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We invite the community to join with us in reading and discussing The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer and participating in the many events taking place in the Bay Area through June 2018.  Events will be listed here on an ongoing basis, so be sure to visit this page soon for new information!

EVENTS AT
THE
LIBRARY

COMING UP:

From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7:00 P.M.  

Professor Soomekh will discuss the history of the Jews of Iran in the modern era. What was life like for Jews under Shi’a Islam, how did conditions change under the secular regime of the Pahlavis, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? She will also address life in America for the thousands of Jews who immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.

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Dr. Saba Soomekh is the assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at the American Jewish Committee. She teaches religious studies, Middle Eastern history, and women’s studies courses at UCLA. Professor Soomekh is the editor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. Dr. Soomekh was the exhibition coordinator for Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

 

DALIA SOFER IN PERSON

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 7:30 P.M.
Congregation Etz Chayim, Palo Alto

MONDAY, JUNE 11, 7:00 P.M.
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

 

PAST EVENTS:

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB: The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2 P.M.

 

 

EVENTS IN THE
COMMUNITY

COMING UP:

Tuesday, March 6
Jewish Community Center Sonoma County, Santa Rosa
(Contact Fran)

Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Jewish American Fiction Book Club, Fairfax Public Library (Contact David)

Sunday, March 18, 9:45 a.m.
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos (Click here or contact Diane)

Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco (Contact Julie)

Saturday, April 7                                  Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley

PAST DISCUSSIONS:

Sunday, November 19         Congregation B’nai Emunah, San Francisco

Tuesday, November 28
Temple Beth El Book Group, Aptos     

Monday, December 11
Cong. Beth Jacob , Redwood City

Thursday, January 18
Beth Sholom Women's Group, San Francisco

Tuesday, January 25
Congregation Emeth, Morgan Hill 

Tuesday, January 30
Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa

Wednesday, February 7
Coastside Jewish Community

Tuesday, February 13                 Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo 

Friday, February 16
Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco 

Sunday, February 18
Women of Rodef Sholom Book Club, Petaluma