Join us to discuss these fabulous new books! Until we can safely meet in person at Beth El on Shabbat afternoons, we will meet on Zoom during the week. Copies of the books are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library and from public libraries, as well as from local and online booksellers. For more information, email Rachel Kamin or call her at 847/926-7902.
Participants are encouraged to make a minimum donation of $54 to the Torah Fund Campaign. If you donate $180 or more you will receive the beautiful 5781 “B’Yachad” Torah Fund pin. Click here for more information or contact Rolly Cohen. Checks should be made payable to Torah Fund and mailed to Rolly Cohen at 730 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035.
Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:00pm
The Imperfects by Amy Meyerson
A family’s discovery of a priceless inheritance leads them on a pursuit for the truth that transforms their lives in unexpected ways. Meet the author on Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm along with Steven Pressman, director of the documentary film 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus. Reading list for The Imperfects.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:45pm
The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad
An unforgettable memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes. Reading list for The Color of Love.
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:00pm
A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum
In 1914 an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother journey across Russia and race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe. Reading List for A Bend in the Stars.
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:00pm
The Book of V. by Anna Solomon
Ali Drumm, Director of Informal Education, will join us for a special Purim Lunch & Learn to discuss this propulsive historical novel that intertwines the lives of the biblical Queen Esther, a Watergate-era senator’s wife, and a Brooklyn mother in 2016.
Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:00am
Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein
The Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club will co-host a special Family Book Club with members of the Beth El Youth Community to discuss this middle-grade debut that explores self-image, friendship, and grief. All 4th-7th graders and adult readers of all ages are encouraged to attend!
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:00pm (outdoors @ Beth El) & 7:45pm (on Zoom); “Meet” the author on Zoom at 7:00pm
Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland
Renting out their 1934 Atlantic City home and crowding into the apartment above their bakery with their daughters and a mysterious emigrée, a family constructs an elaborate web of lies to cover up a devastating tragedy. RSVP to Marcie Eskin to receive the Zoom link. Reservations required for the outdoor session. E-mail Rachel by June 4.
Click on each title for a link to read-a-likes and suggested reading. All books are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library.