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Beth Tikvah Congregation

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Early Childhood Center (ECC)

300 Hillcrest Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169  

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Book Club

Next Meeting: Mon, Jun 4th, 7:00 pm

For the June 4th meeting you should be reading The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis. June 4th is the least exciting 4th of the season. No fireworks like July 4th and no nerd humor like “May The 4th Be with You.” (This joke sponsored by Solo: A Star Wars Story – In Theatres May 25th). And did you know, the new Hans Solo star, Alden Ehrenreich, is Jewish and he attended a Reconstructionist synagogue in Los Angeles. Steven Spielberg discovered Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah. Steven Spielberg’s daughter happened to be friends with the bat mitzvah girl, and the director attended the ceremony where he saw a home movie Alden had made. Ehrenreich described the movie as a “piece of sh–,” but Spielberg clearly saw something in his performance. (This fact sponsored by Solo: A Star Wars Story – In Theatres May 25th).

41g4Tszv2CL. SX321 BO1204203200 For the July 9th meeting, we have selected Waking Lions by Ayelet Gunder-Goshen. “After completing over a nineteen hour shift at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, Eitan Green, an arrogant, brilliant neurosurgeon, speeds on a desert road and accidentally hits an Eritrean man. Green, in shock, gets out of his red SUV and performs a quick clinical check on the victim: with a crushed skull leaking spinal fluid, nothing can save him. The surgeon gets back into his vehicle and drives home. The next morning, while Liat, the surgeon's wife, a crack Israeli detective, leans over the Eritrean's corpse, still lying in the road, and tries to reconstruct the accident scene to catch the hit-and-run driver, her husband answers the door of their home. There, a statuesque, Eritrean woman, the victim's wife, silently hands him the wallet Eitan dropped at the crime scene. She speaks Hebrew and orders him to meet her at 10 PM in an abandoned garage near the accident site. With heart pounding intensity, the reader gets sucked into a story of tenderness and violence, love and lust, deceit and trust, economic disparity and racial intolerance. Amazingly, this work is Gundar-Goshen's debut novel and it is masterfully written!” Amazon Reviewer. NewPaperback $10.87, Kindle $9.99, Audiobook available

51s5miLY1bL. SX329 BO1204203200 For the August 6th meeting, we will read and discuss We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter. When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family’s staggering history. “I absolutely loved this book. I have read many stories detailing the horrors Jews faced throughout Europe before, during, and after World War II....and expected this story to be similar. It was different...I connected with it far more that other stories of the same genre. Perhaps knowing it was based on the author's family made it all the more moving” Amazon Reviewer. New Paperback $9.60, Kindle $11.99, Audiobook available

 

We will skip the September meeting. Between Labor Day and the High Holidays, who has time to stay inside and read and kibitz?


Meetings are at the temple the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm unless moved due to holiday conflicts. To request a copy of any book mentioned, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Place your order this week and if you let me know you will be there I will bring your book to the June meeting saving you nothing, but making my life easier since I can place a bulk order rather than a bunch of separately addressed orders. And you DO want to make my life easier.

Steve Kleinman - Group Bookie
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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.

Adult Education Upcoming Events

21 Jul
Torah Study
07.21.2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am
23 Jul
Searchers meeting
07.23.2018 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
28 Jul
Torah Study
07.28.2018 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Book Club Reading List

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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.