House on Endless Waters: A Novel by Emuna Elon
Tuesday, November 9, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Joel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher. While touring the Jewish Museum, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful faces of his parents, his older sister, Nettie…and an infant he doesn’t recognize. This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam’s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger – but at a cost. Discussion led by Harry Cornbleet. To Connect with Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96289959946?pwd=WnNFT2ZSWkxkcGJ0L1NaQXVZSlhNZz09, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102
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: https://zoom.us/j/96289959946?pwd=WnNFT2ZSWkxkcGJ0L1NaQXVZSlhNZz09 To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 962 8995 9946, Password: 498102