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Library and Cultural Center


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

This month is full of holidays calling for celebratory meals and special symbolic foods; we even have to plan for Yom Kippur, after which we’ll convene to break the fast. In this month’s column I’m sharing recipes for two delicious salads that would be perfect as part of a Rosh Hashanah meal, a break-the-fast buffet or as offerings featuring harvest foods for Sukkot. The sweet beets and honey in the first salad call to mind our wishes for a sweet year ahead. In addition, the Hebrew word for beet, “silka” sounds like “siluk”, the word for “removal”—we hope our adversaries will disappear in the year ahead. You can vary the veggies in the second salad according to what the harvest has yielded at the time you make it. It can even be prepared a couple of days ahead, making it perfect for after Yom Kippur.

The abundant fruits and vegetables available for Rosh Hashanah, the meals before and after the Yom Kippur fast, and for Sukkot provide not only healthy nourishment, but also the expression (through their symbolic significance) of our hopes and prayers for the year ahead. The dishes that follow all contain symbolic foods and would be appropriate for the above-mentioned holiday meals. Remember to consider using less salt before the Yom Kippur fast and to choose make-ahead options to serve for breaking the fast and meals in the sukkah.

Many of the special holiday foods are mentioned in the Gemora and are related to prayers that begin "Yehi Ratzon…", "May it be Your will…" asking G-d to ordain certain conditions.

October brings more opportunities to celebrate the New Year with traditional fare. It amazes me that after so many years of teaching and writing about Jewish cooking, I learn something new while preparing each Scroll article. The bread recipe I am sharing this month is made in a way very much like my challah recipe that many MLC members have enjoyed over the years. The bollo is so delicious and delicately sweet that it’s the perfect way to break the Yom Kippur fast. In my research I read that in some parts of the Mediterranean world it is served in the living room as soon as people return from services. (I admit that in the past I have had some of my fruited challah in the car to sustain me on the way home; now I am looking forward to a new treat!)