Jewish Book Club

Jewish Book Club

A small group gathered for our most recent meeting (Sunday, January 21st) and had a lively discussion of Between Gods, by Allison Pick. This was our first interstate session, with Zoya Zeman joining us from Tucson via Facetime. (Remember that this is an option if you are traveling and don't want to miss a book group session!) People found Allison Pick's story of secret connections to Judaism relatable. Her therapist's line, "You can't heal the Holocaust" resonated for several people. A working theme that Suzanne put forward was: "What if there's a family secret that you can still do something about?"

Our next meeting will be:

March 18, 1:30-3:30

Walt Library, Room 2
6701 South 14th Street (68512)
(South of Old Cheney Road on S. 14th , near Cooper YMCA)

Bringing of treats is permitted. (Thanks, Wendy Weiss, for the wonderful pumpkin bread at the Sunday meeting!) Also note that this is not intended to be a women's-only group; it just keeps turning out that way!

Members attending the last meeting picked a couple of graphic novels for our next session.

1. The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West by Steve Sheinkin (There are actually three Rabbi Harvey books, published by Jewish Lights Publishing. Read any one of the series, or read all three.)

Jewish Lights Publishing says about Volume 1: “After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring, the people invited Harvey to stay on as the town’s rabbi. In Harvey’s adventures in Elk Spring, he settles disputes, tricks criminals into confessing, and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight and Hasidic wisdom. Each story presents Harvey with a unique challenge—from convincing a child that he is not actually a chicken, to retrieving stolen money from a sweet-faced bubbe gone bad. Like any good collection of Jewish folktales, these stories contain layers of humor and timeless wisdom that will entertain, teach and, especially, make you laugh.”

2. Soviet Daughter: A Graphic Revolution by Julia Alekseyeva

Amazon says: “Soviet Daughter provides a window into the life of a rebellious, independent woman coming of age in the USSR, and the impact of her story and her spirit on her American great-granddaughter, two extraordinary women swept up in the history of their tumultuous times.”

Note: There are reports that the display of graphic novels on Kindle-type devices can be a little clunky.