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to the spark provided by a fine book recently recommended by Ariel
Franchak, Refugee, our CBT 2018
Summer Book Discussions with Vegetarian Potlucks plan is
events will be held on June 29, July 27, and August
24 at the Asbell Center and will start at 6:00 p.m. Please
mark your calendars today.
be reading three books focusing on a theme of refugees, works which
are insightful, informative, and engaging. You’ll be able to
find them easily through eBay, Amazon, local bookstores, and
forward to continuing our lively conversations in just a very few
weeks. See you soon.
29. Refugee by Alan Gratz.
leader: Ariel Franchak
Gratz’s middle-grade novel, which Scholastic published in July,
alternates among three narratives that explore the lives of child
refugees in different decades and different parts of the world. The
stories, which are interconnected in surprising ways that are
revealed at the end, feature a Jewish boy whose family flees Nazi
Germany on the St. Louis ocean liner; a Cuban girl who leaves Havana
in 1994; and a Syrian boy from Aleppo, whose family survives a
bombing and struggles to make it to Germany, where they will seek
asylum. By weaving the stories together, Mr. Gratz draws parallels
between the plights of refugees decades ago with those seeking
asylum today. (published July 25, 2017)
York Times bestseller!
Michael Gratz (born January 27, 1972) is the author of 14 novels for
young adults including Prisoner B-3087 and Code of Honor. Gratz
currently lives in western North Carolina. Gratz was born in
Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and a
Master's degree in English Education, both from the University of
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, translated by Sondra
Daniela Tomer and Hagar Levine
Gundar-Goshen was born in Israel in 1982 and holds an MA in clinical
psychology from Tel Aviv University. She has worked for the
Israeli civil rights movement and is an award-winning screenwriter.
She won Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut fiction.
Waking Lions, her
first novel published in the U.S., has been translated into nine
from the novel’s dust cover)
book is also winner of THE JEWISH QUARTERLY WINGATE PRIZE
https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/book/waking-lions (published in
English February 28, 2017)
Rescue: Refugees and the
Political Crisis of Our Time (TED Books) by David
November 14, 2017)
Beth Greenberg and TBA
follow the amazon link below, you can read the introduction,
including the author's background as a child of Jews who managed to
escape to England during WWII.
Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee
(IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations
in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement
and assistance programs in 28 United States cities.
Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly
respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an
unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and
disaster. The organization is implementing an ambitious global
strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic
research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative
partnerships with the public and private sectors.
2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign
Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights
and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as
Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s
first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was
Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.
graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honors
degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a
master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.
accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President
Bill Clinton's words, as "one of the ablest, most creative public
servants of our time," and as an effective and passionate advocate
for the world's uprooted and poor people.
parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II
and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal
commitment to the IRC's work. He lives in New York City with his
wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons. Rescue: Refugees and the
Political Crisis of our Time, is Miliband's first