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Art, Literature & Writing

Gain a better understanding of classical literature. Study great works of art and the people who created them. Read and discuss graphic novels or Yiddish short stories. Express yourself through creative writing. Join our learning community for in depth study and discussion.

  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse, by Janice Steinberg. It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away--cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Tin Horse

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg It has been more than sixty years since Elaine Greenstein's twin sister, Barbara, ran away, cutting off contact with her family forever. Now there is a clue to Barbara's whereabouts and Elaine must confront the fierce love and bitter rivalry of their youth during the 1920s and '30s, in the Los Angeles Jewish neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Read More

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  • Ketuvim - The Writings

    Ketuvim - The Writings

    The third section of the Hebrew Bible contains 13 books including Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther and Daniel. In this class, we will read from these first 9 books and discuss their importance to Jewish history, tradition and theology. Join us for lively discussions and lots of fun as we examine the wisdom of the Psalms and Proverbs, the theological challenges of Job and Lamentations, the love poetry of Song of Songs, the courage of Ruth and Esther, the cynicism of Ecclesiastes, and the visions of Daniel. Read More

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  • Hevra Mikra, Bible Study Circle

    Hevra Mikra, Bible Study Circle

    Taught by a Master Teacher of AJU rabbi-scholar, Hevra Mikra is comprised of students of varying backgrounds and expertise in Biblical study. The group is informal in learning style. Participation is an integral part of the study process. Join this energetic and thought provoking class to discuss the ethical, historical, spiritual and personal implications of the most important book in the Jewish tradition, the Torah. No prior knowledge of Hebrew required. Read More

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  • Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Imperfect Faith

    Monday Morning Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet: Imperfect Faith

    Students new to Shakespeare will find Romeo and Juliet the most accessible and easy to read of all the Bard’s plays. If you’ve never read a word of Shakespeare, you will still leave the course knowing the meaning of every word and symbol, every turn in the plot and everything about dramatic form. Class discussions cover each detail and continue each quarter to help you to fully enjoy the Shakespeare on the stage. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Book Club at the Sperber: Here I Am

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Here I Am, by Jonathan Safran Foer. Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Book Club at the Sperber: Eternal Life

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about Eternal Life, by Dara Horn. Rachel is immortal, and that's becoming a problem. She's had scores of marriages and hundreds of children, over 2,000 years?ever since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem. There's only one other person in the world who understands her dilemma: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Book Club at the Sperber: The Underground Railroad

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. A fitting Passover selection. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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  • Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Book Club at the Sperber: As Close to Us as Breathing

    Join us for a lively discussion with our Sperber Librarian about "As Close to Us as Breathing," by Elizabeth Poliner. A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer in 1948 on a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach". It is the summer destination for Jewish families, including sisters Ada, Vivie and Bec, and their children and weekend-only husbands who come up from the city to join them. Read More

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