Book Club
Thursday, September 3

 Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land, by David Goldstein. Join us for David’s presentation and a discussion with the man who put Israeli basketball ‘On the Map’ Maccabi USA Alum and Israeli Good Will Ambassador Tal Brody!

Synopsis

Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African American Hoopsters in the Holy Land chronicles four decades of African Americans travelling to Israel to play professional basketball. In that time, more than 800 have made the journey, many of whom have fallen in love with the country and chosen to return year after year. Some were born Black and Jewish, and others have converted to Judaism during their time in Israel. Some even married Israeli women, served in the Israel Defense Forces, raised Israeli children, and stayed in the country permanently. 

About the Author

Author David A. Goldstein will tell you the amazing story of Alley-Oop to Aliyah, the first book to provide an in-depth exploration and analysis of this fascinating phenomenon — how these players end up in the country in the first place, the multitude of distinctive aspects of their lives there, the challenges and difficulties they face, and the reasons some choose to return to Israel season after season, or even make it their home.

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Book Club
Monday, June 8

Palestine Posts: An Eyewitness Account of the Birth of Israel, by Daniel S. Chertoff. 

This event will be hosted by Don Kent, MUSA Alum and First Vice President. Join us for Daniel’s presentation with a discussion to follow! 

Synopsis
Mordecai Chertoff came to Palestine in 1947 as a twenty-five-year-old, determined to make his contribution to the emerging Jewish state. In vivid and often moving letters to his family, Mordecai details everyday life in Jerusalem, meetings with famous and soon-to-be-famous people including historical information never disclosed before. Chertoff’s powerful first-person account allows us to re-experience a momentous turning point in Jewish history, while we accompany his son, Daniel, on his journey to penetrate into the heart and mind of his father. 

About the Author
Daniel Chertoff was a senior analyst at Sanford Bernstein and was a senior executive in a large Israeli high tech company. He was an advisor to the World Jewish Congress and, before discovering his father’s letters, was happily writing his doctoral dissertation in English literature at the Hebrew University. Daniel is an Associate Editor of the academic journal, Partial Answers. He and his wife, Arlene, have lived in Israel for over 30 years.

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Book Club
Monday, May 18

Recipes from Auschwitz: The Survival Stories of Two Hungarian Jews with Historical Insight, Hosted by Author and Maccabi USA alum, Dr. Alex Sternberg.

By July of 1944, nearly 600,000 Hungarian Jews had been ripped from their homes and deported to Auschwitz, victims of a fate that claimed the lives of millions by the end of the Second World War.

Alex Sternberg Bio

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Movie Night
Thursday, April 23

Deli Man – The Jewish deli was, for so many years, the very heart of the Jewish community in America. Writer/Director Erik Anjou and featured deli owner Ziggy Gruber of and Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli, Houston, TX, shared stories about food, community, Judaism, and filmmaking in a special Director’s Panel discussion.
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