- Nathan Englander delivers the Diane Feigenson Lecture in Jewish Literature
"Guilt, Memory, and the Beta-God: Nathan Englander on kaddish.com”
Thursday, Mar. 5, 7:30 PM, at Fairfield University, Barone Campus Center,
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield
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The celebrated Pulitzer finalist and prize-winning author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank delivers his best work yet, a streamlined comic masterpiece about a son’s failure to say Kaddish for his father. Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. When his father dies, it’s his responsibility to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for 11 months. To the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses—imperiling the fate of his father’s soul. To appease her, Larry hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest. Sharp, irreverent, hilarious, and wholly irresistible, Englander’s tale of a son who makes a diabolical compromise ingeniously captures the tensions between tradition and modernity—a book to be devoured in a single sitting whose pleasures and provocations will be savored long after.
Images of America: The Jewish Communities of Greater Stamford Written by Linda Baulsir and Irwin Miller Available for purchase at $21. This important publication traces the historical migration through the archived images preserved by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County. The authors are members of the historical society: Irwin Miller is past president, historian, and founding member; Linda Baulsir, archivist and board member. Together they have carefully chosen the finest images and written detailed narrative to tell this significant history of the Jewish people and their activities centered in the southwestern corner of Connecticut.$12.00 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. Total cost: $24.99, or contact the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County at 203- 321-1373 x150
Tell Your community story on the Common Threads blog. . .Won’t you share your unique family story of the immigrant families who founded a small shul in Bridgeport that grew to become the modern Orthodox shul of Ahavath Achim. Common Threads, the Federation’s yearlong exploration of our diverse Jewish ancestry and heritage has created a blog where these special stories are shared with the wider Fairfield Jewish community. Tell your family story and share the heritage of Ahavath Achim. To submit to the Common Threads blog, email your story and at least one photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- Book Buddies Needed
Read with Elementary School Students: The Blackham school in Bridgeport has only 12% of its students reading at grade level. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit the website books2connect.org or phone: (203) 659-3602.
Have and Extra Coat in your Closet? Bring donations of new or gently used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens for adults and children to Schoke JFS, 4200 Park Ave., Suite 300, Bridgeport, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. For information contact Rebekah Kanefsky, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jewish Senior Services needs Minyan Menschen: JSS is in great need of men to help make the daily Minyan to help Residents say Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our Minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogue’s Minyans. Feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at (203) 396-1001 or email:email@example.com for exact service times.