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"Menashe" Film Discussion with Susan Werk

Thursday, Jan. 21, 8 pm

A year after his wife's death, a widower faces pressure from his Hasidic community to give up his son for adoption unless he finds a new partner. Available on Netflix and to rent for a small fee on Amazon.

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Cost: $10 per household for CAI members; $15 per household for nonmembers
We will not be mailing bags to out of state members.
Register by Jan. 20!

Pick up your “Home for Tu B’Shvat” bag at CAI, unpack the goodies for the Seder, open the Haggadah, log into the Zoom Seder! Participate in thought-provoking discussions about trees and climate change, with a twist of spirituality, a sprinkling of science, a yoga tree-pose, Tu B’Shvat edibles, songs, activities, and more!
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Pick up times for your your “Home for Tu B’Shvat” bag with materials needed for seder:
Thursday, Jan. 21, 7:30-8:30 pm OR
Sunday, Jan. 24, 10-11 am

Car line pick up: Pull your car up to the main entrance doors and volunteers will bring your bag to your car. Please stay in your car and wear a mask.

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CAI Sisterhood Mah Jongg Madness 2021

Sunday, Jan. 31, 10 am - 1 pm
Register by Jan. 27

Event Schedule:
10 am: Kickoff via Zoom
10:15 am - 12 pm: Play time
12:15: Deadline to submit scores
12:30: Closing via Zoom

Fee: FREE for CAI members; $10 suggested donation for nonmembers

Join the CAI Sisterhood for our annual Mah Jongg Madness! Players can sign up for a table in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The top three winners from each level will receive Amazon gifts cards ($30 for 1st place, $20 for 2nd place, $10 for 3rd place). Players can use any Mah Jongg app, as long as you can play at least four games. Players can play as many games as they wish during the allotted play time, but only the top four scores for each individual should be submitted by 12:15 to be eligible for prizes. Scoring will be based on the values for each hand as stated on the 2020 National Mah Jongg League card. More information on scoring will be provided closer to the date of the event. If you haven't played online before, or if you don't have a screen name, don't worry. We'll send instructions on how to do so.

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Mah Jongg Madness is free for CAI members and a suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers. Please enter the amount you would like to donate in the box below.
An email with instructions will be sent out prior to the event. Click Here to sign up for a table! Sign up as a single player or with friends. Joining a table as a single player can be a great way to meet new people who also love the game! Please contact Michelle Shandler at with questions.



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The JTS Rare Book Room: A Discussion with Rabbi Cliff Miller
Co-Sponsored by the Torah Fund and CAI

Thursday, Feb. 4, 8 pm

The Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan houses what has been called the greatest Judaica library in our hemisphere.

As a cataloger, Rabbi Miller enters descriptions into databases and tries to make more information about more of the books available to more people.

Books or fragments of books are housed in the Rare Book Room for any number of reasons. Some are rare and precious because of who owned them or who autographed them. Or particularly beautiful bindings. Or illustrations. Sometimes the book itself is quite ordinary, but the notes in the margin and the person who wrote them are treasured.

Officially, Rabbi Miller specializes in rabbinic literature, but in fact he has handled many sorts of books, and a few manuscripts, some of them from before we had any printing presses, and a few electronic books. Some of the very oldest and the very newest forms of books.

Some are rare and valuable because so few books were ever printed in that place. Or in that language or dialect. Sometimes the place of publication on the title page is a lie. The cover may come from a different book entirely.

Rabbi Miller recently cataloged books that included parts printed in Aramaic, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Judeo-Arabic, Ladino, Lakota, Latin, Marathi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Syriac, Yiddish, and hundreds of other languages he never learned. How?

Some of us are valued simply because we are very old. Rabbi Miller catalogs books 200, 400, even 600 years old. Often a book does not tell when it was printed. What are some of his strategies for discovering the date of printing?

Thousands of the books that Rabbi Miller processes have never before been cataloged, even though JTS have had them since before the 1966 fire, in which many lost their covers and title pages. Discovering authors, title, publisher, translator, and subjects can be as much fun as solving crosswords.

Muslims refer to Jews as People of the Book. As a library cataloger (Master of Library Service from Rutgers) for the past 30 years, Rabbi Miller thinks Jews are People of the Books.

Who doesn’t love family reunions? When I can reunite volume 1 with volume 6 of the same set, or put back together the first half and last half of a book, that were torn apart 50 or 60 years ago, I am happy. — Rabbi Miller

Rabbi Miller entered Seminary at JTS as a freshman in 1957. JTS awarded him a master’s degree and rabbinic ordination and an honorary doctorate. Rabbi Miller taught in Cantor’s Institute and Seminary College of Jewish Music.

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January 15,2021 /  2 Shevat 5781