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November 2019

A Rosenberg by Any Other Name

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Kristen Fermaglich will present her groundbreaking history of the practice of Jewish name changing in the 20th century, A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America, showcasing just how much is in a name. She won the American Jewish Historical Society’s 2019 Saul Viener Book Prize, and has been teaching history and Jewish Studies at Michigan State University since 2001. She is particularly interested in secular Jews as both members of and outsiders to…

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Reimagining Judaism in Israel: Ethno-Nationalism and the Privatization of Tradition

November 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Please join us for brunch and this relevant and timely presentation by Tomer Persico, Ph.D. Free, RSVP Requested Over the last three decades major changes have transformed the Jewish religious and social field in Israel, facilitating the liquidation of traditional barriers and the formation of novel ways of conceiving and expressing Jewish Identity. Secular Zionism has lost its cultural and social hegemony, while Religious Zionism and Ultra-Orthodoxy are in a crisis of identity. Correspondingly, Jews in Israel have developed an…

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A Shared Struggle: Democratic Values in Israel and America

November 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Join us for this informative presentation by Naomi Chazan, Former Israeli Knesset Member. Sponsored by the New Israel Fund. Co-sponsored by the Israel Center @ the J. Hosted by Beth Israel Congregation. Over the past two years the American Jewish community has mobilized against US policies that strike at the heart of democratic values. For years, Naomi Chazan and other Israeli leaders have confronted the erosion of democratic values and the rise of right-wing nationalism in Israel. Recent trends, including…

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Turkey-less Thanksgiving

November 25 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Families of all ages will share in a special Thanksgiving themed event. What happens when an immigrant family, who chooses to celebrate Thanksgiving, has plans for a turkey all go wrong? What will they do? Join us to find out! The evening will also include a kosher "turkey-less" dinner and a Thanksgiving themed craft. Click here to register for the event. Cost: $7 per person over 2 years old

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December 2019

Jazz at the J

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Join us for this performance featuring Nicole New, singer, and Cliff Monear on keyboard. Nicole New is Detroit’s leading female band leader alluring audiences with her sensitive and soulful voice, reminiscent of Billie Holiday yet influenced by Jazz, Pop, Opera and Musical Theater which has created a unique sound of her own. “The Cliff Monear Trio,” Monear’s jazz group, is one of the busiest performing rhythm sections in the Midwest. For this performance, Monear will showcase his keyboard skills. In…

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Intriguing People on Our Planet – Photography Exhibition

December 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The J, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Join us in the Amster Gallery for this reception and exhibition opening. The photos in this exhibition were taken all over the world by artist, Nancy Margolis. Together they recognize and honor the beautiful diversity of our civilization. Beginning with a Kodak Brownie Reflex, Nancy began taking photos as a child. Through the years, Nancy has worked in 35 mm slides, 35 mm print, stereo realist, and now digital. After careers in journalism, social work administration, and anti-poverty programming, she…

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Chanukah Sing-a-Long/Family Event

December 17 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for this fan-favorite event! After a pizza dinner, we will sing and dance to some of our favorite Hannukah songs led by guitarist Jessie Feazel. This event is co-sponsored by the Early Childhood Center. $5 per person over 2 years old To register click here.   

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