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Beth Tikvah Congregation

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300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

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Book Club

Mon, Feb 5, 7:00 pm

For February, will be looking at the novel The Boat Runner. What will make this evening special is that the author, Devin Murphy, will join us for our conversation. Devin is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University.While this is his debut novel, his fiction has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologiesincluding the Chicago Tribune.And the best part?Devin and his family are members of Beth Tikvah and our Early Childhood Center. Please join us.

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Steve Kleinman - Group Bookie
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windy.pngAt our November 6th meeting we discussed Windy City Blues by author Renee Rose. As part of Jewish Book Month, this book was first selected by the Spertus Institute as the One Book | One Community selection, in which a single book is the focus for the Chicago Jewish Community. The BTBC adopted it as our monthly choice and we are glad we did. The author lives in Chicago and the many references to locations we were familiar with made reading the book even more enjoyable. See the November JUF News for more information on the book and writer. Rated four matzo balls and a guitar pick.

For the last meeting of the year on December 4th, the book setting moves from Chicago to New York but we head to The Bagel at Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie for a 6:30 dinner. Come join us and RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we save you a seat and some brisket. 

Joshua

Oh yeah, and between bites we may even discuss the December book, Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane. “Andrew Kane’s encompassing novel addresses racism, bigotry, race relations, community relations, personal responsibility and love. The beautifully written novel flows quickly, and offers passionate, descriptive images of the racial tensions during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s in New York.”  At this moment, the Kindle version is a bargain at $5.38, good condition used copies at $16-$17, new paperbacks at $19.95, and the audio book is $21.95.

boatrunnerWe take a break and don’t have a meeting in January, but are planning an exciting event for Monday February 5th. The book selection is The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy. Devin is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bradley University. His fiction has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologies. Oh, and Devin is a member of Beth Tikvah and will be our special guest at the meeting. More details to follow.

Meetings are at the temple the first Monday of the month at 7:00pm, unless moved due to holiday conflicts. 

Want in on the awesome power of the book club’s ordering machine? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to order a copy of any of these books. Or go to smile.amazon.com and set the temple up as the recipient of Amazon’s charitable contribution on anything you order yourself. 

Steve Kleinman - Group Bookie

jazz palaceFor June 5th, retreat to your listening room and absorb The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris. In the midst of boomtown Chicago, two Jewish families have suffered terrible blows. The Lehrmans lost their beloved son Harold in a blizzard. The Chimbrovas lost three of their boys on the SS Eastland when it sank in 1915. Each family holds out hope that one of their remaining children will rise to carry on the family business. But Benny Lehrman has no interest in making hats. At night, he sneaks down to the South Side, slipping into predominantly black clubs to hear jazz groups play.

officer and spyFor July 10th, we delve into An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris. This is historical fiction about the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage.

 

  

All readers are welcome. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to order a copy of any of these books.

sidonias thread

For May 8th, we will be reading Sidonia's Thread: The Secrets of a Mother and Daughter Sewing a New Life in America by Hanna Perlstein Marcus. When Hanna Perlstein and her mother, Sidonia, come to Springfield, Massachusetts from a displaced persons camp after World War II they build a world that revolves around Sidonia's extraordinary talent with a needle and thread to create beautiful garments while Hanna serves as her dutiful model. As Sidonia becomes well-known, she continues to keep her inner secrets about her past hidden not only from her daughter but from everyone else. Sidonia's Thread uses sewing metaphors to tell the tale of these two women as though stitched together like a handmade garment.

Read more: Book Club - May to July

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Book Club Guru, Steve Kleinman
BookClub@beth-tikvah.org

Book Club

So many books so little time

The Beth Tikvah Book Club, sponsored by Adult Education, meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Temple, adjusted for holidays. We have for a lively discussion of a book we’ve selected and read. The chosen books have a connection to Judaism, and may be historical, cultural, fictional, or non-fiction.