Kashenberg Ostrow Hayward
Library and Cultural Center

KOH-Nection

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Time: Shabbat Services in MLC Sanctuary

12:45pm in KOH LCC (following Kiddush lunch)


Terra Incognita by Libi Astaire
Tuesday, September 17th, 7: 00 pm
Terra Incognita. For the medieval Catalan navigators the term meant an uncharted territory that inspired either fear or the thrill of adventure. But for the characters of this new novel by award-winning author Libi Astaire, "terra incognita” is a place inside the soul. The story revolves around the Bonet family, who live in a tiny Catalan village called Sant Joan Januz. Vidal Bonet is a young businessman determined to revive his dying village by building a luxury resort. His grandfather, Miquel, is just as determined to keep the village locked away from strangers and their prying eyes. Their battle for the future of Sant Joan Januz is further complicated by the arrival of a Jewish-American graduate student from Kansas, Chaim Green, who is sure the villagers are his long-lost relatives. And, finally, there is Clara Bonet, who has reluctantly taken on the role of the family’s matriarch just when the village’s long buried secret is accidentally uncovered: They are all descendents of Anusim – Spanish Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity during the Middle Ages. Meeting will be led by Ron Meyer.


Jesse Yoshpe Study Group
Wednesday, September 18th, 9:45 am-11:30 am
The Jesse Yoshpe Study Group will begin the year with a meeting held in the Sukkah in the courtyard of Mosaic Law! Come with a copy of your Hadassah magazine for this month,. A short article in the magazine will serve as a lead-in to the group’s study topic for the new year, “Jewish Ethics.” Soni Meyer, who will lead the group, will have copes of a book about Jewish ethics that members will read and discuss over the course of the year. The Jesse Yoshpe Group customarily meets the first and third Wednesday od each month. This year’s meetings promise to be stimulating and improving to the mind and soul! Contact Soni Meyer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

KOH Library and Cultural Center is pleased to host Ann Kirschner, the acclaimed author of LADY AT THE OK CORRAL, The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp. Please join us for a spirited talk on Thursday, November 21 at 7PM.

Ms. Kirschner’s vivid and engaging biography uncovers the conflicts and questions about American history that are dramatized in Josephine's story: the end of the real American frontier and the rise of its mythology; the spread of railroads and industrialization; the seismic shifts in public attitudes towards prostitution, gambling, and alcohol, and the untold stories of the fearless women who helped shape the legend of Wyatt Earp and the Wild West.

Ann Kirschner has written a definitive biography of a Jewish woman from New York (and San Francisco) who became the common-law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp.

For nearly fifty years Josephine was the companion of the most famous lawman of the Old West. Yet, she has nearly been erased from Western lore. In this fast-paced biography, Ms. Kirschner brings Josephine out of the shadows of history to tell her full story – a spirited and colorful tale of ambition, adventure, self-invention, and romance reflective of America itself, from post - Civil War years to World War II. Follow the adventures of a vivacious woman who was equally at home in the deserts of the American Southwest and boomtowns of the Alaskan Gold Rush, in the opulent hotels of San Diego and San Francisco in the Gay 90’s and in rough mining camps, gaudy gambling casinos, and on Hollywood back lots.

The book has received great reviews in USA Today, Wall Street Journal and other places. You can visit www.ladyattheokcorral.com for these reviews and other details.

This author’s program is open to the entire community without cost. (Donations are always appreciated.) Bring your book club friends. Copies of Ms. Kirschner’s book will be available for purchase and signing. Questions and/or RSVPs at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 485-4143.

Judaism and Baseball by Sara and Cynthia Brideson

“What is G-d’s favorite sport?
Baseball. Because the Torah begins (in English) in the big inning.”
-Rabbi Ken White