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At the school board table

By Ruth Kraut, special to the WJN For many Jews, time is now split into “before” and “after” October 7. In the “before times,” the Jewish Federation/Jewish Community Relations Committee convened a parents’ group to discuss antisemitism in Washtenaw County schools. (See the October 2023 WJN for a summary.) They had also requested, from the…

Impactful tutoring program needs more volunteer tutors

Impactful tutoring program needs more volunteer tutors

By Caroline Nathans, Director of FLI-Ypsilanti Schools Program The COVID pandemic disrupted the education of millions of American children, and children from economically disadvantaged families and communities lost even more ground. Education policy makers have advocated for high-quality tutoring, but one of the biggest challenges is finding enough tutors for the many children who need…

“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…

Suicide prevention group hosts fundraiser

Suicide prevention group hosts fundraiser

Garrett’s Space, (https://www.garrettsspace.org/) a suicide prevention nonprofit, is hosting Go4GarrettsSpace, a fundraiser on August 25 that will feature moving speeches from individuals touched by suicide and recorded testimonials from well-known figures in the entertainment space including actress Lucy Liu; J. Smooth-Cameron, who played the role of Gerri on the hit television show Succession; and Phillipa Soo, who played the role of Eliza opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. There will also be live performances from a variety of musicians, singing groups, and Broadway performers as well as a variety of fitness classes.

“Embracing Our Differences” raises awareness of antisemitism

“Embracing Our Differences” raises awareness of antisemitism

Mollie Meadow, a member of the Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation, recently had her artwork selected in a juried art contest through Embracing Our Differences Michigan, a non-profit organization that celebrates diversity. Mollie’s drawing and art and other selected 2023 entries are currently displayed on billboard-sized banners at installations at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor and Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.