August 4, 2021

Meet the Authors

Title: Meet the Authors

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Meet the Authors
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2 to  5 PM
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

Roger Herst
Rabbi Gabrielle’s Scandal
First in a series about a young rabbi who solves mysteries while fulfilling her duties

Chervis Isom
The Newspaper Boy
Coming of Age in Birmingham, Alabama, During the Civil Rights Era

Leslie Maitland
Crossing the Borders of Time
A True Story of War, Exile & Love Reclaim

Stanton Samenow
Inside the Criminal Mind
An updated version of his 1984 classic offers fresh insights into crime

Beyhan Çagri Trock
The Ottoman Turk & the Pretty Jewish Girl
A Culinary Memoir & a Muslim-Jewish Love Story

Copies of these books will be available for purchase & signing at the event.
COST: $15 per person, advance reservations appreciated by November 10, 2014.
Light refreshments provided.
Please send your check made payable to BE-WRJ to:
Beth El -WRJ, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
RSVP: Jo Ann Allen,, 202-431-4634

A Special Event: Nickolas Winton: The Power of Good


On Thursday, November 20, 2014 come see Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good the astonishing documentary film,  which follows the Kindertransport in 1938 of 669 children from Czechoslovakia to England. A humanitarian British gentleman, Sir Nicholas Winton who is 105 years old and still living in England, never told anyone for 50 years of the success of this Kindertransport. The children never knew who had saved them…until recently. It includes details of the rescue operation as well as of Sir Winton’s private life, views from some of his rescued children, and footage from events including his knighthood ceremony.

Guest Speakers: Henry Kahn and Alice Masters – Kindertransport Survivors

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:30 AM
Where: Leisure World, Clubhouse I
Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm

2014 Book & Author Luncheon

bandAimage2READ! EXPAND YOUR WORLD  The Book and Author  Luncheon will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Norbeck Country Club, Rockville, MD. 9:00 a.m. Registration, Boutique & Coffee; 10:00 a.m. Program Begins. Proceeds to benefit Sustaining the Mind, the program for research in Neurodegenerative Diseases. The three authors include Mary Kay Zuravleff, Neely Tucker, and Leslie Maitland.  Stan Levin will moderate. Chairs are Abbey Brahin and Sandy Rubin.
Watch for your invitation and return by October 1.

Mary Kay Zuravleff

Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of Man Alive!, named a 2013 Notable Book by the Washington Post, which called it “a family novel for smart people.” She also won the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award and the James Jones First Novel Award for authoring The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls. Mary Kay serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and she is cofounder of D.C. Women Writers.

Neely Tucker

Neely Tucker,author of The Ways of the Dead, is a journalist, novelist and public speaker. “Ways,” a crime novel set in Washington, D.C., has been named to five “best of the summer” lists. His memoir, Love in the Driest Season, was named one of the best 25 Books of 2004 by Publisher’s Weekly, the American Bookseller’s Association, and the New York City Library and won numerous other awards. A native of Mississippi, he has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 2000, currently assigned to the Sunday Magazine.

Leslie Maitland

Leslie Maitland is the author of Crossing the Borders of Time. She is a former award-winning reporter and national correspondent for The New York Times who specialized in legal affairs and investigative reporting.  After breaking stories on the FBI’s undercover “Abscam” inquiry into corruption in Congress, she moved to The New York Times Washington Bureau to cover the Justice Department. Among other projects since leaving The Times, she began extensive research for this nonfiction book. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Harvard Divinity School, she appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature.

New Member Tea

Join us for a
New Member Tea

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 2-4 PM Temple Beth Ami 14330 Travilah Road Rockville, MD 20850

Honored Guest: Barb Sander President, Brandeis National Committee

This is an opportunity to learn about our organization, its wonderful women, its many Study Guide courses, and our exciting events. We look forward to having you join us for tea and delicious desserts.

Please click to see Tea Invitation

For information, please contact Laura.
This Tea is for our new Paid-Up members, not prospective members.
We will have a “Coffee” sometime in November for prospective members.
Please check with our website for further information.

Tea and Art of Strathmore Mansion

Date:   Tuesday,December 16, 2014

strathmorehallCome and have tea at the historic Mansion at Strathmore. During the tea, catered by Ridgewell Caterers, there will be background music to add to the ambiance of this 100-year old home and arts center. The tea will be held during the Mansion’s very popular miniatures exhibit and will include a docent-led tour of the art on display.

Gary Rosenthal Judaic Art

shoppingDate:  Thursday, November 6, 2014

Just in time for holiday gift-giving, acclaimed artist Gary Rosenthal will open his famous studio for us. Our tour will culminate with each attendee having the opportunity to make her own unique creation The entire event fee will be credited towards the purchase of ONE item. This can be applied to the design we create or to purchase one of Gary’s works of art.



Princess or Prisoner

Date:   Thursday, October 23, 2014

Princess or Prisoner from MargotThe role of women in Israeli society is a hot topic in the news. Come join us as we try to get at what it is really like for women there. In the first half of the session, we will view the movie “Purple Lawn,” about the lives of two women friends and a third woman of very different background sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv. Then, guided by distinguished attorney and frequent Chapter course leader, Bobbe Mintz, who currently serves as a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on Women, we will discuss the history and present state of life for women in Israel. Based on a Brandeis-based film and course, the conversation about this subject of importance to all of us who care about Israel and the role of women in the world is sure to be lively, stimulating and informative.

A Few Stories

Date:   Monday, October 13, 2014

harmonycountryclubcard00878_fr2A FEW STORIES, A FEW JOKES, A LOT OF LAUGHS

There’s more to the Borscht Belt than the Concord, Grossinger’s and the Nevele. Come hear Jack Leshner tell us the full history of the Borscht Belt, starting at the end of World War I through the Great Depression and its heydays of post World War II, ending with the decline in the early 1970s. Jack Leshner, along with his parents, Benjamin and Bella Leshner, and his brother Mischa, were the owners of The Harmony Country Club on Lake Anawana in Monticello, NY.  It was a family run hotel, very similar to almost all of the hotels of the Catskills at that time. The hotel was situated on 150 acres and accommodated approximately 450 guests.

Embassy of Finland

Date:   Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LOGO of FINLAND EMBASSYVisit the Embassy of Finland, a unique Washington landmark and the first green embassy building in the U.S. You will hear about Finland, claimed to be “The Best Country in the World” by a Newsweek survey that ranked the world in August 2010. Among the many buildings on Massachusetts Avenue, the embassy is certainly a standout. The building’s glass and stone exterior appears to be an exercise in Nordic understatement. However, underneath the polite and reserved outer surface lies a sophisticated and passionate soul; the embassy is a lot like its people.

Men’s Book Club

Dates:Wednesdays – September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, 2014; January 21, February 18, March 18, April 8, May 20, June 17, 2015

Discuss a monthly selection of readings, both fiction and nonfiction, on a wide range of subjects. Books are selected by the participants. Our first book for September 17, 2014, will be The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson, 894 pages, which should make for good summer beach reading (or wherever).  Our October 18th reading will be My Promised Land by Ari Shavit, also a long read.

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