Weekly Roundup: December 22, 2023

Categories: Newsletter

Family Fun We had a great time at Family Fun on Sunday! Members watched a puppet show about the library, made “Cookie Monster” parfait desserts, and created superheroes and princesses with “Make-a-Face” sticker sheets. We finished the morning by singing about making new friends for the music circle. We were glad to see lots of new friends around and watch… Read More

Don’t Cry for Me

Categories: Friendship Circle, Parsha, Vayigash

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha contains lots of moving parts. Joseph is reunited with his brothers and then his father and there is lots of drama associated with their reunion. Joseph sends his brothers back and forth to their father in Israel, frames them by planting his goblet in one of their sacks then accusing… Read More

Part 6: History of Fan Fiction Conclusion

Categories: Friendship Circle, History of Fan Fiction, Sarah Lehman

What’s so important about the history of fan fiction, you may ask? Aside from possibly helping you on Jeopardy, it makes the concept seem less trivial. If fan fiction as we know it had first come to be in, say, the late 1990s instead of the 1960s, would you really look at it the same? No, and that’s just in… Read More

Part 5: ‘Creators’ Involvement’

Categories: Friendship Circle, History of Fan Fiction, Sarah Lehman

In my last post, I talked about how fan fiction is something you may hear about without actively searching for it—although frankly speaking, it’s more likely to be discussed on the Internet than in, say, a college cafeteria)—including a mention of creators’ opinions. While some creators are supportive of derivative works based on their stories and/or characters, there are some… Read More

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