Henry Foner Turns 90!

It's calendaring time!

First and foremost, Henry Foner, our beloved labor activist, songster (and Jewish Currents editorial board member) will become 90 on Monday, March 23. Come celebrate: 5:30 to 8:30 at the 1199/SEIU Penthouse in NYC, 330 W. 42nd St., 33rd floor. The event is free. If you’re in the NY metro area, be there or be square!

The day before, on Sunday March 22nd, my second “platform” as a fellow at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture takes place at 11 AM. The topic: “Socialism and Spirituality.” Newsweek magazine headlined a recent cover, “We’re All Socialists Now.” As the current economic crisis makes “socialism” a bit less of a dirty word in America, what spiritual and ethical insights can we bring to the discussion? The Society is located at 53 Prospect Park West (2nd Street, right across from the park, in Park Slope). Lunch and discussion to follow the platform. If you haven’t been to BSEC, this is a great day to check out one of the Ethical Culture movement’s finest and interesting societies. For more, visit www.bsec.org.

Third, Jewish Currents will be sponsoring a weekend at Circle Lodge, July 17-19, in Hopewell Junction, New York, focusing on the line between secularism and religion in Jewish life today. Leaders and participants from both sides of that line will be on hand to make sholem (peace) and to challenge one another to deeper thinking. Details to follow, but save the date for a wonderful, leisurely, provocative weekend. (Daytrippers will be permitted.)


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