Minutes of January 23, 2002 meeting, Greenfield Day School, Miami
Present: Sharon Argov, Robin Coller, Babette Elfenbein, Heidi Estrin, Inez Feingold, Jackie Fine, Etta Gold, Annette Goldsmith, Sandy Gottesman, Sue Kirshner, Charles Meyers, Arthur Quinn, Phyllis Robarts, Fran Tropp, Alice Warren, Lee Wixman
President Heidi Estrin opened the meeting at 12:30pm. Rabbi Sparks welcomed AJL members. Heidi thanked members for attending and Jackie Fine for hosting the meeting. Heidi wanted to be certain that all members have been receiving electronic messages and newsletters, and asked for current information from anyone not receiving communications.
Heidi introduced the speaker, Fran Tropp, from the Anti-Defamation League(ADL).
Fran discussed the history and work of ADL. Fran is in charge of education programs in Florida. She presented a short video, "Hate Hurts," and distributed the book, Hate Hurts, along with other literature aimed at overcoming prejudiced influences of children. Fran stressed that it is not enough to ignore biased remarks or jokes but to interrupt them and seize the opportunity to educate.
Sidney Taylor awards were announced by Etta Gold. Winners were Sigmund Freud by Catherine Reef and Rivka's First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael. An honor book was A Cloak for the Moon by Eric Kimmel. Etta also announced that Heidi is now on the Sidney Taylor Committee. Sandy Gottesman added that she is on the manuscript committee which reviews unpublished manuscripts.
Heidi moved on to the "Swap 'n Share" session to discuss books that deal with helping people cope with problems. These titles will shared with the Florida West Coast chapter, because the Sarasota Jewish Family & Children's Services is creating a Healing Library. Sandy Gottesman, Jackie Fine and Annette Goldsmith also discussed books in this area.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:25pm.