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Upcoming Sessions

1. Sunday, February 7, 2021 25 Sh'vat 5781

6:30 PM - 7:30 PMFind the Helpers with Fred Guttenberg

2. Thursday, March 11, 2021 27 Adar 5781

4:00 PM - 5:00 PMThe Jews of Detroit: From the Beginning 1762-1914 with Robert Rockaway

3. Thursday, April 8, 2021 26 Nisan 5781

7:00 PM - 8:00 PMThe Beauty of What Remains with Rabbi Steven Leder
Past Sessions
Thursday, January 14, 2021 1 Sh'vat 5781 - 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - The Forgiveness Tour with Susan Shapiro and guest Holocaust Survivor Emanuel (Manny) Mandel and for Forgiveness Activist Gary Weinstein

Join us for our new author series hosted by Rabbi Jennifer Kaluzny.

With a wonderful line-up of authors and their books, we hope you will join us to learn more about them. This program is geared to those who may or may not have read the book* – everyone can enjoy!

Questions? Contact Lisa Kaplan at

*If you would like to purchase any of the books included in this series, click on the book title and you will be directed to a site to purchase.


Fred GuttenbergFind the Helpers
About the author: Fred Guttenberg is an American activist against gun violence. His 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018. His son, also a student at the school, ran from the shooting to meet him at a nearby store. He learned about his daughter's death from a friend who is a Coral Springs SWAT officer. He is described as "one of the strongest voices for changes to gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting.
About the book: Fred shares his journey of unimaginable grief at losing his brother to a 9/11-related illness and his daughter in her classroom at Parkland. Yet, from Fred’s loss, we read about his strength to not only find the helpers around him, but to become one to others.


Robert Rockaway - The Jews of Detroit: From the Beginning 1762-1914
About the author: Robert A. Rockaway is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History, Tel-Aviv University. He is the author of one book in Hebrew and two in English.
About the book: Robert Rockaway's study begins with the arrival of the first Jews in Detroit, when the city was a remote frontier outpost. He chronicles the immigration of the German Jews beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, followed by the influx of Jews from Eastern Europe. His narrative concludes on the eve of World War I, by which time the community had developed its basic social structure. It had survived the turbulent years of immigration and the process of Americanization, and had succeeded in establishing several congregations, charitable organizations, and social and cultural foundations.


Rabbi Steven Leder - The Beauty of What Remains
About the author: As the senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, Steve Leder has learned over and over again the many ways death teaches us how to live and love more deeply by showing us not only what is gone but also the beauty of what remains.
About the book: Rabbi Steve Leder’s wise and kind voice gently guides through his life with his father as well as the lives of so many others he has helped. His personal history makes him and his work so accessible and satisfying. This warm and insightful book teaches us how to remember what really matters in loss and in life.


Please note: You will receive a single confirmation no matter how many sessions you register for. The Zoom link will remain the same for all sessions.
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