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Exploring the World of Judaism - What the Books We Read Say About Us

Join our speaker Howard Freedman, the director of the Jewish Community Library.

Jewish Book Month got its start in the 1920s, before Philip Roth was a twinkle in his parents' eyes.   How have Jewish books and their role in our lives changed since then? 

Join Howard Freedman for a look at the newest trends in Jewish literature and explore how books have historically reflected our changing relationships to our own heritage and to our surrounding cultures.  Meet other readers, share about your favorite books and hear what others are reading.  

Susan Denniston - Talking about "Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant," by Roz Chast
Nancy Floerke - Talking about " No Book But the World" by Leah Hager Cohen
Linda Goldstein - Talking about "All I Love and Know," by Judith Frank
Karen Hanson - Talking about "Like Dreamers: The Story of Insraeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation" by Yossie Klein Halevi
Jane Hiatt -Talking about "Love and Treasure" By Ayelet Waldman
Yelena Kraz  - Talking about "A Replacement Life" by Boris Fishman
Barbara Knipe - Talking about "Little Failure" by Gary Shteyngart
MIchael Liebermann - Talking about "Suddenly Love"   by Aharon Appelfeld
Gail Pomerantz - Talking about "My Mother's Secret: A Novel Based on a True Holocaust Story" by J.L. Witterick
Dianne Portnoy - Talking about "A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales," by Ruth Calderon
Jack Siegel - Talking about "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" by Ari Shavit

Howard Freedman is the director of the Jewish Community Library, a program of Jewish LearningWorks.  He has taught widely, frequently leads book discussion groups and has a monthly column on new Jewish books in the j Weekly. 

He lives with his wife and children in San Francisco, where he is an active member of Congregation Beth Sholom. He plays a number of instruments and is a devoted fan of Jewish music from a variety of lands and eras.


November 23rd, 2014 9:40 AM   through   11:40 AM

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