Irving Lubliner Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Irving Lubliner Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust

Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner wrote about her internment in Polish ghettos and two Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. Her powerful stories have recently been published by her son, Irving Lubliner, an emeritus SOU professor and Ashland resident. He will share excerpts from Only Hope: A Survivor's Stories of the Holocaust, shedding light on his mother's experiences and indomitable spirit, as well as his experience as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process in bringing the book to fruition.

"In just a few pages these stories vivify the horror of the Holocaust and the redemption of the human will. Felicia Lubliner makes us realize in Only Hope that the spark of life cannot be extinguished even in the darkest of times."

- Dennis M. Read, Professor Emeritus of English, Denison University

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Psychedelic Research and the Future of Judaism
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Psychedelic Research and the Future of Judaism

In 2017, Rabbi Zac Kamenetz joined the Johns Hopkins University Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit’s Religious Leaders Study. Over six months, Zac was given two large doses of psilocybin (the active compound in magic mushrooms) in a safe, clinical setting to investigate the effects and possible utility these compounds might have for spiritual leadership. Zac will talk about his experiences "on the couch", the process of integrating them into his daily life, and what our the Jewish communities might learn from the results of studies like these about the future of religion and understanding human consciousness.

Presenter Bio
Rabbi Zac Kamenetz is the director of Jewish Living and Learning at the JCC of San Francisco, the co-director of Beloved Berkeley, a home-based intentional Shabbat community, and the executive producer of the Shefa Podcast Network. Zac Kamenetz received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem and has degrees from the University of Maryland and the Graduate Theological Union. He is a qualified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, and lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.

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Robert Schoen & Catherine deCuir “The Rabbi Finds Her Way” New Book Reading and Discussion
Jul
21
3:00 PM15:00

Robert Schoen & Catherine deCuir “The Rabbi Finds Her Way” New Book Reading and Discussion

Robert Schoen & Catherine deCuir “The Rabbi Finds Her Way” New Book

A year after graduating from rabbinical school, Pearl Ross-Levy lands the job of her life. As Associate Rabbi at Lakeshore Temple in Oakland, California, Pearl begins to learn what being a rabbi is all about.

Through compelling, inspiring, and often funny episodes, the young rabbi meets a cast of quirky characters and discovers what it means to become a leader in the synagogue community. As Pearl faces the challenges of her new role, we witness her kindness and compassion as well as her resourcefulness and courage.

Whether it is caring for her high school classmate (the victim of a serious car accident), struggling with the anguish of a man who believes he's committed a murder, or bringing the community together to help a lonely cancer patient feel not so alone, the rabbi teaches us how a little love and caring can affect people in wonderful ways.

The Rabbi's strength and faith grow as she continues to see that God does, indeed, work in strange ways.

Author Bios

Robert Schoen is the author of On God's Radar—My Walk Across America and the award-winning book What I Wish My Christian Friends Knew About Judaism. He lives in Oakland, California.


Catherine deCuir is a cantorial soloist, jazz vocalist, and fiction writer. She lives in Albany, California.


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Andrew Ramer "Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud"
Jun
2
3:00 PM15:00

Andrew Ramer "Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud"

Local author, Andrew Ramer, reads from and discusses his NEW book Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud. Join us for a wild ride into the future and on to the pages of Talmud that just may hold together the remnants of Jewish community 160 years in the future. Andrew is a wonderful story teller and a captivating speaker. Books will be for sale at Afikomen Judaica.

Click Here to read the article in the J Weekly https://www.jweekly.com/2019/03/06/exploring-the-remains-of-a-talmud-from-160-years-in-the-future/ Exploring the remains of a Talmud from 160 years in the future by David A. M. Wilensky

Eighty years from now, an international, pluralistic cabal of Jewish spiritual leaders gather in Brooklyn to compose a new Talmud. Their compendium of law, narrative, poetry, prayer and more would speak to a time of rising waters and falling population. But it is never completed.

Eighty years after that, a laptop is recovered from the fallout-ridden ruins of Brooklyn by a group of Edenic Jews from the East Bay. Its drive contains a few precious fragments of the legendary, incomplete Brooklyn Talmud.

This is the premise of Andrew Ramer’s new book, “Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud,” a singular work of fiction masquerading as an academic work from the future. It is a collection of the recovered fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud, presented like a volume of texts from the Cairo Genizah, complete with an imagined introduction providing “historical” context.

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Cool Jew Hanukkah Party
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Cool Jew Hanukkah Party

Super Fun Hanukkah Party for All Ages

*Comedy & Cool Jew w/ Lisa Alcalay Klug author of Cool Jew and Hot Mamalah
*Hot Latkes & Sufganiyot Fundraiser for the OHDS 5th Grade MOSAIC Trip
*Live Music
*Kids Activities
*Hanukkah Scavenger Hunt
*Community Menorah Lighting w/ Rabbi Chaim
*Special Guests TBA
FREE

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"The Wandering Jew Has Arrived" by Albert Londres
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

"The Wandering Jew Has Arrived" by Albert Londres

In 1929, at the top of his career, renowned French journalist Albert Londres set out to document the lives of Jews. His travels in England, eastern Europe and Palestine produced the literary masterpiece The Wandering Jew Has Arrived. Expertly translated by Helga Abraham, The Wandering Jew Has Arrived vividly describes life in the shtetl, the faith of the Jews and their love of the Torah, the birth of Zionism and the emergence of the “New Jew” in Palestine. Londres was there to document the horrific massacres of Hebron and Tzfat and he predicted that, despite their small numbers, the Jews would pay the Arabs “back in kind.” A fascinating portrait of Jews by a perceptive and empathetic non-Jew.

Meet Helga Abraham on a rare visit from the Holy Land, to discuss her translation and the incredible journey of the author.

“Londres writes beautifully: he is an elegant, literary, humorous, ironic and always devastating writer.  Read it; it will rip your heart out.”  Phyllis Chesler, Israel National News:

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Rita Kuhn "Another Ruth" Book Release Party
Jun
24
3:00 PM15:00

Rita Kuhn "Another Ruth" Book Release Party

It is Berlin 1920. Klara and Lev, coming from two seemingly irreconcilable worlds, meet during a time of increasing social unrest and prejudice. Their courtship confronts them with the political and racial struggles in Germany during this turbulent period. Klara and Lev, caught in Berlin’s upheaval during the rise of National Socialism, must ask themselves who they really are, what their core values are, and what, in a world gone mad, is the value of love?

Rita Kuhn wrote Another Ruth to pay tribute to her mother, Frieda Kuhn, a woman of unfailing courage and devotion. It is a fictional novel based on facts. Her inspiration comes from family lore, old photographs, and family documents. Rita has also published her memoir, Broken Glass, Broken Lives: A Jewish Girl's Survival Story in Berlin, 1933-1945.

Books available for purchase

FREE * All Welcome

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Anna Rabkin's NEW release "From Krakow to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding"
Jun
17
3:00 PM15:00

Anna Rabkin's NEW release "From Krakow to Berkeley: Coming Out of Hiding"

Anna Rabkin

From Kraków to Berkeley:  Coming out of Hiding

Sunday, June 17, 3:00 PM

Afikomen Judaica 3042 Claremont Avenue, Berkeley

Travel with Anna Rabkin across the USA in a VW bus. Land in Berkeley and immerse yourself in the turbulent times and progressive politics. Stretch back into her past to uncover a survivor child who never gave up hope. Her new book, From Krakow to Berkeley is a wild ride and a testament to the human spirit.

Books available for for purchase

FREE * All Welcome

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The Illustrated Pirkei Avot and Beyond Noah's Ark
Feb
4
2:00 PM14:00

The Illustrated Pirkei Avot and Beyond Noah's Ark

Spiritual Tinkering Lab
Explore the ancient spiritual technology of Chevrutah through learning and creating.

Join artist Jessica Tamar Deutsch and Beyond Noah's Ark founder Adina Polen for a group study session from Jessica's the Illustrated Pirkei Avot, and creative tinkering lab focused on the power of chevrutah -- working with a learning or creation partner.

This event is free and open to the public!

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Nosh & Drash with Rabbi Chaim - Tu B'Shvat
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Nosh & Drash with Rabbi Chaim - Tu B'Shvat

Come Nosh on fruits connected to the Holy Land of Israel and Drash (expound) about the Trees of the Garden of Eden on Tu B'Shevat. We will explore mystical musings about the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil and the Tree of Life. 

Hot Tea & Light Nosh Served
Enjoy a special array of fruits and nuts in honor of Tu B' Shevat - The New Year of the Trees
FREE * All Welcome

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Eden Village West Summer Camp Info Session
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Eden Village West Summer Camp Info Session

Eden Village West is a farm-to-table residential Jewish summer camp in Northern California for ages 8-14 featuring culinary arts, organic farming, homesteading and wilderness skills, sports, music, and more!

Activities for Kids while parents learn about this amazing NEW program. Please join us to find out what all the excitement is about.
Questions? 
Call Camp Director Casey Yurow 510-560-5610
www.edenvillagewest.org

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