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Free of Charge * Donations welcome

Enjoy wine and refreshments
Bring a kosher snack to enhance the club (must be certified kosher, parve and pas yisroel)

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 Book Club Storyteller.jpgDecember 1, 2017:

The Storyteller

by Jodi Picoult   

A novel about redemption and forgiveness 







Book Club Option B.jpgJanuary 5, 2018

Option B

by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg

Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

 #1 New York Times Best Seller

From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
  Sponsors:  Sheryl Kerewki




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The Secret of Chabad:  Inside the world's most successful Jewish movement

by Rabbi David Eliezrie

 Considered one of the most influential movements in modern Judaism,writers have speculated for decades about the unparalleled success of Chabad Lubavitch. In The Secret of Chabad, Rabbi David Eliezrie depicts the events,philosophies, and personalities that have made Chabad Lubavitch a worldwide phenomenon. From his unique style weaving together narrative and fact, history and philosophical insight, interviews with shluchim and Chabad leaders from across the globe, and personal recollection emerges a world rich in tradition and the enormous love for fellow Jews that is embodied by the shluchim. In this book, Rabbi Eliezrie combines the insider's perspective of a long-time Chabad shaliach with the storytelling flair of a prolific writer.


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This is America!

by Henye Meyer

When the Gordons escaped pogrom-ridden Russia and washed up on the shores of Ellis Island, little could they have fathomed how the course of their lives was about to change. Forever. With bustling tenements, endless sweatshops, and throngs racing madly to work...this was definitely the New World.





Past Book Clubs:  


37 Seconds.jpgNov 2, 2016:

37 Seconds:   Dying Revealed Heaven's Help—A Mother's Journey 

by Stephanie Arnold

When she was pregnant with her second child, Stephanie Arnold had a sudden and overwhelming premonition that she would die during the delivery. Though she tried to tell the medical team and her family what was going to happen, neither the doctors nor her loved ones gave her warnings credence. Finding no physical indications that anything was wrong, they attributed her foreboding to hormones and anxiety.  In this remarkable true story, Stephanie recounts her harrowing journey and shares her surprising spiritual discoveries: we are not alone and have more loving help than we can imagine surrounding us.



The Midwife of Venice.jpgDecember 14, 2016:

The Midwife of Venice 

by Roberta Rich

Not since Anna Diamant’s The Red Tent or Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history. A “lavishly detailed” (Elle Canada) debut that masterfully captures sixteenth-century Venice against a dramatic and poetic tale of suspense.







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Jan 18, 2017: 

The Bamboo Cradle:  a Jewish father's story

 by Avraham Schwartzbaum

In the 1970's, it was uncommon to see non-Asian families in the USA adopting babies from China. It was even rarer for a Jewish family to do so. This is the fascinating story of how adopting a Chinese baby leads an American professor and his wife to the discovery of their own Jewish heritage.






The Gilded Cage.jpgMarch 1, 2016:

The Gilded Cage: Queen Esther's Untold Story  

by Sorele Brownstein

Culled from the rich Jewish tradition, comes the story of Queen Esther as you never heard before. 

Sorele Brownstein is a Chabad Rebbetzin who has written the true Torah story of Queen Esther, based on sources in commentary and Midrash, teachings of Chassidus, and archeological & historical findings. The impetus came after teaching a women’s class which transformed her students’ perspective of Esther from a naïve, lucky woman into the more accurate lonely and brave heroine she truly was.




Sun Inside Rain.jpgMay 10, 2017: 

Sun Inside Rain A Novel of Hope, Challenge, and Inspiration

by M. Bassara  

From the dark prisons of South Africa to the tranquil streets of the holy city of Jerusalem... 

Against the backdrop of South Africa during the turbulent era of apartheid, young Margo Tanzer and her older brother, Hanan, fight to straddle the privileged world they live in and the world in which they are becoming dangerously entrenched. 





50 Children.jpgNovember 19, 2015

50 Children:

One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany

Steven Pressman







The Daughters Victorious.jpgDecember 17, 2015

The Daughters Victorious (Chapters 1-9):  A Dramatization of the Torah Story of the Daughters of Zelaphchad,  Based on Teachings from the Talmud and Midrash – Rabbi Shlomo Wexler









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Thursday, Jan 21 

The Daughters Victorious (Chapters 10-17)

Plus Special Book Club Guest Speaker: 

Meet local author Esther Levy, as she presents her work

Legacies, Lies and Lullabies--the World of a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor.  Her book is a smorgasbord of history, memoir, sociology, poems, recipes and cultural tidbits.  Book will be available for sale.







Around Sarah’s Table.jpgThursday, Feb 25

Around Sarah’s Table:  Ten Hasidic Women Share Their Stories of Life, Faith, and Tradition – Rivka Zakutinsky & Yaffa Leba Gottlieb










The Rebbe's Army.jpgThursday, March 17

The Rebbe’s Army:  Inside the World of Chabad-Lubavitch – Sue Fishkoff











The Rising Life.jpgThursday , May 19 

The Rising Life:  Challah Baking. Elevated. – Rochie Pinson