Category Archives: Book Club

MCJC Book Club wraps up the 2018/19 Season and plans for 2019/20

Over the past year, discussions among MCJC Book Club book choices ranged from a novella based in Israel, to historical fiction rooted in ancient Christianity, to an autobiographical account of what it means to be Jewish in modern day New York. 

The group met four times from fall through spring, and each time, the discussions were enhanced by the skilled guidance of our facilitator, Rachel Kamin, a recognized authority on Jewish literature and director of the cultural and learning center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El.  

The Book Club is taking the summer off and will meet next at 7 pm on Thursday, Sept. 12, to discuss The Weight of Ink, a novel by Rachel Kadish.  An intellectual, suspenseful, and entertaining page-turner, The Weight of Ink tells the story of two remarkable women separated by three centuries, the ambition that connects them, and the power of the written word.

Anyone can join the ‘club’ at any time…if a particular book piques your interest, please come!  For more information, contact Rita Janowitz at books@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Book Club To Explore What It Means To Be Jewish In Modern Day New York

On Thursday, May 30 at 7:00 pm, the MCJC Book Club will meet to discuss My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin.

Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant, and chronicles her journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism in this captivating, educational, and inspiring memoir.

All are welcome to participate in the Book Club at any time. Rachel Kamin, director of the cultural and learning center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El, facilitates all discussions.

We encourage participants to make a donation of $36 to MCJC to help cover the cost of the facilitator. For more information, contact Rita Janowitz at books@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Book Club Meets March 14

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, our MCJC Book Club will gather to discuss The Cloister by James Carroll. A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Heloise.

Then on Thursday, May 30, the group will discuss My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin. Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant and chronicles her journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism in this captivating, educational, and inspiring memoir.

All are welcome to participate in the Book Club at any time. Rachel Kamin, director of the cultural and learning center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth-El, facilitates all discussions.

We encourage participants to make a donation of $36 to MCJC to help cover the cost of the facilitator. For more information, contact Rita Janowitz at books@mcjconline.org.