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October 2018

Book and Gift Sale @ the J

October 18 @ 8:00 am - November 30 @ 5:00 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Come to the J to browse a special selection of Jewish themed books. Genres include books for children, young readers, teens, cooking, visiting author's books and more. In addition there will be a selection of Chanukah items like gift wrap, menorahs, dreidels, decorations, party supplies, and more. Support the cultural arts programming by purchasing your holiday gifts at the J.

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Alan Dershowitz in Conversation with Magen David Adom

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Magen David Adom brings Alan Dershowitz to the J for an in-person conversation. Be part of the audience for a conversation with the fascinating and often controversial Harvard Law professor and outspoken public figure. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased through Magen David Adom by clicking here.

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Yiddish-American Operetta Di Goldene Kale with Dr. Michael Ochs

October 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Britton Recital Hall, Earl V. Moore Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Join us at Britton Hall at the University of Michigan (North Campus) for Yiddish-American Operetta: Di Goldene Kale Lecture-Performance (Free and open to the public) Join us at the University of Michigan's Britton Hall for this very special lecture-performance with special guest musicologist, Dr. Michael Ochs, along with students and faculty from the University of Michigan performing highlights from Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride, 1923).  Di Goldene Kale premiered in February of 1923 during the heyday of Yiddish theater at the 2,000-seat…

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Michael Hodges, “Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit”

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Join us at the J as author Michael Hodges  presents his book, "Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit." Author Talk & Dessert Reception (Free and open to the public) Industrial architect Albert Kahn was a giant in Detroit’s heroic age, the visionary who created the humane “daylight factories” for Packard Motor and Henry Ford, and in the process helped birth both modern manufacturing and modern architecture. In this lecture/slideshow Hodges will present Kahn’s considerable legacy in the Motor…

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Photographer Leslie Sobel, Reception & Talk

October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Leslie Sobel, Environmentalist Photographer/Gallery Reception   One year ago, Leslie Sobel boarded a single-engine plane in the Canadian Yukon bound for the remote Eclipse Icefield. The lone artist in a group of two climate scientists and two grad students, she spent eight days at altitude on the glacier in the St. Elias Mountains. She took 5,000 photographs, journaled, and helped with the work of the camp - pitching tents, digging them out after snowstorms, cooking, and, every few days, digging…

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Harvey Ovshinsky Presents “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow”

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literati Book Store, 124 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Harvey Ovshinsky Presents The Man Who Saw Tomorrow/Presentation Harvey Ovshinsky, filmmaker and former PBS producer, explores the life of his father, the brilliant, self-taught inventor, Stanford Ovshinsky, whose innovations in information technology and energy continue to impact our world today. Called “the Edison of our age” by the Economist, Stanford was awarded over 400 patents and was the subject of the biography “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow” by Lillian Hoddeson and Peter Garrett.    

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November 2018

A Conversation with Lisa Kron, Tony Winning Playwright

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood Street
Ypsilanti, 48197 48197 United States
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A Conversation with Lisa Kron/Presentation  Lisa Kron, playwright and Tony award winner for the show “Fun Home,” talks with Jessica “Decky” Alexander, Theater Professor at Eastern Michigan University during this “actor’s studio” style evening.   Sponsored by:  

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Judy Seid, author of “God Optional Judaism”

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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God-Optional Judaism: Alternatives for Cultural Jews Who Love Their History by Judy Seid/Author Talk Judy Seid is a graduate of the Rabbinic and Cantorial programs of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism and holds a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Studies from Hebrew Union College. She directed the Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society for many years, founded the Baltimore Jewish Cultural Chavurah in 1998 and most recently, the Tri-Valley Cultural Jews of Pleasanton, California. Sponsored by Ann Arbor Jewish…

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Irene Butter in Conversation with Ken Fischer

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Irene Butter in Conversation with Ken Fischer/Presentation  Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope: My True Story is the recently released memoir by Irene Hasenberg Butter and co-authored by John Bidwell and Kris Holloway, which tells the story of Irene and her family before and during the Holocaust. It is a testament to the endurance and triumph of the human spirit.  Sponsored by Temple Beth Emeth  

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Maya Barzilai, author presents Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters/ A Presentation by Maya Barzilai Maya Barzilai, assistant professor of Hebrew Culture and Jewish Literature at the University of Michigan, examines representations of the Golem legend in 20th and early 21st century literature and film. Sponsored by Beth Israel Congregation      

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