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Jewish Women's Book Club

Jewish Women's Book Club


Jewish Women's Book Club

books.jpgAll women are invited to the Jewish Women's Book Club! Explore and discuss some great books that may have been off your radar, and expand your horizons.
Happy page-turning!

Jewish Women's Book Club Committee

We are currently reading:

“Samarkand – the Underground with Far-Reaching Impact”, by Rabbi Hillel Zaltzman.

The book (originally in Hebrew and recently translated) tells of the Chassidic underground in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, with the far-reaching impact it had on other Jews. It is a non-fiction documentary that gives an uplifting view of Jewish survival and Soviet history from the inside.

The book is available for purchase here.

The Book Club will be meeting on July 6, 2016, to discuss.

Our next meeting :

July 6, 2016 at 8:00 pm in Skokie.

We have read:

Shea Hecht
When it was released in 1985, Confessions of a Jewish Cultbuster revolutionized the Jewish world. In an honest look at cults, the ways they attract youth, and how to stop them, it revealed actual case histories of Jewish youngsters rescued, deprogrammed and returned to their families. A completely revised and updated edition includes provocative new stories and a fresh look at the challenges of the day.
Joseph Telushkin
“One of the greatest religious biographies ever written.” – Dennis Prager

In this enlightening biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic and widespread organizations ever seen in the Jewish world. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.
Miriam Karp
How does a nice, atheist, suburban girl become a chicken-soup-toting, kabbalah-quoting, Chassidic mother of a large family? From childhood, Miriam longed for something more. In this down-to-earth memoir, she takes you on her journey through intense searching, raucous hippie adventures, soaring delights and bitter disappointments as she discovers the world of Torah observance.
Rabbi Meyer Juzint
Juzint, a Holocaust survivor, scholar and poet, taught right here in Chicago at Ida Crown Jewish Academy from the 1940s until his retirement in the late ’90s. He was also on the faculty of the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie for many years. Thousands of students were influenced by his scholarly yet warm and gentle teaching methods.

To remember all that happened to him in four horrendous years of hiding, living in ghettoes and concentration camps and working at hard labor under the Nazi regime, he wrote down his experiences on little scraps of paper that he hid in various places.
Yossi Klein HaLevi
In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present.
Dr. Eben Alexander
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Elie Wiesel
Elie Wiesel enters, like an impassioned pilgrim, the universe of Hasidism. "When I am asked about my Jewish affiliation, I define myself as a Hasid,” writes the author. "Hasid I was, Hasid I remain". Yet Souls on Fire is not a simple chronological history of Hasidism, nor is it a comprehensive book on its subject. Rather, Elie Wiesel has captured the essence of Hasidism through tales, legends, parables, sayings, and deeply personal reflections.
Puah Shteiner
This is a fascinating, first-hand account of the fall and evacuation of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, as witnessed through the eyes of a young girl living there in 1948, complete with maps and photos.
Miriam Cohen
This is a gripping, true account of a handicapped widow's forced separation from her infant daughter, the years of longing and searching, the legal battle, and the subsequent destruction brought by the Nazis. Open this book and you will step into the world of a generation gone, of pre- and post-war Hungarian Jewry, as young Leichu moves between two communities and their divergent lifestyles.
Avraham Schwartzbaum
Back in the 1970's, it was uncommon to see non-Asian families in the USA adopting babies from China. It was even rarer for a Jewish family to do so. This is the fascinating story of how adopting a Chinese baby leads an American professor and his wife to the discovery of their own Jewish heritage.