Friday, March 03, 2017

Meeting Minutes: March 1, 2017

Meeting Minutes: March 1, 2017, B'nai Torah Congregation, Boca Raton, FL

Present: Rita Cimbal, Robin Coller, Bea Gold, Etta Gold, Sue Kirshner, Jeff Marks, Heidi Rabinowitz, Matt Ransom, Daniel Scheide, Ruth Weiner, Barb Weiss

Heidi began the meeting by showing the three gold medalists for the 2017 Sydney Taylor Book Awards: I Dissent, The Inquisitor's Tale, and Anna and the Swallow Man. She also passed out lists of all winners, honor books, and notables. Other AJL business announced: an opening on the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, AJL's new Jewish Fiction Award, and the How Is This Book Different event. This event is co-sponsored by AJL, the Jewish Book Council, and Call Me Ishmael. Readers are invited to call 774-325-0503 between March 27-April 4, 2017 to leave a message about a Jewish book that made a difference to their life.

Etta talked about why the AJL annual conference is valuable, and passed out information about the program, registration, etc. She also reported on programs at Temple Beth Am, and shared the story of how she rescued a program with a no-show speaker by using a video of that author's lecture at the Library of Congress.

Sue talked about the difficulties of lending books to non-members (Canadian snowbirds) whose names they do not have on record. The group suggested collecting names of potential borrowers throughout the week in at other temple activities, so that these borrowers will not need to write their names on Shabbat.

Ruth gave a short presentation about the biblical women who saved Moses.

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