Book Group

We have had an active Sisterhood Book Group at Temple Beth Torah for many years. We enthusiastically welcome new participants.  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!

 

Monday June 24

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo: A Novel by Michael David Lukas – described as a “contemporary tale with flourishes of mystery and current societal concerns about the discovery in the Ben Ezra Synagogue in old Cairo of documents of the Cairo genziah (Jewish religious   composed between 870 and 1880AD and “discovered” in 1896, the word genziah means hiding place). This book was ranked as the #1 novel in 2018 by the Jewish Book Council.

 

Monday August 5

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander A satire that touches with humor on the conflict between religious and secular worlds. A novel about atonement, spiritual redemption and temptation of the internet, which, like God,,is everywhere  (this is an author the Rabbi recommended; the book was recommended by Mindy Elias)

 

Fall: Date TBD

Antisemitism: Here and Now by  Deborah Lipstadt. The award-winning author of the Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on current incarnations from white supremacists and others.

 

Recent Book Selections

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman