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Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation hosts guests at August events

July 31. 2013 3:11PM

BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation invites members and friends to four August events.

Shana Aisenberg will join Cantor Marlena Fuerstman to provide a musical Shabbat evening on Friday, Aug. 2.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, BHC sponsors a reception at the Colonial Theatre to honor photographer Ellen Fisch, who opens her Bethlehem Worship photographic essay.

Geoffrey Brahmer returns to the BHC classroom on Friday, Aug. 9, to discuss another section of his Holocaust research.

Michel Adler will share his father’s book, “I Am A Refugee,” on Friday, Aug. 16.

Aisenberg is an acoustic multi-instrumentalist, composing, playing, recording and teaching diverse styles from traditional Appalachian, Celtic and New England contra- dance music to eastern European Klezmer, Balkan, Nordic, bottleneck blues and jazz.

The service begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Worship,” photographic essay by renowned photographer Fisch, will be the featured exhibit at the Colonial Theatre during August. BHC will host a reception at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, on the theatre patio.

Fisch, a longtime Bethlehem summer resident, created this photographic essay to conceptualize worship in Bethlehem. She focused on the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation Synagogue (Strawberry Hill Street) and Durrell United Methodist Church (Main Street).

Brahmer presents “Hartheim Castle: A Holocaust Journey” at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9, in the BHC classroom. This segment of Brahmer’s continuing Holocaust research studies focuses on the Nazi’s euthanasia program.

Austria’s lovely Hartheim Castle was the prototype of euthanasia centers for the mentally and physically disabled. The presentation includes images, history, and narratives of events.

Brahmer is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a fine arts photographer. He is the educational coordinator for plastic surgery and hand surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Adler of Lexington, Mass, and Franconia, will introduce “I Am A Refugee” by Camillo Adler, his father. Michel Adler has recently translated and published this book in which his father describes his experiences in the French Foreign Legion and his escape from the Nazis by bringing his family to refuge in Switzerland.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. in the BHC Library with a reception in honor of Michel Adler.

Admission is free. For more information, contact BHC at 869-5465.

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