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Avi Jorisch: Thou Shalt Innovate

Tuesday, October 29 | 7 PM

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“Innovation, suggests author Avi Jorisch, is the sacred calling of modern Israel. But while many have written about Israel's grand success in developing problem-solving technologies, this is the first study to focus primarily on Israeli innovations that extend, improve, and save lives. Presenting uplifting profiles of fifteen innovations… Jorisch argues that the Israeli commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, is a characteristic written in Judaism’s spiritual DNA. 

Lucid, vivid, and elevating, this inspired and inspiring book is a thoughtful antidote to despair about Israel's place in today's world and, literally, the world to come.” --Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Council

Mr. Jorisch’s presentation is made possible by a generous contribution from the Sam M. Schultz Jewish Book Fair Fund.

Click here to view Jorisch speaking about his book. 

Thank you to our sponsors and contributors





Sam M. Schultz Jewish Book Fair Fund, Richard & Judy Hastings, Dr. Ace Allen & Donna Oberstein, Dr. Wallace Weber


Great Jewish Literature Reading Club


Now in its 14th season!

Enjoy short stories, poems, and essays?

Join us for monthly explorations of literature by Jewish authors. Instructors are Diane Botwin and Audrey Asher, who have taught this series for 14 years. Monthly sessions are open to the public at no charge, and there is no registration required. Stop by the office for your copy of the selection or contact Lauren Levin at 913.327.8007 with any questions you may have. 

Date: Third Sunday of each month -see below for exact dates*

Time: 10am - noon

Location: Club Room 3, upper level

Fee: Free; no registration required

2019-20 Great Books Reading Schedule

September 15
Short Stories:
 Loneliness by Shulamith Hareven and The Passing of Ruth Klein by Jay Jacoby

October 20
Short Story:
 On the Air by Philip Roth

November 17
 A Very Cheerful Girl and Go Go Wherever You Go, But Go by Hedva Harechavi
Short Stories: Mute Princess, Princess on the Glass Mountain, and The Wonderful Healing Leaves (Jewish Fairy Tales retold by Howard Schwartz)

December 15
Short Stories: What is Chanukah? by Mendele Seforim and A Christmas Conversation with a Jewish Boy by Kim Chernin

January 19
Short Stories:
 Dandelion and Ladies' Lunch by Lore Segal as well as Sarah by Allegra Goodman 

February 16
Short Stories:
 I Killed Phil Shapiro by Ethan Coen and Among the Witnesses by Stanley Elkin  

March 15
Short Stories:
 Apples from Shlitzbutter's Garden by Dina Rubina and Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen

April 19
Short Story:
 All Rivers by Amos Oz
Poetry: Jews in the Land of Israel by Yehuda Amichai

May 17
Short Stories:
 The Lost World (Part II of A Model World) by Michael Chabon

June 14*
Short Stories:
 Below Sea Level by Ayelet Tsabari and The Argument by Rachel Kadish
* We are meeting on the 14th because the third Sunday is Father's Day.  

Exploring Mindfulness + Jewish Spirituality

Now in its 4th season!

Contact Jill Maidhof, 913.327.8077 or JillM@TheJKC.org for summer meeting times and locations

This group is for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge and observance who are seeking informal but highly stimulating discussion. Together, we select and discuss contemporary books that guide us toward a more meaningful life.  Free, walk-ins welcome.

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