Thursday, October 23, 2014

Rabbi Judith Z Abrams, Teacher, Dies at 56

Scholar of 'The Other Talmud': It is with great sadness that Abq Jew reports the passing of Rabbi Judith Z Abrams, the founder and director of Maqom: A School for Adult Talmud Study.


Rabbi Abrams was the Guest Speaker at the Albuquerque Community Selichot Service in 2012. She spoke about the Jerusalem Talmud, the subject of her most recent book, The Other Talmud: The Yerushalmi: Unlocking the Secrets of The Talmud of Israel for Judaism Today.

In December 2013, Rabbi Abrams returned to Albuquerque (see Rabbi Judith Abrams Returns to B'nai Israel) to serve as Scholar in Residence at Congregation B'nai Israel. She also taught Master Classes at Congregations Albert and Nahalat Shalom.

Until recently, Rabbi Abrams led (via Skype) a weekly "Explore the Talmud" class at Congregation Nahalat Shalom.

Rabbi Joe Black, formerly of Congregation Albert, offered these thoughts via Facebook:
I just learned of the tragic death of my colleague, Rabbi Judith Z. Abrams. 
Judy (as I knew her at HUC in Cincinnati) was a brilliant teacher with a beautiful soul and a wicked sense of humor. Through her writing and teaching she brought the complexities of Talmudic discourse to thousands of students around the world. 
She was a pioneer of online learning. Her website, Maqom.com, brought Jewish sacred text and Rabbinic thought into all corners of the world. Her books were brilliant and accessible - a rare combination. 
She was a pure soul and a true scholar. The world is a darker place without her shining light. 
T'hi Zichrah Baruch - may her memory be for an eternal blessing.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kay Wilson @ UNM Hillel

Terror Survivor & Peace Activist: Lobos for Israel and the Hillel at the University of New Mexico are proud to present a Shabbat dinner and discussion with noted terror survivor and peace activist Kay Wilson.


Kay Wilson
Terror Survivor & Peace Activist
Friday October 24 ~ 6:00 pm
Aaron David Bram Hillel House
1701 Sigma Chi Rd NE 87106

Kay Wilson is a British-born Israeli tour guide, jazz musician and cartoonist.

She is the survivor of a brutal attack in Jerusalem on December 18, 2010 during which two Palestinian terrorists stabbed Wilson’s friend Kristine Luken to death.

Wilson, who was also stabbed multiple times, survived by playing dead. Following the attack — while still bound, gagged and barefoot — Wilson managed to walk 1,200 meters until she reached safety.

Since the attack, she has been in demand as a speaker, addressing audiences on issues of human rights and justice for victims of terrorism.

If you'd like to find out more about Kay Wilson, Abq Jew encourages you to read her blogs for the Times of Israel here. A Wikipedia account of  her survival (and others' deaths) can be found here.

An excellent Jerusalem Post interview - What a waste, I’m 46 years old and I’m being murdered - can be found here. And here is a video interview with Ms Wilson:


Afraid of the old Sturm und Drang? Don't be!

Abq Jew has learned that Kay Wilson has her own website -



in which she explains why she speaks about her experience.
I speak about my experience because I consider it a Mitzvah** to share with you the lessons I have learned following my attempted murder. I wish I had been smart enough to learn these jewels long ago. I wasn't. Now I know, so I want to tell you what it means to be alive. There is a million miles between being alive and knowing what it is to be alive. 
I also have a hunch that a little bit of priority-arranging-in-life won't hurt anyone. I happen to have a few suggestions. 
In addition, I have learned some tricks for handling fear, hopelessness, loss, grief, pain, shock, guilt, anxiety, terror, wretchedness, depression, rage, suicidal thoughts, horror, despair, anguish, torment and country music. 
If I can communicate even a teeny-weeny bit of these life-lessons, then I believe the terror attack and the death of Kristine and Netta will not be in in vain. I want to see at least some part of our world become a better place.
Come & hear Kay Wilson!
Erev Shabbat @ UNM Hillel!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Juliana Maio, JCC Visiting Author

City of the Sun: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque is proud to present our New Mexico Jewish community’s annual celebration of the written word.

And the fifth (and this year's final) author up is:


Juliana Maio
City of the Sun
Wednesday October 29 ~ 11:30 am
Luncheon $25 (reservations required); book $16

Click here to register.

It's 1941 in wartime Egypt, and Cairo is playing host to a stream of refugees, spies and soldiers from around the world.

Jewish/Egyptian-born author Juliana Maio's enthralling historical novel sets a love story against the backdrop of an increasingly threatened Jewish community with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Passion, espionage, and shifting alliances converge in a time and place that sowed much of the turbulence in today's Middle East, which Maio will also address.

Here is a forshbite (that's Yiddish for hors d'oeuvres, one of the most-looked-up words on the Internet) of what's in store for Albuquerque. 




Monday, October 20, 2014

Gail Sheehy, JCC Visiting Author

Daring: My Passages: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque is proud to present our New Mexico Jewish community’s annual celebration of the written word.

And the fourth author up is:


Gail Sheehy
Daring: My Passages
Sunday October 26 ~ 3:00 pm
$10 advance, $15 at door; book $30

Click here to register.

Gail Sheehy, legendary author of the worldwide bestseller, Passages, turns the lens on her own passages in this gutsy memoir.

In Daring, we follow Sheehy as she overcomes the 'pink ghetto' of newspapers—"women's pages"— to conquer the gritty "man's world" of New Journalism.

Writing for New York Magazine and others, Sheehy walked city streets with hookers to expose violent prostitution, marched with protesters in Northern Ireland, and interviewed Egypt's president Anwar Sadat after he was targeted for assassination.

An amazing life told in person by the woman who is living it!

Here is a forshbite (that's Yiddish for hors d'oeuvres, one of the most-looked-up words on the Internet) of what's in store for Albuquerque. 




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nicole Mones, JCC Visiting Author

Night in Shanghai: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque is proud to present our New Mexico Jewish community’s annual celebration of the written word.

And the third author up is:


Nicole Mones
Night in Shanghai
Thursday October 23 ~ 7:00 pm
$10 advance, $15 at door; book $25

Click here to register.

NPR's Alan Cheuse calls Nicole Mones' novel, "historical fiction at its best."

This page-turner reveals the saga of African-American jazzmen living in Shanghai in the 1930s, until the Japanese bombing of Shanghai and the outbreak of World War II. Meanwhile, in Vienna, Chinese Consul Ho Feng-Shan falsifies thousands of visas, enabling Jewish families to escape.

Based on true stories, Night in Shanghai is an entertaining look at a time largely forgotten. The presentation will include period slides and music.

Here is a forshbite (that's Yiddish for hors d'oeuvres, one of the most-looked-up words on the Internet) of what's in store for Albuquerque. 




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Molly Antopol, JCC Visiting Author

The UnAmericans: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque is proud to present our New Mexico Jewish community’s annual celebration of the written word.

And the second author up is:


Molly Antopol
The UnAmericans
Wednesday October 22 ~ 7:00 pm
$10 advance, $15 at door; book $15

Click here to register.

Tales from Tel Aviv to the Upper West Side, Belarus and beyond, Molly Antopol's debut collection of short stories depicts sympathetic characters struggling for footing in an uncertain world.

These provocative and haunting stories are intimate depictions of the lives of Old-World and New-World Jews. Antopol, professor at Stanford, recently won the National Book Foundations "5 Under 35."

Here is a forshbite (that's Yiddish for hors d'oeuvres, one of the most-looked-up words on the Internet) of what's in store for Albuquerque. 




Monday, October 13, 2014

Allen Salkin, JCC Visiting Author

From Scratch: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque is proud to present our New Mexico Jewish community’s annual celebration of the written word.

And the first author up is:


Allen Salkin
From Scratch:
The Uncensored History of the Food Network
Sunday October 19 ~ 3:00 pm
$10 advance, $15 at door; book $17

Click here to register.

Sausage-making and scandals, Garten (Ina) and gossip, Salkin's dishy behind-the scenes history of the Food Network and the celebrity chefs it made famous will fascinate anyone interested in food, media, and after-hours wheeling and dealing. 

As a reporter for The New York Times, Salkin has written hundreds of features about food, culture, and media. This book is an exhilarating roller coaster ride from chaos to conquest—and sometimes back again. Anecdotes, slides and video clips will bring these real tales to life.

Here is a forshbite (that's Yiddish for hors d'oeuvres, one of the most-looked-up words on the Internet) of what's in store for Albuquerque.