Today is March 26, 2019 -

Congregation B'nai Israel

152 Years of Consecrated Service to God, Torah and Israel.

6525 Sylvania Avenue, Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: (419) 517-8400

Sisterhood Book Club

The members of the Sisterhood Book Club have chosen our books for the upcoming year. Once again we have selected books that are available through the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system, either through the library directly or through its statewide affiliations with SearchOhio and OhioLink. Please let us know if you need help requesting them.

We will meet in the synagogue library at 10:30 a.m. on the designated dates. Based on the wonderful time we had sharing recipes and great food with the Joan Nathan book, King Solomon’s Table, at Cathy Sperling’s home with Chef Extraordinaire Miriam Beckerman, and the wonderful conversation with Joan Nathan, the members have decided to have another cookbook program in May.

We are again planning to have 2 Joint Synagogue Book Club programs and we will notify you about them as they are scheduled.

Here are the books and dates the members picked:

Tuesday, January 22, 2019: A conspiracy of paper.  David Liss, c. 2000.  An enthralling historical thriller set in 18th century England.  Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider, tracking down debtors and felons for aristrocratic clients.  He uncovers the beginnings of a new economic order based on stock speculation behind a web of deception and deceit.   Not in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library; 24 copies in SearchOhio, 3 large print books SearchOhio, and 12 copies in OhioLink.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019:  The last watchman of old Cairo. Michael Lukas, c. 2018.  In this spellbinding novel, a young man journey from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.  The son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father, he is pulled into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family.  The story of his family is entwined with that of the mission to rescue the sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the Ibn Ezra Synagogue in old Cairo at the end of the 19th century.  5 copies in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, 40 copies in SearchOhio.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019:  The Vilna vegetarian cookbook: garden-fresh recipes rediscovered and adapted for today’s kitchen.  Fania Lewando, c.2015.  In 1938, Fania Lewando, the proprietor of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna published a unique Yiddish vegetarian cookbook. Lewando and her husband were captured by  Soviet soldiers and perished during World War II.  Her book was presumed lost.  Now it has miraculously resurfaced through the efforts of YIVO and has been beautfully translated for a new generation.Not in the Toledo- Lucas County Public Library; 15 copies SearchOhio, 1 copy OhioLink.  (This will be an off-site program with bookclub members preparing recipes from the cookbook).

Tuesday, June 25, 2019:  The forgetting river: a modern tale of survival, identity and the Inquisition.  Doreen Carajal, c.2102The forgetting river is an unexpected and moving story of an American journalist who unravels her Catholic family’s long-buried Jewish ancestry in Spain. The author relates her travels to the centuries-old Andalucian town of Arcos de la Frontera, to investigate her lineage and recover her family’s original religious heritage.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019:  Letters to my Palestinian neighbors.  Yossi Klein Halevi,.c. 2018.    Lyrical and evocative, Letters to my Palestinian neighbors, is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland and help ensure that it succeeds as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East.  3 copies Toledo-Lucas County Public Library; 26 copies SearchOhio, 1 audio book SearchOhio; 4 copies OhioLink.

Carol Richman and Sharon Stein, Coordinators

The books are available through the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and also through its Search Ohio feature. If anyone needs help requesting books, please let either Carol or Sharon know.


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