Adult Education Newsletter (October 2014)

Adult Education has two notable upcoming events:

Friday, November 21, we will have a book discussion following the 6:00 p.m. service. We will discuss My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. This is a New York Times best seller, and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Times and The Economist. It won the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

My Promised Land is an Israeli book like no other. Not since Amos Elon’s The Israelis, Amos Oz’s In the Land of Israel, and Thomas Friedman’s From Beirut to Jerusalem, has there been such a powerful and comprehensive book written about the Jewish State and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Ari Shavit is one of Israel’s leading columnists and writers, and the story he tells describes with great empathy the Palestinian tragedy and the century-long struggle between Jews and Arabs over the Holy Land. While Shavit is being brutally honest regarding the Zionist enterprise, he is also insightful, sensitive, and attentive to the dramatic life stories of his fascinating heroes and heroines. The result is a unique nonfiction book that has the qualities of fine literature. It brings to life epic history without being a conventional history book. It deepens contemporary political understanding without being a one-sided political polemic. It is painful and provocative, yet colorful, emotional, life-loving, and inspiring. My Promised Land is the ultimate personal odyssey of a humanist exploring the startling biography of his tormented homeland, which is at the very center of global interest.”

Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel

Saturday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. is Adult Ed Movie Night. We will see The Lemon Tree. This is a story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: EranRiklis.
Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman.

The next meeting of our Adult Education Committee is October 22 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!

CJ Hauss, Adult Education Chair new-message24