“Read It & Meet” Book Discussions

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Do you have a favorite book you'd like to share … one by a Jewish author or with Jewish content? Our "Read It & Meet" Book Discussions are usually held once a month and are open to everyone! We discuss selected books and share our experiences, reactions, and ideas. Occasionally, we have an "author-in-residence" as a special guest.

Most book discussions take place Shabbat afternoons (exceptions are noted below) following Kiddush with the congregation (approximately 12:15pm). Moderators are needed to facilitate each book discussion. If you would like to suggest a book, act as a moderator, or would like more information, please contact Vicki Kaufman or Rayna Gellman.

Read ahead for future "Read It & Meet" Book Discussions


October 11, 2014

Visible City by Tova Mirvis
From the window of her Manhattan apartment, Nina spends her evenings watching the older couple across the street. She is drawn to their quiet contentment, so unlike her own lonely, chaotic world of child rearing. One night, through that same window, she spies a young couple in the throes of passion. In the coming weeks, Nina encounters both the older couple and the young lovers on the streets of her neighborhood, and as anonymity gives way to different — and sometimes dangerous — forms of intimacy, Nina and her neighbors each begin to question their own paths.

Rayna Gellman
November 1

Ten Green Bottles by Vivian Kaplan
To Nini Karpel, growing up in Vienna during the 1920s was about ski slopes and coffee houses. But the undercurrent of conflict and hate that began in the 1930s when Hitler took possession of neighboring Germany made anti-semitism widespread and virulent. The Karpels’ Jewish identity suddenly made them foreigners in their homeland. Tormented and disenfranchised, Nini and her family sought refuge in Shanghai, China, one of the few countries accepting Jewish immigrants. The Karpel family found themselves in a world of immense wealth and privilege for some and poverty for the masses. Ten Green Bottles is the story of Nini Karpel's struggles as told to her daughter, Vivian. This true story depicts the fierce perseverance of one family, victims of the forces of evil, who overcame suffering of biblical proportion to survive.

Barbara Benjamin
December 6

A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

Rabbi Robert Eisen
January 3, 2015

Rebbe by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin 

Joni Belzer
February 7

The Family by David Laskin

Phyllis Broad

March 7
(not held in April in observance of Passover)

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Lily Brull
May 2



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