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Tue, Mar 22


Temple Emanuel Social Hall

Let's Discuss "People Love Dead Jews"

A book club event, hosted by Sisterhood, with the discussion led by Rabbis Koren and Fisher

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Let's Discuss "People Love Dead Jews"
Let's Discuss "People Love Dead Jews"

Time & Location

Mar 22, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Temple Emanuel Social Hall, 1129 Jefferson Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410, USA


About the event

One of the best books Rabbi Koren has read recently is Dara Horn’s latest release: "People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present." Horn, a scholar of Jewish literature, is best known for her fictional works. People Love Dead Jews is a work of non-fiction that is a must-read for anyone wishing to know more about the reality of antisemitism in our times.

On the evening of Tuesday, March 22, Temple will have a book club hosted by the Sisterhood. This will take place at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel. Rabbi Fisher and Rabbi Koren will share thoughts and lead a discussion program which all are invited to join.  This event is hosted by Temple Emanuel Sisterhood, and will be held in place of their regularly scheduled monthly book club.


Winner of the 2021 National Jewish Book Award for Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish Life and Prac­tice Finalist for the 2021 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction  A New York Times Notable Book of the Year A Wall Street Journal, Chicago Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year  A startling and profound exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to comfort the living.

Renowned and beloved as a prizewinning novelist, Dara Horn has also been publishing penetrating essays since she was a teenager. Often asked by major publications to write on subjects related to Jewish culture—and increasingly in response to a recent wave of deadly antisemitic attacks—Horn was troubled to realize what all of these assignments had in common: she was being asked to write about dead Jews, never about living ones. In these essays, Horn reflects on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the mythology that Jewish family names were changed at Ellis Island, the blockbuster traveling exhibition Auschwitz, the marketing of the Jewish history of Harbin, China, and the little-known life of the "righteous Gentile" Varian Fry. Throughout, she challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, and so little respect for Jewish lives unfolding in the present.

Horn draws upon her travels, her research, and also her own family life—trying to explain Shakespeare’s Shylock to a curious ten-year-old, her anger when swastikas are drawn on desks in her children’s school, the profound perspective offered by traditional religious practice and study—to assert the vitality, complexity, and depth of Jewish life against an antisemitism that, far from being disarmed by the mantra of "Never forget," is on the rise. As Horn explores the (not so) shocking attacks on the American Jewish community in recent years, she reveals the subtler dehumanization built into the public piety that surrounds the Jewish past—making the radical argument that the benign reverence we give to past horrors is itself a profound affront to human dignity.

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