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Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El

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TBE Book Club / Library

Members Welcome: If you would like to join the Library Committee and be part of the Library Make-Over please contact Barbara Vinson. If you would like to make a donation to the Library Fund please designate “Library Fund” online or on your check, made out to Temple Beth El.


The TBE Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 2:45 PM in the TBE Library. Please join us for lively discussions. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Carol Kaplan.

The TBE Book Club’s schedule:

December 6, 2017

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa.

This unforgettable novel of historical fiction tells the tale of the tragic St. Louis, the ship of rejected Jews during the Holocaust, who sought safe passage to Cuba on this transatlantic ocean liner promising them freedom from Nazi Germany.  Weaving dual time frames, Berlin, 1939, and New York, 2014, The German Girl is a tribute to generations of exiles.

Elizabeth Bakst will review the book and lead us in discussion.

 January 3, 2018

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese.

This exhilarating novel of love, war, and family takes place in the dazzling glitter of 1903 Vienna. Adele Bloch-Bauer meets Gustav Klimt. Adele, young, brilliant, and Jewish, embraces the artist’s renegade genius and becomes his most important muse.  The increasing anti-Semitism simmers in the shadows of Adele’s cultural and personal life. Nearly 40 years later, Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria and overnight her Vienna becomes a war zone. Impeccably researched this novel intertwines the tales of two remarkable women and shines a light on our ability to love and above all to endure.

February 7, 2018

Julius Rosenwald: Preparing the World by Hasia R. Diner (Jewish Lives)

The portrait of a humble retail magnate whose visionary ideas about charitable giving transformed the practice of philanthropy in America and beyond. Rosenwald (1862-1932) rose from modest means as the son of a peddler to meteoric wealth at the helm of Sears,Roebuck. His passionate support of Jewish and African American causes continues to influence lives to this day.

Lew Schwartz will review the book and lead us in discussion.

February 21, 2018

Field trip to the Alliance for the Arts to hear a lecture about the novel Stolen Beauty by the author Laurie Lico Albanese.

March 7, 2018

Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea, by Elie Wiesel. The long-anticipated memoirs of the  late novelist and Nobel Peace Laureate open with a child’s entry into hell. We see the boy, Elie Wiesel, torn from a traditional and loving Jewish family life and dragged through the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. We see him emerge a bloodless adolescent with no homeland. In his passionate account, a remarkable life unfolds. Wiesel has written a profoundly moving memoir.

Russ Bogen will review the book and lead us in discussion.

April 4, 2018

To be decided

May 2, 2018

We will choose selections for the 2018-2019 program year.