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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.

December Selection: Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Spanning four decades and three prize-winning collections, these 21 vintage selected stories and 13 new ones are set around the world: from Jerusalem to Central America, from tsarist Russia to London during the Blitz, from central Europe to Manhattan, and from the Maine coast to a fictional suburb of Boston. These charged locales, and the lives of the endlessly varied characters within them, are evoked with tenderness and incisiveness. (Short stories; 375 pages, 2011). Please stay to join the group for our Annual Hanukkah Potluck from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Discussion Group meets Tuesday, December 10 at 10:30 am.

January Selection: Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour by James A. Grymes
The remarkable story of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and the Israeli violin maker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life offers a stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music.

Discussion Group meets Tuesday, January 28 at 10:30 am.

February Selection: kaddish.com by Nathan Englander
A lapsed Jew returns to the fold and becomes obsessed with redeeming a spiritual mistake made 20 years earlier.

Discussion Group meets Tuesday, February 25 at 10:30 am.