North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
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 a minimum donation of $54 to the Torah Fund Campaign. Contact Mary Ellen Bowers, Sisterhood Torah Fund Vice President, at to make your donation.

Torah Fund Book Club Calendar 2018-2019

October 13, 2018
My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin
Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, some for thousands of years, and chronicles her journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism in this captivating, educational, and inspiring memoir. Rabbi Kurtz will join us to provide his insight and expertise.

November 17, 2018
Memento Park by Mark Sarvas
When Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting believed to have been looted from his family in World War II, he must reconnect with his father, his family history, and his own Judaism in order to recover the mysterious work. *Part of the Spertus One Book, One Community program, meet the author on Monday, November 19 at 7pm at the Highland Park Public Library.*

January 12, 2019
Three Floors Up by Eshkol Nevo
Explores the interconnected lives of the residents of an upper middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, people whose turmoils, secrets, confessions, and decisions reveal the ills of a society with an identity crisis. *Also available in the original Hebrew*

SUNDAY, February 3, 2019 at 12:00pm
Refugee by Alan Gratz
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 4th-7th graders and adult readers of all ages are encouraged to attend!

February 16, 2019
The Cloister by James Carroll
A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Héloïse. *Our discussion will be facilitated by the author.*

April 13, 2019 (NOTE: NEW DATE)
The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
An ailing historian with a fondness for Jewish history reviews 17th century documents discovered during a renovation in London, and learns the story of an anonymous scribe working for a blind rabbi just before the onslaught of the plague.

May 11, 2019
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City’s Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.

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.