KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Please be sure to join us for a special evening to hear Anicca Bat Adam, an esoteric, contemporary, spiritual artist. Anicca will give a lecture about her art, play some music, introduce her art exhibit, and answer questions. Light refreshments will be provided.

DATE: August 21, 2011
TIME: 7 p.m.
PLACE: KOH Library and Cultural Center

For more information about this exciting lecture, reception, and exhibit, please contact Mehrnaz Halimi at KOHartsprogram@gmail.com or 916-508-4571.

Anicca's exhibit will be on display in the KOH Library through September 22, 2011.

Monday, July 25, 2011


"Jews From China: Personal Stories and Reminiscences"

A panel presentation featuring representatives of the Sephardic, Russian, and Holocaust refugee communities that lived in Shanghai and other Chinese cities before and during World War II.

DATE: August 14, 2011
TIME: 1:30 p.m.
PLACE: KOH Library and Cultural Center
COST: $5 suggested donation


Rabbi Ted Alexander, who descends from a long line of German rabbis, emigrated with his parents in 1939 to Shanghai, where he was ordained in 1946. He is rabbi emeritus of Congregation B'nai Emunah in San Francisco and a beloved teacher and spiritual leader in the Bay Area. In Shanghai he met and married Gertrude, a Vienna native who had first escaped to England on the kindertransport before joining her parents in China. Rabbi Ted and their daughter comprised the first US father-daughter rabbinate team.

Inna Mink was born in Harbin but moved to Shanghai with her Russian-Jewish parents when she was two years old. She came to the United States after World War II after marrying in Shanghai. Inna worked as the West Coast representative for a nationwide sportswear company while raising a family in the Bay Area. She appeared in "Exit Shanghai," a documentary directed by German film maker, Ulrike Ottinger, that traces the stories of Shanghai Jews through interviews, historic footage, and photos.

Matook Nissim, a retired banker, comes from a prominent Sephardic clan with Baghdadi roots that settled in Shanghai via India two generations before his birth. As British citizens, he and his family were interned in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. After the war, he worked in his family's business and served as an officer of the Jewish community before emigrating from China--first to Hong Kong. He settled in the US in 1952 after participating in the "Magic Carpet" operation that airlifted Yemenite Jews to Israel.

Linda Frank, panel moderator, chaired "Jews in Modern China," a 2010 exhibit at the Presidio of San Francisco, through her role as a board member of the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Region. Recently retired from a financial services career, Linda has published her first novel, After the Auction, about a woman pursuing a Seder plate looted from her family by the Nazis. She is working on her second novel, set mainly in China, and on a nonfiction work involving China, women, and Jews.

For more information, please contact Taliah Berger at (916) 541-3720

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Pictured (left to right): Taliah Berger, Jolie Baron, Allison Coudert (Dr. Weiner's widow), Daniel Khazzoom

We are pleased to have been chosen to house the collection of 2,000 books that belonged to the late Dr. Gordon Weiner, retired director of Jewish studies at Arizona State University. We now have a premiere Jewish library equipped with books on every aspect of Jewish studies for anyone wanting to do research on any area of Jewish studies for school or pleasure. Come in and learn about the history of Jews in most countries around the world, the history (past and present) of anti-semitism, and read commentaries on all religious texts....just to name a few possibilities. Look for an upcoming article in the September Jewish Voice to read more about Dr. Weiner and our special collection.

Monday, July 11, 2011


You will want to make sure to mark your calendars now for Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 2 p.m. when the KOH Library and Cultural Center proudly welcomes Mr. John Rothmann. Mr. Rothmann is an author, lecturer, teacher, activist, political consultant, and radio talk show host on KGO Newstalk 810 AM in San Francisco.

The title of his lecture will be" The Middle East at a Crossroad: What Next?"

Questions or to R.S.V.P. (suggested, but not required), please contact Taliah Berger at 916-541-3720.

Suggested donation - $10

Sunday, July 10, 2011

KOH Film Club/Hadassah Event 7-10-11

We had a very successful Hadassah/KOH film and speaker event today. We watched the very moving documentary, "The Children's Odyssey" , heard a lecture by an inspiring Joe Rosenbaum, and raised over $350 for Hadassah's Youth Alliyah Program.

Pictured (left to right) : Marlo Dewing (co-president of Sacramento Hadassah), Joe Rosenbaum, Rina Rosenbaum, Jolie Baron

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

KOH Library Volunteer Lunch

Check out our amazing, awesome, incredible library volunteers at our annual thank you lunch.

Front Row (left to right): Jasmina Girigan, Bob Zeff, Dwight Freund, Daniel Khazzoom, Mehrnaz Halimi
Back Row (left to right): Lloyd Rich, Sharyn Rich, Jolie Baron, JoAnn Freund, Leah Ezray
Not Pictured: Taliah Berger, Gay Tanner, Ruth O'Riva

Monday, July 4, 2011


Come and check out the latest new books available now for your reading pleasure: **

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America by Albert Brooks

The Wizard of Lies by Diana Henriques

The White Space Between by Ami Sands Brodoff

Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman

Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York by Ariel Sabar

**Remember, no matter how hot the weather is outside, the KOH Library is always a cool place to be:-)

Sunday, July 3, 2011


The July KOH Book Club meeting will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. Leslie Cohen will be leading our discussion of the book , "The Frozen Rabbi", by Steve Stern.

Stern’s uproarious and trouncing romp through the anguish and ironies of the Jewish diaspora matches mysticism with mayhem, beatitude with organized crime, creativity with crassness. The madcap, at times, surreal action revolves around Rabbi Eliezer ben Zephyr, whose out-of-body journeys to the realm of the divine result in his being frozen in a block of ice in the Jewish Pale in 1889, a frigid relic that becomes one family’s problematic inheritance.

Newcomers always welcome!

Saturday, July 2, 2011


Please join us on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. as we welcome Joe Rosenbaum to the KOH Library and Cultural Center. We will show Mr. Rosenbaum's film, "The Children's Odyssey".

This seldom told true story tells of Mr. Rosenbaum's Holocaust experience and the compelling story of a group of Polish Jewish children, mainly orphans, who are now known as the "Children of Tehran".

Mr Rosenbaum will speak after the film.

$5 suggested donation which includes light refreshments.

This program is co-sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of Hadassah.