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Jewish Book Discussion Group

Shanda: A memoir of Shame and SEcrecy

Saturday, May 18, 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, led by Ruth Kohan
An intimate memoir from a founding editor of Ms. magazine who grew up in a Jewish immigrant family mired in secrets, haunted by their dread of shame and stigma, determined to hide their every imperfection—and in denial or despair when they couldn’t.

Hitler in Los Angeles:
How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America

by Steven Ross
Saturday, June 8, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
This book reveals the little known story of a private Los Angeles spy operation organized by attorney Leon Lewis — which included Neil Ness, Joseph Roos, and Charles Slocombe — to stop the rise of Nazis from killing the city’s Jews and sabotaging the nation’s military installations. This book also discusses Nazi threats and their influence on Hollywood film content and the sometimes conflicted role of German consul Georg Gyssling, and also Los Angeles’s anti-Semitic political movements. The discussion will be led by Shmuel Shottan.

  • July 13 – TBD
  • August 10 – Kantika by Elizabeth Graver, led by Harry Cornbleet
  • September 14 – TBD
  • October 19 – Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy, led by Judy  Paktor (NOTE: 3rd Saturday, because October 12 is Yom Kippur)
  • November 9 – Short story reading aloud and discussion, led by Joanne Cornbleet
  • December 14 – TBD