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Jewish Book Month Shabbat Dinner


Join us to celebrate Jewish books and their writers at our annual Jewish Book Month Shabbat dinner and program.

Date: Friday, December 8
Time: Following the 6:00 pm Shabbat service (approximately 7:15 pm)
Location: Temple
Cost: $18
Online registration has closed but you can register and pay at the door with cash or a check payable to Washington Hebrew Congregation. Please join us!

This annual event is a meaningful way to show your support for WHC’s libraries.

At the dinner, gifted translators Ellen Cassedy and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub will join us to present "The Bold and Provocative Stories of Yiddish Writer Blume Lempel."

“Speak for those who could no longer speak, feel for those who could no longer feel, immerse myself in their unlived lives, their sorrows, their joys, their struggle and their death.” – from Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel

Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories is the first English-language collection by award-winning fiction writer Blume Lempel (1907-1999). Her stories, written in Yiddish, opened a window to the Old World and the Holocaust. Lempel also wrote about the margins of society and subjects that were considered untouchable in her time – including abortion, prostitution, women's erotic imaginings, and even incest.

Cassedy and Taub received the 2012 National Yiddish Book Center Translation Prize for their translation of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories.

Support WHC's youth social justice projects by purchasing this book through the WHC Mitzvah Mall.