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Spies and the Mossad, a Trio of Novels

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 12:00am
By Curt Schleier for Hadassah Magazine

 

In real life, the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has successfully secured the safety of the State of Israel. In a less covert but still dramatic way, the Mossad has also had an impact on the genre of spy literature. Spies no longer have to be a thin-lipped James Bond type or a George Smiley, as this trio of books demonstrates with varying degrees of success.

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A new edge-of-your-seat literary thriller from an award-winning author

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:00am
From madmimi


A vibrant, propulsive literary thriller that charts the high-stakes journey of a young man trying to find his place in a country that has lost its way


As the 1980s draw to a close, South Africa is a maelstrom of political violence with the apartheid regime in its death throes. Young Martin Helger is the struggling odd duck at an elite private boys school in Johannesburg, with his father a rough-handed scrap dealer and his brother a mysterious legend.

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10 Writers Not Named Philip Roth Capturing the Female American Jewish Experience

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 12:00am
BY EMILY BURACK for Kveller

 

10 Writers That Actually Get American Jewish Women
 

Who is capturing and writing the American Jewish woman’s experience? A whole lot of talented writers, it turns out. Here are 10 of them.

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Jewish, Ugly, Weird, Oversexed, Gross

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 12:00am
By Rachel Shteir for Tablet Magazine


Aline Kominsky-Crumb is the Jewish woman’s Philip Roth. Her reissued and updated collection, ‘Love That Bunch,’ is a satisfying epic of modern feminism.


I wish I had discovered Aline Kominsky-Crumb when I was growing up alienated in WASPy Princeton, New Jersey in the 1970s and 1980s. Her violent, raunchy, expressionist-confessional comic strips, many published in underground magazines, might have consoled me, at least for a while. Those were, otherwise, largely depressing years, even today aggravated by my parents’ inability to consider my despair. “You were such a happy baby?” they say, apparently mystified when I even mention my teen-aged angst.

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Nathan Devir on Emerging Jewish Communities

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
Interview with Adam Rovner and Nathan Devir for Jewish Book Council

 

Adam Rovner: Your book focuses on “emerging Jewish communities.” Can you explain what that means?

Nathan Devir: “Emerging” is an imperfect term, sometimes used alongside qualifiers such as “Judaizing” or “neo-Jewish.” These words indicate that a community is not part of a conventionally-recognized sector of klal yisrael, the worldwide Jewish people. Because Jews are such good record keepers, and because correspondence between divergent communities about matters of halacha has been part and parcel of post-exilic Jewish life, we have a pretty good idea about where Jews have settled. 

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Your Shavuot Reading List

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
Jewish Book Council


Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19


Shavuot, also known as The Festival of Weeks, is a Jewish holiday where the Jews celebrate the anniversary of when God gave the Torah to the Jewish People on Mount Sinai. The holiday is celebrated by eating mostly dairy foods, and learning the Torah late into the night on the first night of the holiday. It was one of the three Shalosh Regalim, the biblical pilgrimage holidays the Jewish People celebrate. Megillat Rut, or The Book of Ruth is read on this holiday. 

Here are some great works of fiction, non-fiction, and cookbooks for Shavuot.

Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday!

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Announcing the 2018 Sami Rohr Prize Finalists!

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
From Jewish Book Council

 

 

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, a program of the Jewish Book Council, has announced the five Fellows who are eligible for the 2018 Prize of $100,000, the largest award of its kind. In addition, the second prize of $18,000 and three remaining presentations of $5,000 each will be announced in July 2018.

Please click here to download the press release with full list of finalists.

A Revelatory History of a single Block on the Upper West Side

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Alexander Aciman for Tablet Magazine 


Bookworm: Gangsters, kidnappers, a pencil-maker, a Shakespearean actor, a toothpaste magnate, and other 20th-century ghosts in Daniel Wakin’s surprising new account of a section of Riverside Drive


I’d never noticed them. Not in the years I spent visiting friends on 106th Street and Riverside Drive, not on walks with my dad in the 1990s down that same block, not on long meandering runs in the fall. I’ve lived on the Upper West Side almost my entire life. You’d have to be an idiot not to know that the stretch of rowhouses on Riverside is special. But it took Daniel Wakin’s book, The Man with the Sawed-Off Leg and Other Tales of a New York City Block to show me just how special this particular block is.

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Temple Aliyah Welcomes You!

Temple Aliyah is an egalitarian Conservative congregation in Needham, Massachusetts, with a warm and inviting atmosphere.  We are a dynamic and diverse community that embraces people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles.  With the guidance of Rabbi Carl Perkins, we encourage our members to enrich their Jewish lives, to enhance their Jewish identities, and to engage in lifelong learning.

Join us for Shabbat services and schmooze during kiddush following services. Check out the exciting Temple Tots programming for our youngest members.  Attend the Rabbi's Adult Education classes. Participate in one of our many Social Action projects. Become a member of our Sisterhood or Men's Club.    

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In celebration of Rabbi Perkins’ more than 25 years at Temple Aliyah, here is this week's question: Did you know that more than 30 adults at Temple Aliyah have participated in one of the five past Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah classes? If you are interested in becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah, please contact Rabbi Perkins.

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Shabbat and Weekday Services

 

Shabbat Morning Services  9:15 am
Sunday Morning Minyan* 9:00 am
Monday Morning Minyan   7:00 am
Weekday Evening Minyan 7:30 pm

* During the summer, minyan meets on Monday morning, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


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Under the direction of our Adult Education Committee and as part of our commitment to lifelong learning, Temple Aliyah offers a wide range of opportunities for our members and others to enrich their Jewish lives throughout education.  Click here to see all of our current Adult Education offerings.


Sisterhood welcomes all women of our community, sharing our passion for Judaism, our families and ourselves. We invite you to learn more about becoming part of our amazing community. Whether you're looking for camaraderie, spiritual connection, social action, or the opportunity to get involved, Sisterhood is here for you. Click here to see our full calendar of events for 2017-18.