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Literature at Lunch 

Mark your calendars to join Gail Lipsitz for the following 2019 - 2020 gatherings of Literature at Lunch. All gatherings take place at noon in the KHL room.
 
 
September 7:  Together, we would watch the first episode of "Shtissel," the Israeli serial that everyone is talking about, streamed via Netflix.   Advance reading: commentary on this episode of the series from a book that Mary is getting.  This series is a window into an Orthodox community in Israel, presenting very human characters and dispelling stereotypes and misunderstandings by Jews who are not Orthodox.    
 
November 16:  Timed a week after the anniversary of Kristallnacht.  We would read in advance an extract from Fred Katz's book that focuses on the warning signs of the arrival of Fascism.  Our discussion will bring out parallels to what is happening today and what we can learn from the past.   We will supplement with 1 or 2 contemporary short stories that portray members of a threatened minority group and how they react.   Example: "Where to Hide in a Synagogue" by Karen E. Bender from her collection of stories, "Counterpoint," in which 2 women members of a congregation are tasked with creating a plan to protect their temple from hate crimes (published in 2018).   This sometimes hilarious, but sobering and most timely reflection on what has happened since attacks on synagogues, churches, mosques in the USA have increased.
 
February 22: Discussion of a novel, possibly "Three Floors Up" by Israeli author Eshkol Nevo,  "Khirbet Khizeh" by S. Yizhar, or another one
 
May 2: Several short stories, perhaps by same author or by different authors but sharing a theme
Sun, September 22 2019 22 Elul 5779