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Breakfasts - Lecture Series

One of the most visible of Brotherhood's programs is the Isaiah Breakfast Speaker Series which brings interesting, educational, and provocative speakers to our congregation seven to eight times each year. Speakers come to teach, inform, and entertain, covering topics as diverse as Jewish/Israeli history, the US economy, anti-Semitism and retirement planning. The talks encourage us to think, grow and debate.  Recent speakers have come to us from influential synagogues across the US, from top university faculties and also from our own congregation. 

Our Breakfast series include a delicious bagel and lox breakfast, and are free to Brotherhood members. Admission to the breakfasts is free to paid up Brotherhood members, and $10 to all others.

Breakfasts Schedule for 2017 - 2018: September 17,  November 5, December 17, January 7, February 11, March 4, and April 22

Larry Lowenthal Speaks on Hollywood’s Treatment of the Novels of Philip Roth —
The “Bad Boy” of American Jewish Literature

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Philip Roth created an explosive controversy in the American Jewish community with the publication of his first novel, Goodbye Columbus, in 1959. A few years later, the publication of Portnoy’s Complaint generated an unprecedented, almost hysterical frenzy that has barely subsided in the minds of many American Jews even today.

The presentation will explore the challenging differences between literary and film art. We will watch the hilarious but controversial wedding scene from Goodbye Columbus and draw from the attendees their reactions today and compare them to reactions in 1969. Is Roth as controversial today as he was then? If so—why? If not—why not? What has possibly changed in the American Jewish community over the years to elevate Philip Roth from a “self-hating, anti-Semitic Jew” to a distinguished cultural icon?

Born and raised in New York City, Larry Lowenthal has enjoyed two distinctly different careers—college professor and organizational director. Larry taught Literature at Western Washington State University, New York University, and Gettysburg College before moving to Israel with his family in 1970. For 5 years, Larry taught English and American Literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at Tel Aviv University. After outbreak of the Yom Kippur War, he served in the Israeli Army.

Upon his return to America in 1975, Larry became Executive Director of several Jewish organizations in Boston. Larry is currently an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University in Boston where he teaches a course on The Impact of Jews on Popular American Culture: the Hollywood Film, the Broadway Musical, Literature, Poetry, Stand-up Comedy, Drama, and Television.

Sat, December 16 2017 28 Kislev 5778