12-1 PM @ Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence)

Free and open to all; registration is not required. Pack a brown bag lunch (kosher, please)* and join us for these interesting presentations:

Wednesday, September 27


Can Media Act as a Mediator?

Torey Malatia, President, CEO and General Manager
Rhode Island Public Radio

Come and meet Torey Malatia, the CEO of Rhode Island Public Radio. Torey will talk about journalism performing a function that has become rare in modern life and modern communities, to replace the plaza, the square, the commons - and to act as an arena of discourse discussion and debate where strangers meet to exchange views with the notion of finding common ground.

Best known as the creator of forward-looking audio content and, with his friend, Ira Glass, co-creator of This American Life, Torey Malatia is a leading figure in public media strategic thinking in the United States, and has written and lectured extensively about public media’s role as a public trust.

Tuesday, October 10


The Culture of Sports: How Sports Influences How We Live

Bill Reynolds, Sports Writer, Providence Journal

Sports fans and non-sports fans - you won’t want to miss this. Bill Reynolds, the sports writer for the Providence Journal, says he will talk about things you might never have thought about before.

Bill has been at the Providence Journal for 40 years and has been a sports columnist for over thirty. A Brown University graduate, he was the co caption of the Brown Basketball team in 1968.

Monday, October 23


What You've Always Wanted to Know About Acting (but were afraid to ask)

Trinity actors Phyllis Kay and Richard Donelly

So, you go to a play, you enjoy it - but what you don’t see is what goes on backstage during the rehearsal process. Richard Donelly and Phyllis Kay, both long time Trinity Square Theatre actors, will tell us what actually happens on the first day through several weeks of the process, to opening. Then, this husband and wife team will perform a short scene and talk about character. The spotlight then focuses on us. We can ask all our questions and get all the answers.

Phyllis Kay and Richard Donelly have been happily working in theatre, film and television for as long as they can remember.

Monday, November 6


Get ready for your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah holiday celebrations with a wine tasting - and talk

Eric Taylor of Bottles Fine Wine and The East End

Eric Taylor of Bottles Fine Wine and The East End, will share his proven guidelines for pairing wine with holiday feasts, and will offer a sampling of two styles of wine that work well with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fare. Bring your questions about all things wine related.

In his role as Director of Operations for The Bottles Group, Eric oversees Bottles Fine Wine and its sister bar & bistro, The East End. He is an accomplished sommelier, with over 15 years of experience building wine lists at restaurants on both coasts. Eric has garnered several accreditations, including the title of Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and is a founding board member of the Rhode Island Sommelier Society.

*Please keep in mind the Temple’s kosher dietary restrictions: No pork or shellfish products (fish with fins and scales are permitted); meat and cheese should not be together in a meal.