Thursday, December 13, 2012
Mr. Bernheimer has been admiring and collecting art for 50 years, however he never thought of himself as an artist.A year ago, during a visit to a gallery, he was inspired by a piece of contemporary art and was motivated to paint something on his own. When he began painting on a flat surface he felt constrained so he experimented with constructing painted panels on top of one another for a more dimensional feel. He has been busy developing this construction style ever since. He enthusiastically states that this has been wonderful personal learning process and a fulfilling creative expression starting at the age of 77.
Richard's colorful contemporary painted panels and ceramic pieces, as well as jewelry pieces, are currently on display in the KOH Library and Cultural Center through February 6, 2013.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Hy will give us a unique insider's view of the complex and fascinating story of Jews in Canada. He will speak from historical and personal perspectives to reveal how the Canadian Jewish community is a diverse and sometimes fractious group. Yet that diversity provides the context and explanation for the successes of Canadian Jews. Although Jews in Canada are on the leading edge of many trends in their society, their cultural traditions and religious observances have remained strong.
Like Everyone Else... But Different: The Jews of Canada will be in the Kashenberg Ostrow Hayward Library and Cultural Center. This wonderful venue was a vision of Hy Kashenberg who, along with the Ostrow and Hayward families, funded and created this unique library and cultural center which serves the entire community.
A fruit and dessert reception in honor of Mr. Kashenberg follows the program. There is no admission fee although donations to help support our beautiful non-profit facility are greatly appreciated.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Although we haven't posted a listing of New Arrivals since the High Holidays, we have continued to receive many excellent and varied new books and DVDs. Please go online at www.kohlcc.org to view our entire catalog.
Here is a sampling of our newest books:
In Sunlight and in Shadow, a Novel, by Mark Helprin
Love Bomb, a Novel, by Lis Zeidner
The Middlesteins, a Novel, by Jami Attenberg
Zoo Time, a Novel, by Howard Jacobson
Hello, Gorgeous; Becoming Barbra Streisand, by William J. Mann
America's Soul in the Balance; the Holocaust, FDR's State Department and the Moral Disgrace
of an American Aristocracy, by Gregory J. Wallace
The Book of Job; When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person, by Harold S. Kushner
Also Starring...Forty Biographical Essays on the Greatest Character Actors of Hollywood's
Golden Era 1930-1965, by Cynthia and Sara Brideson
Sunday, October 28, 2012
November 4, 2012 - KOH Annual Arts and Crafts Fair - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Come join us for a fun filled day with music, food, and raffles. Some of the participating artists will be Pamala Baron(watercolor prints), Carol Bassoni(Knitted items), Barbara Blue(photography), Mary Blumenstein(Handmade lace techniques), Roni Golan(Glassikal), and many others (glass art, fabric art, jewelry, custom art, etc. Invite your friends and neighbors! For more information contact Mehrnaz Halimi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012 - KOH Library proudly presents guest author, Maggie Anton, who will speak about her newest book, Rav Hisda's Daughter - Book 1: Apprentice.This book is based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its Rabbis and their families, bringing the world of Talmud to life from a woman's perspective. Books will be offered for sale and will be autographed by the author. This program starts at 7 p.m.
The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 - Michael Hayward, recently honored for his decades long career as a broadcaster and producer for the United Nations with the entry of his oral history into the Oral History Archives at California State University, Sacramento, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, will speak about his fascinating time as a pioneer in the formative years of the United Nations and his work through the advent of radio and television. His lecture is entitled, "How I Stopped A War" and will begin at 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
KOH FILM CLUB - Sunday, Sept. 23rd at 2 p.m. - "The Yankles" . A down-and-out ex-baseball player, Charlie Jones, needs to meet his community service hours as a coach. The problem is no team wants him. It takes the Yankles, an obscure orthodox yeshiva baseball team desperate for a coach, to give Charlie his second chance. A humorous match made in heaven, both Charlie and the team rise to unexpected triumphs resulting in entrance to the college world series. With the championship in reach, it seems the Yankles just might need a miracle for that ultimate grand slam victory.
ARTIST RECEPTION AND FASCINATING PROGRAM WITH JUDAICA RENAISSANCE WOMAN RAE GOLDREICH - Sunday, Sept. 9th at 11:00 a.m. You will not want to miss our next featured artist, Rae Goldrich. Garnering praise and honors, Rae burst on both the private and public art scenes, re-inventing Judaica as it has never been seen before. Inspired and informed by Jewish texts and history, Rae's work combines Study with Hidur Mitzva.Through reflection, meditation, and free association, she infuses her stained glass creations with symbols and interpretations beyond simplified understandings. Rae hopes to start a dialogue and invite active art viewers to explore more of our history and traditions. Contact Mehrnaz Halimi (916-508-4571)for more information and/or to R.S.V.P.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Spinoza Problem, a novel - by Irvin Yalom
The Invisible Wall, a memoir - by Harry Bernstein
Diaspora: Homelands in Exile by Frederic Brenner
Our Holocaust, a novel by Amir Gulfreund
Harry Lipkin - Private Eye, a novel - by Barry Fantoni
The Red Book, a novel - by Deborah Kogan
The Submission, a novel - by Amy Waldman
Exile, a novel - by Richard Patterson
The Underground Reporters, a memoir - by Kathy Kacer
Like Everyone Else, But Different - by Morton Weinfeld
Broken Silence (from Steven Spielberg and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation)
Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires being cared for by her mother. One morning everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed. As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her.
Suggested donation - $5
Sunday, July 8, 2012
The World Without You, a novel by Joshua Jenkin
New American Haggadah, new translation by Nathan Englander
The Great Partnership: God, Science, and the Search for Meaning by Jonathan Sacks
By Fire, By Water, a novel by Mitchell James Kaplan
Homesick, a novel by Eshkol Nevo
Quiet Americans by Erica Dreifus
Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili and Andres McConnon
Hank Greenberg by Mark Kurlansky
Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life by Joshua Rubenstein
We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust by Ellen Cassedy
The Accidental Anarchist by Bryna Kranzler
The Fish That Ate The Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
The JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth
Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response by Aaron Klein
God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy
Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero by Abigail Green
Sunday, July 1, 2012
For more information about this program/artist reception/exhibit, please contact Mehrnaz Halimi at email@example.com
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: KOH Library and Cultural Center
Suggested $5 donation always appreciated!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Jews Under Moroccan Skies by Raphael David Elmale
Terra Incognita, a novel by Libi Astaire
The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman
Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Orthodox Responsa by David Ellenson and Daniel Gordis
Sacred Treasure: The Cairo Geniza by Rabbi Mark Glickman
Magic Words, a novel by Gerald Kolpan
A Jewish Voice from Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi
The Escape of Sigmund Freud by David Cohen
Holy Wars: 3000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land by Gary Rashba
Gentile New York: The Images of Non-Jews among Jewish Immigrants by Gil Ribak
The Seventh Gate, a novel by Richard Zimler
There is No Other by Jonathan Papernick
The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn, a novel by Merrill Joan Gerber
The Last Romanov, a novel by Dora Levy Mossanen
Zuflucht in Shanghai: The Port of Last Resort
Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, June 12th - KOH Book Club. This month Soni Meyer will lead our discussion on the book, :Sweet Like Sugar" by Wayne Hoffman. Please note we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month only for June. Newcomers are always welcome. The book club meetings start at 7 p.m.
Sunday, June 10th - KOH Film Club presents the film, "Mah Jongg: The Tiles That Bind" . Please join us for this short and entertaining documentary. We will show the film at 2 p.m., then please stay and play mah jongg until 4:30 p.m. Bring your own mah jongg set, mah jongg card and your mah jongg friends or play with new friends. If you have an extra card table, please bring it along, too. We will provide chairs, and light refreshments. Come and join us for this fun afternoon! $5 suggested donation.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Voices of Thinking Jewish Women, compiled by Prudence Wright Holmes
A Weekend With the Rabbi, A Novel, by Harry Kemelman
The Voices of Masada, by David Kossoff
Jewish Marital Status - A Hadassah Study, edited by Carol Diament
The Jewish Mother's Hall of Fame
Jews Welcome Coffee - Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany, by Robert Liberles
When General Grant Expelled the Jews, by Jonathan D. Sarna
Sipping From The Nile - A Memoir, by Jean Naggar
A Century of Wisdom - Lessons From the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer, by Caroline Stoessinger
HHhH - (Himmlers Hern heiBt Heydrich), by Laurent Binet
Tower of Babel: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos, by Dore Gold
You are Not Like Other Mothers - a Novel, by Angelika Schrobsdorff
Jezebel, A Novel, by Irene Nemirovsky
Legacy, A Genetic History of the Jewish People, by Harry Oster
The Torah Revolution, by Rabbi Reuven Hammer, PhD.
Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance, by Madeleine Albright
The Prague Cemetary, A Novel, by Umberto Eco
Bondi's Brother, A Story of Love, Loss, Betrayal and Liberation, by Irving and Edward Roth
In Invitation, a Novel, by Anne Cherian
No Time Like the Present, a Novel, by Nadine Gordimer
I Am Forbidden, A Novel, by Anouk Markovits
UnOrthodox, The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, A Memoir, by Deborah Feldman
Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Michael David Lukas will be discussing his book, "The Oracle of Stambul" as a part of the KOH Fiction Book Club on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.
"The Oracle of Stambul" was a finalist for the NCIBA Book of the Year Award and the California Book Award.
Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shirt proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, his writing has appeared in VQR, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He has received scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Summer-Writers’ Institute, and Elizabeth George Foundation. When he isn’t writing, he teaches creative writing to third- and fourth-graders.
Books will be offered for sale. Open to the public. Contact Jolie at the KOH Library for more information.
$5 suggested donation.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Mitzvah Man, a novel by John J. Clayton
My Father, His Daughter by Yael Dayan
A City of Promise, a novel by Beverly Swerling
The Midwife of Venice, a novel by Roberta Rich
Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War and the Holocaust by David Shneer
Nazis on the Run: How Hitler's Henchmen Fled Justice by Gerald Steinacher
Shattered Spaces, Encountering Jewish Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland by Michael Meng
A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism by Phyliss Goldstein
Alice's Piano, The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki
Failure to Thrive, a novel by Jeff Oliver
Expiration Date, a novel by Sherril Jaffe
By Blood, a novel by Ellen Ullman
City of God, a novel by Beverly Swerling
1185 Park Avenue, a memoir by Anne Roiphe
Inside the Jewish Bakery by Stanley Ginsberg and Norman Berg
The Jewish Husband, a novel by Lia Levi
Out of Egypt, a memoir by Andre Acimen
Call it Sleep by Henry Roth
An American Type by Henry Roth
Hedy's Folly, the Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr by Richard Rhodes
Cry of the Giraffe, Based on a True Story by Judie Oron
Berlin Cantata, a novel by Jeffrey Lewis
Crossing the Borders of Time, A True Story of War, Exile and Love Reclaimed by Leslie Maitland
Thursday, April 5, 2012
All are welcome to join Rabbi Melamed in an interactive exchange of ideas on various topics from current events to the future of Judaism to the Middle East and more..
Come to KOH on the 2nd Monday of each month from 1:30 - 3:00 P.M.
Please visit during our regular hours - and during the great programs and events during the rest of April. See other blog entries for descriptions of some of our Springtime events.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess
By Jeff Wheelwright
All that I Am, a novel
By Anna Funder
Address Unknown, a novella
By Katherine Kressman Taylor
Walter Rathenau, Weimar's Fallen Statesman
By Shulamit Volker
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, short stories
By Nathan Englander
These Days Are Ours, a novel
By Michelle Haimoff
The Challenge of Wealth
By Meir Tamari
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Open to the entire community. For more information, please contact Taliah at (916) 485-4143
Friday, March 9, 2012
Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: Twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech, twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley, romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much.
National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has written a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.
Newcomers always welcome.
For more information, contact Jolie at the library (916) 485-4143.
For more information, contact Taliah Berger at (916- 541-3720) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Small town residence clearly has not been the dominant story of the Jewish existence in this country. We have been primarily an urban (big city and suburban) people in the United States. But there also has been a significant Jewish presence in small towns, an experience that reveals a great deal about retaining - or losing - Jewish identity. The KOH Library and Cultural Center is honored to present guest speaker Al Sokolow who will explore several aspects of small-town Jewish experi-ence. Much of this program will be audience driven and Dr. Sokolow especially wants to hear from folks who have experienced small town life as Jews, so please bring your personal stories to share. No fee and open to the community.
There is $5 suggested donation. Dr. Sokolow is a Public Policy Specialist Emeritus, University of California, Davis. He has a longstanding interest in the topic of Jews in small communities
Friday, February 10, 2012
Haggadah Exhibit in the KOH Library and Cultural Center
Thursday, February 9, 2012
By Fire Possessed; Dona Gracia Nasi
by Sandrak Toro
Jews and Booze - Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition
by Marni Davis
A Book Forged in Hell; Spinoza's Scandalous Treatise and the Birth of the Secular Age
by Steven Nadler
Good Living Street; Portrait of a Family, Vienna 1900
by Tim Bonyhady
A Stranger in the Planet, a novel
by Adam Schwartz
The House at Tyneford, a novel
by Natasha Solomons
No One is Here Except All of Us, a novel
by Ramona Ausubel
The Linen Queen, a novel
by Patricia Falvey
The Flame Alphabet, a novel
by Ben Marcus
In addition the following new receipts are related to the upcoming March 18 presentation by Dr. Robert Platzner on Women in the Bible:
Warrior, Dancer, Seductress, Queen; Women in Judges and Biblical Israel
by Susan Ackerman
The Voices of the Matriarchs
by Chava Weissler
Discovering Eve; Ancient Israelite Women in Context
by Carol Meyers
In the Wake of the Goddesses; Women, Culture, and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth
by Tikvah Frymer-Kensky
Did God Have a Wife; Archaelogy and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel
by William G. Dever
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
KOH FILM CLUB - Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story". Jews and Baseball traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the earliest days, through the tumultuous was years to today's All-Star games. By bringing to life dramatic moments in this history, including Hank Greenberg's support of Jackie Robinson and how the legendary Sandy Koufax pioneered rights for the players, the film demonstrates how Jews shaped baseball, and baseball shaped them. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman. Suggested donation -$5
DISCUSSION GROUP - Discussion group with Rabbi Joseph Melamed on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1:30-2:30 p.m. Open to everyone. Meets the second Monday of each month. No class fee.
KOH BOOK CLUB - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. Fare Foreward by Wendy Dubow Polins. In the intersection of modern science and ancient mysticism, is a story about finding the things that transcend time. Gabriella Vogel's grandfather is about to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his shocking proof that will change everything we take for granted. As she stands at the threshold of the beginning of everything in her own life, she knows that her future and that of the world, hangs delicately in the balance. She must decide: What are the things in life worth fighting for? Can we change our fate?
In this journey of a lifetime, Gabriella meets a mysterious, young scientist, then learns that he's been at the center of her grandfather's research for hundreds of years, met her grandmother eighty years earlier, and that he hasn't aged--at all. Inspired by theories in art and science and events in history, Gabriella's unforgettable quest for answers will reveal a secret hidden for generations by her family, and one moment--one choice, that will change everything.
HAGGADOT DISPLAY - Unique and unusual haggadot on display in the KOH Library from February 12th through March 31st,
KEEPING PASSOVER; CREATING A FAITHFUL AND PERSONAL SEDER CELEBRATION - Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Guest speaker Ira Steingroot, one of the nation's leading Haggadah experts and author of "Keeping Passover" will be giving a lecture. Suggested donation $5.
KOH CHESS CLUB - Come to meet and play chess with others at 10 a.m. on March 4th. All levels of chess players welcome! Save the date for our 2nd annual KOH Chess Tournament on Sunday, March 25th at 10 a.m. For more information and/.or to register for the chess tournament, please contact Hillel Damron at email@example.com
FEBRUARY LIBRARY CLOSURES - February 5th for a private event;February 19th and 20th in observance of President's Day.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Gretel's Story: A Young Woman's Secret War Against the Nazis by Gretel Wachtel
The False Friend by Myla Goldberg
The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
All Our Wordly Goods by Irene Nemirovosky
The Scattered Tribe: Traveling The Diaspora From Cuba To India To Tahiti & Beyond by Ben Frank
Mornings at the Stanton Street Shul: A Summer on the Lower East Side by Jonathan Boyarin
Brothers at War: Israel and the Tragedy of the Altalena by Jerold Auerbach
Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt To Bring A Cold War Assassin To Justice by Fred Burton
Einstein Before Israel: Zionist Icon or Iconoclast by Ze'ev Rosenkranz
Sinner on Trial: Jews and Sacrilege After The Reformation by Magida Teter
Palaces of Time: Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe By Elisheva Carlebach
The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England, From Cromwell to Churchill by Gertrude Himmelfarb
The God Who Hates Lies: Confronting & Rethinking Jewish Tradition by David Hartman
The Anatomy of Israel's Survival by Hirsh Goodman
The Synagogue in America: A Short History by Marc Lee Raphael
The Greening of American Orothodox Judaism: Yavneh in the 1960s by Benny Kraut
One Hundred Years of Kibbutz Life: A Century of Crises and Reinvention by Michael Palgi
Beyond The Facade: A Synagogue - Museum at Eldridge Street