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YBC Great Jewish Books Book Club open for registration

AMHERST – The Yiddish Book Center has opened registration for its 2021 Great Jewish Books Book Club, which offers readers around the world a unique opportunity to read and discuss great works of modern Jewish literature together in real time. Now in its fifth year, the book club sends four books over the course of a year—works selected from the vast trove of modern Jewish literature, focusing on Yiddish literature. (All selections are in English.) 

Book Club members read selections together. The idea is to have people across the country, and around the world, reading the same book at more or less the same time—and meeting up to talk about it online.  

Together the four books offer a range of genres, themes, and diversity in the authors and backgrounds of the works. According to Mindl Cohen, the Center’s academic director, “We’re always going to pick books that make us ask complex questions about Jewish identity, history, and experience. In each book we hope readers will find perspectives and experiences that are both familiar and relatable, as well as totally new and eye-opening.”

The deadline to register for the 2021 Great Jewish Books Book Club is Nov. 29. The cost for the one-year membership is $78 (includes four books and shipping within the U.S.). International shipping is available for an additional fee. Gift memberships may be purchased. For more information and to register online, visit register.yiddishbookcenter.org.

Social Innovation Virtual hackathonto teach teens solutions to world’s most pressing issues

Teens across the country can register for a Social Innovation Virtual Hackathon taking place Sunday, October 25, 1-5 p.m., Eastern Time.

The purpose of the one-day event is to learn how to become a young social change-maker and use innovative thinking to turn problems into opportunities. The Hackathon is organized by the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative, and builds on a successful event model used previously by 4Front Baltimore (one of the ten communities in the Collaborative).

Facilitated by entrepreneur and VC investor Henrik Scheel of Startup Experience, teens will go through the entire entrepreneurial process to create innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing issues. They will develop their entrepreneurial mindset, boost creative capacity, and work with other teens from around the country, while learning how to use business to make a positive impact in the world. Teens will have the opportunity to join forces for a hack-a-thon where they’ll explore some of the Covid-related problems directly impacting young people in our country. Under the guidance of real-life serial entrepreneur Scheel, the teens will learn about the entrepreneurial mindset and the “lean start-up method” while ideating, validating, and pitching their own solutions to these problems. Throughout the day Jewish wisdom and content will be woven through so that teens understand how for-profit can become for-purpose and how their Jewish values motivate this transformation and worldview.  

For more information, email Diana Solomon at dsolomon@4frontbaltimore.org.

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