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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

November 7-17, 2019

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

NOVEMBER 7

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Mary Morris
Gateway to the Moon
EVENT LOCATION
Chizuk Amuno Congregation
8100 Stevenson Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Mary Morris will discuss her page-turning novel about the many Conversos—Jews who lived in disguise as Christians in order to escape torture and death.

NOVEMBER 7

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Tiffany Shlain
Unplugging from our devices and reconnecting with the people around us
EVENT LOCATION
Krieger Schechter Day School
8100 Stevenson Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

This is an open invitation from Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Community School to middle schoolers to join internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain , author of 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, as she discusses the importance of unplugging and its benefits. Read Slacker, by Gordon Korman or Click'd by Tamara Stone and join us for book talks and a Skype call with Tiffany.

Hosts - Krieger Schechter Day School and Beth Tfiloh Day School

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 9

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Elaine Weiss
The Woman's Hour:
The Great Fight to Win the Vote

The climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

Elaine Weiss will be in conversation with Sue Sadler, Head of The Bryn Mawr School for Girls.

EVENT LOCATION
The Church of the Redeemer
5603 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 10

EVENT TIME

9:30 AM

Arthur Magida
The Virtues of Ignorance
EVENT LOCATION
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Ave Baltimore, Maryland 21208

A discussion of the creative process involved in writing -- the requisite courage, humility and perseverance; the openness to the unknown and the yet-to-be discovered; the willingness to discard assumptions and prejudices and explore corners of the self and of society that an author had previously left undisturbed.

NOVEMBER 10

EVENT TIME

2:00 PM

Pratt Library/Bmore Art 
BmoreArt Presents: Young Jewish Artists in Baltimore

The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Bmoreart Magazine present: Two Jewish artists in Baltimore.  Internationally renowned artists Alex Epstein and Zemer Peled work and live in Baltimore. They discuss their art and the inspiration they derive from our City with Cara ober, publisher of BmoreArt Magazine.

EVENT LOCATION
Enoch Pratt Free Library
Central Branch
Wheeler Auditorium

400 Cathedral St.
Baltimore MD 21201

NOVEMBER 10

EVENT TIME

4:00 PM

Zackary Sholem Berger
All the Holes Line Up: Poems and Translations

Beth Am’er Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, Yiddish translator, doctor and author of the poetry collection All the Holes Line Up. In his first book of entirely English poetry, Zack includes verse on everything from cities, God and death to brothels and sacred spaces. 

CANCELLED

EVENT LOCATION
Beth Am Synagogue
2501 Eutaw Place
Baltimore, MD 21217

NOVEMBER 10

EVENT TIME

6:00 PM

TICKETED EVENT
$15, including kosher hors d'oeuvres
For tickets, click here.
EVENT LOCATION

Baltimore Center Stage

700 N Calvert St

Baltimore, MD 21202

Boris Fishman
Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table

The Macks Center for Jewish Education is excited to bring Boris Fishman to Baltimore to discuss his newest book as part of the “On the Same Page” community read program. Fishman’s incredible memoir highlights questions of identity and the role of food, while you feel like a guest at his Russian-speaking Jewish immigrant family’s kitchen table. Fishman teaches at Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program.

Read, Cook, Question!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11

NOVEMBER 11

EVENT TIME

11:00 AM

Charles Belfoure
The Paris Architect
TICKETED EVENT
$10
For tickets, email
bfink@hadassah.org

New York Times bestselling author Charles Belfoure presents his novel of art, heroism, intrigue and wartime resistance.  Presented by Hadassah of Greater Baltimore and Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Congregation.

EVENT LOCATION
Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah
7000 Rockland Hills Drive Baltimore, MD 21209

NOVEMBER 11

EVENT TIME

6:00 PM

To register for this FREE event, please click here.
Hasia R. Diner
Deborah R. Weiner
Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlers Who Forged Their Way and On Middle Ground: A History of the Jews of Baltimore

In conversation: a discussion of the impact of Jewish migration in the United States. The conversation will be moderated by Neil Rubin, PhD.

EVENT LOCATION

Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University

8000 York Road

College of Liberal Arts

Room 4310

Towson, MD 21252

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

NOVEMBER 12

EVENT TIME

9:30 AM

John Eisenberg
The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire
TICKETED EVENT
($3 for non-members)
For tickets,
call 443.963.1449
or email
jennifer@myerberg.org

The Bagel Boys presents Baltimore sports writer John Eisenberg, discussing his new book about the early days of the National Football League and the pioneers who created it.

EVENT LOCATION
Edward A. Myerberg Center
3101 Fallstaff Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

NOVEMBER 12

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Jane Isay
Unconditional Love:
A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today
TICKETED EVENT
$10-$22
For tickets,
call 410.559.3609
or email squreshi@jcc.org
EVENT LOCATION

The Gordon Center at the JCC of Owings Mills

3506 Gwynnbrook Ave

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Jane Isay’s book examines intergenerational dynamics involving grandparents, parents, and grandchildren and supports grandparents seeking to help their grandchildren blossom in this troubled world.

NOVEMBER 12

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Beth Ricanati, M.D.
Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs
TICKETED EVENT
$36 non-HBI Conversations members. For tickets,
email
tbrownpreuss@brandeis.edu

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Conversations, a national book and author program engaging Jewish women authors with readers in their local Jewish communities, is pleased to host a discussion with Beth Ricanati. According to Booklist, her memoir "is a well-written investigation into her maturation as a doctor, her growth as a wife and mother, and the increasing wisdom she gained while pondering Jewish rites and rituals." 

EVENT LOCATION

Temple Oheb Shalom

7310 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21208

NOVEMBER 12

EVENT TIME

7:00 - 9:00 PM

Beit Midrash
Engage with Jewish  Texts in Community
Our Responsibility to the Stranger in our Midst
EVENT LOCATION
Enoch Pratt Free Library 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201

The Mack’s Center for Jewish Education invites you to a stimulating evening mixing modern technology and classical text. The event will be featuring Sefaria.org – an amazing tool to facilitate and enhance Jewish learning. All are welcome, regardless of your Jewish background. 

Registration click here.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

NOVEMBER 13

EVENT TIME

2:30 PM

Dr. Hana Bor discusses
Antisemitism: Here and Now

Is today's antisemitism different from what we've seen before? Dr. Hana Bor, Associate Professor at The Baltimore Hebrew Institute at Towson University, will examine the new face of antisemitism through analysis of Deborah Lipstadt's latest book, Antisemitism: Here and Now.

EVENT LOCATION

BCPL - Pikesville Branch

1301 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

NOVEMBER 13

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

To register for this FREE event, please click here.
Pamela S. Nadell
America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today

From Emma Lazarus to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Dr. Pamela Nadell recounts how Jewish women have been at the forefront of causes for centuries--fighting for suffrage, trade unions, civil rights, and feminism, and hoisting banners for Jewish rights around the world. 

EVENT LOCATION

Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

NOVEMBER 13

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt
Let Me Hear Thy Voice: Reflections of an Orthodox Journalist

What is it like being an Orthodox Jewish woman in journalism, speaking truth to power? And what is the future of Orthodox women's leadership? Chizhik-Goldschmidt will share the story of her journey and the challenges she has faced, navigating modernity and tradition, as both a journalist and as a traditional 'rebbetzin.'

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

NOVEMBER 14

EVENT TIME

12:00 PM

Rafael Alvarez
A history of female philanthropy in the US and in Baltimore

The Jewish Women's Giving Foundation presents Baltimore icon Rafael Alvarez, discussing the meaning and importance of community.

Host Organization: - Jewish Women's Giving Foundation

EVENT LOCATION

Weinberg Park Heights JCC

5700 Park Heights Avenue

Community Room

5700 Park Heights Ave

Baltimore, MD 21215

NOVEMBER 14

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

TICKETED EVENT
$10
For tickets, email rachels@bethelbalto.com
EVENT LOCATION

Soul Center at Beth El

8101 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Meredith Goldstein
Can't Help Myself

The Boston Globe advice columnist presents her memoir/letter collection, which includes stories about work romances, millennial friends, sickness and health, and grilled cheese.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 16

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

TICKETED EVENT
$10-$35
For tickets,
call 410.358.0105
or email aviva@templeohebshalom.org
EVENT LOCATION

Har Sinai - Oheb Shalom Congregation

7310 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Libby Garland
After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States: 1921-1965

Author Libby Garland in conversation with the International Rescue Committee’s Executive Director, Ruben Chandrasekar. All proceeds will benefit the IRC.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

NOVEMBER 17

EVENT TIME

9:30 AM

Mario Livio
Why?: What Makes Us Curious
EVENT LOCATION

Har Sinai - Oheb Shalom Congregation

7310 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208

Astrophysicist Mario Livio investigates the most human of all our characteristics—curiosity—as he explores our innate desire to know why.

NOVEMBER 17

EVENT TIME

9:30 AM

Laurel Snyder
Jewish authors" and "Jewish books" can look secular—the intersections of Jewish identity and philosophy with mainstream literature.

Bolton Street Synagogue welcomes poet and author Laurel Snyder, who will read from her children’s book, Hungry Jim, which was inspired by Maurice Sendak. Laurel’s book is an excellent example of how some of the best Jewish authors represent their culture, consciously or unconsciously. A program for kids and their parents.

EVENT LOCATION
Bolton Street Synagogue
212 W. Cold Spring Lane Baltimore, MD 21210

NOVEMBER 17

EVENT TIME

3:00 PM

TICKETED EVENT
$25 in advance
$30 at the door
To purchase tickets, please click here.
Layer the Walls
Uncovering the stories of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants

In this dramatic production, 40 layers of wallpaper in an old N.Y.C. apartment reveal the stories of Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants, replete with puppets, music, costumes and sets.

EVENT LOCATION

Gordon Center for Performing Arts

3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue

Owings Mills, MD 21117

NOVEMBER 17

EVENT TIME

7:00 PM

Steve Luxenberg
Separate: The Story of Plessy vs. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation
EVENT LOCATION

Beth Israel Congregation

3706 Crondall Lane

Owings Mills, MD 21117

Award-winning author Steve Luxenberg discusses Separate, a fresh and urgently-needed exploration of our nation's most devastating divide.

The Festival of Jewish Literature is a city-wide celebration of the written word, bringing together readers, writers, and artists from Baltimore and across the country to share our love of books and culture. Please join in.

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SPONSORS

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HOST ORGANIZATIONS

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Baltimore Hebrew Institute

Beth Am Synagogue

Soul Center at Beth El Congregation

Beth Israel Congregation

Beth Tfiloh Congregation

Bmore Art

Bolton Street Synagogue

Macks Center for Jewish Education 

Chizuk Amuno Congregation 

The Church of the Redeemer

Enoch Pratt Free Library

The Gordon Center at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC

Hadassah Greater Baltimore

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI)

 

Har Sinai Congregation

Jewish Museum of Maryland 

Jewish Women's Giving Foundation

Krieger Schechter Day School

Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah

Greengate Jewish Center -  Sisterhood

Edward A. Myerberg Center

Temple Oheb Shalom

 

Friends of Pikesville Library