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 choose eight books each year, mostly fiction but also some non-fiction.  Members select books reviewed in various sources, such as Hadassah Magazine, Moment Magazine, and the Jewish Book Council.  Personal recommendations are welcomed. Fiction and non-fiction books covering a variety of Jewish topics, are considered.  Programs are based on discussion questions supplied by publishers and the Jewish Book Council.  Occasionally participants create their own questions and present additional information about the selected book and/or its author.   We also usually have some delicious snacks – join us!

February 24, 2020 -The Beautiful Possible

by Amy Gottlieb. This novel follows a postwar love triangle between an American rabbi, his wife, and a German-Jewish refugee. This story spans 70 years and considers the hidden boundaries of marriage and faith, and the mysterious ways we negotiate our desires.

April –

Date TBD – program/book discussion about anti semitism.  Details to follow.  We are working with our Israel Action Committee on this program.

Sunday, May 3, 2020 – The Catcher was a Spy: Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

by Nicholas Dawidoff. Recount of one of the strangest episodes in the history of espionage. This is a biography about a major league baseball player who also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (CIA).

This Sunday meeting may include showing the movie about Moe Berg.  Again, stay tuned for details

June 15, 2020 – I.M.; A Memoir: Isaac Mizrachi 

A candid and touching look back at the life of this  designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host and TV celebrity.

Recent 2019-2020 Book Selections

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 by Nathan Englander

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob Appel