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Jewish Book Discussion Group

Read, and dive into a new world. Join in a lively discussion of Jewish-themed books from a variety of genres–fiction, memoir, history, and more.

Books provided by Jewish Community Library’s Book Club in a Box.

Join other readers for a lively discussion of Jewish-themed books on loan from the Jewish Community Library’s Book Club in a Box. Facilitator Jim Van Buskirk, coordinator of Book Club in a Box, leads a lively and intelligent discussion each month. Registration suggested.

Jewish Book Discussion Group: April & May Virtual Discussions
Join other readers for a lively, virtual discussion of each month’s selection. Facilitator Jim van Buskirk leads an interesting and intelligent discussion each month. Stay tuned for more information.

April Selection: The Girl From Berlin by Ronald H. Balson
Dragged into an Italian property dispute, a couple uncover a handwritten memoir by Ada Baumgarten, a young Jewish violin prodigy in Berlin between the wars. Alternating between present and past, the novel involves murder, deception, and greed as it offers the beauty of music and love, and the possibility of redemption.

May Selection: The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
When a painfully average teenaged girl’s scream—and the false assumption of sexual assault that comes from it—radiates from a Tel Aviv ice cream parlor where she works, many lives are turned upside down.

Also of Interest

Virtual Drop-In Story Club: “Fly Already” by Etgar Keret with Howard Freedman
Thursday, April 22 • 2:00 pm
Born in 1967 in Ramat Gan, Etgar Keret is a master storyteller. The opening story of his newest collection, winner of the Sapir Prize, is a startling story of a father and son who witness a man atop a nearby building on the verge of suicide.

The story can be found published online on the website of the New Yorker here. In this informal discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman, we will read the story together and discuss it online. Register for the Zoom presentation.

Program Cancellation Notification
Your health and safety is the PJCC’s highest priority.

The San Mateo County Department of Health issued recommendations to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Included in the recommendations was social distancing, with a goal of reducing the occasions when large numbers of people come together and potentially are exposed to the virus circulating in the community at large. Because of this, we are cancelling scheduled in-person events for now.

Thank you for your understanding during this quickly evolving situation.

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