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JCC Limud Zoom Series

August 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Thursday, August 20: Yesterday and Today

Join presenters Elizabeth Zausmer and Barbara Gunderson as they discuss topics including, a brief history of voting as it involved women’s rights, racism and civil rights in the US and the League of Women Voters; a discussion of some of our local initiatives and advocacy for issues by the State and Local League; a virtual “tour” through Vote411.org and information regarding early voting and mail in voting in NY. Be prepared to make a difference, every vote matters.

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Meeting ID: 842 1315 1223
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Thursday, August 13: Mindfulness

Presented by Jennifer Johnson, Health Promotion Coordinator, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.
Jennifer will discuss and teach simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily life, using activities that reduce stress and increase happiness.

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Meeting ID: 894 6695 1255
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Thursday, August 6: Live at Lunchtime –  A Musical Performance by Howard Simon (@ noon)

Join us for a lunch-hour Limud with Howard Simon, a singer-songwriter based in San Francisco.  His songs recall the classic singer-songwriters of the ‘70s – his influences include Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Laura Nyro and others – and center on themes of family, community, love and loss.  Simon’s most recent album, “Western Reserve,” is a tribute to Northeastern Ohio, where he was born and raised, and has received glowing reviews in the indie music press.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Simon is very active in the San Francisco Jewish community, with service on the boards of the SF-JCC, Lehrhaus Judaica (the Bay Area’s adult school of Jewish studies), Congregation Ner Tamid, and many other organizations.  He holds an MA in Jewish Studies and is a regular lecturer in issues of Jewish ethics.  He still has a day job as a lawyer and leadership mentor in the Bay Area biotech industry.

You can learn more about Howard Simon and his music at www.howardsimonmusic.com, and listen to his music on all the usual digital sites, including Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and others.

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Meeting ID: 818 5097 0928
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Thursday, July 30: The Imagining and Re-Imagining of The Ride for Roswell

Join Mitch Flynn the founder of the Ride For Roswell as he talks how the Ride for Roswell got started and why, and a look at how it exponentially grew from a $100,000 event in 1996 to a $5.7 million event in 2019.

There will also be a discussion on how the Ride has adapted to Covid19 on the eve of its 25th anniversary, and how that has translated into fundraising for Roswell Park and rider and volunteer participation.

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Meeting ID: 865 6225 4810
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Thursday, July 23: Making it work during the Pandemic- Gardens Buffalo Niagara’s Buffalo Garden Views

Laurie Ousley is a Gardens Buffalo Niagara board member and lives in Buffalo’s Parkside area where she was an organizer of the Parkside Garden and Architecture Tour before Parkside was welcomed into Garden Walk Buffalo. Now as a GBN board member, Laurie is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, our beautification grant programs, and with this year’s virtual Garden View program.

Laurie will be talking about Gardens Buffalo Niagara’s Buffalo Garden Views program, which is their means of fulfilling their mission to “create more vibrant and beautiful communities by sharing our gardens” during this unusual summer. Rather than seeing this pandemic as an obstacle, GBN determined it could be a fantastic opportunity to see more gardens and to see them differently. We can also explore the many reasons gardening is good for our region.

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Meeting ID: 870 6919 4567
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Thursday, July 16: Explore Buffalo – Tours & More in 2020

Explore Buffalo’s tours have been a popular way to learn about Buffalo history and architecture for the past six years, with more than 25,000 people attending a tour or program in 2019. This year, Explore Buffalo has adapted to COVID-19 with a variety of online ways to learn about Buffalo history and architecture. Executive Director Brad Hahn will present about the many ways in which Explore Buffalo is working to continue to educate people about Buffalo’s neighborhoods and landmarks. He will also discuss the return of tours in July 2020 and the precautions being taken to ensure the tours are a safe experience. Q&A will follow the presentation.

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Meeting ID: 896 6827 8426
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Thursday, July 9: Photography: An invitation to see and journey anew

Presented: Sharon F. Cramer, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emerita

Limud meetings combine the personal with the intellectual, inviting exploration. This talk begins with the origins of Limud member Sharon Cramer’s photography interests a decade ago. Join us as Sharon uses some of her photographs to explore the opportunities a camera offers for connecting (or reconnecting) with many subjects. Suggestions will be provided for taking better photographs and enjoying photography. Sharon has initiated photography programs with Explore Buffalo and the Richardson Olmsted Campus, and counts her camera among her closest of friends. A version of this talk was offered a few years ago, as part of the University Express program.

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Meeting ID: 811 8308 5112
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Thursday, July 2: The Vell d’Hiv Round-Up: The Largest Mass Arrest in Wartime in French History

Presented by Eileen M. Angelini, Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar

Eileen Angelini, Ph.D will speak on The Vélodrome d’Hiver roundup, the largest French deportation of Jews during the Holocaust. It took place in Paris on July 16–17, 1942. The roundup, assisted by French Police, was one of several aimed at eradicating the Jewish population in France, both in the occupied zone and in the free zone. According to records 13,152 Jews were arrested, including more than 4,000 children.

Presently, Dr. Angelini is Associate Dean of the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College. She serves on the Presidential Task Force to Enhance Diversity and Inclusion. Her projects include working with Teacher Education faculty to incorporate Holocaust content and pedagogy into methodology coursework. In support of these projects, Dr. Angelini has been named a 2020-2021 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Holocaust Institute for Teacher Educators (HITE) Professor and was invited to participate in the 2020-2021 Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights Summer Seminar.

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Meeting ID: 823 1492 2790
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Thursday, June 25: Going into Fire

Presented by Elisabeth Zausmer, MD & Lito Gutierrez, MD

April 2020, height of the COVID-19 pandemic, upon a request from Governor Cuomo for physician volunteers to serve in support of the New York City area,  Elisabeth Zausmer, MD and Lito Gutierrez, MD, Buffalo residents,  applied and were eventually asked to report to Javits Center, for work. During their time volunteering they diligently kept a journal to record their experiences which they will share and discuss, offering first hand accounts on the challenges and conditions of battling the virus in the Countries epicenter.

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Thursday, June 18: The Importance of Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council during Tense Times

Presented by Deborah Goldman, co-chair and Mara Koven-Gelman, Director

This is an opportunity for Limmud members to hear about the mission, priorities and activities of the Buffalo JCRC. This interactive session will leave participants with more knowledge and hopefully spark interest to become involved as a concerned citizen.

JCRC Mission: Inspired by core Jewish values, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) seeks to sustain a more civil and caring community in Western New York and around the world. The Council builds meaningful and collaborative relationships with other faith, ethnic, and cultural communities toward the goal of developing a more civil society. The JCRC is a visible voice during times of crisis and on vital social issues, including criminal justice reform and will educate and advocate on all those topics, seeking consensus.

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Meeting ID: 856 0922 6977
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Thursday, June 11: Guitar and Poetry with Max Goldhirsch and Gunilla Kester

A morning to enjoy, bring your coffee and relax with beautiful music and readings by Max and Gunilla.  Max will play some of his favorite pieces on classical guitar and also sing a few songs while accompanying himself on the guitar.  Gunilla will read some new poems and also an excerpt from her new Memoir about her first day of school.

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Meeting ID: 848 6064 7124
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Thursday, June 4: The new Victory Garden

Gardener and author Jackie Albarella will discuss the new trend to grow your own food. Just as we did after WWI and WWII this year may launch the new Victory Garden. Join Jackie as she talks about growing your own food from tomatoes to potatoes how anyone, anywhere can grow what they eat.

Jackie Albarella is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist and gardener. Her garden series has been aired throughout the country as well as locally in Buffalo, NY. Jackie is the author of three books, which include Dirty Tricks in the Garden, The Hotel Lafayette: Restoring Louise Bethune’s Masterpiece, and her latest, Women in the City of Good Neighbors. Albarella has received numerous awards and served on numerous community boards including the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, the Buffalo Broadcasters, and is a member of the Garden Writers Association.

To register please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org. A zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Thursday, May 28: Living Your Dream: A Story of Writing

Join Buffalo author and practicing neurologist Sandra Block as she discusses the story of believing in yourself, the craft of writing, and shares excerpts from her books. Little Black Lies is her debut, a finalist in the International Thriller Awards, and The Girl Without a Name and The Secret Room are the other books in the Zoe Goldman series. Her latest stand-alone novel What Happened That Night came out in June 2018.

To register please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org. A zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Thursday, May 21: Staying Fit at Home – How to Keep Moving When You Can’t Go Anywhere

Lisa Inglis PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy will discuss strategies to find motivation and build activity into daily life.  She will also provide some simple home exercise ideas for people to try.

Lisa is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Daemen College, a licensed Physical Therapist and a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy.  Her research interests include neurological rehabilitation with a focus on Parkinson’s disease and exercise to prevent falls with aging.

To register please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org. A zoom link will be emailed prior to the meeting.

Thursday, May 14: Poetry Reading by Philip Terman

His recent collection is Our Portion: New and Selected Poems. Recent poems and essays have appeared in such publications as The Jewish Book Council, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, The Forward, and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust.  Terman received the Anna Davidson Award for Poetry on the Jewish Experience.

Please email Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org to register and you will receive an invite to participate in the ZOOM event.

Thursday, May 7: How Summer Camp Prepared me for Quarantine

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld will read a brief vignette from her memoir, Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim.
The reading will trigger a discussion about the personal experiences which prepared each of us to “shelter-in-place”.

To Register for the ZOOM event please email Cultural Arts Director Katie Wzontek at kwzontek@jccbuffalo.org. You will be sent an invite link to join the ZOOM prior to the event.


August 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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