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Exploring Sycamore Hill Gardens

For the ninth year, Women Transcending Boundaries members and guests celebrated signs of spring at Sycamore Hill Gardens on May 15. Sycamore Hill Gardens is an amazing private family garden in the rolling hills west of Marcellus with 25 acres of breathtaking views: 500 varieties of trees 200 varieties of flowering shrubs and perennials ceremonial bells and sculptures. When the tai chi practice began at 3:00 pm, the sun beamed briefly through the grey clouds and intermittent snowflakes, a thankfully rare phenomenon in central New York in mid-May. Enjoy the photos supplied by Women Transcending Boundaries vice president Penny Hart.

Book Club Discusses ‘Americanah’

AmericanahThe June 27 meeting will discuss Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

The July 25 meeting will discuss How Does It Feel to Be a Problem: Being Young and an Arab in America, by Mustafa Bayoumi. For meeting locations contact Jennifer Roberts Crittenden.

 

April Guest Speaker: Gene Fisch

Gene FischWTB hosted an afternoon with Gene Fisch, author of All Love Comes Home: A Promise of Truth, a historic memoir written as a novel. He told stories about his family during World War II, especially his mother leading underground activities in occupied Poland. Gene is a Polish immigrant who won public acclaim as a “survivor of the worst of Europe’s horrors who went on to apply the best of the old world traditions of discipline, integrity and sacrifice to excel, first in athletics, then in government, academia, and finally in the business world.” Gene grew up on Syracuse’s West Side and attended Sacred Heart High School. For a report of the program, click here.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Showcased

Tea, and specifically the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, was featured at our monthly meeting at InterFaith Works on March 13. Maggie Simpson, a visual artist from Cortland, performed the choreographed ritual of preparing and serving green tea and explained its meaning. Green tea and a Japanese sweet were served to those who wished to share the experience. For a report of the program, click here.

Mosque Hosts 2016 Interfaith Assembly

imageWomen Transcending Boundaries and InterFaith Works of Central New York helped spread a message of harmony and tolerance by showcasing and celebrating Central New York’s many faith traditions. The theme of our observance this year of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week was Opening Windows of Understanding. The event was held on Feb. 8, 2016, at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam) on 501 Park St., Syracuse. For notes of the assembly click here. For photos from the Syracuse Post-Standard, click here.

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