Secret Miracles: Jewish Themes in Jorge Luis Borges

Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 7 pm on Zoom—Expanding on his earlier talk, Professor Dan Russek will focus on the work of the iconic author, Argentine Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Though not a Jew, Borges was drawn to Jewish literature, culture and religion since an early age, and his work constantly refers to Jewish themes. Russek will engage in close readings of emblematic texts with particular reference to Borges’ ideas on the Kabbalah, the short stories El milagro secreto, (The Secret Miracle), La muerte y la brújula (Death and the Compass), Deutsches Requiem, Emma Zunz, and El Aleph, and poems such as Spinoza and El Golem. Translations of, and/or links to, these texts are available upon request (email drussek@uvic.ca). Some of the stories may be found here…
Note: attendance at the previous presentation is not a prerequisite for attending this one.

For a review of the previous talk…

Dan Russek, a native of Mexico, is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies. He has taught at UVic since 2004. He earned a B.A. (Philosophy) and an M.A. (Comparative Literature) from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, specializing in modern and contemporary Latin American literature and visual arts. His fields of research include the links between literature and the visual arts and media, urban studies and aesthetics.

This talk is sponsored by the Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Team. Donations to our Adult Education fund are always welcome. You may donate ONLINE or through the office at info@congregationemanuel.ca

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Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

Kafka postponed!POSTPONED from Sunday, January 5, 2020 due to illness. Will announce new date when available. —The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies.

Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

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Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St.  — The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies. Continue reading Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

MorgentalerThursday, June 6 at 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education team invites you to a talk “Facts vs Fiction: Essays on the Holocaust, Jewish Literature and Yiddish in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays” by Dr. Goldie Morgentaler on Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm in the synagogue. Continue reading Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

A River Could Be a Tree

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Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm — Angela Himsel launches her memoir, “A River Could Be a Tree” on Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, UVic Engineering and Computer Sciences Building, Room 108.  Admission is free and open to the public.

Join Angela as she discusses her recent memoir about growing up in an apocalyptic fringe religion in Indiana and her journey to Judaism. Himsel’s seemingly impossible road from childhood cult to a committed Jewish life is traced in and around the major events of the 1970s and 80s with warmth, humor, and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights. A River Could Be a Tree is a fascinating story of struggle, doubt, and finally, personal fulfillment. Himsel is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has an MFA in creative writing from The City College of New York.

Innocence Stolen: Hungary, the Shoah and the Revolution of ’56

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Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a talk Innocence Stolen: Hungary, the Shoah and the Revolution of ’56 at the synagogue (1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria) on November 28 at 7:00 pm by Endre Farkas, author of Never, Again, a story set in post-war Communist Hungary. Farkas, the son of Holocaust survivors who escaped with his parents during the 1956 Hungarian uprising and settled in Montreal, is a poet, playwright and novelist.  He recently visited Hungary and will speak about what has and what has not changed since the revolution. Admission is by donation. Continue reading Innocence Stolen: Hungary, the Shoah and the Revolution of ’56