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Lift and Separate; Marilyn Simon Rothstein

  • Thursday, February 22
  • 7:00pm
  • FREE to the Community

This novel tells the story of a Jewish mother of three grown children whose husband left her for a younger model, tries her best to conquer family weddings by herself, divided loyalties, and the news that her husband’s pretty young chippy is now pregnant…oy!!! It’s time for her to pull herself up by her lacy bra straps and find a way to begin life again, second time around! Marilyn does a great job cramming in lots of hilarious scenarios for everyone to discuss!  

Marilyn Simon Rothstein has owned an advertising agency for 25 years, became an adult bat mitzvah (achieving her lifelong goal of chanting from the Torah), and happily married a nice Jewish man. 

Bring your book club to this event!

Falafel and Short Israeli Films Presented by the Ma’Aleh School of Television and the Arts in Jerusalem

Upcoming dates:

  • Thursday, March 8 • 6:30 pm

Newspapers & Flowers

Carmel is looking for love, but is tired of being judged by appearance and dress code. By the time she meets Miki, the newspaper boy, she is willing to hide certain details about herself in order to put him to the test. Can Miki pass Carmel’s defenses?

11 Minutes

A military ambulance is called to evacuate a seriously wounded young soldier and bring him to a helicopter pad where he will be taken to the hospital. Aboard the ambulance there is a staff of three young soldiers, one of whom is Karen, a young female paramedic on her first tour of duty. Faced with life and death situations in the ambulance, Karen will either succeed in bringing her emotions and fears under control or fail, and be responsible for the death of a fellow soldier.

The Invitation

Noa survived a terrorist attack in which her boyfriend Udi was killed. Five years later, on her wedding day, Noa discovers Udi among the guests...

When Longing Meets Reality

Rachel Korazim, Visiting Scholar from Israel joins us for Yom Ha’atzma’ut 

  • Thursday, April 19
  • Time: 7:00 pm (6:30 pizza for teens)
  • Fee: $10 adults; free for teens

Based on one of the first paragraphs of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, this lecture offers a chronological exploration of the longing for Zion and its reality. The clash between romantic longing from afar and the harsh realities of the land, have been, and often still are, very difficult even for the greatest lovers of Zion. Popular songs and poetry put to music will be part of this lecture.

Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel golda-meir-image

  • Sunday, April 22  6pm
  • Fee $10

“You will never find a better sparring person than adversity”.

Golda Meir was a world leader like no other.  Born in czarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where in her early years she displayed political consciousness.  From there, this would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel’s founding generation.

Francine Klagsbrun is the author of more than a dozen books.  Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Ms. Magazine.

Come Support Our LGBTQ Community! Phoenix Schneider

  • Wednesday, April 25
  • 7:00pm
  • Free to the Community

Learn what LGBTQ means, the broad spectrum of gender and sexual orientation, and how we can best support loved ones in their expressed identity. This is the time for education and Q & A!! The program is open to one and all.  Phoenix Schneider, MSW, is a trans activist and social worker who has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2000. Phoenix specializes in program development and direct services with the LGBTQ communities. Phoenix is a thought leader in the area of LGBTQ youth and mental health and has extensive experience developing local and national programming. Under Phoenix’s leadership with JFCS of Greater Philadelphia, the agency was awarded The Human Rights Campaign Foundation “Seal of Recognition” for Leadership in Supporting and Serving LGBTQ Youth and Families. Phoenix’s lifelong mission is to help people seek their highest potential as well as to promote culture shifts towards full acceptance and inclusion of everyone. 

Event co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service 

Healthy Gut, Flat Stomach: Don’t we all dream of a flat stomach?

  • Thursday, May 10
  • 7pm
  • Fee $10
  • Jewish people are notorious for having digestive issues – and we LOVE to talk about them!  Learn about the right foods to eat.  It may sound complicated or far-fetched, but the many converts who have tried this science-supported diet swear by it.  This book will break down the science so that you can understand it – and implement it easily on your own.

Danielle Capalino is a registered dietitian in a private practice in

New York City.  She wants you to feel great without having to wear an elastic waistband!