Scholars of the Scroll
Online Classes with Rabbi Norry
Rabbi Norry is offering a short series of online classes leading up to the High Holy Days. They’ll cover unique customs and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as well as a practical guide for Teshuvah.
Classes will resume in October after the High Holy Days, immediately following Wednesday minyan and will be accessed through the regular Wednesday minyan Zoom link.
BZ Book Club
Due to safety precautions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Book Club gatherings at Barnes & Noble have gone virtual.
BZ Book Club: Past Titles
Tuesday, May 26 at 2:30 pm.
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.
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.
March 24 – 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.
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.