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Isaiah Breakfast Program  


Isaiah Breakfast Program

Sunday, April 9, 2017 9:15 AM   -   10:45 AM
Location: Social Hall

Dr. Jonathan Krasner Speaks on
Faith and Farce in Jewish-Themed Contemporary Short Films

From Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors to the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, film has been a rich medium for comedic meditations on piety, transgression, and the meaning of life. Join Brandeis University professor Jonathan Krasner as he introduces, screens, and leads a discussion on two short films that explore these questions. Leib Cohen's Advice and Dissent (2002) is a classical morality tale about a frustrated businessman in a loveless marriage who seeks some unconventional help from a rabbi. Sol Friedman's Bacon and God's Wrath (2015) reflects on the life experiences of a 90-year-old woman who prepares to try bacon for the first time. Among other questions, we will consider whether there is something quintessentially Jewish about existential comedy.

Jonathan Krasner is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Associate Professor of Jewish Education Research at Brandeis University. His book, The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (2011), won a National Jewish Book Award. He is presently co-authoring a volume about language and identity in Jewish summer camps, which will be published in 2018. Jonathan and his family are members of Temple Isaiah and live in Lexington, MA.

Talks in this series are sponsored by Brotherhood and include a delicious buffet breakfast of assorted bagels, smoked salmon, pickled herring, whitefish salad, tabbouleh, desserts, and more. Breakfast begins at 9:15 a.m., the presentation runs from 9:45 a.m. -10:45 a.m., and is usually followed by a question and answer session. Admission is $10; free to Brotherhood members. For further information, email brotherhood@templeisaiah.net.