December 8, 2019

November 2019 Board/General Meeting

Join us on Thursday, November 21st at 12 pm for our Chapter Board Meeting, and stay for our featured speaker at 1 pm. Lt. Colonel Sheldon A. Goldberg, USAF (Ret), Ph.D.  will speak on Jews in the Defense of the US Since 1654. This event is free so bring your friends! Held in the meeting room of Hadassah, 3723 Old Court Road, 2nd floor.

Dr. Sheldon Goldberg spent half his career in Europe.  Upon his retirement from the Air Force in 1985, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring after 16 years in 2002.  He is currently a docent/historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington DC where he lectures on the participation of American Jews in the US military since pre-Colonial times.

Day in Philadelphia – December 3, 2019

Come join us for a special day trip to the National Museum of Jewish American History in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is the first retrospective of her extraordinary life and career.  The exhibit marries immersive 3-dimensional environments with historic artifacts to bring key moments in RBG’s personal and professional story to life.  Justice Ginsburg acquired the nickname Notorious RBG after a series of fiery, record-breaking dissents she gave from the Supreme Court bench in 2013.  Most vividly, she protested the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, comparing the decision to “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.”

8:00am      Bus will leave Greenspring Shopping Center
A light breakfast will be served
10:00am     Docent-led tour of the exhibit
Free time in the museum after the tour
Lunch – on your own at Reading Terminal
5:30pm      Bus arrives back in Baltimore

Cost: $70 for members and guests – RSVP by sending a check payable to BNC-Baltimore to Beverly Silberman, 2 High Stepper Court, #106, Pikesville, MD 21208           

QUESTIONS: email Rena Shenk – rjhappygrands@gmail.com

January 2020 General Meeting – Book Review

Our annual book discussion will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 1:00 at the Hadassah Office on Old Court Road, following a board meeting at noon. Both the board meeting and book discussion are open to all so please join us and bring your friends. The book to be discussed this year is Swing Time, written in 2016 by Zadie Smith. The book was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The author’s talk on campus with Brandeis students will be recorded and we will watch and listen as she discusses her book with them.

Swing Time is the story of two brown skinned girls who both dream of being dancers, but whose lives take very different paths. Written in first person by the unnamed narrator, we follow the girls from their childhood in London to the narrator’s life in West Africa, and back again to their childhood homes. According to NPR Reviewer Annalisa Quinn “Swing Time breaks the idea that we can ever come to a concrete identity, or reach the safe plains of self-knowledge. Identity is rather an exchange between people, a shifting topography, where the ground can collapse at any moment. The women of Swing Time are case studies in the different ways people hunt for an identity. With Swing Time, Zadie Smith identifies the impossible contradiction all adults are asked to maintain — be true to yourself, and still contain multitudes; be proud of your heritage, but don’t be defined by it. She frays the cords that keep us tied to our ideas of who we are, to our careful self-mythologies. Some writers name, organize, and contain; Smith lets contradictions bloom, in all their frightening, uneasy splendor. Unnamed, unsure, neither black nor white, the narrator is fittingly indistinct in this brilliant novel about the illusions of identity.”

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