Remembering Anita Brenner

By Alan Grabinsky
Culture Feature
Remembering Anita Brenner, The Revolutionary Mexican-Born, Jewish-American Woman Who Exposed Rivera, Kahlo, and Siqueros to the World
In 1916, as war raged in the city of Aguascalientes, eleven-year-old Anita Brenner and her family got into a car and sped towards the train station. They had escaped Mexico before, but

Leica and the Jews

The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product – precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient.
Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany’s most famous photographic

Chairs On The Bimah

Vice President Ellen Siegel had a great fundraising idea that she successfully activated at our last potluck dinner. Four handsome Mexican-style chairs were purchased for the bimah at the front of the synagogue. During the announcements after the service, attendees were encouraged to make a one-time donation of purchasing a chair and having a plaque

February Event

Our “Have-A-Rah Rah!” social activity for February was a great success. Chuck Diamond opened his lovely house and gardens (and outside bar!) to the twenty or so members in attendance.
We gathered under a cheerily painted palapa, sipped wine and gobbled down goodies (including Chuck’s fabulous homemade tamales!) Lively conversation ensued as we discussed various