Thursday, January 23, 2014

To the entire Jewish Grand Strand Community: If you live in the Grand Strand area, or a Snowbird, or visiting, and are in a book club, are a book lover, and love literary culture you may be interested in our Jewish Grand Strand Reads event on March 2nd.

Jewish Grand Strand Reads is being sponsored by Temple Beth Elohim, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Shalom and Hadassah

 We are reading the novel, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker-A great read. Everyone is welcome, and you don't have to be affiliated with any religion. The event is at Sea Captain's House on March 2nd at 1 PM.
                                                                  Our guest speaker is:
 Rabbi Debbie Slavitt, Professor from Coastal Carolina University. We will also have literary giveaways!!!
 The cost is $20 inclusive. We are organizing the event to share the love of reading with other readers. We are non-profit, and not affiliated with anyone. 

There are other events leading up to March.  For further information you may contact Susan at or to make a reservation you may contact Kat Kahn at Contact Kat for a menu selection. The cost is $20 inclusive.

Please, Please, Please! Spread the word to any of your friends. Again, everyone is welcome, invite your husbands, wives, friends and acquaintances.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

All The Organizing is over, Now The Fun Begins.

I am happy to say everything is finally in place for our first  " Jewish Grand Strand Reads". It has been a very long process. I did it last year, but it was word of mouth without any of the temples being involved.  This year all the Jewish organizations are supporting it.

I was worried about this year with all the organizations involved. I thought I would loose control of my "baby". Luckily, this did not happen.  The different organizations let us run with it. Do the planning how we wanted.  Jesse, our temple's secretary at Temple Emanu-El has been great. She helped us with flyers and sending out emails.  Check out the invitation and flyer.

The only thing left is publicity. I am still hoping that our local paper would jump on board and talk to us about our event.  As of yet, nothing has happened. I really thought they would be interested because they don't have anything like this in town.  The Myrtle Beach community doesn't have a community read.  I was hoping that this may interest the community. But, I have to remember this is different than up north.

Anyway I am happy that the organizational part is done. We now have to wait for the end of the month RSVP's will start coming in.  We picked a nice restaurant in town called, Sea Captain's House. It is beautiful right on the water. The restaurant is encased in glass.   The menu is preset with everything inclusive with our guest speaker. I think it is a terrific deal, and a nice afternoon.

Are you wondering what book we picked? If you follow my blog than you may already know.  It is The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.   I have been promoting The Golem And The Jinni to the hilt. Helene must be sick of me now. She must think I am a stalker. LOL!!


I have been wanting her to come down to South Carolina. But, unfortunately I am not sure why. No one has asked her to tour down south. I don't know why the Jewish community down here has not asked her to any Jewish speaking engagements. But, for that matter I don't think anyone has asked her up north either.  I am wonder why her novel has not caught on...

 A wonderful read. If you have not heard of it, you must have your head in the sand.  Everyone in our Jewish Community that has read it, LOVED IT! That must mean something.  I did not think I was a fan of magical realism.  But all that has changed recently.  Hoping some producer buys the rights to make this into a movie.

The book has romance, historical fiction, Jewish themes, magical creatures, Middle East and Jewish cultural themes. You can read my review here and also her guest post you can scroll below and find her there.

 You can check out the novel on Helene Wecker's website, also the author just had a wonderful discussion and Q/A on goodreads. One other event our book club is having, Helene Wecker will be joining us on SKYPE next month. We are all excited to meet her.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

G-d Bless Ariel Sharon

                                                 February 26, 1928- January 11, 2014
  From 2001-2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon served  his country. Before he was Prime Minister he was Defense Minister for Israel. He also became a general in the (Israel's military) IDF.  He was surrounded by controversy during his military and state office.

In 2006 he succumbed to a massive stroke and had been in a coma for eight years.  He was larger than life during his lifetime.  He fought til the end of his life as he did in life, like a warrior.  He was surrounded by personal tragedies. He is the news article announcing his death in the Jewish Forward. Another article about the love-hate relationship we had with him in the United States

  Here is the official website of Prime Minister Sharon.  The Jerusalem Post has a article about his passing and funeral here.  I pray for Prime Minister Sharon and his family. You can now be in peace. May your name be in blessed memory.
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