|Join us for an over 40 year tradition of baking homemade hamentaschen for Adloyadah, the annual Purim carnival. We will be using the same recipe created and utilized by the women of the New American Social Club, a group of Holocaust Survivors, who kept a wonderful tradition going by providing this community with delicious hamentaschen.
Proposed dates for the baking at the Uptown J.C.C. at 5342 St. Charles Avenue are the following:
Tuesday 2/25 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Friday 2/28 from 9:00 -12:00 Noon
Thursday 3/6 from 12:00-3:00 PM
Monday 3/10 from 1:00-4:00 PM
Wednesday 3/12 from 9:00-12:00 Noon
If you would like to participate in the Hamenstaschen baking, please RSVP
Liba Kornfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
This spring, the Hadassah Readers’ Circle turns to some award-winners and bestsellers. All Hadassah members, associates and prospective members are warmly invited to attend.
THURSDAY, FEB. 20, 7 p.m.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel
By Michael Chabon
Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 12, 2012), original edition 2000.
Host: Judy Stiebel, 9 Moselle Dr., Kenner
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE. The beloved, award-winning novel, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), this novel is a triumph of originality, imagination and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age. Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award, named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly.
THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 7 p.m.
by Donna Tartt
Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 22, 2013)
Host: Rochelle Sackett, 47 Driftwood Blvd., Kenner
“The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind...Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.” — Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review. Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 7 PM
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
by Ari Shavit
Spiegel & Grau (Nov. 19, 2013)
Hosts: Dana and Eileen Wallen, 2723 Calhoun St., New Orleans
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST • WINNER OF THE NATAN BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Shavit is a columnist for the center-left Israeli daily Haaretz. Unlike some on the Israeli Left, he isn’t an anti-Zionist provocateur; he is a fervently patriotic Israeli with an abiding love for his nation’s history and the best of its traditions and institutions. His honest and sometimes brutally frank portrait of his homeland’s past and its present dilemmas is especially poignant. Shavit’s narrative is strongest when he utilizes the stories of individual Israelis to paint a rich tableau based on personal experiences. An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today. “[A] must-read book . . . [My Promised Land] is a real contribution to changing the conversation about Israel and building a healthier relationship with it. Before their next 90-minute phone call, both Barack and Bibi should read it.”—Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
THURSDAY, MAY 22, 7 PM
Little Failure: A Memoir
By Gary Shteyngart
Random House (Jan. 7, 2014)
Host: Sandra Cameron, 5108 Green Acres Ct., Metairie
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights and literary bravado. Born Igor Shteyngart in Leningrad during the twilight of the Soviet Union, the curious, diminutive, asthmatic boy grew up with a persistent sense of yearning—for food, for acceptance, for words—desires that would follow him into adulthood. Coming to the United States from the Soviet Union was equivalent to stumbling off a monochromatic cliff and landing in a pool of pure Technicolor. Shteyngart operated on a theory that he would fail at everything he tried. At being a writer, at being a boyfriend, and, most important, at being a worthwhile human being. Swinging between a Soviet home life and American aspirations, Shteyngart found himself living in two contradictory worlds, all the while wishing that he could find a real home in one. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart’s prose. It is a memoir of an immigrant family coming to America, as told by a lifelong misfit who forged from his imagination an essential literary voice and, against all odds, a place in the world. “Hilarious and moving . . . The army of readers who love Gary Shteyngart is about to get bigger.”—The New York Times Book Review