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Monday, March 19th, 1:30 p.m.
The classic tales of the Jewish sages in the Talmud helped define Judaism in early times and have been told over centuries. But can they help us find meaning in and solutions to contemporary issues? In Rabbi Visotzky's new book, he teaches Talmud in a way that opens up for us these colorful and poignant stories, to show us how they still have enormous power to touch the heart and to test our morality and imaginations.
A renowned teacher, Rabbi Visotzky is Appleman Professor of Midrash & Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary and was a featured participant in the PBS television series Genesis: A Living Conversation.
Monday, April 16th, 1:30 p.m.
One of the true heroes to emerge during the Holocaust, Raoul Wallenberg defied the Nazis to help thousands of Jews avoid the death camps. The favorite son of one of the world's wealthiest families, Wallenberg left a comfortable life to dispense warm clothes and hope, racing after lines of people being herded toward deportation trains, issuing documents on the spot. Against staggering odds and at constant risk of his life, Wallenberg rescued as many as 100,000 Jews. In 1945 he disappeared into the Soviet prison system and his fate is still unresolved.
New York Times bestselling author Kati Marton is an award-winning former NPR and ABC News correspondent.
Wednesday, April 18th, 7:00 p.m.
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Child psychologist Anthony E. Wolf steps into the new world of parenting—and he gives you answers: how to deal with today's kids; how to be in charge and enjoy your kids; how to accomplish this without constant threats and punishment. Here is a method of parenting that works with today's kids, from toddlers to pre-teens, and is guaranteed to dramatically reduce the fussing and backtalking that can take so much of the pleasure out of parenting.Anthony Wolf's easy but surprisingly powerful techniques offer specific solutions for all of the most difficult day-to-day problem areas of parenting: tantrums, backtalk, getting kids to do homework, getting them off to school in the morning, sibling fighting, and much more. The lessons he delivers, with wit and empathy, can help you bring back the joy into parenting!
Monday, April 23rd, 1:30 p.m.
All of us have unfinished business: the things we should have done but just let slip. After losing his job, Lee Kravitz took stock of his life and realized just how disconnected he had become from the people who mattered most to him. He committed to reconnecting with them and making amends—repaying a thirty-year-old debt, making a long-overdue condolence call, finding an abandoned relative, and fulfilling a forgotten promise.
In each instance, the act of reaching out opens new paths for personal and spiritual growth. Kravitz's story reveals that the things we've avoided are exactly those that have the power to transform, enrich, enlarge, and even complete us.
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.
Da Mikelle Restaurant
102-39 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills
$10 per person
Join us for an evening of music and literature, ranging from Eastern Europe to Central Asia, at DaMikelle Restaurant in Forest Hills! Expect wine, light Bukharian food, music from Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys—raw, funny, soulful and foot-stomping good klezmer bluegrass music, fusing old world and new—and fun readings on the theme of transition from old world to new.
National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" Winner Anya Ulinich emigrated from Russia to Phoenix, Arizona. Her funny and poignant debut novel, Petropolis, is the coming of age story of a young Russian woman who lands in Phoenix as a modern mail order bride.
Born in Minsk, Boris Fishman is the editor of The Wild East: Stories from the Last Frontier, about life in the Soviet Union, and has been a writer and editor for The New Yorker.