EVENING BOOK GROUP:
Join us in discussing contemporary Jewish-themed books with the Sinai Temple Book Group. We are open to all who are interested in good books and good conversation. Come to one or all of our meetings, held in the Lainer Learning Center’s Library Classroom and facilitated by Lisa Silverman, Library Director.
This season we are reading the following titles:
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gillman
April 30, 2015 7:30 p.m. in library classroom.
In 1913, Malka Treynovsky flees Russia for New York with her family. Shortly after, Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street and is taken in by an Italian ices peddler. She manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness and slowly, she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, "The Ice Cream Queen.” Lillian's rise to fame and fortune spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of American history itself. Conniving, profane, and irreverent, she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.
The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis
June 4, 2015 7:30 p.m.
The story depicts one fraught, momentous day in the life of Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who now finds himself a disgraced Israeli politician. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the settlements in the West Bank, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior, and the besieged couple escapes to Yalta, where Kotler comes face-to-face with the former friend whose denunciation sent him to the Gulag almost forty years earlier.
Facilitated by Lisa Silverman, Library Director