|Hadassah and Mikvah Chaya Mushka will present a special women-only event on Sunday, February 2 at Chabad Uptown (7037 Freret Street, New Orleans) at 10:30 a.m. “Jewish Women: Physical and Spiritual Self-Care” will feature a free brunch co-sponsored by Kosher Cajun Deli & Grocery, in memory of Natalie Brown, and discussion on the inherent beauty of the mikvah. Malkie Rivkin, who teaches in-depth classes on Jewish marriage and mikvah observance, will join Judith Roth, M.D., retired OB/GYN, to speak on issues involving a woman's spiritual and physical well-being.
An optional tour is available of RINGGER Women’s Enrichment Center/Mikvah Chaya Mushka, the only mikvah serving the women of Louisiana, Mississippi, the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama. Kindly RSVP to Barbara Polikoff Katz at 504-837-8970 or email@example.com.
--> Tuesday, Sept.24, 7 – 9 p.m.
For our first book this fall, we will read Jacob’s Folly: A Novel, by Rebecca Miller (daughter of playwright Arthur Miller) — a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, acting—and reincarnation. In 18th-century Paris , Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. More than two hundred years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a ﬂy in the Long Island suburbs of 21st-century America , his new life twisted in ways he never could have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of the world…
NOTE: At this meeting, we will have ballots to vote on the books our group will read for the remainder of the fall semester! All Hadassah members and associates are warmly invited to attend.
--> Saturday, October 12: "Bra-veaux"Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
People Can WinSaving Israel: How the Jewish a War That May Never End, by Daniel Gordis
A 2009 National Jewish Book Award winner, this is a “full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending — no, celebrating — the existence of Israel been so clear, so passionate or so worthy of wholehearted support.” Rabbi Gordis offers a new defense of the Jewish state, asking first why Israel is necessary, and then discussing what Israel has to do in order to survive its enemies.
Place: Metairie Jewish Community Center
Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m.
A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev (an Israeli writer)
A mesmerizing novel of two love stories, one during the 1948 War of Independence, when pigeons delivered battlefield messages, and the other a contemporary tale of a tour guide who falls in love with his childhood girlfriend. Separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion, this is a tale of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction, must eventually return to it.
Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m.
Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, by Deborah Feldman
As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between her desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive.
Thurs., May 2, 7 p.m.
As a Driven Leaf, by Milton Steinberg
This classic work of modern fiction brings the age of the Talmud to life. The characters include the well-known historical figures: Akiba, Yohanan, Joshua, Eleazar, Beruriah, and Elisha ben Abuyah, whose struggle to live in two worlds destroyed his chance to live in either.
Hadassah will be joining The City of New Orleans for the MLK Day March on Monday, January 21, 2013. The program at City Hall begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the march at 9:45 a.m.
We would love to have you walk with Hadassah in the MLK March! Proudly wear your red shirts (Hadassah’s color).
For those who are interested, the Jewish Federation will provide transportation to the parade from the Home Depot parking lot at 1100 S. Claiborne Ave. We have permission from Home Depot to park in their lot for the duration of the parade. (Please note that Home Depot IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for any valuables left in your car.) The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and will drop off at City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., and will return for a second pick-up at 8:15 a.m. The parade route ends 2 blocks from Home Depot.
All ages are welcome to attend and this parade is VERY kid friendly.
At the end of the parade, MLK Monument on S. Claiborne Ave. and Felicity St., we will reconvene as a group for a small ceremony, and group photo op.
We hope to see RED on MLK Day!