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Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club

The Book Club meets monthly after Shabbat Kiddish (at approximately 12:30 pm). You do not need to attend all of the sessions to participate – come to one or come to them all! Participants are encouraged to read the selected book prior to the discussion. Copies are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library and from local public libraries. For more information, contact Rachel Kamin at or 847/926-7902.

To participate in the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, please make an annual minimum donation of $54 to the Torah Fund Campaign. Contact Rolly Cohen, Sisterhood Torah Fund Vice President, at to make your donation.

Torah Fund Book Club Calendar 2019-2020

September 7, 2019
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas
A college student receives a mysterious package that ignites a historical investigation that exposes incredible aspects of his family history and its ties to the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo. Winner of the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

November 2, 2019
House of Gold by Natasha Solomons
The outbreak of World War I forces headstrong Austrian heiress Greta Goldbaum to choose between the family she built in her new life in England and the family she left behind in Vienna.

January 11, 2020
On Division by Goldie Goldbloom
Anticipating the birth of her first great-grandchild, a 57-year-old Chasidic woman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn feels exposed and ashamed by a late-in-life pregnancy that slowly separates her from her community. *Meet the Author on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00pm at NSS Beth El*

SUNDAY, February 23, 2020 at 12:00pm
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
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 award-winning children’s book and participate in a SKYPE conversation with the author. All 3rd-7th graders and adult readers of all ages are encouraged to attend!

March 7, 2020
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
An acclaimed author describes her staggering discovery that she is not biologically related to her father, tracing her efforts to uncover the truth from a half-century web of family secrets to reestablish her sense of identity.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm via Zoom (NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME)
The Third Daughter by Talia Carner

A fictionalized account of a little-known piece of history: the sex trafficking of young Jewish women from Russia to South America in the late 19th century.

*Note New Book Selection*

Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm via Zoom (NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME)
The Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Desperate to escape a near-invisible life, an ice cream shop worker tells a terrible lie that renders her the center of public and media attention, before she is blackmailed by a neighbor who knows the truth. *Also available in the original Hebrew*

Past Selections

Click on each title for a link to read-a-likes and suggested reading.  All books are available in the Maxwell Abbell Library.