligence and Why It Matters. The bagel breakfast will take place at Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Blanche and Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth; it is free for congregational members and $10 for all others. Payment may be made at the door or in advance (preferably, by September 5) by sending or bringing a check to the Falmouth Jewish Congregation office.

     

    The fall months mark the start of the Jewish New Year, during which Jewish tradition calls on us to engage in a practice called, in Hebrew, cheshbon ha’nefesh, an accounting of the soul. But how does each of us define and engage in spirituality? Falmouth Jewish Congregation invites you, regardless of your faith tradition, to engage with us in an exercise of examining your spirituality under the guidance of our member Dr. Richard Wolman.

     

    Dr, Wolman defines spiritual intelligence as: “the human capacity to ask questions about the meaning of life, and to experience simultaneously the seamless connection between each of us and the world in which we live.” In this interactive talk, Dr. Wolman will discuss his book and his “Spiritual Inventory,” which gives us a snapshot of the areas in our lives in which there is a strong emphasis on spirituality. The resulting self-knowledge enables us to strengthen relationships, improve communication and ultimately live more fully. Attendees are asked to access and take the PsychoMatrix Spirituality Inventory online before this event so that Dr. Wolman can engage the audience with his findings and so that participants can offer their reactions and feedback about taking the inventory. To do so, visit http://psychomatrix.com/spirituality-inventory/. When you fill out the demographics; age, gender and the like, there is a little box that says Group Code.  Enter “FJC.” This will enable you to take the PSI for free and also allow Dr. Wolman to look at the scores of our group – if it is large enough – to see any commonalities.

     

    A member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for over 25 years, Richard N. Wolman, Ph.D. is an experienced clinician, teacher and researcher. He is a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and children, and president and research director of PsychoMatrix (home of the Spiritual Inventory). Dr. Wolman teaches the “Psychology of Influence” at Harvard and offers workshops about spirituality in the workplace. His research focuses on spirituality, child custody, psychotherapy, dreams and child development. He has extensive experience with personality testing in relation to the dating and matchmaking process where he applies theory to practice in coaching singles searching for meaningful relationships.

     

    The Falmouth Jewish Congregation Community Center, an inclusive, egalitarian Reform congregation serving the Upper Cape and beyond, is located at 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth and is accessible and welcoming to all. For further information please visit the website at www.falmouthjewish.org, visit our Facebook page, or call 508-540-0602.

  • “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” A Passover Lunch and Film Program, Thursday, April 9 at Noon

    Posted ‍‍יד אדר ב' ה תשעה - March 5, 2015 By in Adult Learning, Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off Streit's Matza image

    Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream - Passover Lunch and Film Program

    Free for members / Non-members $7

    RSVP by April 7

    We will gather at Noon in Speen Hall for – what else? – Streit’s matzo and hot soup. Bring a side or salad for yourself and, if you like. a dessert to share — Kosher for Passover food only (no noodles, bread or baked goods with leavening, no pork or shellfish). The film, which runs 65 minutes, will begin at 12:30 P.M.

    On Manhattan’s Lower East Side, in a series of four nondescript brick tenement buildings, sits the Streit’s Matzo factory. In 1925, when Aron Streit opened the factory’s doors, it sat at the heart of the nations largest Jewish immigrant community. Today, in its fifth generation of family ownership, in a rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side, it remains as the last family owned matzo factory in America. Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream takes audiences on a nostalgic tour of the last family-owned matzo factory in the U.S., still baking a 3,000-year-old recipe. This January, the New York Times carried news of the family’s decision to move production from the Lower East Side to a yet-to-be-determined site in New Jersey, ending an era for the company.

    While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit’s is a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation’s unleavened bread on prewar machinery as old as the factory itself. The sense of tradition and resilience is reflected in the owners, inheritors of a five-generation Jewish family business. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the characters within the story, in particular the loyal and surprisingly diverse factory employees, some of whom have worked at Streit’s for decades. Even in the highly gentrified Lower East Side, their colorful on-camera anecdotes represent the continuation of the immigrant dream.

    While lamenting an old New York lost to modernity, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream celebrates a venerable Jewish institution still thriving on family ties. It is a story of tradition and resilience, of the perseverance of the Jewish people, and of immigrants of all faith, so many of whom have found a home on the Lower East Side, behind the doors of Streit’s, or in the matzo they bake.

     

  • Yom HaShoah Service & Film: Defiant Requiem, Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation will hold a service to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, followed by a free screening of the film Defiant Requiem. The public is welcome to all or any part of the evening’s program. The service will begin at 7:00 P.M. and the film will start at approximately 7:40 P.M. Both service and film will take place in the Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road.

    Defiant Requiem tells the little-known chapter of resistance that transpired at the Nazi concentration camp Terezin (Theresienstadt), where Jewish inmates fought their oppressors with art and music.  In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation, and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin – artists, musicians, poets and writers – fought back by staging plays, composing opera, and using paper and ink to record the horrors they witnessed. This creative rebellion reached its peak when conductor Rafael Schaechter led a choir of 150 inmates in studying and performing one of the world’s most difficult and powerful choral works, Verdi’s Requiem, a Catholic liturgical work re-imagined as a condemnation of the Nazis. Schaechter led over a dozen performances of Verdi’s Requiem. In 1944, they delivered their final performance right in the face of Nazi leaders during a site visit from the International Red Cross, staged to give the impression of Terezin as an idyllic town set aside for Czech Jews. Soon afterwards, Schaechter and the remaining choir members were transported to Auschwitz, where an entire generation of Czecholovakia’s Jewish musicians died.

    The film has at its central focus the inmates’ defiant performance of Verdi’s Requiem, but it also tells the story of a contemporary tribute to Schaechter by the Boston-based conductor Murry Sidlin, who in 2006 conducted a memorial performance of the Requiem at Terezin. Doug Shultz, the film’s writer and director, began this project as a straightforward filming of Sidlin’s concert at Terezin, but it grew into a documentary that features interviews with survivors of Terezin and animations developed from surviving drawings depicting life at Terezin by artists imprisoned there. Commenting on the power of the Requiem story, Shultz commented: “…when you hear this story, it taps into some different place, in terms of the power of the human spirit. To create under those circumstances is pretty incredible.”

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