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1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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October 2019

Torah Study with Rabbi Ira Flax

October 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until June 11, 2020

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Study of commentaries found in the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim Chumash and the commentaries of modern biblical scholars to deepen our understanding of the first book of the Bible.

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Holiday Learning Series with Rabbi Ira Flax

October 17 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:15 am on Thursday, repeating until September 26, 2019

One event on October 17, 2019 at 11:15 am

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Take a deep dive into the Jewish holidays of the season.

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Talmud with Rabbi Sara Lev, PhD

October 21 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:45 am on Monday, repeating until June 15, 2020

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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This class asks the overarching question – what is the Talmud trying to tell us about shame/shaming?

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Getting Philosophical with Rabbi Shawn

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, repeating until June 15, 2020

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Come study Jewish Philosophy with a great group of learners as we read and discuss articles on topics of philosophy. This year our focus will be on Zionism, Messianism and Jewish Radicalism.

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Parashat Hashavua for the Sandwich Generation with Rabbi Shawn

October 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 10, 2020

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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For those who are sandwiched between the needs of their children and those of their aging parents. If you are between the ages of 45ish and 65ish, together, we will focus on topics that are relevant today. Are you dealing with aging parents, the loss of your parents, family illness, and their health, adult children and dating, just to name a few? What does the Torah teach us about our responsibilities in these areas? If you want to be a…

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Lion of Judah Dinner

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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$100

Join our annual celebration of our Jewish communities’ most philanthropic women. Cost: $100 per person You will have the opportunity to make your Lion of Judah level ($5,000 minimum contribution) donation to the Jewish Community Fund. Glatt Kosher meal available upon advance request. For more information, please contact Marni Davis, Director of Women’s Philanthropy, at 215-832-0859 or [email protected]

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Artist-in-Residence Rabbi Josh Warshawsky

October 24 @ 7:30 pm - October 26 @ 9:00 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Shabbat Rinah V'Shirah – A Joyous Weekend of Song Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. – Singing as a Spiritual Practice Friday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. – Shabbat HaNefesh: A Sabbath to Refresh the Soul Musical Shabbat evening service followed by dinner (by reservation only). Saturday, Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. – Niggun Halev: Melody of the Heart led by Rabbi Josh Warshawsky. A music-filled Shabbat morning. 7:30 p.m. – A Melave Malka (Farewell to Shabbat) Concert featuring Rabbi Josh Warshawsky and…

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The Ethics of The Father, AKA The Gangster and The Grandpa

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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A performance written and performed by Jesse Bernstein. “Beginning in 1950, and continuing for nearly a decade, my grandfather was the doctor to the head of the Jewish Mafia in New Jersey...” Drawing on the stories of an unlikely friendship and the teachings of Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), this powerful one-person show explores morality, legacy, and Jewish identity in America. The performance will be followed by a conversation with actor/playwright Jesse Bernstein lead by Theatre Ariel Artistic Director,…

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The Joys of Yiddish with Gerry Spector

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on September 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on September 24, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on September 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm

One event on October 29, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on October 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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You do not have to be able to speak or understand Yiddish to experience the joys of Yiddish culture. Enjoy Yiddish literature, poetry, folk songs, art songs, theater songs, opera, drama, comedy, movies and incidentally learn the language.

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November 2019

Cook For a Friend

November 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on November 3, 2019 at 9:30 am

One event on December 1, 2019 at 9:30 am

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Come cook up a mitzvah with us.

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Meet Author Karen Treiger

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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This IPPY Bronze Medal Award-Winning Book (for World History), tells how Sam and Esther Goldberg met in the Polish forest – just outside of the Treblinka Death Camp. It was Aug. 3, 1943, just one day after Sam escaped the Camp during a prisoner uprising. With 870,000 murdered at Treblinka, Sam was one of approximately 65 to survive and live until the end of the war. Esther had been hiding in that patch of forest for a year and was…

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Meet the Author: Karen Treiger

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Karen Treiger. My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story brings to life the horror of the Nazis' actions and the toll that it exacted on so many Jewish families. Admission is $18 unless otherwise noted. To register, call 610-667-5000 or visit www.harziontemple.ticketleap.com.

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Ancient Biblical Myth and End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Rabbi Simcha Raphael

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on November 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on December 17, 2019 at 10:00 am

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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An exploration of the themes of life, death, loss and transformation in the sacred stories of the Book of Genesis, with contemporary guidelines for living life in our times.

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Ancestral Journeys with Rabbi Simcha Raphael

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Ancient Biblical Myth and End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Rabbi Simcha Raphael. This session will focus on Isaac’s Midlife Transition - The Akedah as a Near-Death Experience. What really happened to Isaac when his father brought him to be sacrificed? Through an exploration of both Torah and Midrash we shall look at the Akedah as a near-death experience which led to the spiritual emergence of Isaac. For questions, call 610-667-5000.

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Siddur Study with Dr. Sara H. Cohen

November 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 11, 2019

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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An in-depth, multi-faceted study of our Shabbat liturgy – By “unpacking” the many layers of meaning and commentary, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of our prayers and an appreciation for their language, ideas and values.

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Siddur Study with Dr. Sara H. Cohen

November 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until December 11, 2019

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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An in-depth, multi-faceted study of our Shabbat liturgy. By “unpacking” the many layers of meaning and commentary, we hope to gain a deeper understanding of our prayers and an appreciation for their language, ideas and values. For questions, call 610-667-5000.

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Jewish Life in Active US Military Service

November 8 @ 8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Intelligence Operations Division Chief, Joint Staff Intelligence Directorate and US Navy Commander Risa B. Simon, is a native of Miami, Florida and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Modern European Studies. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies in 1997 from the University of Michigan and a Master of Military Studies degree from Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia in 2013. Simon has…

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Jewish Cooking Class

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on December 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Taught by Rabbi Moriah SimonHazani and Ariela Barlas Hands-on Jewish cooking with meaning.

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Shul Stitchers at Har Zion Temple

November 12 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on November 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

One event on December 10, 2019 at 11:30 am

One event on February 11, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on March 17, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on April 21, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on May 12, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on June 9, 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on October 17, 2019 at 11:30 am

One event on November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One event on January 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm

One event on March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Come knit a mitzvah with us.

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Biblical Movie Screening with Dr. Ely Levine

November 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ten Commandments (1956)
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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The Ten Commandments, Noah, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and The Prince of Egypt: These blockbuster movies have little in common other than that they are Bible movies. Come see how these movies and others use the Bible as a vehicle to communicate a message, and how the way of doing so has changed over the 120 years of the movie biz. Sept. 23 - Introduction and Overview Nov. 18 - Ten Commandments (1956) Dec. 16 - Prince of Egypt…

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Ancestral Journeys with Rabbi Simcha Raphael

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Ancient Biblical Myth and End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Rabbi Simcha Raphael. This session will focus on Isaac’s Midlife Transition - The Akedah as a Near-Death Experience. What really happened to Isaac when his father brought him to be sacrificed? Through an exploration of both Torah and Midrash we shall look at the Akedah as a near-death experience which led to the spiritual emergence of Isaac. For questions, 610-667-5000.

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December 2019

Meet Author Alan Zweibel

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? What's "Christian humor" and have you ever even heard of that phrase? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up? These baffling questions and many more are answered by comedy legends Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel, two-thirds of whom are Jewish. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People, the authors dissect every holiday,…

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Meet the Author: Alan Zweibel

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Alan Zweibel. The last book on Judaism you will ever have to buy, this hilarious tome from three comedy legends contains the sweetness of an apricot rugelach and all the wisdom of a matzoh ball. In A Field Guide to the Jewish People: Who They Are, Where They Come From, What to Feed Them…and Much More. Maybe Too Much More, the…

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Ancestral Journeys with Rabbi Simcha Raphael

December 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Ancient Biblical Myth and End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Rabbi Simcha Raphael. This session will focus on Jacob’s Deathbed Finale - Family Drama and Trauma at the End of Life. The deathbed story of Jacob, at the end Genesis, offers us wisdom for encountering the reality of death and loss. From Jacob’s story we learn to deal with death and the complex family dynamics surrounding dying and mourning with integrity and equanimity. For questions, call 610-667-5000.

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Ancestral Journeys with Rabbi Simcha Raphael

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Ancient Biblical Myth and End-of-Life Wisdom in Torah and Midrash with Rabbi Simcha Raphael. This session will focus on Jacob’s Deathbed Finale - Family Drama and Trauma at the End of Life. The deathbed story of Jacob, at the end Genesis, offers us wisdom for encountering the reality of death and loss. From Jacob’s story we learn to deal with death and the complex family dynamics surrounding dying and mourning with integrity and equanimity. For questions, 610-667-5000.

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January 2020

Meet the Author: Edward Berenson

January 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Edward Berenson. More than just the disturbing story of one town’s embrace of an insidious anti-Jewish myth, The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town is a perceptive exploration of American and European responses to anti-Semitism. Admission is $18 unless otherwise noted. To register, call 610-667-5000 or visit www.harziontemple.ticketleap.com.

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February 2020

Meet the Author: Jack Fairweather

February 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Jack Fairweather. The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz is the true story of a Polish resistance fighter’s infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his death-defying attempt to warn the Allies about the Nazis’ plans for a “Final Solution” before it was too late. Admission is $18 unless otherwise…

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March 2020

Meet the Author: Jordan Gorfinkel

March 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Jordan Gorfinkel. The Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel pages are presented alongside the unabridged, traditional Seder service text, in Hebrew and transliteration, and accompanied by how-to instructional cartoons depicting all of the rituals, as celebrated every year for the last 4000 years in Jewish homes around the world. This historic publication will appeal to family members and guests of multiple generations…

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April 2020

Meet the Author: Jenna Blum and Susan Jane Gilman

April 20, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind Luncheon with authors Jenna Blum and Susan Jane Gilman. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family: A Novel by Jenna Blum is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love. Donna Has Left The Building by Susan Jane Gilman spins an unforgettable tale about what it means to be brave -- and to truly love --…

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Meet the Author: Barry S. Wimpfheimer

April 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Barry S. Wimpfheimer. Providing a concise biography of this quintessential work of rabbinic Judaism, The Talmud: A Biography takes readers from the Talmud's prehistory in biblical and second-temple Judaism to its present-day use as a source of religious ideology, a model of different modes of rationality, and a totem of cultural identity. Admission is $18 unless otherwise noted. To register, call…

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Meet the Author: Jessica Yellin

April 23, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Road
Penn Valley, PA 19072 United States
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Har Zion Temple Sisterhood and the Jane Fishman Grinberg Religious School present Open a Book, Open your Mind with author Jessica Yellin. In Savage News: A Novel, Natalie, along with her scrappy production team, has to navigate ratings wars, workplace sexual harassment and an international political crisis in order to prove herself. But the closer she gets to achieving her dream job, the more she wonders if it is worth all the compromise. Admission is $18 unless otherwise noted. To…

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