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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 2022:  

People Love Dead Jews, Reports from a Haunted Present, by Dara Horn

  • Summary: Reflecting on subjects as far-flung as the international veneration of Anne Frank, the blockbuster traveling exhibition called Auschwitz,” the Jewish history of the Chinese city of Harbin, and the little known righteous Gentile” Varian Fry, Dara Horn challenges us to confront the reasons why there might be so much fascination with Jewish deaths, as emblematic of the worst of evils the world has to offer, and so little respect for Jewish lives, as they continue to unfold in the present.


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

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
Fri, August 19 2022 22 Av 5782