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Book Group

Bet Mishpachah’s lively, long-running Book Group meets every six to eight weeks. All are welcome and there's nothing to join. 

Books generally have either a Jewish and/or an LGBTQ+ theme, and alternate between fiction and non-fiction works. Recent meetings have discussed non-fiction work such as David: The Divided Heart by Rabbi David Wolpe; An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil by Anthony David; and The Liar by Israeli writer Ayelet Gundar-Goshen to name a few.

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On Sunday, August 21st at 4:00 pm, the Bet Mishpachah Book Group will discuss Antiquities, the latest book by noted author Cynthia Ozick.  This short novel has been widely praised by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, the Jewish Review of Books and many other reviewers. In Antiquities, Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie is preparing a memoir of his days at the now-defunct Temple Academy for Boys, intertwined with the troubling distractions of present events. As he navigates, with faltering recall, between the subtle anti-Semitism that pervaded the school's ethos and his fascination with his own family's heritage - in particular, his illustrious cousin, the renowned archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie - he reconstructs the passions of a childhood encounter with the oddly named Ben-Zion Elefantin, a mystifying older pupil who claims descent from Egypt's Elephantine Island. From this seed emerges one of Cynthia Ozick's most wondrous tales, touched by unsettling irony and the elusive flavor of a Kafka parable, and weaving, in her own distinctive voice, myth and mania, history and illusion.  Available in hardcover or Kindle.

Mon, November 28 2022 4 Kislev 5783