Jewish Book Discussion Group

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, by Matti Friedman

Tuesday December 14, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
This tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel, but it is all true. Four agents at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the “Arab” Section, consisting of Jews who were native to the Arab world and had Arab identities, intended to gather intelligence and perform sabotage. In 1948, with Israel’s existence precarious, they went undercover in Beirut, where they spent two years operating out of a newsstand, collecting intelligence, and sending messages to Israel via a radio. This unit eventually emerged as the nucleus of Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency. Please note, the paperback edition has a slightly different subtitle. Discussion led by Alex Drukarev. To connect with Zoom: To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102


Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
When a controversial celebrity rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at the famed Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, retired private eye Amos Parisman― a sixtyish, no-nonsense Jewish detective who lives with his addled wife in Park La Brea―is hired by the temple’s board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a simple, tragic accident, the ante is raised when more people start to die or disappear, and Amos uncovers a world of treachery and hurt that shakes a large L.A. Jewish community to its core.  Discussion led by Paul Freudenthal. To Connect online:  To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102