Temple Beth Torah

Book Group

We have had an active Book Group at Temple Beth Torah for many years. We enthusiastically welcome new participants (men and women).  Currently our meetings are approximately every six weeks, on Monday evenings at TBT starting at 7:00 pm.

We are meeting virtually, please contact Sisterhood for book group link info at tbtsisterhood@gmail.com.


August 9, 2021- The Third Daughter by Talia Carner



The following list was compiled from several sources: books recommended by members of our Book Club mailing list, Hadassah magazine, the Jewish Book Council, the North Shore JCC and other sources.  We take reviews/information about each book from what we find online.   This list was reviewed and approved at our June 2021 meeting.  We have tried to alternate “heavy” subject matter with “lighter” subject matter.   We are always open to book suggestions. The list may be reviewed and altered as we move through the year.

The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross – October 4, 2021 

Novel about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded it escapes Nazi detection.  One reviewer said, “Gross’s entertaining, sometimes disquieting tale delivers laughing out-loud moments and deep insight on human foolishness, resilience, and faith.”

The Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland – November 1, 2022

About two families who own a resort in the Catskills, which was a jewel in its heyday but is now in decline. A rich, intergenerational tale, which manages to be smart, funny, honest, and poignant all at the same time.

Between Friends by Amos Oz – December 6, 2021

Amos Oz returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950’s, the time and place where his writing began. The eight interconnected stories draw masterly profiles of the idealistic men and women enduring personal hardship in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century.

The Jew Store by Stella Suberman – January 10, 2022

This is a tale of a Jewish family who moves to Tennessee and are the only Jews there.  Suberman’s father finds his way from Russia to America and finds his fortune in a small town where Jews are not welcome.

The Conversion of the Jews by Philip Roth – February 21, 2022

First published in 1959, this book offended American Jews for Roth’s unflattering depictions. Focusing on conflict between a Hebrew student and his teacher, the story presents some of the central questions that might challenge modern teens in a funny and thought-provoking manner. Combined with Goodbye Columbus and five other short stories, this book won a National Jewish /book Award.

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin – March 28, 2022

Morningside Heights is an upper west side neighborhood of Manhattan. This is a compassionate novel about marriage surviving hardships.  It takes place in 1999 in New York, as this old-fashioned neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying.

The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped to Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman. – May 2, 2022

The author tells the remarkable history of how two families participated in an economic boom that opened China to the world but remained blind to the country’s deep inequality and to the political turmoil at their doorsteps.

What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son and a Journey of Transformation by Mimi Le May – June 20, 2022

A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel – July 18, 2022

Inspired by a true story. A young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish young children flee the Nazis.

Recent Book Selections

Button Man by Andrew Gross

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kristy  Manning

We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L. Maizes

The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

The Daughter’s Tale: A Novel by Armando Lucas Correa

The Book of Separation by Tova Merliss

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love by Dani Shapiro

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

The Catcher was a Spy: Mysterious Life of Moe Berg by Nicholas Dawidoff

The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb

Girl from Berlin by Ronald Balsom

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Odessa, Odessa by Barbara Artson

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob Appel