October 25, 2014   1 Cheshvan 5775
Union Temple of Brooklyn, NY
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On Sunday morning, October 5th – the day after Yom Kippur – Brotherhood will assemble our sukkah, just in time for the Religious School kids to decorate it. This always tops the list of fun Brotherhood activities. And we’ll have coffee and bagels, too.

In the mystery novel Invisible City by Julia Dahl, the main character, Rebekah Roberts, is a tabloid reporter just starting out after college. She gets an assignment to go to a scrap metal yard by the Gowanus canal where a dead woman is dangling from a crane. She learns that the victim is a Hasidic mother of four from Borough Park. Next she is sent to the victim’s home to try to talk to the family, after the police notify them, and see if any neighbors or police officers might have something to say. Rebekah is a recent transplant to Brooklyn. She was raised in Florida by her Christian father, who met her mother, a young Hasidic woman, at the Strand bookstore during a year or two of rebellion against her upbringing. But her mother left them to return to her Hasidic community when Rebekah was less than a year old, and they haven’t heard from her since. Outside the victim’s home, Saul Katz introduces himself to Rebekah as a police detective who is not assigned to the case, but is there as a liaison because he is familiar with the community and can translate between Yiddish and English. He urges her to stick with the story, because too many incidents in the Borough Park community get buried and forgotten without resolution. And he tells her one more thing: “You look just like your mother.” She is hooked on the story, and determined to get answers. I will be leading a book discussion about Invisible City on Sunday morning, November 16th. Read the book and join the discussion. Or just come and listen.

As always, our Brotherhood is happy to welcome new members. Annual Brotherhood dues are just $36. Come to our meetings, and join us!

-Steve Segall, Brotherhood President



Brotherhood Sukkah Building  Sukkah Building

The Brotherhood of Union Temple invites all of the men in the congregation to participate. Our activities include service to the Temple through our Sukkah building and clean-up days, spiritual development through our Brotherhood Shabbat service and educational programs (some of them presented in cooperation with the Adult Education Committee), and friendly breakfast meetings. In the past year, Brotherhood has also presented a book discussion about The Coffee Trader by David Liss, a Nets basketball outing, and a speaker on "Jews In Baseball" as Brotherhood’s part in celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America. We look forward to many more interesting programs and activities in the future.

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