Description of Events

KEYNOTE: “The Rosenwald Connection” A sneak-peek preview of “The Rosenwald Connection,” a forthcoming television documentary by Longleaf Productions. Prof. Valinda Littlefield, director of the African American Studies program at USC and the daughter of a Rosenwald School student, will then lead a panel discussion featuring graduates of Rosenwald Schools in the Upstate region.

BOOK SIGNING: “Kaleidoscope: 20 Stories Celebrating Women’s Magazine Fiction,” is a collection of stories written by Ellyn Bache originally published in such magazines as McCall’s and Good Housekeeping — a celebration of women’s magazine fiction during the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 1990s. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, always entertaining. the stories in the collection were praised by the Wilmington (NC) Star-News as “Surprisingly good . . . surprisingly contemporary, [likely to] cure some readers of their stereotypes about women’s magazines” The book makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift for women who warmly remember — and still miss — the short stories that used to grace each new issue of their women’s magazines. And its relevance will surprise their daughters, too. A portion of the sales will go to the Temple of Israel.

Mamoloshon “Your Bubbe’s Language” Mamaloshen:  Where Did That Come From?  “Aliyah?  Daven?  Bensch?  Pareve, Leck und Schmeck”?  A quick course on Yiddish/Hebrew ritual and home vocabularies.  Bring words with you you’ve heard a thousand times but never understood.  What is their origin?  How did they creep into our everyday Jewish speech?

When they Came for the Neighbors: A Lithuanian Holocaust Story Before World War II, Lithuania was a great center of Jewish life and learning, with its capital Vilnius known as the Jerusalem of the North. And yet Americans today know very little about about the destruction of the Jewish community in Lithuania or about what Patrick Desbois has called “the Holocaust by bullets.” Dr. Menzer, who traveled to Lithuania to see where her family lived and where they were murdered, tells a Holocaust story you have not heard before. This lecture is not suitable for children.

The Jewish People’s Everlasting Covenant with God In ancient Near Eastern history, covenants were enacted as formal agreements, brokering power and assigning obligations between two parties. While the parties involved were not necessarily equal in status and power (think of a king and his subjects), the covenant established a clear outline of each party’s rights and responsibilities to one another. From the earliest days of the Israelite people, Jews have viewed our relationship with God as covenantal. This is not one all-mighty entity using the power of coercion to force certain behaviors upon the other, but rather a bilateral partnership in which God and humanity join forces in the ongoing creation and perfecting of our world. God gives freewill, but expects us to work together based upon mutual love, respect, rights and responsibilities. Join us as we use scriptural text, history and commentary to explore the Jewish people’s joyful and voluntary acceptance of the rewards and obligations in upholding our covenantal relationship with God.

Jewish Concepts of Social Justice Jewish tradition places social justice as a central part of our faith. It is our responsibility to ensure justice in the world. We will study and discuss Jewish concepts of social justice.

Bruno Bettelheim and the Art of Fairytales in Jewish Narratives Judaism’s rich narratives have much to convey with respect to fairy tales and their subliminal messages about the crucial nature of our most fundamental relationships. Bruno Bettelheim insights about how fairy tales function, especially with respect to children, and can help us discover some of the fundamental conflicts that continue into adulthood.

Sleightly Illusional Magic with Marty With over 40 years of experience, Marty performs state of the art sleight of hand rarely seen in this area.

The Temple of Israel Choir is a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who love learning and singing Jewish music! Rehearsing every Sunday afternoon, we perform annually at ShalomFest, where we are often joined by members of the Congregation Beth Israel Choir. During the year we sing about once a month at Shabbat evening worship services, as well as on the High Holidays. New members are welcome; contact the Temple of Israel.