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Arts & Culture

CBS Reads

Facilitated by Professor Roxana Levin

Sundays, 10:30am - 12:00pm

In the Hirsty Library


This co-ed group will meet in our CBS Library to explore some contemporary books. The titles chosen generally have some Jewish thread or relate to current world issues and evoke lively discussions. Guests are welcome.


October 14th: Political Tribes by Amy Chua

This contemporary book explains how loyalty groups all over the world trump the influence of ideology. It is a wake up call that is quite well reviewed.


February 10th: We Were the Lucky Onesby Georgia Hunter

As World War II begins, one Jewish family in Europe is determined to survive and reunite in spite of the horrific circumstances that each experiences.


April 14th: The Immortalistby Chloe Benjamin

Another story about four siblings, this striking first novel describes the aftermath when the children seek out a psychic who predicts the day of each of their deaths.


June 2nd: A Tale of the Ringby Ilan Sheinfeld

This historically correct story tells the hidden tale of sex trafficking of Jewish girls from Europe to Buenos Aires in the late 1800’s.



The Art of Memoir Writing - Facilitated by Martha Margolis

Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

10/10, 10/17, 10/24 & 11/7


This four session free-form class will explore the concept and techniques of memoir writing. It will include some dedicated writing activities which may or may not be shared in discussion. Putting pen to paper, this class will review and practice many different

aspects of memoir writing. Beginners are welcome.


Cultural Caravan Event: Jewels of the Imagination Radiant Masterworks

by Jean Schlumberger

From the Mellon Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

Sunday, January 13th, 1:00pm

RSVP to if carpool desired.


The glittering jewelry designs of Jean Schlumberger were the epitome of mid-century elegance. Inspired by nature, his creations graced such notable style icons as Jacqueline Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. This exhibition highlights the work of this innovative artist, placing his jewelry and objects d’art as inimitable examples of twentieth-century design. This exhibition brings together the

extensive Schlumberger collection of Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon, donated to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts between 1985 and 2015. It is the largest, most comprehensive public collection of Jean Schlumberger’s work in the world. 




Ruth Eckerd Hall presents: 111 YEARS of BROADWAY

Monday, February 4th, 7:30pm


Recreating the greatest moments from the finest shows. RSVP to Martha Margolis by Dec 4th, required in order to reserve tickets, at: 



Theatre at Beth Shalom

Sunday, March 31st

Pre-performance reception at 4pm, Curtain at 5pm


Producer/director Shari Upbin will bring James Sherman’s gentle comedy From Door to Door to the Beth Shalom stage for one performance. A heartfelt tribute to American women of three generations, From Door to Door explores the influence culture and religion have in shaping life options.


Playwright James Sherman, who has penned a number of hit plays including Beau Jest, God of Isaac, Half and Half, and Jacob and Jack, has also acknowledged the play is deeply personal: “There’s no secret this play is inspired by my mother,” he has said. “I think all plays are autobiographical, the more I think about it. Edward Albee wrote Three Tall Women and those women were New England upper-class, like his family was. The women in my play are Jewish in Chicago because that’s where I was from.” 

Tickets $36/ea., Pre-performance Reception: $18/ea.



Yiddish for Beginners Taught by Henri Stein

Mondays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25


Students will learn the basics of Yiddish grammar, reading and writing. The book to be used is Yiddish – An Introduction to the Language, Literature & Culture, by Sheva Zucker. Note: This is a beginner’s course in Yiddish but it will be helpful, but not required, for the students to be familiar with the Hebrew alphabet.



Mon, June 17 2019 14 Sivan 5779