Beth Jacob's Contemporary Jewish Fiction, Memoir and History Reading Group meets bi-monthly at the synagogue on Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
October 11: Number Our Days: A Triumph of Continuity and Culture Among Jewish Old People in an Urban Ghetto by Barbara Myerhoff
Dec 13: Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America by Ruth Gruber
A powerful account of a top-secret mission to rescue 1,000 European refugees in the midst of WWII
The refugees were housed in the barracks at Ft Ontario, Oswego, NY - it was the only refugee center in the United States during WWII.
Feb. 14: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Set in London in the 1660s and the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.
April 11: The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Tabari Idliby, Priscilla Warner, and Suzanne Oliver
The Faith Club weaves the story of 3 women, 3 religions, and their quest to understand one another.
June 13: Men Giving Money, Women Yelling: Intersecting Stories by Alice Mattison
Short Story collection in which the characters lives are told in tales that overlap or echo one another. Vermont connection: The author teaches fiction in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Writing at Bennington College
Aug 8: An Improbable Friendship: Two Prominent Women, a Palestinian and a Jew, Join Hands to Fight for Peace by Anthony David
The dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, Moshe Dayan’s wife for 37 years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law. It reveals for the first time the two women’s surprising and secret 40-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.