SWARSENSKY TORAH STUDY, BRUNCH & PROGRAM
Saturday, November 10
9:30 am - 10:30 am: Torah Study led by Steve Olson: “The Example of Rebekah: A Mother’s Power to Weave a Future Despite Bitterness, Depression, and Danger.”
10:30 am - 11:30 am: Brunch
11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Pamela Phillips Olson tells the story of her family’s rescue following the pogrom of 1919 in Ukraine.
Pamela Philips Olson will present the story of her family’s rescue after the devastating pogroms in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Most families who survived did not talk about the pogroms. The stories were too heartbreaking. In America, they wanted to start anew and not burden their children with sadness. Pamela is fortunate to be able to tell her family’s story because, in spite of incredible struggles, ultimately the tale led to escape and freedom.
In her talk, she weaves together the historical, personal, and political, including oral and written history from survivors of the journey. She also displays several treasures from the period, including a silver matchbox that was instrumental in saving twenty-one lives. After Pamela gave her talk to a full house at the “Generation to Generation Festival” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue Museum in Manhattan in April, one attendee, Ed Wetschler, editor of Recommend Magazineand a New York Times contributor, wrote, “I could tell you some hair-raising stories about pogroms. But Pam’s story was different: heroic, even swashbuckling. And triumphant.”
SWARSENSKY BRUNCH & LECTURE
Sunday, November 11
9:45 am - 11:30 am: Brunch & Lecture
Weijia Li, PhD, will present a lecture on the experience of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai in the late1930s. Reflecting Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky’s social justice ideals, which would have led him to be a strong advocate for refugee rights today, Dr. Li’s presentation will honor the legacy of our founding rabbi.
Brunch will include Israeli salad, marinated eggplant salad, tuna salad, bagels, and cream cheese, fresh fruit, coffee, orange juice and assorted pound cakes.
$16 per person in advance / $20 at the door.
Register Online by November 2.