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Nov. 17 & 24, 2020
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Scroll down for Rabbi Falick's commentary :
JEWISH BOOK MONTH RECOMMENDATIONS
NO YOUTUBE SHABBAT PROGRAMS ON NOV. 20 & NOV. 27.
We will resume on Friday, Dec. 4!
Zoom Link:
No Passcode Required
Thanks to generous soup makers, we have a variety of delicious homemade (and high-quality restaurant) soups ... over 20 varieties to offer for your dining-at-home pleasure!

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: 

1) Pre-order by calling, texting, or emailing Michele at the office, 248.477.1410, or info@birminghamtemple.com;

2) Your order will be confirmed and a time slot arranged for pickup on Saturday, December 12th;

3) Soups will be available in quart containers. Suggested price: $5 - $10 each. All proceeds will go to help feed the hungry, our annual Winter Mitzvah;

4) Payment will be made by exact-change - cash or check payable to Birmingham Temple (with SOUP in the memo line) and placed in a closed envelope with SOUP written on it.

5) Deadline for orders is Tuesday, December 1. A delivery option is possible for people without transportation to the temple if order is in by the deadline.

HERE ARE THE SOUPS!

Currently available soups (supplies are limited; first come, first serve so you might want to order soon. There may also be additions which will be publicized: stay tuned)

(v = vegetarian, vv = vegan)

African Peanut Stew
Borscht v
Cabbage vv
Carrot with Dill Pesto v
Chicken
  • Hearty Chicken Noodle 
  • Chicken Lemon Rice
  • Chicken Tortilla
  • Chicken Dumpling
Chili (vegetarian) vv
Cream of Tomato v
Crushed Lentil vv
Lobster Bisque
Minestrone vv
  • also available with meat
Mixed Vegetable with Quinoa vv
Mushroom Barley vv
Potato Leek v
Ribollita (Tuscan vegetable) vv
Split Pea (low salt) vv
Taco Soup v
Tomato Basil vv
Vegetable Potpourri with Sausage
White Chicken Chili

UNSOLD SOUPS WILL BE DONATED TO FREEDOM HOUSE DETROIT
CHANUKAH IS COMING!
First Candle: Thursday, Dec. 10
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JOIN US EVERY SINGLE NIGHT* OF CHANUKAH AT 6PM FOR A BT-WIDE ZOOM CANDLE LIGHTING! (Link TBA)

*On Fri., Dec. 11, we'll light on our regular YouTube program.

with Rabbi Falick
Continues on ...
Tuesday., Nov. 24, at 7pm
Eight Sessions:

1. The Quandary: Who, What & Why is a Jew: CATCH UP AT THIS LINK

2. The Textline: Origin Stories & Texts: CATCH UP AT THIS LINK

NEXT LESSON:
3. The Wanderings: Diasporas (Nov. 24)

4. The Laws, Pt. 1: Doing the Jewish (Dec. 8)

5. The Laws, Pt. 2: Celebrating the Jewish (Dec. 22)

6. The Beliefs: Religious and Other Ways of Jewish Thinking (Jan. 12)

7. The Troubles: Antisemitism Throughout the Ages (Jan. 26)

8. The Modern Days: Israel, America, Europe and Beyond (Feb. 9)
On Zoom:


  • No registration or password required.
  • No membership required.
  • This class is open to anyone anywhere!
  • Sessions will be recorded.
NEXT BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION
SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2PM
Password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@birminghamtemple.org if you need it.
OUR NEXT BOOK CLUB SELECTION:
"Everything is Illuminated" by Jonathan Safran Foer

A young man arrives in the Ukraine, clutching in his hand a tattered photograph. He is searching for the woman who fifty years ago saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Unfortunately, he is aided in his quest by Alex, a translator with an uncanny ability to mangle English into bizarre new forms; a 'blind' old man haunted by memories of the war; and an undersexed guide dog named Sammy Davis Jr, Jr. What they are looking for seems elusive - a truth hidden behind veils of time, language and the horrors of war. What they find turns all their worlds upside down.

You can purchase it AT THIS LINK for Kindle or Amazon delivery ... or support independent bookstores by shopping at BOOKSHOP.ORG.
NEXT FILM DISCUSSION:
SUNDAY, DEC. 6, 2PM
LINK TBA

A follow-up to our recent book ...
The movie adaptation of "Everything is Illuminated"
This 2005 film based on our previous book group selection tells the story of a young Jewish American man endeavoring to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local.

Starring: Elijah Wood; Directed and Written by Liev Schreiber from the book by Jonathan Safran Foer
SOUPER SUPPER IS ON! SEE DETAILS ABOVE!
SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS! Contact Audrey Pleasant (audreypleasant@gmail.com) to volunteer or learn more!
BT'S "LITTLE FOOD PANTRY"
BT has installed a "Little Food Pantry" for those in need. We will need donations of non-perishables to keep it filled.

WE NEED FOOD DONATIONS! canned tuna / chicken / proteins * pasta / grains * canned fruits & vegetables * soups / sauces / condiments * cereal / breakfast items * paper products * personal care / hygiene items * snacks

Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) for more details.
NEXT MEETING: SUNDAY, 29, 12:15PM
Please join us for our next important meeting!

On Zoom:
JOIN THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MAILING LIST!
Sign up for the Social Justice Committee email list for information about what's happening at BT and beyond. Meeting agenda and copy of the monthly report to the board is emailed to all list members. Send your request to audreypleasant@gmail.com.
ZOOM REQUIRES A PASSWORD!
The password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@birminghamtemple.org if you need it.
ONGOING CLASSES / PROGRAMS

RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS ("REBBE'S TISCH")
Join him for a historical look at Jewish texts throughout the ages.
ONLINE @ 10AM, SATURDAYS (NO CLASS NOV. 21 OR 28)
Dial-in Meeting ID: 759 671 597

"NEWS FOR JEWS & HUMANISTS TOO"
A weekly discussion of Jewish (and Humanistic-related) current events with Rabbi Falick
ONLINE @ NOON, MONDAYS (NO CLASS NOV. 23)
Dial-in Meeting ID: 214 102 965

JEWISH HISTORY CLASS WITH NATAN FUCHS
"From Roman rule to the Great Exile: How Judaism Became Centered in the Diaspora"
ONLINE @ 10:30am, SUNDAYS
Dial-in Meeting ID: 840 703 07256

SOCRATES CAFE
On Zoom!
ONLINE @ 10:30AM, EVERY TUESDAY!
Dial-In Meeting ID: 182 488 428
JEWISH BOOK MONTH RECOMMENDATIONS
With the Thanksgiving-Chrismukkah season upon us and very few safe activities to occupy us, it’s time to turn to some good books. What better time to make my recommendations than November which is Jewish Book Month?

We, the People of the Book, have produced an impressive list of masterpieces and less-than-masterpieces over the years. So while we’re waiting for Pfizer and Moderna to do their magic, here’s my personal list (in author alphabetical order) of six works of Jewish fiction. The titles are links to that big company that sells books.

Ostensibly about the origin of the American comic book industry, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is really about how Jewish immigrants transformed popular culture in their adopted land. Along the way, they draw upon European Jewish traditions, American Jewish icons, and their own imaginations, putting their creation to work fighting fascism at home and abroad.

Dr. Goldstein, a philosopher and Spinoza expert, put her story telling skills to good use with this story of an American Jewish atheist professor of psychology whose own book on religion becomes a hit. As we explore his life story we also encounter the influences, from the academic to the Hasidic, that lead his admirers to call him “an atheist with a soul.” The book also has an index with the actual 36 arguments which are a lot of fun to read.

A recent selection of our BT Book Group (and also winner of a National Jewish Book Award) this is a beautiful historical novel about the incipient Jewish community of 17th century London. The Spanish and Portuguese Jews, recently of Holland, are forced to navigate a strange land from which Jews have been absent since the 13th century expulsion. Written as a dual narrative, Kadish also tells the story of two modern London academics whose discovery of a trove of letters reveals a young woman from that earlier time, a skeptic who corresponds with none other than Benedict Spinoza.

This renowned coming-of-age story of New York Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side was little noticed when it was released. It took decades before it was regarded as a towering work of American literature. The New Yorker called it “… arguably the most distinguished work of fiction ever written about immigrant life.” Irving Howe for The New York Times Book Review called it “… one of the few genuinely distinguished novels written by a twentieth-century American.” The book is amazing.

One of the greatest Jewish role models for skepticism is called by the Talmud “the Other.” But Rabbi Elisha Ben Avuya did have a name and Rabbi Steinberg brought his story renewed life with this historical novel of Roman-era Palestine. It remains one of the best Jewish books of the modern age, salvaging the story of a rabbi who continues to inspire this Humanistic Jew two millennia after his death.

Released in time for our own millennium, Israeli author Yehoshua tells the story of a Sephardic Jewish merchant’s encounter with the nascent Ashkenazi community of France and the Rhineland. Yehoshua explores conflicts that would disturb Sephardic – Ashkenazi relations for centuries, many that were influenced by the values of their host countries, including the battle over Ashkenazic insistence upon monogamy.
*MAZEL TOV!

TO RABBI FALICK AND ARTHUR LIEBHABER ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER, ALEXANDRA ROSE MANN

Born to their daughter and son-in-law Aliza and Jason Mann in Baltimore, Maryland on Nov. 6, Alexandra Rose joins her big brother Jack. Jeff and Arthur are looking forward to the end of the pandemic when they can finally meet her!
*REFU'AH SHLEIMAH (SPEEDY RECOVERY)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to:

Priscilla Molnar, Lonnie Fleischer, Ceci Stone, Julie Eliason, Karen Tremper Harris, Myron Tink, Peter Schweitzer

Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.
*ONGOING CLASSES & PROGRAMS
ADULT CLASSES
See above for what we're doing online!

YOGA
Resumed as outdoor distanced Yoga as long as the weather holds. Wednesdays at 9:30am on the lawn

ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Visit LibrarySHJ.com for videos of classes, lectures, and more!
*THIS WEEK'S CARTOON
By Marilyn Rowens
*BT COMMUNITY SHARING
PIANO LESSONS WITH EZRA DONNER

BT Music Director Ezra Donner is offering piano lessons!

Ezra writes: "Students between the ages of 8-12 usually do very well with piano in my experience, and older and younger students and adults are welcome as well."
Lessons begin at $19 per half-hour and are currently offered in-person at Ezra's home studio in Ypsilanti as well as remotely on Zoom.
You can contact Ezra at pianist4486@yahoo.com.