“Shared local languages of religious imagination”

Marina Mayorski, PhD Candidate and GSI, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies This year’s Padnos Public Engagement on Jewish Learning Event takes place on October 17 at 7 p.m. and features Dr. Rebecca Scharbach Wollenberg, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Wollenberg will present a lecture entitled “Abrahamic Vernaculars: Rivals Thinking Together”…

The Golem … just in time for Halloween

The Golem … just in time for Halloween

By Robert Erlewine, Director EMU Center for Jewish Studies Just in time for Halloween, University of Michigan Professor of Hebrew Literature and Jewish Culture Maya Barzilai will deliver the Second Annual Martin B. Shichtman Lecture for the Eastern Michigan University Center for Jewish Studies, titled “Our Golems, Ourselves: What the Golem Narrative Teaches about the…

Anthony Russell joins Beth Israel as musician-in-residence

Anthony Russell joins Beth Israel as musician-in-residence

by Barbara McAnelly for Beth Israel Congregation Anthony Russell will join Beth Israel as our fall musician-in-residence on October 13 and 14. He will co-lead Friday services and give d’var on Saturday, as well as an adult education class on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. entitled “Written in Breath: Yiddish Song as Commentary.” Mr. Russell…

A taste of Egypt … in Dexter
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A taste of Egypt … in Dexter

By Candace Bulkley and Trina Fuller Candace and Trina became friends in the Temple Beth Emeth adult b-mitzvah class that graduated in 2022. They will be honing their palates, visiting, and writing about a variety of independent, locally owned Washtenaw County restaurants, catering to a variety of dietary preferences. The Metro Detroit area is home…

It’s time for public power in A2

It’s time for public power in A2

By Zackariah Farah, Member of Ann Arbor for Public Power In the summer of 2021, Southeastern Michigan was slammed with two major rainstorms that upturned the lives of countless residents. Apocalyptic images circulated of cars stranded on I-94 and houses completely inundated. And all too predictably, in the chaos over 800,000 Michiganders lost power. In…

Impossible Takes Longer by Daniel Gordis

Reviewed by Amiel Handelsman The turmoil in Israel around judicial reform is tearing apart the country. Hundreds of thousands of citizens, fearing the demise of Israeli democracy, protest in the streets. Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak calls Netanyahu’s project the “assassination of the Declaration of Independence.” At stake is the state’s very reason for being….

Summer vegetables (BYOP)

Summer vegetables (BYOP)

Lonnie Sussman, special to the WJN The garden and the farmers markets are full of beautiful fruits and vegetables. I love the vibrant colors and all the shades of green, red, yellow, and even purple (beans). It is easy to eat the Mediterranean food style that is heavy on fruits and vegetables along with fish,…