Sept. 15, 2019; 2:00pm – Not Your Average Book Club – We’re excited to invite you to the first Book Club meeting of the season. We’ll be discussing a winner of the National Jewish Book Award & Amazon Best Book of the Year – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish. The Weight of Ink tells the story of two remarkable women separated by three centuries, the ambition that connects them, and the power of the written word.
Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century. The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
Electrifying and ambitious, sweeping in scope and intimate in tone, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.
Sept. 18, 2019; 7:00pm – The Mischlinge Exposé – The Fall 2019 Baxt Lecture Series presents The Mischlinge Exposé, co-sponsored by the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, The Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange and The Humanities Forum (Providence College).
Concert pianist Carolyn Enger will be performing the Exposé on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, 7:00pm at the Dwares Jewish Community Center, with support from the Jewish Alliance if Greater Rhode Island, and Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, 3:00pm at Providence College. This program is free and open to the public.
“Who was my father?” “Who am I?” These are the questions that prompted Ms. Enger to produce a many-layered multimedia performance that centers around family history, personal experience and Judaism. “Our house was filled with secrets, but children pick up what their parents don’t tell them.” Her father was, in fact, Jewish. His Jewish mother had converted to Christianity after marrying her husband. Horst grew up as a Christian in Germany.
The Mischlinge are a little-known group. It was the legal term used in Nazi Germany to denote someone with both Aryan and Jewish ancestry. The word has the general denotation of hybrid, mongrel or half-breed.
After her father’s death she put together The Mischlinge Exposé, exploring the questions of identity. “I wanted to give my father’s experience a voice, to understand him better. More than ever before, in the mixing pot of today, the question of identity is very real and relevant,” says Carolyn. By bringing the Mischlinge story to light and by introducing the viewer to the struggle faced by another, she hopes to erase the lines that divide us and inspire people to feel at peace. “My message is that you cannot ate someone simply because he is the other.”
For more information about this program please contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 22, 2019; 7:45am – Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. is a groundbreaking exhibition that brings together more than 700 original objects and 400 photographs from more than 20 institutions and museums around the world. It is the most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the history of Auschwitz and its role in the Holocaust ever presented in North America.
On September 22, 2019, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Temple Beth-El, North East Action Sports, and the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center will host a bus trip to Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. Participants will receive guided tours of this landmark exhibition, followed by some time to explore Battery Park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Seating is limited; ticket price of $62 includes transportation and tour. The bus will depart the Jewish Alliance at 7:45am. To register online, please visit jewishallianceri.org/auschwitz-exhibit/. For additional information or to register by phone, please call Paula Olivieri at 401.453.7860.
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