upcoming programs and events
Wednesday Study Group, meeting In Rabbi Scheinberg's office in the Kaplan Building. 9:15 - 10:30 am. Currently studying Exodus. No prior education required; no prior knowledge required; no reservation required. This class is free.
Thurs., Oct 16: Simhat Torah celebration and dancing in the streets (6:30pm)
Wed., Oct 29: Introduction to Judaism course begins (24 sessions) - see introjudaismNJ.com
Sunday, November 2: Philip & Claire Meistrich Speaker Program and Brunch: Rabbi Marvin Tokayer and Ellen Rodman, authors of Pepper, Silk & Ivory: Amazing Stories about Jews and the Far East.
There is a chapter missing from Jewish history. While most people know the stories of the Jews of Europe, the
Middle East and the Americas, few are familiar with the colorful and captivating stories of Jews and the Far East.
"Every part of the Far East has a relationship with Jews. Their stories remind us all that in the most unexpected
and amazing ways, 4,000 years of Jewish history also includes Asia," coauthor Rabbi Tokayer says. He first became
aware of these little-known stories when he served as rabbi to the Jewish Community of Japan. PEPPER, SILK &
IVORY reveals layer
after layer of forgotten Jewish history
"In the most unexpected ways, Jewish history includes the Far East too; it's a part of the world with no anti-Semitism or persecution and was blessed with the concepts of tolerance and cultural pluralism," coauthor Ellen Rodman says. The authors traveled the world to collect the details of these amazing stories from official state records, historical accounts and eyewitnesses. Many of the facts they relate have never been published-- until now. PEPPER, SILK & IVORY spins eye-opening and often jaw-dropping tales of beauty queens, "royalty" and feisty primates, sacred texts and state secrets-the long forgotten, but vitally important, part of Jewish history.
Tickets: $18 USH members; $20 non-members. Contact the USH office, 201-659-4000 to make a reservation.
Sunday, November 9: Book Fair Family Day
Tuesday, November 11: For young adults: An evening with American-Israeli comedian and writer Benji Lovitt: "Because the Middle East is Funny..."
Sunday, January 11: Philip & Claire Meistrich Speaker Program and Brunch: Gary Rosenblatt, editor and publisher of New York Jewish Week, author of Between the Lines: Reflections on the American Jewish Experience
Friday-Saturday, January 30-31: Scholar-in-residence weekend with Rabbi David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Judaic Studies, Jerusalem
Sunday, February 22: Philip & Claire Meistrich Speaker Program and Brunch: "What do kids eat? What should kids eat?" with USH members Rachel Meltzer (author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian) and Dina Rose (author of It's Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating)
Sunday, March 1: Preschool Purim event featuring Mama Doni
Wednesday, March 4: Purim eve celebration
Saturday, March 7: USH Casino Night
Saturday, April 4: Congregational 2nd night Passover Seder
Fri-Sun., May 15-17: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of our synagogue building (dedicated May 16, 1915)! Public ceremony and shabbat dinner on Friday evening May 15, and celebratory concert on Sunday May 17!