KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Monday, April 30, 2012

KOH Film Club Sunday May 20

The Human Resources Manager
Sunday, May 20
2 PM - 4PM 
This award winning Israeli film follows the story of an unhappy Human Resources Manager of  Jerusalem's largest bakery.  When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends.  Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, he fights to regain his company's reputation  - and possibly his own humanity.

"The Human Resources Manager" succeeds in making you laugh as often as it elicits tears.  Filmed in Hebrew with English and Romanian subtitles.  Hillel Damron will lead a discussion after the film.

Suggested donation $5 

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

New Arrivals in April

Spring has arrived:  We have been showered with an abundance of terrific new books in April.  Please come in (or browse our online catalog) to see what is in bloom in the KOH Library.

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


Monday, April 23rd
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Human Trafficking : What it is and What we can do about it

Modern day slavery exists locally as well as globally, hidden in plain sight.  Community Awareness can make the difference between bondage and freedom.  Learn how Human Trafficking occurs and how the Jewish Community can help abolish it.

Annie Fukushima, UC Berkeley, SAGE Organization   
Rebekah Bills, FBI Special Agent  
Panel of Service Providers,  Exhibitors' Tables and Refreshments

Presented by:
National Council of Jewish Women, Sacramento Section in cooperation with KOH Library and Cultural Center, Hadassah - Sacramento, Congregations Bet Haverim, Beth Shalom, Bnai Israel, Mosaic Law, and Or Rishon; and Sacramento Rescue and Restore Coalition 

Guest Speaker - Ed Rabin

Sunday, April 22nd 
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Bible's Influence on American Political Ideals

Ed Rabin, Professor Emeritus UC Davis School of Law

Professor Rabin will speak on how political ideals held in America have been influenced by the Bible.   

Many of our American political ideals  can be traced back to two sources:  the ancient Greeks, from whom we derive our form of government - democracy; and the Ancient Hebrews, from whom we derive such concepts as dignity and individual equality, the right to equal justice under the law and the duty to protect the weak from the oppression by the strong.  By today's standards the democracy of the Ancient Greeks was flawed, and not to be emulated.  In contrast, the political ideals of the Bible remain as fresh and inspiring, centuries later.  

Edward Rabin came to UCD's School of Law in 1966.  At various times during his tenure, he served as Associate Dean or Acting Dean.  He is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, where he was the editor of the Columbia Law Review.   For many years he taught a seminar in Jewish Law, and while teaching this course he became interested in the effect of biblical law on American political ideals. His presentation should bring fresh insight into American life today, our national ideals and the politics/laws that govern us. 

No fee - Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated
Open to the entire community

For additional information, or to RSVP, contact Taliah Berger at (916) 541-3720 or taliah@koclcc.org

KOH Film Club

KOH Film Club Presents:

Friendship Has No Religion

Sunday, April 15th
2:00 pm

The story of two young teachers at a public school in Brooklyn.  Rachel is an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira is a Muslim of Syrian origin. They are both going through the process of traditional religious and cultural "arranged marriages".  With both family pressure on the one hand, and the rejection of traditional values by the outside world on the other, Rachel and Nasira rely on their friendship to pull through this challenging time in their lives.  They strive to be strong women in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.

Discussion Group with Rabbi Joseph Melamed

Monday, April 9th 
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

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.

Chag Pesach Samayach!

In celebration of Passover, the KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed Friday, April 6th, Sunday, April 8th and Friday April 13th.

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

KOH Book Club - April

The KOH Book Club will meet on April 17th at 7 p.m. Ron Meyer will lead us in a discussion of "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson. Newcomers always welcome.

KOH APRIL Closures

The KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed on the following days in April:

April 6
April 8
April 13

We will have regular library hours for the rest of April. Stop by and visit us soon!