Book Club: Bread Givers

Sunday, February 27th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (online). Bread Givers is a 1925 novel by Jewish-American author Anzia Yezierska. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Discussion led by Debbie Ann Doyle.

Another Promised Land?

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (online). Using rare archival materials from the collections in the Houston Jewish History Archive, this talk will highlight many of the core themes in Southern Jewish history — immigration, adaptation, socioeconomic mobility, and race relations — from a Texan perspective. Co-sponsored with the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.

And In the Seventh Year: Shmita Then and Now

January 19th, 7:30-9:00 PM. The Bible tells us that every seventh year will be a Shmita or sabbatical year, where debts are forgiven. How was this actually practiced in Biblical and later times? What does it look like in Israel today? This panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Haberman Institute, features CEH’s own Rav Natan; author and ecologist Rabbi David Seidenberg; and Hazon’s Bruce Spierer.

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