B'nai Sholom

Reform Congregation

Albany, NY

Yom Chamishi, 27 Nisan 5776


B’NAI SHOLOM TO SCREEN MOUTH-WATERING DOCUMENTARY “DELI MAN”

on Monday, 21 December 2015. Posted in Frontpage

deli manB’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will present a screening of “Deli Man,” a documentary that looks at the history and culture of delicatessens in the United States.

“Deli Man” will be shown Saturday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York. Refreshments will be available. Suggested contribution: $5.

For some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. Director Erik Greenberg Anjou's 2015 film explores Jewish culture as it reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. In Houston, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S: Kenny & Ziggy's. His story – augmented by those of such iconic delis as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ’n Al, Carnegie and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Such luminaries as Larry King, Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel, Freddie Roman and Alan Dershowitz as well as various deli owners express their love for the culture and the food. Indulge in the deli foods America loves and learn about the traditions that make deli one of America's great cuisines.

The New York Jewish Week called “Deli Man” “as much fun as you will have in a movie this year, but eat first or you’ll go out of your mind.” Writing in The Washington Post, Michael O’Sullivan said, “Like a fat slab of pastrami, ‘Deli Man’ is the cinematic equivalent of comfort food: warm, generous and made with love.”

The 91-minute film is rated PG-13 (language).

For more information, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region, creating a vibrant Jewish present that links ancient traditions with the promise of the future. Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom. For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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B’NAI SHOLOM “SYNAGOGUE SCHOLARS” LECTURE MARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST JEWISH SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

on Wednesday, 11 November 2015. Posted in Frontpage

Dr. Paul FinkelmanB’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany will mark the 100th anniversary of the first Jewish Supreme Court justice with a lecture by legal scholar Dr. Paul Finkelman.

              Finkelman will deliver his talk, “Getting Ready for Brandeis: The Centennial of the Nomination of our First Jewish Supreme Court Justice,” immediately after the congregation’s Shabbat service Friday, December 18. The service and program, part of the congregation’s popular “Synagogue Scholars” lecture series, begin at 8 p.m. and are open to all who wish to worship and learn. B’nai Sholom is located at 420 Whitehall Road, Albany, New York.

On January 28, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson nominated Louis D. Brandeis to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Four months later, the Senate would finally confirm him. Brandeis was the first Jew to serve on the high court. The fight over his nomination – the longest in U.S. history – was tinged with anti-Semitism, but the so-called “Jewish issue” cut in two directions. Some senators used anti-Semitic language and code words to oppose him; others supported him because he was Jewish. Some senators with ties to the Ku Klux Klan voted for the Jew from Massachusetts, while some Jews, including the owners of The New York Times, opposed the appointment. As the 100th anniversary of his nomination approaches, this lecture will prompt thought about Brandeis and perhaps about the role of the Supreme Court in modern society.

                  
                  A B’nai Sholom congregant, Finkelman is the Ariel F. Sallows Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in Canada and senior fellow in the Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania. Finkelman is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He provided the chief expert testimony in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case. The author or editor of more than 40 books and 200 scholarly articles, his op-eds and shorter pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and Huffington Post, and he has been named among the nation’s most cited legal historians. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited his work in four cases. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, C-SPAN, PBS and the History Channel. Finkelman holds a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Chicago and was a fellow in law and humanities at Harvard Law School.
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Begun in 2004, the “Synagogue Scholars” lecture series spotlights B’nai Sholom congregants who are recognized scholars in their fields. Remaining scheduled lectures are:

• Friday, January 29 – University at Albany professor Martha Rozett will discuss the novel Days of Awe by Achy Obejas;

• Friday, March 11 – A presentation by David Liebschutz on “What We Can Learn About Leadership from our Jewish Tradition.”

For more information about the “Synagogue Scholars” series, contact the B’nai Sholom office at office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or phone 518-482-5283.

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Founded in 1971, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany is a home for contemporary Reform Judaism in the Capital Region. Nearly 130 diverse households from eight counties seek religious, educational and social fulfillment at B’nai Sholom. For information about B’nai Sholom and the benefits of belonging, visit www.bnaisholomalbany.org or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 518-482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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