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April Book Club Focuses on ‘Without You There Is No Us’

Without You There Is No UsA haunting memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il’s reign. Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: “Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us.” It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. Over the next six months, she will eat three meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them to write, all under the watchful eye of the regime: Without You There Is No Us. For the April 25 meeting location call Jennifer Crittenden, 633-2817.

Enjoy Spring at Sycamore Hill Gardens

Sycamore Hill GardensYou are invited to celebrate the spring season with Women Transcending Boundaries at Sycamore Hill Gardens.

  • Where: 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus (For driving directions, click here.)
  • When: Sunday, May 15, 1 – 5 pm
  • Admission: $10

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. Accommodations are available for those who have difficulty walking. The self-guided walks will be held rain or shine.

April 17 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.

Japanese Tea Ceremony Showcased at March Meeting

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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