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Jerzy: A Novel by Jerome Charyn

Posted on May 1st, 2017
Jewish Book Council


Jerzy Kosinski was a great enigma of post-World War II literature. When he exploded onto the American literary scene in 1965 with his best-selling novel The Painted Bird, he was revered as a Holocaust survivor and refugee from the world hidden behind the Soviet Iron Curtain. He won major literary awards, befriended actor Peter Sellers (who appeared in the screen adaptation of his novel Being There), and was a guest on talk shows and at the Oscars. But soon the facade began to crack, and behind the public persona emerged a ruthless social climber, sexual libertine, and pathological liar who may have plagiarized his greatest works.

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2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Fellows Announced

Posted on April 24th, 2017
Jewish Book Council


Join Jewish Book Council Wednesday, May 3rd for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Award Ceremony and Author Discussion.


The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature has announced the five Fellows who are eligible for the 2017 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 all be announced on May 3rd at a program open to the public to be held at the Jewish Museum.

The Sami Rohr Prize honors emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a specific work of non-fiction and fiction. Please join the Jewish Book Council in celebrating the 11th year of the Sami Rohr Prize and meet the 2017 Fellows at the award ceremony following a literary discussion with the authors, moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe as part of the Jewish Book Council Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation series. (RSVP requested.)

The 2017 Sami Rohr Prize Fellows are:

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Here and there: Leaving Hasidism, Keeping My Family by Chaya Deitsch

Posted on April 17th, 2017
Gloria Goldreich for Hadassah Magazine


The plethora of books about life in various Hasidic communities, written by self-described “escapees,” largely seethe with pain, anger and rejection. Chaya Deitsch’s chronicle of her life in the Lubavitch community, however, throbs with love and reveals an undisguised, wistful nostalgia for the culture she turned her back on. Perhaps that is because the Lubavitch, known for their outreach to secular Jews, are more open to the larger world than other Hasidic groups. 

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David Grossman, Amos Oz named on Man Booker longlist

Posted on April 10th, 2017
By Viva Sarah Press for Israel21c


13 novels are in contention for the prestigious 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.


Israeli authors David Grossman and Amos Oz are among the contenders for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. There are 13 novels up for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

Grossman’s A Horse Walks Into a Bar and Oz’s Judas are the two Israeli entries. 

The literary prize is awarded every year for a single book — novels or short-story collections – which have been translated in English.

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Passover guides serve up a side of social justice for the seder table

Posted on April 3rd, 2017
BY RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel


From a fifth cup of wine to 11 spilled drops — and a call to action for dessert — Jewish organizations publish readings on refugees, immigration, converts and the settlements


Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers? For some Jews focused on social justice issues, it’s because of the world’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II. For others, it’s because this June marks the 50th anniversary of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank. And for some it’s the mere fact that Donald Trump is president of the United States.

The themes of political freedom, refugees, immigration and racial justice have long figured prominently at seder table discussions. This year, in the weeks leading up to Passover, which starts on the evening of April 10, Jewish social justice organizations have published new haggadahs and hagaddah supplements for use at seders.

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For more great Passover ideas, check out our Passover Resource Kit.

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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

 

With seed money from Cantor Jason Kaufman's concert, the JCCNV was able to start a fund with all proceeds going towards a new playground for the preschool.  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!
 

Our next communal dinner will be Friday, April 28. RSVP to the Beth El office

  

Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays @ 7:00 PM
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ALIVE!

For more information about ALIVE! go to alive-inc.org.

 

Beth El House

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Beth El House enables formerly homeless families to work toward self-sufficiency and confidence.

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upcoming events
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SPREAD THE JOY OF PESACH

Food drive the month of April

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COLLECTING PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING

for men and women

the month of April
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CHAPEL IN THE WOODS WORKDAYS

April 30 and May 21

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Lifelong Learning

CALLING ALL TREKKIES

Wednesday, May 17 and 24 at 7:00 PM

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There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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