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Under One Tent – Fall 2018

Lectures & Book Talks

Meet authors, academics and experts on a wide variety of issues.


  1. SHABBAT UNCORKED WITH A FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH

    Lectures & Book Talks
    This musical Shabbat service will be followed by a discussion on depression and stress. Speakers include Elliot Kallen, founder of A Brighter Day Charity; Graham Wiseman from Teen Esteem, and Tom Tamura, LMFT, the Executive Director of the Crisis Center. Proceeds from the evening’s wine tasting will be donated to A Brighter Day Charity, which provides mental health resources to teens.
    SHABBAT UNCORKED WITH A FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Friday, Oct. 5 7:00pm


  2. MY TWO AND A HALF YEARS BEHIND BARBED WIRE

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    Yukio Shimomura will share his family’s experience during World War ll and the impact of Executive Order 9066 on their life. From San Francisco to the incarceration camps in San Bruno to Delta, Utah, the lifestyle and dynamics in the camp, the significant ironies and challenges faced by his parents, his brothers and himself. 110,000 people incarcerated, 110,000 stories, this is a snapshot of one family. The presentation features 60+ slides.
    MY TWO AND A HALF YEARS BEHIND BARBED WIRE

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Wednesday, Oct. 24 7:00pm


  3. FLOODTIDE: HOW THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS REMAKING EUROPE

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    The recent migration of about 1.5 million mostly Muslim refugees has convulsed the continent as nothing since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Ultra-rightwing populist movements have surged and the EU has been seriously and perhaps irreparably weakened. Acts of kindness toward the migrants have been intermingled with hate crimes against them; some of the refugees themselves have behaved abominably including committing anti-Semitic acts, while many others have already contributed much to their host societies. We will examine the prospects for Europe and its Jews in a time of turmoil and transformation across the Atlantic.
    FLOODTIDE: HOW THE REFUGEE CRISIS IS REMAKING EUROPE

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Saturday, Nov. 10 7:30pm


  4. KRISTALLNACHT – THE DAY THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN

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    The world was stunned by the Night of Broken Glass, November 9–10, 1938, when many hundreds of synagogues throughout the German Reich were destroyed, when 91 Jews were killed by rampaging mobs, and when 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps. But the world reaction was that of almost universal passivity, even though this nationwide pogrom was the most widely reported event of the entire Shoah. On the 80th anniversary of that horrific night we will examine the way it emboldened Hitler for something far worse, and we will also reflect upon the lessons Kristallnacht offers for our own day.
    KRISTALLNACHT – THE DAY THE HOLOCAUST BEGAN

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Sunday, Nov. 11 7:00pm


  5. IN OUR PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS

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    Sid and Margalit’s parents survived WWII by escaping Nazi-controlled Poland and going to Russia. In the summer of 2017, they visited Warsaw, Treblinka, Lodz, Crakow, the Ukraine and Auschwitz-Bergen Belsen, finding homes, synagogues and cemeteries while also researching family genealogy. Join Sid and Margalit as they present the painful but heartwarming story of their family’s six year journey for survival.
    IN OUR PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Sunday, Nov. 18 3:00pm


  6. MARRANOS: THE CRYPTO-JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN CHRISTENDOM

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    After pogroms swept across Spain in 1391 and the expulsion decree in 1492, thousands of Spanish Jews were forced to convert. Although publicly professing their devotion to Catholicism, a large number practiced Judaism in hiding. The Conversos, also known as Marranos, were one of multiple Jewish communities continuing to practice their religion in secret. Ken Blady, author of "Jewish Communities in Exotic Places," will explore the hidden Jewish communities from Spain as well as communities in Istanbul, Central Asia, Iran and the Sahara.
    MARRANOS: THE CRYPTO-JEWISH EXPERIENCE IN CHRISTENDOM

    Congregation Beth Emek
    Saturday, Jan. 12 7:30pm


  7. AUTHOR EVENT & BOOK SIGNING: “A LIFE WELL LIVED”

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    In this uplifting memoir, Ernie Glaser takes the reader from his being a teenager making a last minute escape from Nazi Germany to Shanghai (where he lived in a ghetto under Japanese rule) and finally to his “Horatio Alger” story in the United States. Glaser’s personal odyssey is as relevant today as it was in the 1930’s when his family crossed half of the globe-seeking asylum.
    AUTHOR EVENT & BOOK SIGNING: “A LIFE WELL LIVED”

    Congregation B'nai Tikvah
    Thursday, Jan. 17 7:30pm


  8. THE SIMPSONS & OTHER JEWISH FAMILIES: MEET WRITER & PRODUCER MIKE REISS

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    When The Simpsons started thirty years ago, no one thought it would last more than six weeks. Who was going to watch a cartoon? The rest is history. In retrospect, writer/producer Mike Reiss thinks that may be the reason for the show’s success. No one cared. Reiss is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons, and the co-author of Sprinkled Condential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. Complimentary brunch! Book Signing to follow.
    THE SIMPSONS & OTHER JEWISH FAMILIES: MEET WRITER & PRODUCER MIKE REISS

    Congregation B'nai Shalom
    Sunday, Feb. 24 11:00am