Scholars of the Scroll is a lay-led Shabbat morning study group that explores various Jewish texts-Torah, tefillah, tehillim, and more! Sponsored by B’nai Zion’s Sisterhood and Men’s Club, Scholars is open to all those who have a thirst for knowledge. Join us for coffee, pastries, and learning, 45 minutes before Shabbat services
BZ Book Club
February 18, 2020: A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar’s army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community. Miri Abramov, a doctor, and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. A Bend in the Stars offers a heartstopping account of modern science’s greatest race amidst the chaos of World War I, and a love story as epic as the railways crossing Russia.
March – Witness:Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom by Ariel Burger
Elie Wiesel was a towering presence on the world stage—a Nobel laureate, activist, adviser to world leaders, and the author of more than forty books. But when asked, Wiesel always said, “I am a teacher first.” Witness serves as a moral education in and of itself—a primer on educating against indifference, on the urgency of memory and individual responsibility, and on the role of literature, music, and art in making the world a more compassionate place.
April – Spies of No Country by Matti Friendman
Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel–but it’s all true. The four agents at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage operations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities. Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these young spies, but it’s also about the complicated identity of Israel, a country that presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern roots and traditions, like the spies of this narrative.
May – The Woman Who Fought an Empire : Sarah Aaronsohn and Her Nili Spy Ring by Gregory Wallance
Though she lived only to twenty-seven, Sarah Aaronsohn led a remarkable life. The Woman Who Fought an Empire tells the improbable but true odyssey of a bold young woman–the daughter of Romanian-born Jewish settlers in Palestine–who became the daring leader of a Middle East spy ring. The Woman Who Fought an Empire, set at the birth of the modern Middle East, rebukes the Hollywood stereotype of women spies as femme fatales and is both an espionage thriller and a Joan of Arc tale.
Are you interested in Conversion? Did you never get to celebrate your Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Perhaps you just want to know more. Beginning in January, we will embark on a long term Judaism class that is open to the entire community. Later, the course will split into various interest groups – those who are interested in conversion will continue on that path, those studying for Adult B’nai Mitzvah on another, this course will culminate in a celebration in May. For more information, contact Rabbi Tendler.