Jewish Book Discussion Group

Jewish Book Discussion Group (Zoom)

Wednesday, February 22,  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Theory of Death: A Decker/Lazarus Novel 
by Faye Kellerman, 23rd in Decker/Lazarus series
Note: this event has been moved from Sunday 2/11 and is now on Zoom
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department, when the body of a man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity. The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. To connect with Zoom:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 830 6504 7904, Passcode: 439471, The discussion will be led by Paul Freudenthal.

Short Story (title TBD)

Saturday, March 11,  12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
led by Joanne Cornbleet

The Hidden Palace: The Golem and the Jinni (Beit Midrash)

Saturday, April 15, 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
by Helene Wecker, led by Ginny Baird
Wecker returns, eight years after The Golem and the Jinni, with a sequel that brings the saga into the 20th century. In a blend of romance, Mary Shelley–esque horror, and folklore, Wecker recounts the continuing adventures of Chava, the Jewish golem, and Ahmad, the Arabian jinni. Wecker skillfully combines the storylines of numerous other players, good and evil, in a story that, while self-contained, gives every promise of being continued. An enchanting tale that, though demanding lots of suspended disbelief, pleases on every page.

The Netanyahus

Saturday, May 13, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Joshua Cohen, led by Ruth Kohan
Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian-but not an historian of the Jews-is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host, to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. Mixing fiction with non-fiction, the campus novel with the lecture, The Netanyahus is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics-“An Account of A Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family” that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers.