KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Friday, December 17, 2010

KOH Artist Lecture/Reception

The KOH Library and Cultural Center is proud to announce that we will have the great privilege to view the art of acclaimed artist Barbara Mendes and hear her talk on Sunday, January 9, 2010. Her exhibit will be open through February 25, 2011 but you will not want to miss the opportunity to hear this woman, who is as vibrant as her paintings, speak at her opening about her life journey, philosophy about art and the path of ‘Teshuva’ that led her return to her heritage and faith. The center piece of this art exhibit will be the six foot by sixteen foot ‘Vayikra Mural’ which is a vibrant visual narrative depicting each of the 27 chapters (859 verses) of Leviticus. This piece alone took over three years to complete. Barbara Mendes has become known internationally for her epic paintings – large canvases filled with hierarchal, narrative imagery and brilliant colors; woven into intricate compositions.

Barbara Mendes will also speak about her familial ties to Dona Gracia Mendes who was the fifteenth century heroine of the Sephardic Anusim and is universally venerated for her strength and courage. Like her ancestor, Barbara Mendes believes in the courage of one’s convictions. She has devoted her life and art to the study, practice and celebration of Torah Judaism. To quote Ms. Mendes, “Torah is meant to be a light to the nations; these paintings are attempts to reveal in that light.”

Please mark your calendars and join us in the KOH Library and Cultural Center on Sunday, January 9, 2011 beginning at 4:00pm. To learn more about Barbara Mendes go to www.BarbaraMendes.org.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

KOH Fiction Book Club, 2011 Books/Dates

The following is a list of books, dates, and reviewers for 2011. Anyone is welcoming to attend any of our meetings. Our meetings start at 7 p.m.

1-18-11 The Fruit of Her Hands by Michelle Cameron
Simone Clay - reviewer

2-15-11 City of Thieves by David Benioff
Devi Eden - reviewer

3-15-11 Sarah/Sara by Jacob Paul
Carol Crowe - reviewer

April - No Book Club Meeting

5-17-11 Day After Night by Anita Diamant
Ruth Baron - reviewer

6-21-11 Peep Show by Joshua Braff
Harlan Goodson - reviewer

7-19-11 The Frozen Rabbi
Leslie Cohen - reviewer

8-16-11 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Soni Meyers - reviewer

September - No Book Club Meeting

10-18-11 Friendly Fire by A.B. Yehoshua
Ben Glovinsky - reviewer

11-15-11 Siegfried Follies by Richard Alther
Valla Hoffman - reviewer

12-13-11 Book Exchange and choose books for 2012

Please order the January book yourself through Amazon.com. You can
buy used copies for a few dollars plus shipping. I will have
the other books available for purchase the month before they are
scheduled. I wish you all a very Happy 2011!

First Annual Sacramento Jewish Chess Tournament!

KOH Library and Cultural Center is proud to sponsor the first annual Sacramento Jewish chess tournament. All skill levels are welcome. Final four and championship matches. The final match will be held Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the KOH Library and Cultural Center.

Participants need to register in advance by contacting Hillel Damron at shalomhd@comcast.net. You may also contact Hillel to learn more about this event.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

KOH New Arrivals!

Come and check out our new books:

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
Palestine Betrayed by Efraim Karsh
Refugees and Reforms: Turkey's Journey by Arnold Reisman
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
Comedy in a minor key by Hans Keilson
The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership by Yehuda Avner
When They Come For Us We'll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry by Gal Beckerman
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg

All books are now available for checking during regular library hours.

Friday, December 10, 2010

KOH Library Hours December 2010

The KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed from December 20th until January 5th. Regular hours will resume January 6, 2011. Anyone needing library assistance during these dates, please contact Barbara Gibson in the Mosaic Law Congregation's main office. (916) 488-1122.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Upcoming Event!

John M. Efron, Koret Professor of History and Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley, will be speaking at the KOH Library and Cultural Center on Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 7:00pm. The opportunity to hear this highly respected scholar, author and teacher is provided through the Martin London Lifelong Learning Series. Professor Efron will base his presentation on his book, "Medicine and the German Jews", as he traces the historical relationship between the Jews of Germany and the medical profession. This program will be a lecture of revealing insights into history followed by time for questions and answers. There will be no admission charge and everyone is welcomed. For more information please contact Andy Baron atABaron9936@aol.com.