Join us the First Wednesday of every month!
June 5 - The Lost Wife Alyson Richmond
In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.
July 3 - The Dovekeeper by Alice Hoffman - Blends mythology, magic,
archeology and women in a wonderful tapestry of color and spirit. The book
traces four women and their path to the Masada Massacre.
August 7 - The Last Jew by Noah Gordon- the year is 1492, the Inquisition
has all Spain in a vise. A young son of a celebrated silversmith sees death
all around him and is determined to honor his dead family's memory by
remaining a Jew.
September 11 (2nd Wed.) - The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer - a
grand love story and an epic tale of three Hungarian brothers whose lives
are torn apart by war and a family secret.
October 2 - The Brothers Emanuel by Ezekiel Emanuel - a memoir of an
American family. a wry, rollicking and often poignant narrative of how one
family succeeded in raising three extraordinary children.
November 6 - Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the 21st Century by
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks - one of the most admired religious thinkers of our time
issues a call for world Jewry to reject the self-fulfilling image "a people
alone in the world, surrounded by enemies" and to reclaim Judaism's original
sense of purpose: as a partner with G-d and with those of other faiths in
the never-ending struggle for freedom and social justice all.
December 4 - Jewish Humor by Rabbi Joseph Teluskin - here are more than 100
of the best Jewish jokes you will ever hear, interspersed with perceptive
and persuasive insight into all areas of Jewish life.
January 8 - The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamentz - A poet's rediscovery of
Jewish Identity in Buddhist India; An historic dialogue between Rabbis and
the Dalai Lama. The author comes to understand the convergence and beauty of
Jewish and Buddhist thought.
February 5 - Magic Words by Gerald Koplan - The tale of a Jewish
boy-interpreter, a world famous magician, a devilish harlot and one of
America's greatest Indian chiefs.
March 5 - The Grand Jihad by Andrew McCarthy - the real threat to the U.S.
is not terrorism. The real threat is Islamism and the government's
appeasement of Islamist ideology. With the help of witting and unwitting
accomplices in and out of government, McCarthy offers harrowing accounts of
now the global Islamist movements jihad involves far more than terrorist
April 2 - The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult - A novel about a young woman who
strikes up an unusual friendship with a beloved retired teacher. She is
asked by him to do a favor-- kill him and Then confesses to her his darkest
secret : he was a Nazi SS guard.
May 7 - I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits - A family is torn apart by strong
beliefs and private desires in this unique journey inside the most insular
Hasidic sect- The Satmar.
June 4 - The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan - In 1967 Bashi, a Palestinian
journeys to Israel with a goal to see his beloved family home and lemon
tree. There he meets Dalia, an Israeli and thus begins a rare friendship
tested over the next 35 years in ways that neither of them would have