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, September 16, 2019- Community Invited: 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)

Millard Salter’s Last Day by Jacob Appel. The heartwarming story of a man who decides to end his life before he’s too old-but then begins to reconsider when he faces complications from the world around him.

Monday, October 28, 2019:

Odessa, Odessa by Barbara Artson   Historical fiction account of a family’s history of three generations of Jews hounded by Cossacks to their emigration to America and their painful assimilation. (recommended by Barbara, Myra, and Women’s League)

Monday, December 2, 2019:

Girl from Berlin by Ronald Balsom. Detectives read a memoir by Ada, a German violinist forced to flee Berlin. Murder, deception and greed are involved but the story also offers the beauty of music, love and the possibility of redemption.

Monday, January 6, 2020:

First the Jews: Combating the World’s Longest-Running Hate Campaign by Rabbi Evan Moffic. For a basic introduction to anti-Semitism, past and present, the first place to turn is this book.

Monday, 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.

Monday, March 30, 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).

Monday, May 4, 2020:

Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. This novel explores and absurdities of modern life and search for meaning. Reviews credit this book is beautifully written that is funny, thought-provoking and touching.

Monday, June 15, 2020:

I.M.; A Memoir: Isaac Mizrachi. A, candid, and touching look back in his life. He is a designer, cabaret performer, talk-show host and TV celebrity.




Recent Book Selections

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

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman