Book Club

Committee Chair: Dinah Mendes
Email: bookclub@jewishcenter.org
Tel: 212-724-2700 x119

The JC Book Club meets three times a year, in the home of a member, to discuss books with a Jewish theme or of Jewish interest. Each meeting is led by a discussant and is followed by refreshments and socializing.

The year's book club theme is: Holy Land: Spotlight on Israel. Our selections include two works of non-fiction and one novel that offer a view of Israel from both wide and narrow angles. We begin with My Promised Land, Ari Shavit’s complex and lyrical narrative history of Zionism and the state of Israel. This is followed by Aharon Appelfeld’s most recently translated novel, Suddenly, Love, a story of love in late life that reaches back from contemporary Israel into the European roots of Jewish life and experience.  We conclude with Yossi Klein Halevi’s Like Dreamers, an account of seven paratroopers who participated in the reunification of Jerusalem in the ’67 war and the unfolding of their lives and ideology in the decades that followed. 

Our book club meetings will be held on the following dates:

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7:30 PM
My Promised Land:  The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel
By Ari Shavit

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7:30 PM
Suddenly, Love
By Aharon Appelfeld

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 7:30 PM
Like Dreamers:  The Story Of The Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem And Divided A Nation
By Yossi Klein Halevi

Sun, August 20 2017 28 Av 5777