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Of course you do.  But I really mean something different.  Are you a reader?

Are books important to you?  While a good mystery is fun, do you also like books that make you think?  Does good literature fire your imagination?

I’m that kind of person.  And that’s one reason why I started the TBA Book Group.  We have read nearly 200 books, all in some way about Jews, Judaism and Jewish life.  We’ve read classics and new releases, books on the Holocaust, Israel and American Jewry, books written in English and translated from a dozen languages, books that cover every aspect of the Jewish experience.  I’ve learned a lot from reading those books.  And I’ve learned even more from the amazing conversations with my fellow readers.

So if that sounds good to you…join us!  We generally meet at 7:30 PM on the first Thursday of the month, and you can find all the details here.

the_extra_by_a-b-_yehoshuaThis year’s first session takes place on Thursday, October 6.  We read The Extra, by A.B. Yehoshua, who many consider Israel’s greatest living author.  The plot involves an Israeli harpist, living in The Netherlands, who returns home when her mother moves into assisted living.  Her personal intrigue includes an ex-husband still carrying a torch, a brother who resents bearing the family burdens alone, and an ambivalent relationship with the music she could play only if she left the country.  Seeing through the eyes of a yoredet, one who has left, we look at Israel from a special and provocative perspective.  I read the book in the spring and reread it last week; the glowing reviews are more than justified.

You can easily find the books we read at the library, at bookstores, and online.  And my assistant, Debbie Meron (dmeron@tbanj.org), generally has copies available to lend.  Email her if you would like to reserve one.  I look forward eagerly to each month’s book group session.  Every month a different voice presents our world to us in a different way, enriching us individuals and as Jews and, of course…as readers.

Are you a reader, too?  We’d love to have you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Kulwin


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