On November 1, our Scholar in Residence for the weekend will be Louise Steinman.
Beginning with her first presentation Saturday Morning, 10:45 AM - Louise will led a discussion of the book entitled "The Crooked Mirror: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation.
Bagels and cream cheese along with coffee will be provided
(Donations always appreciated).
7:00 PM - Saturday Evening, Havdalah Service and Dessert Buffet followed with the final presentation Discussion about the author's journey to write "The Crooked Mirror"
While this evening event is free for all Monterey Peninsula-Salinas Hadassah and CBI members, we will have a donations basket on the buffet table and ask for a $10 donation from non-CBI members attending.
Louise Steinman is the author of the award-winning memoir The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War and The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance. She curates the ALOUD literary and performance series for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and codirects the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern California. In her book, Steinman pushes back against many of the assumptions about Poland and Polish anti-Semitism -- not an easy task since nearly all of the Jews living in Poland were wiped out in the Holocaust and an estimated eighty percent of American Jews are of Polish descent. Through the lens of her family's experiences, and sharing stories of other Jews of Polish descent trying to reconnect with their families' Polish roots, Steinman immerses readers in the difficult but healing process of Polish-Jewish reconciliation. By the end of her journey, Steinman comes not only to understand "the Poland in her head," she writes, but also to finally acknowledge "the Poland in her heart," joining a new generation of Poles and Jews who are looking honestly at their entwined history since the rebirth of democratic Poland in 1989. The Crooked Mirror offers a vital discussion about Polish-Jewish reconciliation.
Because of the Monterey Peninsula - Salinas Hadassah and theTed Orliss Scholar-in-Residence fund, CBI is able to welcome the scholar metioned to our community. This will be a special weekend for all those who participate. Please share this information with your neighbors and friends. The sessions should be enriching, enlightening and uplifting.