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Portland Jewish Book Month

Jewish Book Month – November 2013

Portland Jewish Book Month’s book choice for 2013 is Nemesis by Philip Roth. A novella dealing with the influx of polio in New Jersey in 1944, it is a great read. Get hold of the book & read it!

Then attend activities throughout November all over our Portland Jewish Community.

Friday, November 1 – 6:00 pm
Resilience: challenging illness and moving to a place of hope
Presented by: Congregation Beth Israel
Location: Congregation Beth Israel

Sunday, November 3 – 2:45 pm
Bagels and Book discussion led by Rabbi Berg.
Presented by: Beit Haverim
Location: United Church of Christ (Lake Oswego)

Monday, Nov. 4, 7:00-8:30 pm
Chapter One Performance: A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir Shalev
Chapter One: a JTC Page2Stage Performance
In partnership with Hadassah and Jewish Theatre Collaborative
Location: MJCC

Wednesday, November 6 – 7:15 pm
Finding Meaning in Suffering: A discussion using Melton curriculum with Erica Goldman
Presented by: The Florence Melton Adult Mini School
Location: Congregation Shaarie Torah

Tuesday, November 12 – 6:30 pm
Pageturners book review.
Presented by: Hillsdale Branch of Multnomah County Library,  Kesser Israel
Book and Kosher refreshments provided
Location: Hillsdale Library

Wednesday, November 13 – 7:00 pm
American Masters documentary on Philip Roth
Presented by: MJCC, Institute for Judaic Studies
Location: MJCC

Monday, November 18 – 7:00 pm
Book Review: Pestilence and Piety
Presented by: Havurah Shalom
Location: Havurah Shalom

Tuesday, November 19 – 7:00 pm
OJM and IJS Panel Discussion: The Construction of Immunity- Cultural Treatments of Contagious Disease, Tuesday, November 19, 7-8:30pmIn conjunction with Portland Jewish Book Month’s selection of the novel Nemesis, Philip Roth’s book about a 1940s New Jersey polio epidemic, the Oregon Jewish Museum and the Institute for Judaic Studies will host a discussion about how communicable diseases are viewed from anthropological, cultural, and medical perspectives.Ticket Info: General Public: $5; OJM and IJS Members: Free

Professor Roger Porter of Reed College will speak specifically about Nemesis and compare how disease is treated in other examples from literature, while Professor Simon Finger of Reed College will talk about the ways that communicable diseases are viewed from anthropological, cultural, and social historical perspectives

Tuesday, November 19 – 6:45 pm
Pageturners book talk. Book provided.
Presented by: Midland Branch of Multnomah Public Library
Location: Midland Branch Library

Wednesday, November 20 – 7:30 pm
Themes of Phillip Roth’s Nemesis: A Panel Discussion on coping with life’s circumstances.
Presented by: Congregation Neveh Shalom
Location: Congregation Neveh Shalom

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7:15 pm
Presented by: Women’s Philanthropy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland
IMPACT featuring Iris Krasnow, author of Secret Lives of Wives
Location: MJCC