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 meetings will begin this October 5 after the holidays are behind us and we can replace reading cook books with more engrossing literature. I hope all of you celebrated in the warm presence of your family and friends during this holiday season. L’Shona Tova!

We look forward to hearing Tommi Joffee review Karolina’s Twins by Ronald A. Balson.

About this Book: Karolina’s Twins chronicles the journey of a young Jewish Polish schoolgirl who becomes a Holocaust survivor wracked with regret, but also with much resolve. Lena Woodward is on a mission she has let lapse for 70 years. She must find her best friend’s abandoned twin daughters and is now determined to return to Poland to keep her sacred promise to her dead friend.

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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As we are a part of the North Bergen Federation initiative, One Book/One Community, we have placed their book of choice on our calendar for November 2, Gail Lamster will review After the Fire by Lauren Belfer.

About this book:

After the Fire is inspired by historical events—about two women, one European and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that changes both their lives. At the end of World War II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a souvenir, an old music manuscript, from a seemingly deserted mansion and mistakenly kills the girl who tries to stop him. In America in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after a bad experience and inherits her Uncle Henry’s estate. In 1783 in Berlin Sara Itzig Levy, a renowned musician, conceals the manuscript of an anti-Jewish cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach, an unsettling gift to her from Bach’s son, her teacher. Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara, and their families, And After the Fire traverses over two hundred years of history, from the eighteenth century through the Holocaust and into today, seamlessly melding past and present, real and imagined.