Shabbat Service and Cultural Program: Bintel Brief
Dear Peter: Jewish Advice Columns of Yesterday and Today
A BINTEL BRIEF (a bundle of letters) was the advice column of the Jewish Daily Forward (a Yiddish newspaper). For more than 80 years it was the newspaper’s most popular feature, which helped Jewish immigrants navigate their new life in America with wisdom and heartfelt assistance.
For this Shabbat, TCC member Peter Mones will read and explore some examples, and have the congregation discuss and devise current answers to age old questions. From 1906 to the 1960s the Forward guided readers. We’ll look at how things have changed or maybe NOT changed so much while we become the “dear editor”. Like Dear Abby and Ann Landers, we will create today’s response to the classic newspaper’s aytzeh (advice).
Added feature: Pre-send your modern (personal) letter for advice. The best ones will be chosen for discussion. Anonymous of course! Contact information to be announced.
After the program, please stay for our pot luck desserts and schmoozing. We’ll provide wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
RSVP is requested but not required.