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Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 PM Please join us for a night of conversation and reflection in celebration of the publication of Ilana Blumberg’s new book, Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American, (Rutgers University Press, 2018). Dr. Ilana M. Blumberg currently teaches at the Department of English, Bar Ilan University where she directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of Victorian Sacrifice and Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books Dr. Devora Steinmetz serves on the leadership team for special programs at Drisha in the United States and Israel. She is the founder of Beit Rabban and the author From Father to Son: Kinship, Conflict, and Continuity in Genesis and Punishment and Freedom: The Rabbinic Construction of Criminal Law. Thanksgiving Pack-a-Thon, Thursday November 22, 9:30   November 11, 2018, 9:45 AM - 5:00 PM, Bnai Jeshrun, 257 W. 88th St. Many of the practices of the festivals seem odd or out of place. The imagery of being "judged" in Tishrei, the practice of saying ya'ale ve-yavo on holidays and Rosh Hodesh, our counting both days and weeks in the omer - all of these take on new significance in light of the agricultural roots of the Jewish festivals and the biblical calendar. We will explore those, in order to better appreciate the way the calendar has evolved together with the world, and yet preserves its eternal sanctity. In a private residence. Shearith Israel / The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue 8-part series, Women of the Bible: Redemption, Rachel (3 CDs), Rebecca, Tamar, Deborah, and Esther. A CD recorded by Rachel Friedman. Rabbi David Silber with Rachel Furst