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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.
 
November 16:  "Ordinary People and Extraordinary Evil"

We are living in a troubled time when negative rhetoric, violence and hate crimes against Jews, African Americans, Moslems and other minorities are escalating. Join Gail Lipsitz, Fred Emil Katz and Mary Dagold for this important and timely discussion, a week after the anniversary of Kristallnacht (November 9-10, 1938). Fred Katz, who lived through Kristallnacht as a boy, has written and taught about what we can learn from the past: the warning signs of the rise of Fascism and how to respond.

In preparation, please read 3 excerpts from Fred's published works and 2 short stories. "The Porcelain Monkey" by Shira Naiman (2006) uncovers a mystery about a German-born Jewish woman who tried to bury her past when she emigrated to the USA. In Karen E. Bender's "Where to Hide in a Synagogue" (published in 2018 before the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh), two women members of an American congregation are asked to develop a plan to protect their temple from potential hate crimes

Please read in advance the following selections. Click on each title to download. Hard copies of the readings are also available at Kol HaLev.:
Confronting Evil, Fred E. Katz
The Porcelain Monkey, Shira Naiman
 
February 22: Discussion of "Three Floors Up," a novel by Israeli author Eshkol Nevo
 
May 2: TBA
Tue, November 12 2019 14 Cheshvan 5780