April 7 at 10:30: Marc Gopin on “Being Good: the art and science of making ethical decisions and what 'compassionate reasoning' can contribute.”
April 14 at 10:30: Rebecca Erbelding on the War Rescue Board and America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe during World War II.
April 21: Passover break
April 28 at 10:30: preceded by a brunch at 10:00: The annual Max Ticktin Memorial Lecture: Ellen Cassedy on Yenta Mash, an important Yiddish writer translated into English for the first time.
Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, has spoken at Kehila a number of times.
Rebecca Erbelding, a historian, archivist, and curator at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss her book Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe, which won the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Writing Based on Archival Material. She will offer copies for purchase.
Ellen Cassedy, a prize-winning writer on and translator of Yiddish literature and life, is the author of several books and many articles as well as a student and friend of Max. She presents this year’s Ticktin Memorial Lecture thanks to the generosity of Perry Cohen and Rosalie Mandelbaum, through the Bernard and Rae Alice Cohen Generations Fund. Cassedy’s latest book, On the Landing: Stories by Yenta Mash, presents an important writer for the first time in English translation and is a finalist for the Forward’s 2018 Book of the Year award. Mash, a woman of our own time who was born in Bessarabia in 1922 and died in Israel 2013, published stories that provide insight into the experiences of Jews in the tumultuous Soviet orbit. In 1977 she immigrated to Israel, where she first began writing, ultimately winning two of Israel’s leading literary prizes. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.