Our pick for the next book club meeting is “Honor” by Thrity Uurigar. Join us Tuesday, June 28th at 7:30 pm to discuss this engrossing and engaging novel.
“In the way A Thousand Splendid Suns told of Afghanistan’s women, Thrity Umrigar tells a story of India with the intimacy of one who knows the many facets of a land both modern and ancient, awash in contradictions.” —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
In this riveting and immersive novel, bestselling author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.
Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her own family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past. While Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita tries in every way she can to right the scales. She also finds herself increasingly drawn to Mohan, an Indian man she meets while on assignment. But the dual love stories of Honor are as different as the cultures of Meena and Smita themselves: Smita realizes she has the freedom to enter into a casual affair, knowing she can decide later how much it means to her.
In this tender and evocative novel about love, hope, familial devotion, betrayal, and sacrifice, Thrity Umrigar shows us two courageous women trying to navigate how to be true to their homelands and themselves at the same time.
For anyone who sat in on the Women of Chai’s March guest speaker, Seth Front, who shared with us his version of the Jewish Zodiac (a parody of the Chinese Zodiac) here are some interesting links:
Article from The Forward:
Link to the exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center:
Pinterest board with the Zodiac images:
Huge rummage sale including housewares, clothes, toys, books, tools, electronics, and more! All proceeds will support relief work in Ukraine through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
If you wish to donate items, you can bring them to Grace United Presbyterian Church by March 30. Email email@example.com or call or text 862-248-5582 to arrange for pick-up or drop-off.
Who came out and helped us to pull off a very successful Blood Drive!
24 precious pints collected= 72 lives saved!
A message from Rabbi Dresner’s Children & Evan Haiman:
It tells the story of Rabbi Israel S. Dresner, and his vital Civil Rights work with and for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rabbi Dresner was the most arrested Rabbi during the Civil Rights Movement, the most jailed Rabbi in American History, and, in the words of one of the film’s interviewees, “King’s Rabbi.”
In the film, Rabbi Dresner recounts his Civil Rights involvement, beginning with the First Interfaith Clergy Freedom Ride in 1961, which resulted in him being one of the “Tallahassee Ten” who were arrested for unlawful assembly when they asked to be served at a segregated airport restaurant. The case of the Tallahassee Ten made it up to the U.S. Supreme Court and bore Rabbi Dresner’s name as the lead plaintiff.
The Rabbi also discusses his pivotal role as one of the key figures in the largest mass arrest of Rabbis in U.S. history in St. Augustine, FL as they sought to garner support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the crucial role he played at Dr. King’s behest in Selma, Alabama following the brutal attack on marchers who sought to ensure that African Americans could exercise their right to vote.
In addition to a treasure trove of never before seen archival materials, including letters and telegrams the Rabbi received from Dr. King, the film features extensive interviews with the ninety-two year old Rabbi; his family; former congregants; other Freedom Riders; Civil Rights activists including the legendary Andrew Young; Politicians such as Senator Cory Booker; Civil Rights Historian Dr. Raymond Arsenault; and many others.
“We came as Jews who remember the millions of faceless people who stood quietly, watching the smoke rise from Hitler’s crematoria. We came because we know that, second only to silence, the greatest danger to man is loss of faith in man’s capacity to act.”
Please help us recount the actions of Rabbi Dresner on this historic journey.
-Tamar Dresner, Avi Dresner & Evan Haiman
Due to the extreme cold and inclement weather forecast
Please join Rabbi Meeka and Cantor Intern Erica Rubin for
Virtual Erev Shabbat Services
for the month of February
Join us for a virtual Pre-neg before and Oneg Shabbat following.
Friday, January 21 @ 7:30 pm
for the 5th Grade Shabbat
Shabbat Service will be Virtual – Look for an email from Principal Paula!