Ohr Kodesh Book Club

November 7, 2018 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Salzberg Family Library

The Ohr Kodesh Book Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon at Ohr Kodesh (in the Salzberg Family Library).

Books selections are chosen by the club's members, alternating fiction and non-fiction every other month, and are generally limited to books no longer than 400 pages in length. New participants will be welcomed!


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1; 12:00-1:30 PM  Salzberg Family Library

Book for discussion will be: Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon.

From the National Book Award–winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression comes a monumental new work, a decade in the writing, about family. In Far from the Tree, Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so.

Solomon’s startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal, as are the triumphs of love Solomon documents in every chapter.

Feel free to bring a dairy or parve lunch to the meeting. Coffee will be provided.
For further information, contact Book Club Coordinator Barry Cantor at 301-933-3776 or barcando [at] gmail [dot] com (barcando)@gmail.com.

Future dates: (Note - NO September meeting)

October 3, 2018 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm: "The Last Watchman of Old Cairo" by Michael David Lukas; A wonderfully rich” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel, a young man journeys from California to Cairo to unravel centuries-old family secrets.

Special: Sunday, October 21 @ 11:00 am: "Imi; A lifetime in the Days of the Family Mandel" by Terry Fred Horowitz.  Manny (IMI) Mandel is a docent at the Holocaust Museum, and often lectures there about the Jews of Hungary and their fate as WWII was in its final years. He was on the famous Kastner train which carried his mother, father and himself to Switzerland after a five month stay in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The author and Manny Mandel will discuss this book and the Jewish experience in Hungary during the last days of WWII.  The book will be available for purchase and personal inscription at the meeting.

November 7, 2018 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

December 5, 2018 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

January 2, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

February 6, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

March 6, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

April 3, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

May 1, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

June 5, 2019 - 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm

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