KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Sunday, December 1, 2013

KOH Film Club

December 22 at 2 p.m.  Please call the library for more information. 916-485-4143

KOH Book Club

December 17th at 7 p.m. This will be our last meeting of 2013.  We will have our annual book exchange, treats, and the choosing of our books for 2014.

KOH Puzzler Club

Our next meeting of the KOH Puzzler Club will be Sunday, December 8th. We will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. because of the California Marathon. The roads around the library should all be open by 11 a.m. so everyone will be able to come to our meeting.

Come join us as we attempt to master cryptic crossword puzzles with our master puzzler, Dwight Freund.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guest Speaker

DATE - October 30th
TIME:  7 p.m.

"Rabbi Cordovero: Thirteen G-odly Attributes Embodied in Human Behavior" with Ricki Lobel


DATE - Sunday, October 27th

KOH Annual Used Book Sale - 10 a.m. -3 p.m.  Something for everyone! Bargains Galore!


DATE -  Tuesday, October 15th

TIME - 7 p.m.

"Fugitive Colors" moderated by Valla Hoffman. Newcomers always welcome!

In Search of the Perfect Recipe For........

DATE - October 13th

TIME: 3:30 p.m.

"In Search of the Perfect Recipe For.....Potatoes and Pumpkins" with Evie Lieb.  Don't miss this next program in Evie Lieb's ongoing food and culture series. In recognition of the unique concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this year, we will explore the celebration of religious freedom for both holidays and their respective foods and traditions.

The Israel Forum

DATE - October 9th

TIME - 7 p.m.

-The Israel Forum with guest speaker Professor Zeev Maoz, "Can Israel Live With a Nuclear Iran?"  This monthly discussion group is moderated by Hillel Damron.


KOH Art Gallery Reception - Works by Sheva Chaya from Israel

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th at 7 p.m.


DATE - Sunday, October 6th

TIME - 10 a.m.

Join master puzzle maker and solver Dr. Dwight Freund for the charter meeting. If you love puzzles, word searches, crosswords, cryptoquotes, etc., this is the club for you!  

Monday, September 2, 2013


KOH LIBRARY is now collecting recyclable plastic bottles and aluminum cans. All money collected from these items will go directly into our library fund.  The next time you come to a program or just to visit, please bring some plastic bottles and/or cans with you.  Thank you!

The Israel Forum

September 11, 2013. The Israel Forum. The KOH Library and Cultural Center presents a new, monthly discussion group with Hillel Damron. First topic: "The Two-State Solution: Dead or Alive?" Issues related to Israel's social, cultural, and political situation; its place in the Middle East conflict; and its relations with America and the world. Free (donations appreciated). 7:00pm. 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento. For more information, contact Taliah Berger at taliah@kohlcc.org or 916-541-3720 or visit kohnection.blogspot.com.


There will be no film shown this month.


KOH BOOK CLUB - September 17th at 7 p.m. Ron Meyer will be reviewing the book, "Terra Incognita" by Libi Astaire. Newcomers are always welcome!


KOH Art Gallery - Currently exhibiting the paintings of Michael Mulcahy.  The vivid acrylic on canvas paintings of Hamzas, Landscapes and Marabouts are for sale and discounted 20% through the end of this exhibit. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit KOH Library and Cultural Center.


KOH LIBRARY CLOSURES FOR SEPTEMBER: Sept. 1, 2, 4,5,6,13,18,19, and 20

Thursday, August 8, 2013

KOH Art Gallery

KOH Art Exhibit - now through September 29th - Michael Mulcahy, artist


August 27---"Zionist Christians: Who They Are & Who They Are Not" with special guest speaker Randy Neal (Western regional coordinator Christians United for Israel). Free. Open to the public. RSVP to Fred Hayward at 916-484-7333.


Please join us for this month's film which will be shown August 25th at 2 p.m.  $5 suggested donation. Please call the library for film details (916) 485-4143.


August 20---KOH Book Club Meeting - 7 p.m. This month Leslie Cohen will be leading us in a discussion of the book, "A Journey to the End of the Millennium" by A.B. Yehoshua. Newcomers are always welcome!


August 12---Discussion Group with Rabbi Joseph Melamed - 1:30 p.m. - open to the public


August 11---Coming this Sunday!  Friends of KOH Event - 2-4 p.m. for all Friends of KOH. Please email us at  library@kohlcc.org or call Gay at 916-799-8158 if you plan to join us and haven't done so already.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Are We An Exclusionary Community? - Ask the Rabbi

Are We An Exclusionary Community?
Saturday, July 27th 
12:45 PM 
KOH Library and Cultural Center

Save the date for an informative and thought-provoking discussion with Rabbi Reuven Taff.  This program is provided to the entire community by the KOH  and the Michael Boussina Inclusion Project as part of Mosaic Law Congregation's Ask the Rabbi series.

Please join us immediately following shabbat services and kiddush at 12:45 PM.

Sunday, June 9, 2013


The KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed on Sunday, June 16, 2013 in observance of Father's Day.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Guest Speaker

June 29, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (following Shabbat services):

AIPAC Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Ambassador Brad Gordon: "Strategic Challenges: Israel and Challenging Politics in The Middle East" - free, open to all.

Guest Speaker

Please join us on June 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. when guest speaker, Hy Kashenberg, will speak on

"Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service".
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Taliah Berger: taliah@kohlcc.org


KOH Library Book Club Meeting - June 11, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Sara Kahn Shapiro will lead a discussion on the book, "A Grain of Truth" by Zygmunt Miloszewski.

It is spring 2009, and prosecutor Szacki is no longer working in Warsaw—he has said goodbye to his family and to his career in the capital and moved to Sandomierz, a picturesque town full of churches and museums. Hoping to start a "brave new life," Szacki instead finds himself investigating a strange murder case in surroundings both alien and unfriendly.
The victim is found brutally murdered, her body drained of blood. The killing bears the hallmarks of legendary Jewish ritual slaughter, prompting a wave of anti-Semitic paranoia in the town, where everyone knows everyone. The murdered woman's husband is bereft, but when Szacki discovers that she had a lover, the husband becomes the prime suspect. Before there's time to arrest him, he is found murdered in similar circumstances. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish–Jewish relations and something that happened more than sixty years earlier.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

KOH Library Book Club - May 21st

KOH Book Club - May 21st at 7 p.m.  This month Leslie Cohen will lead a discussion about the book, "In Sunlight and in Shadow" by Mark Helprin. Newcomers are always welcome!

Can love and honor conquer all?

Mark Helprin’s enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry, at the beginning of summer, 1946.

Postwar New York glows with energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as they each fall for the other in an instant.

Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine’s choice of Harry over her longtime fiancĂ© endangers Harry’s livelihood and eventually threatens his life. In the end, it is Harry’s extraordinary wartime experience that gives him the character and means to fight for Catherine, and risk everything.

KOH Film Club - May 19th

KOH Film Club - May 19th at 2 p.m.  This month we will be showing the film, "Inventing Our Life- The Kibbutz Experiment". Please join us for this entertaining and illuminating film and our special guest, Hillel Damron, who will lead a discussion after the film. The local Jewish blog good4jews.com will be celebrating their 5th year of continuous political commentary at this event. Light refreshments will be served.  $5 suggested donation.

Set against the backdrop of the kibbutz movement's glorious 100-year history, Inventing Our Life reveals the heartbreak and hope of Israel's communal living experiment as a new generation of women and men confront an essential question: can a radically socialist institution survive a new capitalist reality?
In this "illuminating and entertaining" (Jewish Week) documentary, director Toby Perl Freilich explores the modern history of Israel, from its revolutionary settlers to the political upheaval that shook the socialist foundations of the state. With their desire to create a Jewish homeland and build a more just society, the first settlers helped place kibbutzim in the vanguard of Israeli history. In doing so, they became a magnet for all those who shared one thing in common - a powerful urge to invent their own life.

KOH Library May Closures

The KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed on the following dates in May:

May 12th in observance of Mother's Day

May 15th and 16th in observance of Shavuot

May 26-27th in observance of Memorial Day

Monday, April 8, 2013

KOH Library Artist Series

Please join us on Sunday, April 14th at 11 a.m.  as we welcome artist Lynn Eder to the KOH Library and Cultural Center.  Lynn's specialty is handmade paper artwork.  At this special reception, Lyn will explain and demonstrate how she makes her paper.  This exhibit will be on display in the library through June 27, 2013.

KOH Library Book Club

Our April KOH Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. Sharon Cohen will lead us in a discussion about the book, "The Little Russian" by Susan Sherman. Newcomers are always welcome!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

New Arrivals for Spring Reading

Fiction or History - Escapism or Reality - you can find it all on the shelves of KOH Library and Cultural Center.  Please come in to see what's new - or visit our catalog at kohlcc.org.

In Print:

The Book of Mischief, New and Selected Stories 
     by Steve Stern
The Wanting
     by Michael Lavigne, author of Not Me
The Inbetween People
     by Emma McEvoy
The New Jewish Table
     by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray
Berlin Ghetto; Herbert Baum and the Anti-Fascist Resistance
     by Eric Brothers
My Father's Gardens, a memoir
     by Karen Levy
The Retrospective, a novel
     by A.B. Yehoshua, translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman
Jacob's Folly, a novel
     by Piero degli Antoni
The Missing File, a detective mystery
     by D.A. Mishani
Jews and Words
     by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger
One Hundred Philistine Foreskins, a novel
     by Tova Reich
May We Be Forgiven, a novel
     by A.M. Homes
Isaac's Army
     by Matthew Brzezinski


The Golden Pomegranate


Monday, March 11, 2013

Current Events and Upcoming Programs

Upcoming Programs in the KOH Library and Cultural Center - open to the entire community.

Monday, March 11 
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Rabbi Melamed Discussion Group

Monday, March 11
7:00 PM
In Search of the Perfect Recipe  for... Passover
with Evie Lieb

Wednesday, March 20th
7:00 PM
CVHEN Program for the entire community
New Discoveries About the Kindertransport
with Jennifer Norton

New Arrivals

Please come in and browse our newest arrivals in books and DVDs. 
Some of our recent acquisitions include the following:

In Print:

Miracles and Fate on 78; A 9/11 Story of Inspiration
     by Ari Schonbrun
The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen
     by Levana Kirschenbaum
On the Eve; The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War
     by Bernard Wasserstein
The Imposter Bride, a Novel
     by Nancy Richler
A Titanic Love Story; Ida and Isadore Strauss
     by June Hall McCash
The Holocaust as Culture
     by Imre Kertesz
Zix Zexy Stories
     by Curt Leviant
Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde, a Memoir
     by Rebecca Dana
Mossad, The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service
     by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal
The Story Teller, a novel
     by Jodi Picoult

 Free Men

Please pursue our online catalog from the comfort of your home at kohlcc.org

Sunday, March 3, 2013

KOH Library Closures - March

The KOH Library and Cultural Center will be closed on the following dates in March:

March 10th - Please support the Jewish Film Festival at the Crest Theater
March 24, 25, 31


The KOH Book Club meeting for March will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 7 p.m. This month Soni Meyer will be reviewing the book, "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro. Newcomers always welcome!  Contact Jolie for more information.  See below for a short summary of this book:

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting—one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum—in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting—the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner—is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.


"In Search of The Perfect Recipe for.......Passover"

Date: Monday, March 11. 2013
Time:  7 p.m.
Place: KOH Library and Cultural Center

Please join us for the first program in an on-going lecture series that will take us on a journey with Evie Lieb and other passionate Jewish cooks in search of "perfect" recipes in a myraid of categories. Come with questions and stories to share about your favorite recipes and family food traditions. This program is free and open to the entire community. Questions and/or to r.s.v.p., please contact Mehrnaz Halimi or Taliah Berger.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Reminder: Like Everyone Else... But Different, The Jews of Canada

Please join us on Saturday, January 12 at 7PM for program on Canadian Jews presented by Hy Kashenberg.
See previous post for details.

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.  

New, Newer, Newest Arrivals

With the new year, KOH has many new opportunities for reading, learning, laughing, and borrowing.

Some of our newest arrivals from December and January are listed below.  Please stop by - or go to our online catalog at kohlcc.org - to peruse our collection.

Received from our Wish List:
       On the Wings of Eagles, by Micha Feldman
       Jewish Jocks,  Edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy
       Open Heart, by Eli Wiesel
       A Kosher Christmas, by Joshua Eli Plaut


     Glass Hearts, a novel by Terri Paul
     Don't Ever Get Old, a mystery by Daniel Friedman
     An Uncommon Journey, a memoir by Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs
     A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament, by Samuel Sandmell
     A Little Russian, historical Fiction by Susan Sherman
     The Whipping Club, a novel by Deborah Henry
     The Art Forger, a novel by Barbara A. Shapiro
     City of Women, a novel by David Gillham
     The Promise of Israel, by Daniel Gordis
     Fitting in is Overrated, A Survival Guide for Anyone Who Has Ever Felt Like an Outsider,
       by Leonard Felder, PhD.