Monday, March 15, 2010

Havdallah Talk: The History of Jews in Brazil

At Congregation Adas Emuno, we launched a series of Havdallah Talks a couple of years ago, in conjunction with our Adult Education program.  As the name implies, our Havdallah Talks are held on Saturday evening, and include a brief Havdallah service, a beautiful ceremony celebrating the end of Shabbat, and the beginning of the new week.  And there's also a little nosh, natch!

So, our next Havdallah Talk will take place this coming Saturday, March 20th, and will feature two of the many talented members of our congregation, authors Beti Rozen and Peter Hays.  Beti and Peter  will be celebrating their latest work for young adults: Two Continents, Four Generations:  One Hundred Years, Two Stories, with a presentation:  The History of Jews in Brazil:  From 1500 to the Present.

The authors' novella is set in two time periods, the present and in 1939, and is the true story of a Jewish-American boy who learns about his Brazilian Jewish grandfather and how their lives compare with one another. It is based on the journey of Beti Rozen's father who left Poland for Brazil during the Second World War. A book signing will be held following the presentation. 

The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro leading the brief havdallah service, and light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public. Congregation Adas Emuno is located at 254 Broad Avenue, Leonia. For more information, call 201-592-1712 or visit the website at 

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