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New Podcast: A Discussion of Nathan Englander's "Sister Cities"

Inline image 1A Discussion of Nathan Englander's "Sister Cities"
(C) Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Podcast available

This story from Englander's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank" is so hard, so painful, and so accurate. Can this new Jewish sacred story point to a world where neighbors, sisters, trees, and land can be shared without hurt? We're pleased to offer this online way for you to join this emotional conversation based at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley. (In conjunction with JewishLearningWorks' One Bay, One Book.)

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