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Why We Need Heschel More Now Than Ever: A Discussion


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Faculty of the Philosophy Circle: Heschel and Social Justice program will lead an open discussion of the life and legacy of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the 20th century American spiritual leader, scholar, philosopher, and social activist. This discussion supplements a three-part Lehrhaus Judaica course on the rabbi's scholarship and activism.

Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory

Elizabeth Rosner in conversation with Anne Germanacos


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As survivors of many of the twentieth century's most monumental events —the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Cambodian Killing Fields ― die, how do we perpetuate their stories to ensure that the past’s horrors are not forgotten? In her new book, "Survivor Café," Elizabeth Rosner depicts the efforts to understand the intergenerational inheritance of trauma, as well as the intricacies of remembrance in the aftermath of atrocity. Rosner organizes Survivor Café around three trips with her father to the Buchenwald concentration camp―in 1983, in 1995, and in 2015. She explores similar legacies among the descendants of African American slaves, as well as descendants of the survivors of the Killing Fields, and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Elizabeth Rosner is a novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley. Her 2014 novel, Electric City, was named among the best books of the year by National Public Radio. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, and several anthologies; her poems have been published by Poetry Magazine, Catamaran, and other journals. 

Anne Germanacos is the author of the short-story collection In the Time of the Girls and the experimental novel Tribute. With her husband, Nick Germanacos, she ran the Ithaka Cultural Studies Program in Kalymnos and Crete. She currently oversees the Germanacos Foundation in San Francisco.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1:30 - 3 P.M.

In The German-Jewish Cookbook, mother-daughter authors Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman and Sonya Gropman explore the cuisine of pre-World War German Jews. Their new book is both cultural memoir and a source for recipes for soups; vegetable dishes; meats, poultry, and fish; fruit desserts; cakes; and the German version of challah, Berches.

In their presentation, the authors will highlight the ritual and comfort foods that are probably unfamiliar to most American Jews. Gabrielle learned many of the recipes after arriving in New York from Germany in 1939. Other recipes come from the authors’ friends and family, interviews, pre-war German-Jewish cookbooks, nineteenth-century American cookbooks, memoirs, and historical and archival material.

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman grew up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, where the large German-Jewish community spoke German and enjoyed its traditional foods. She owns a consulting firm specializing in mediation training and study tours.

Sonya Gropman is a photographer, decorative painter, and cinema production designer. She coordinates her local community-supported Farm Spot, which partners a local farm with members of her Jackson Heights neighborhood in New York. Sonya blogs at eat+art+word.

Program made possible, in part, by Paul and Shirley Kadden.

Co-presented by Congregation Beth Sholom; the Consulate General of Germany, San Francisco; and Goethe-Institut San Francisco.