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Congregation B’Nai Jacob Events

CBJ’s Big Read 2019 “Eternal Life”

Our big read this year, “Eternal Life,” is Dara Horn’s most recent novel about a woman who lives forever despite her overwhelming desire to die.  Born at the time of the Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, she, like the Jewish people, has survived countless pogroms, inquisitions, and gas chambers.  Now alive in 2019, her grandchildren pursue new technologies to extend life forever, while she wrestles with the question of what it all means and is it all worth it.

Rabbi Shapiro will talk about the book during her sermon on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.  Come September, we will be having book group meetings to discuss the story and its message.

Monday, September 23, 6:20 PM

Khadija Alahmad:  “Apples and Honey Aleppo-Style”

Aleppo is renowned for its cuisine.  Khadija Alahmad, a Syrian refugee chef who came to CT with the support of JCARR, has launched a new catering service “Khadija’s Sweets, Etc.”  She will offer a just-in-time for Rosh Hashanah kosher baking class at CBJ.  “Honey” is in the spotlight in a baklava baking demonstration; “apples” are incorporated into baking fatayer tufah, an individual apple pastry.  Participants are invited to pitch in with the preparation.  The fee is $18 for members and $25 for non-members.  RSVP to CBJ office at 203-389-2111.

CBJ Book Discussion

Late Fall or early Winter

Join in a discussion of “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish – WINNER OF A NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD – A USA TODAY BESTSELLER

“A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.”—Toni Morrison

Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, “The Weight of Ink” is 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.

“A mysterious collection of papers hidden in a historic London home sends two scholars of Jewish history on an unforgettable quest…Kadish’s characters are memorable, and we’re treated to a host of them:  pious rabbis and ribald actors, socialites and troubled young men, Mossad agents and rule-worshipping archivists.  From Shakespeare’s Dark Lady to Spinoza’s philosophical heresies, Kadish leaves no stone unturned in this moving historical epic. Chock-full of rich detail and literary intrigue.” Kirkus Reviews

Discussion will be led by Elizabeth Edelglass.  Elizabeth Edelglass is an award-winning short story writer, recently published in New Haven Review, Tablet, and JewishFiction.net.  She also reviews Jewish fiction for Lilith and Hadassah Magazine.  A B’nai Jacob member, Edelglass was the founding director of the Jewish Community Library at the JCC.  RSVP to 203-389-2111 or cbj.receptionist@gmail.com.

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