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MCJC Book Club Makes Its Picks

Following a Jewish thread yet mixing up the genres, MCJC’s Book Club will tackle an Israeli novella series, a split-screen work of historical fiction, and an autobiographical account of what it means to be Jewish in modern day New York.

The group will meet at MCJC on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 7 pm to discuss Three Floors Up by Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo. This compilation of three novellas explores the interconnected lives of the residents of an upper middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, people whose turmoils, secrets, confessions, and decisions reveal the ills of a society with an identity crisis.  

Next, on Thursday, March 14, the group 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.

Finally, 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.  

Learn with Rabbi Tom Wednesdays, Sundays

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Tom
Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

Explore Jewish history through the lens of the erratic, the unpredictable, the fascinating, and the truly inspiring.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week. Please bring your own veggie/dairy lunch.

The Jewish Way with Rabbi Tom
Sundays, 11:00 am

For almost four thousand years, Jews have influenced and inspired radial ideas, theologies, philosophies, and entire cultures throughout the world. And we have only just begun!

Learn about and experience the many faces of Judaism with Rabbi Tom on Sunday mornings at MCJC. Find those touchpoints of meaning and memory-making that Judaism offers.

Drop in whenever your schedule permits: for a single session or every week.

For more information on either of these classes, please contact Rabbi Tom at: rabbi@mcjconline.org or 815.455.1810.

Check MCJC’s calendar on this site for any schedule changes.

The MCJC Book Club

The MCJC Book Club continues to meet every other month. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM. We will discuss And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer.

This book is available in paperback format at libraries, book stores and online at Amazon.com, Alibris.com, and other book sites.

Rachel Kamin will facilitate our program. Tell a friend and bring them too! SEE YOU THEN!!!

Questions? Contact Rita at RivkaEFS@aol.com.

MCJC Book Club Report

MCJC Connections
March/April 2018 * Adar/Nissan/Iyar * Volume 5778

The MCJC Book Club meets every other month to discuss a Jewish themed book. It meets next on Thursday, March 15, at 7 pm, to discuss Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman.

Bertrand Court is a captivating novel told in short story form, intertwining seventeen narratives about the secrets of a cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to a suburban Washington, D.C., cul-de-sac.

This book is available in paperback format at libraries and bookstores, and online at Amazon, Alibris, and other book sites.

Rachel Kamin will again be our facilitator for this program.

The next book will be And After The Fire by Lauren Belfer, to be discussed May 10, 2018. For more information, please email books@mcjconline.org.

MCJC Book Club – Moonglow

Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7:00 pm
The MCJC Book Club continues to meet every other month! Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m. We will discuss MOONGLOW by Michael Chabon.
 
 
The MCJC Book Club continues to meet every other month. Our next meeting is Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 7:00 pm. 
We will discuss Moonglow by Michael Chabon. This is the story of a man who bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long-buried history and involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War !!, and the space program.
This book is available in paperback format at libraries, bookstores and online at Amazon, Alibris, and other book sites. Rachel Kamen will again be our facilitator for this program.
Future Book Club dates are March 15 and May 10, 2018. For more information, please see the Events Calendar on this site or contact Rita Janowitz at bookclub@mcjconline.org.

The MCJC Book Club November 2017 Meeting

MCJC Connections
November/December 2017 ~ Cheshvan/Kislev/Tevet ~ Vol. 5778

The MCJC Book Club continues to meet
every other month! Our next meeting will
be Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m.
We will discuss WINDY CITY BLUES
by Renee Rosen.
When her piano talents are discovered by a record company, Leeba becomes an accomplished songwriter and friend to several blues legends before her romance with a black guitarist is met by racism and anti-Semitism in segregated Chicago during the civil rights
era. This book is part of the Spertus One Book, One Community program. We may be able to SKYPE with
the author.

Our next meetings are scheduled for January 25,
March 15, and May 10, 2018.

Please help us choose three books we will read from
the descriptions of five books below suggested by our
facilitator, Rachel Kamin. Email your choices to Rita
Janowitz at bookclub@mcjconline.org.

Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Paperback)
A man bears witness to his grandfather’s deathbed confessions, which reveal his family’s long buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.

The First Love Story by Bruce Feiler (PB 3/20/18)
Presents a revelatory account of Adam and Eve’s symbolism as central figures in western imagination and their role in shaping humanity’s deepest feelings about relationships, family, and togetherness.

Bertrand Court by Michelle Brafman (PB)
The author of Washing the Dead intertwines seventeen
luminous narratives about the secrets of an unforgettable
cast of politicos, filmmakers, and housewives, all tied to
a suburban cul-de-sac.

Jumping Over Shadows: A Memoir by Annette Gendler (PB)
Like her Great-aunt Resi, Annette Gendler, a German,
fell in love with a Jewish man. But unlike her aunt,
whose marriage was destroyed by “the Nazi times,”
Gendler found a way to make her impossible love survive.

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer (PB)
A tale inspired by historical events, traces the experiences of two women whose lives are transformed by a mysterious Johann Sebastian Bach choral masterpiece.