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Sunday, April 30, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
What, if anything, do contemporary Jews have in common with medieval Jews? This question and others inspired author Esther Erman to write her latest book, Rebecca of Salerno: A Novel of Rogue Crusaders, a Jewish Female Physician, and a Murder. Further inspiration came from wanting to discover what became of Rebecca, the Jewish heroine of Walter Scott’s 1820 novel, Ivanhoe, which ends with Rebecca and her father joining the ranks of Jewish refugees. The real medical school at Salerno—first in the western world and a place where women and men, Jews, Christians, and Muslims could study together starting back in the “dark ages”—provides Rebecca with the chance to fulfill her dreams. Erman will be on hand to discuss questions and will have copies of her book on hand to sell.

Israel: Confederation or 2 State Solution (Zoom)

Monday, May 8, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Join us in viewing a video, courtesy of the Shalom Hartman Institute, featuring senior policy advisers, Michael Koplow (Israel Policy Forum) and Dahlia Scheindlin (Century International) as they compare two negotiated approaches for resolving the Israel-Arab conflict, and achieving a lasting peace. A discussion will follow viewing of the video. Register here:
Your unique Zoom link will be provided upon registration. Please keep your link accessible for the meeting day. It is not to be shared.

Judaica Road-Showcase (Social Hall)

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy watching Antique Roadshow with its description and estimations of the value of unique and special items?  Then you’ll LOVE being a part of our very own “Judaica Road-Showcase” at Congregation Beth David. Our professional Judaica appraiser, Ms. Emily Baer, will choose about five items from pictures submitted beforehand to discuss and give an estimate for auction and insurance value .  But everyone is invited to “reserve a spot” to display and share their Judaica treasures from inherited antiques, unique gifts, delightful purchases, and items created by participants and family members.

Each signup should provide a photo and brief description of items to be displayed. Sign up by May 18.  Guest sign up Member sign up

If this tickles your fancy, please join us in being a part of planning, organizing and staging of Judaica treasures from members of Congregation Beth David and our Jewish Silicon Valley community at