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Kabbalat Shabbat with Havurah on the Hill and author Hanna Perlstein Marcus

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Join us for our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service and buffet dinner as we welcome author Hanna Perlstein Marcus to discuss her moving memoir, Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America.


When Hanna and her mother came to Massachusetts, they knew no one in America except each other. Determined to craft a life of pride, self-reliance and perseverance, Sidonia taught Hanna to “stand up straight” in fashion and in life. Sidonia's Thread is an exploration of their life together, even as Sidonia guarded her personal life from her daughter. But as Hanna uncovers her mother's closely-kept secrets, her surprising discoveries inspire a revised view of her life with her mother, replacing her conflicting emotions with true reverence.


Hanna was born in Bergen Belsen, Germany as a displaced person after World War II. Assigned to immigrate to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1949, along with her mother Sidonia, she resided in Springfield until after her graduation from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at age twenty.


A 10 dollar donation is suggested for this event. Please register online or contact Jessica Antoline, Program Manager, at (617) 523-2324 or email info@vilnashul.org.


We hope to see you there!


-- Free parking is available across the street from the Shul at the Charles River Parking Garage underground next to the Au Bon Pain. Please validate your green parking ticket when you arrive to the Shul. The Shul is also easily reached on the MBTA. Take the Red Line to Charles/MGH. 

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