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Temple Sinai, Washington, DC - Women of Reform Judaism - Authors' Roundtable, Saturday, February 29, 2020

Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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Temple Sinai WRJ Authors' Roundtable, Saturday, February 29, 2020
Payment entitles you to attend the event and have lunch in a group with one of the authors.
Feb 25, 2020 $28.00 $3.33

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Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism presents its
Annual Authors' Roundtable
Saturday, February 29, 2020
9:00 am to 1:30 pm


Join an amazing group of authors whose books are brimming with humor and passion as they trace the tales of Jewish women throughout history.  From novels to historical works, you will hear voices of dynamic women. At a time of national discord, our community needs to be inspired and these women will inspire you with their words.


After registration, coffee and a light snack, join us for a 9:30 a.m. (optional) Shabbat service in the Bet Am, led by Rabbi Rosenwasser.  At 10:30 a.m., we will launch a stimulating panel discussion with four leading women authors, moderated by Tara Sonenshine.  After the Roundtable discussion, you may join one of the authors for conversation in a smaller setting while eating your boxed lunch.  Participants will be able to buy the authors’ books and have them signed. 

The 2020 Roundtable includes:

Suzanne Feldman - Absalom’s Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move readers with an unforgettable, illuminating novel. —Washington Independent Review of Books


Pamela NadellAmerica’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Todayis a thoughtful history of a group of diverse, passionate, contemplative, vocal and dynamic women, and is a welcome addition to the American historical canon. It’s truly remarkable to read this book and appreciate how these women — numerically small, qualitatively great — made such a tremendous impact on this nation. – NEW YORK TIMES


Barbara Ostfeld - Catbird: The Ballard of Barbi Prim - Funny, heartbreaking, and yet bursting with hope, Catbird will resonate with any woman who’s ever been bullied for being too plain, too fat, too smart, too talented, too different, or not good enough. Internalizing these judgments, we grew up learning to accept them, developing a sense of worthlessness and getting good at hating ourselves. Ostfeld illustrates how she eventually learned to love herself—as we all deserve to do. —Helen Aronoff, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center


Katia Raina - Castle of Concrete - Set in the final year of Sovi­et Russia’s col­lapse, this stun­ning debut nov­el tells the sto­ry of Sonya, a timid Jew­ish girl reunit­ing with her once-dis­si­dent moth­er and falling in love with a mys­te­ri­ous mud­dy-eyed boy who may be an anti-Semite.  All the while Sonya’s mama is falling in love alsowith shiny Amer­i­ca, a land where dif­fer­ences seem to be celebrated. --Young Europe Books


Tara Sonenshine, who will moderate the panel of authors, is a long-time member of Temple Sinai. As a journalist, she won ten News Emmy Awards for international work at ABC NEWS; she is a former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. After a stint as the Executive Vice-President of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Ms. Sonenshine is currently senior career advisor at The George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs.

DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at noon.

Your payment, which must be received by Tuesday, February 25, is your reservation.  Cost is $28 per person for all attendees, which includes coffee and snacks before the event and a boxed lunch. 

TSWRJ's tzedakah project for this event is to collect supplies for students and teachers helped by Temple Sinai's Project Mensch. You may purchase items that will be delivered directly to Highland Elementary School through Amazon at

Scroll down to "Your Registry Items" to find items needed by Highland Elementary School.  Needed items will be posted in January 2020.


If you wish to avoid the online service charge, you may mail a check for $28.00,  payable to TSWRJ, to Rita Brickman,  3213 Tennyson Street, NW, Washington, DC 20015,  to be received by Tuesday, February 25. On the memo line of your check, please put "ART' and note your sandwich choice: corned beef, turkey, tuna salad, or vegetarian.


In the event of inclement weather on 2/29/20 call for a recorded message at 202-362-5787 beginning at 7:30 am. Questions? Contact Carole Brand at or 301-657-2547.







Have questions about Temple Sinai, Washington, DC - Women of Reform Judaism - Authors' Roundtable, Saturday, February 29, 2020? Contact Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism

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Temple Sinai
3100 Military Road, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)

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