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Community Connections provides Jewish cultural, educational, and social programming for adults in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue community.

Culturally Jewish in America

Join us as we explore the timeless and often perplexing nuances of being culturally Jewish in America — where our rich influence is evident in all aspects of life. On the menu: film, readings, and discussion. Led by Stephen Wise member Beth Gerson.

Culturally Jewish in America is on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

2017-18 Culturally Jewish in America Dates

November
November 22

December
December 27

January
January 24

February
February 28

March
March 28

April
April 25

May
May 23

 

Lunch and  Learn

Don’t miss this time to gather with new friends and old in a fun, casual atmosphere and to engage in lively conversation. Bring your own sandwiches and we’ll provide the soup, coffee, tea, and cookies!

2017-18 Lunch and Learn Meeting Dates

Lunch and Learn takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. 

November
November 7
Rabbi Neal Borovitz will discuss the Balfour Declaration.

December
December 19
Rabbi Sam Natov and Cantor Dan Singer will lead us in song during our Lunch and Learn Hanukkah Party. 

January
January 9
Fine art appraiser Alex Rosenberg will discuss the relationship between Jewish art and modernist masterpieces by Chagal, Dali, and Agam.

February
February 13
TBD

March
March 13
Led by Rabbi Diana Fersko

April
April 10
TBD

May
May 8
Led by Rabbi Rena Rifkin

June
June 12
TBD

 

Short Story Group

Join our monthly Short Story Group, where we read and discuss Jewish-themed material. Readings are distributed in person at meetings or emailed upon request. Suggestions for readings are welcome. Come every month or when you are able. New members are always welcome!

For more information and copies of the stories, please contact   or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.

The Short Story Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Short Story Group Dates and Stories

 

October
October 19
Allegra Goodman, “F.A.Q.S,” Howard Jacobson, “There Was a Rabbi of Kiev,” Hans Keilson, “The Dissonance Quartet,”

November
November 16
TBA

December
December 21
TBA

January
January 18
TBA

February
February 15
TBA

March
March 15
TBA

April
April 19
TBA

May
May 17
TBA

June
June 21
TBA

Sunday Book Group

Join our Book Club for an exploration of classic and contemporary Jewish literature. Come every month or when you are able. New members are always welcome!

This year, our book group will be meeting in our members' homes. Please contact  our office at  or 212-877-4050, ext. 280 to learn where the next meeting will be located. 

2016-17 Sunday Book Group Dates and Books 

September
September 10
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

October
October 15
Harry Bernstein, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers

November
November 5
David Grossman, A Horse Walks into a Bar

January 
January 7
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

February
February 11
Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

March
March 4
Michael Chabon, Moonglow

April
April 8
Joseph Kertes, The Afterlife of Stars

May
May 6
A.B. Yehoshua, The Extra

 

Writing Our Lives

Join Stephen Wise member Beth Gerson for this special opportunity to explore the connection between culture and identity through memoir writing. No moment, thought, or memory is too small to capture. Share your experiences through poetry, short stories, or personal essays.

The Writing Workshop is on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

2017-18 Writing Workshop Dates

October
October 4

November
November 8

December
December 6

January
January 3

February
February 7

March
March 7

April
April 4

May
May 2

To learn more about Community Connections, contact    or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.