Book Group

jfs bookbeatAlways wanted to join a book group but haven’t found the right one?

Look no further! The JFS Book Beat series features compelling reads of interest to the Jewish community that you won’t want to miss. Developed for those who love to read and who love to discuss what they are reading, JFS Book Beat discussions are stimulating and enjoyable. For more information or to find out about our next book, check our calendar or contact JFS.

October 4The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen – A wealthy Manhattan matron learns she has only a short time left to live and yearns to pass on her family legacy and traditions to her granddaughters. But Suzanne and Francesca, as trendy young women, are enmeshed in their careers and have little interest in their Jewish past. A surprise encounter with the ghost of one of their ancestors leads these women on a trek across Europe that both acquaints them with their roots and brings new love into their lives.

November 29Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese – From the dawn of the 20th century to the devastation of World War II, this exhilarating novel of love, war, art, and family gives voice to two extraordinary women and brings to life the true story behind the creation and near destruction of Gustav Klimt’s most remarkable paintings. The intertwined tales of two women across more than a hundred years, juxtaposes passion and discovery against hatred and despair, and shines a light on our ability to love, to destroy, and above all, to endure.

January 24The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the 20th Century by David Laskin By tracing the roots of his own family, Laskin captures the epic sweep of the 20th century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, lives, and choices of his ancestors: scholars and farmers, revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, tycoons and truck drivers. This is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

March 7 – We Are the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter – In the spring of 1939 three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives in Radom, Poland. Soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable, and the Kurcs will be flung to far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate their own path to safety. Told from alternating points of view;, driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

May 2Peony by Pearl S. Buck – A little known classic about an even lesser known community – the Jews of China. Young Peony is sold into a rich Chinese/Jewish household as a “bondmaid” – an awkward role in which she is more than a servant, but less than a daughter – and she falls in love with the family’s son. Based on true events in China over a century ago, the conflicts inherent in the Chinese and Jewish temperaments are delicately and intricately traced with profound wisdom and delicate understanding in this highly readable tale.

June 27Wild Card: The group will help select a hot new title.

At 7 pm we will serve light refreshments so that there is ample time for socialization, and at 7:30 pm the book discussion begins.

Facilitator: Judi Margolin, librarian, workshop leader and avid reader

Fee: $175 for the series or $30 per session

Location: JFS, One Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich, CT

How do I sign up for the next JFS Book Beat?

To participate in our Book Beat series or to get more information on our next movie feature, please call 203-622-1881 or simply complete the online form below:





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