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Havurat Nashim Book Club

Each month, our sisterhood group meets to discuss a new book, with choices ranging from drama to historical fiction to comedy and everything in between. Our book club is less than 10 years old but has become a treasured activity for our sisterhood members! 

Our current book for March 2023:  

Waking Lions by Ayelet Goshen

Ayelet is an Israeli author who challenges her readers with difficult scenarios.  What would you chose to do in if given a difficult life situation? Are you sure you would always make the most ethical choice? 
"Waking Lions offers a commentary on privilege and otherness, challenging readers to confront their own blind spots and preconceptions....Trained as a clinical psychologist, Gundar-Goshen examines her characters with the same formidable gaze. Nobody emerges unscathed....Gundar-Goshen is adept at instilling emotional depth into a thriller plot, delivering the required twists and turns along with an incisive portrayal of her characters' guilt, shame and desire, fluidly shifting between their perspectives....Readers will be rewarded by [Waking Lions'] exhilarating, cinematic finale. Skillfully translated by Sondra Silverston, Waking Lions is a sophisticated and darkly ambitious novel, revealing an aspect of Israeli life rarely seen in its literature."―Ayelet Tsabari, New York Times Book Review

Books we have read and explored together over the last few years include:

Out of the Corner by Jennifer Grey
Signal Fires: A Novel by Dani Shapiro
Human Blues: A Novel by Elisa Albert
The Liar, by Ayelet Gundar Goshen
Hope Valley, by Havina Ner-David
Recipes for a Sacred Life: True Stories and a Few Miracles, by Rivvy Neshama
The Matzah Ball, by Jean Meltzer
Donna Has Left the Building, by Susan Jane Gilman
The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, by Sarit Yishei
Book of V, by Anna Solomon
The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, by Gale Tzemach Lemmon
The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity, by Micah Goodman
To Be a Man: Stories, by Nicole Krauss
Recipes for a Sacred Life, by Rivvy Neshama
The Choice, by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Rising Out of Hatred, The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist, by Eli Saslow
The 100 Most Jewish Recipes, by Alana Newhouse
Wings of Silence, by Dede Fox (a long-time CBSW and Havurat Nashim member!)
I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephram
Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate, by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
If All Seas Were Ink: A Memoir, by Ilan Kurshan
The Book of Separation: A Memoir, Tova Mirvis
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Lori Gottleib
Exodus, by Deborah Feldman
Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro
The Color of Love, by Marra B. Gad
The Floating Feldmans, by Elyssa Friedland
Tue, October 3 2023 18 Tishrei 5784