Jewish Masters of the Short Story:
Readings by Malamud, Roth, Bellow, Ozick and Paley
Led by Diane Cole
Wednesday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 12:30 PM-2 PM
Take a tour of the many varieties of the Jewish-American experience, viewed through selected short stories by classic writers Grace Paley, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick and Philip Roth. Individually, each writer presents a distinctive voice and vision of what it means to be a Jew in America. Taken together, their short stories provide a kaleidoscope of Jewish creativity and thought in post-World War II America. It’s summer reading at its best — tales teeming with wit, wisdom, humor and humanity.
Simply Mordecai M. Kaplan:
From Heretic to Prophet of American Judaism
Led by Rabbi Alfredo F. Borodowski, Ph.D.
Wednesday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 • 2:30 PM-4 PM
Founder of the Reconstructionist movement Mordecai Kaplan (1881-1983) was equally admired and despised. In 1945 the Union of Orthodox Rabbis formally assembled to excommunicate him. His challenge to the establishment began with his daughter, Judith, celebrating the first public bat mitzvah in America and soon followed with new versions of the Passover Haggadah and prayer book that challenged previous views of God, Jewish Law and the Jewish People. Who was Kaplan? Who was his God? What is the Reconstructionist Judaism he founded? Was he a prophet or a heretic?
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