If you are debating over whether to come to hear Daniel Stone talk about his book, "The Food Explorer" on Thursday, March 22 (7pm), or Cheryl Temkin speak on the Women of the Wall organization on Saturday, March 24 (7:30pm), here is some background information on each subject.
"The Food Explorer" is the story of intrepid botanist David Fairchild (1869-1954), who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. The foods Fairchild introduced include the Hass avocado from Chile, seedless grapes from Padua, sweet mangoes from the Philippines, nectarines from Pakistan, German hops and kale. As one review puts it, Stone's book is "Narrated in vividly realized, richly descriptive text with accompanying photographs."
Women of the Wall is a multi-denominational organization based in Israel who has been working since 1988 to secure the rights of women to pray at the Western Wall (aka the Kotel) in a fashion that includes singing, reading aloud from the Torah and wearing religious garments (tallit, tefillin and kippah). When the "Women of the Wall" hold monthly prayer services for women on Rosh Hodesh, they observe gender segregation so that Orthodox members may fully participate. But their use of religious garb, singing, and reading from a Torah have upset some members of the Orthodox Jewish community, sparking protests and arrests. Not only will Temkin present the riveting story of this organization's work, but the beautiful Women of the Wall Tallitot and other merchandise will be available for purchase. See https://tassisterhood.weebly.com/wowevent.html for more information.
The book presentation is free. The Women of the Wall event is $12 if paid by March 20, and $15 at the door. Both are open to anyone, so bring your friends! If you are coming to the seder this Thursday, why not bring a check for the WoW event?
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