Adult Education - Reader's Circle - Monthly Jewish Themed Book Club

The Reader's Circle Book Club continues to meet with a solid core of committed participants who have enthusiasm for sharing wonderful books, many with Jewish themes. We are pleased that in the past seven years, we have grown from a handful of people to a formidable membership. 

We hope you will find the time to read with us -- you will be glad you did! We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30PM in Room 8 of the Andrew Friedland Preschool. For more information, please contact Diane Gess.

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Our January and February titles will give us a change from much of what we have been reading and are sure to engross many of our members. On Monday, January 8, we will hear a review of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court by David G. Dalin. This book is especially relevant in light of today’s political scenario.

About this Book:
This is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the Supreme Court.
Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court examines the lives, legal careers, and legacies of the eight Jews who have served or who currently serve as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, and Elena Kagan.  David Dalin discusses the relationship that these Jewish justices have had with the presidents who appointed them, and given the judges’ Jewish background, investigates the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent within the legal profession before their appointment, as well as the role that antisemitism played in the attendant political debates and Senate confirmation battles.

If you are interested in participating in focused discussion, lively debate, and some intellectual conversation, please join us—-YOU WILL BE VERY GLAD THAT YOU DID! 

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On February 1, Gail Lowenstein will review The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.  
About this book:
This novel is about three German women after WWII and it includes all the usual Big Themes of right/wrong, guilt/innocence, revenge/forgiveness. Marianne, Benita, and Ania, are the surviving wives of men who participated in the July 20, 1944, failed assassination attempt on Hitler (aka as Operation Valkyrie). Marianne, the strongest and the leader, promised to take care of the wives and children of the would-be assassins (all executed). In a rustic “castle" in northern Germany, the three very different women, with very different backgrounds and war-time experiences, band together to protect their children and each other in the chaotic days following the defeat of the Nazis.