Jewish Secular Community of Cleveland September 2022 Newsletter
Shabbat - Friday, September 9, 2022, 6:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 26, 2022, 10:00 am
Yom Kippur - Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7:00 pm
Break-the-Fast - Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 4:00 pm
Once again, it's that time of the year when we welcome in a new fall season. For JSC members this means making plans for the Holidays and setting time aside during the year to enjoy
a full schedule of Friday night Shabbat programming that we have planned.
“Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community.”
Speaker: Sean Martin, Ph.D., serves as Associate Curator for Jewish History at the Western Reserve Historical Society. He will discuss his latest anthology, which highlights the history of the Orthodox community, Jewish education and the history of Jewish women’s organizations.
JSC will provide a catered dinner and beverages. Dessert contributions are appreciated!
To be eco-responsible, please bring your own dish, silverware and wine glass. We will also continue to have disposable items available.
YOU MUST RSVP BY SEPTEMBER 7 TO ATTEND THE DINNER.
Program: The Kol Nidre will be played at Erev Yom Kippur. Please bring a brief (under two minutes), non-theistic personal reflection, poem or reading to share. There will an opportunity to share memories about deceased loved ones.
Fee: Free for members and $18 for guests.
RSVP: By October 3. Please email or call to RSVP with Peg Fishman at email@example.com or (440) 349-1330.
Program: A traditional Break-the-Fast meal will be provided.
Fee: Free for members and $18 for guests.
RSVP: By October 1. Please email or call to RSVP with Peg Fishman at firstname.lastname@example.org (440) 349-1330.
We will meet in person. Only fully vaccinated people may attend. Honesty is assumed. As conditions evolve, we may make changes. Please check for updates on our website.
JSC Membership Dues 2022-2023
Message from the Co-Presidents:
Current JSC members and prospective new members will soon be receiving a membership renewal notice. As you will see, the dues have been increased from $185 to $225 per adult over 35 years of age. The Board made this difficult decision to raise dues because of the deficit that has been incurred for a number of years and because dues have not been increased since 2013. The increase will not come close to covering the actual costs of our programming, but it was felt that raising them enough to break even (to about $400/person) would be a hardship for many people. As you’ve noticed other costs increasing, costs to JSC for the room rentals, meals, and other expenses have all gone up as well, and JSC has absorbed these costs for several years. The increase decided on will help to offset costs to some degree, but we will still be spending down our savings account. To further offset our costs, the decision was made to consolidate the membership to one level, eliminating the associate membership option. As always, if you have extenuating circumstances or questions about this decision, please speak to our treasurer, Angela Brown, at email@example.com or 310‐488‐3331.
THE VIXEN. By Francine Prose Harper/Collins. 2021. 316 pages.
Francine Prose is an American Jewish writer known for her novels Blue Angel; Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man; and for her work as president of PEN American Center. In this novel, published last year but set in the year 1953 in Manhattan just after the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Simon Putnam, a smart Jewish kid from the Projects lands a job with a venerable New York publishing company named Landry, Landry, and Bartlett or LLB for short. It is through Simon's eyes that we see the covert intersection of the New York publishing world and McCarthyism, the latter in both its official and unofficial forms. Simon is given the job of editing a draft novel written by an obscure "writer" named Anya Partridge, a sensual, sexy, seductive wealthy recluse who spends part of her time in a "sanatorium" on Long Island. Simon is assigned by the bigwigs at LLB to lightly touch up this novel based on the lives of the recently-executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who are "Junius and Esther Rosenthal" in the novel. The novel is an unveiled attack on the Rosenbergs, referring to them on numerous occasions as "Communist stooges" and "traitors." The editors at LLB believe that this new novel, though of questionable quality, will be a best-seller and thus a financial success. This is THE book that will save a well-known but financially unstable publishing house from closing its doors. This is their fervent hope. Two problems arise: First, Simon, LLB's newest "junior editor" has literary standards that make him realize the book is trash. Second, Simon's mom was a downstairs neighbor to Ethel Greenglass (later Ethel Rosenberg). The two were girlhood friends. Simon fears that if knowledge of his mother's friendship with Ethel Rosenberg becomes public, he will certainly lose a chance to work on the book and also likely his job with the firm. Simon must navigate these dangerous waters, and he must try to reach out to the elusive, erratic, but also seductive Anya Partridge. Is this a funny book about a serious topic? Or, is it a serious book about a funny topic? Read it and decide for yourself.
The novel explores the connection between art and culture on the one hand and espionage and spying on the other. There have been several nonfiction books written on the role of the CIA in funding a number of cultural organizations and publications, such as the American Congress for Cultural Freedom and the lively magazine of ideas, Encounter. Francine Prose offers us the authors and titles of a number of histories and journalistic accounts of the Rosenbergs and the Cold War.
JSC By-Laws describes Good & Welfare as follows:
Good and Welfare (formerly Sunshine): The sending of tokens of support or sympathy to members and their families who are coping with the injury, illness, or death of a loved one.
Please call (440-449-4418) or email Ellen Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a loved one or know of a member we can reach out to. If there is a death of a member, JSC will make a donation to a charity preferred by the family.
A REMINDER: Guests are welcome to attend our programs. Due to the increased costs of providing a catered Shabbat dinner, guests who have not attended in the past are welcome
to join us for two free events. After that, the fee is $35.00 per event. These fees may be credited towards an annual JSC membership. Checks should be made out to JSC