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Brotherhood Breakfasts


One of the most visible of Brotherhood's programs is the Sunday morning Breakfast series. On one Sunday morning a month, Brotherhood sponsors a breakfast buffet event, starting at 9:15 a.m. and running until around 10:45 a.m. and usually followed by a question and answer session. We bring in a featured speaker, usually an Isaiah member who is a well known expert on a subject of interest, or someone from outside the Temple who can speak on a Jewish related topic. Admission to the breakfasts is free to paid up Brotherhood members, and $10 to all others.

Breakfasts Schedule for 2016 - 2017: September 18November 6, December 4January 15, March 5April 9, and May 7.

Dr. Jonathan Krasner Speaks on
Faith and Farce in Jewish-Themed Contemporary Short Films
Sunday, April 9, 2017

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.