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Jul 9th

A Forgotten Land

Growing up in the Jewish Pale

 

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6:00 pm

 

Speaker: Lisa Cooper author of A Forgotten Land

 

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Based on recorded conversations Lisa Cooper’s father had with his mother, Pearl, about her early life in Ukraine, A Forgotten Land is the story of one Jewish family in the Russian Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, set within the wider context of pogroms, World War I, the Russian Revolution, and civil war.

 

Many Jewish immigrants to the West refused to talk about the ‘old country’, choosing to forget the unhappy times, not to pass on their memories. Lisa is fortunate that her grandmother was a great storyteller. Her father, who grew up in Canada surrounded by these tales of shtetl life, made recordings of these stories in the 1970s before Pearl passed away. Lisa asked her father to translate the recordings (from Yiddish) before he himself passed away. She then turned those same stories into a book so that we, today, can better understand how our ancestors lived.

 

About the Speaker:

 

Lisa Cooper is a British writer, journalist and artist, who is visiting America for a family reunion. She studied Russian at Edinburgh University and spent a year in the Soviet Union as a student. Armed with an address dating from the 1960s and a family tree, she made contact with cousins in Kiev, then part of Soviet Ukraine, who introduced her to a web of relatives she knew nothing about. The experience helped breed an interest in both family history and Ukrainian Jewish history. Her book was originally conceived as a dissertation for a Masters degree in Russian History


Jul 14th

Become a Wondernaut: A Hands-On Celebration

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:30 pm EST – Register for this Free Live Stream Event Here

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm EST – Register for this Free Live Stream Event Here

 

 

Celebrate the 51st anniversary of the moon landing with this fun family program!

 

Explore the challenges of space travel and what astronauts have chosen to take into orbit to remind them of home. From dreidels to dinosaurs to guitars, selecting your special objects can be nearly impossible. Weight, size, shape – all have to be considered.

 

As part of the program we will ask ourselves and each other what we might choose to take to space – and why. Then we’ll start turning our answers into art projects! You can submit your project to JMM and be featured online, plus some projects will be shown in our upcoming exhibit Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit.

 

This program is best suited for ages 5 to 8, though it will be plenty of fun for the whole family.

 

 

This live stream Zoom event is presented in the lead up to this fall’s special exhibit, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit. This program is part of our month-long celebration in honor of the first moon landing!


Jul 16th

Are We Alone and Does It Matter?

Jewish Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm EST

 

Speaker Rabbi Dr. Eli Yoggev

 

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A review of six approaches within Jewish tradition—from the Torah, through the Talmud and contemporary Jewish thinkers—to the question of life on other planets and its ramifications for our daily lives.

 

 

This live stream Zoom event is presented in the lead up to this fall’s special exhibit, Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit. This program is part of our month-long celebration in honor of the first moon landing!



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