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Israeli Book Club

Sunday, October 14 | 5:00-6:30PM | Location Given Upon registration 

BJ’s Israeli Book Club is more than just your typical reading group—it is an intimate encounter with Israeli culture, society, and politics. Join us for a good read and nuanced conversation that will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary Israeli issues.

About Our Holocaust

Beautifully translated from Hebrew, Our Holocaust is a novel narrated by a nameless child of Holocaust survivors. A prizewinner in Israel, it tells the story of relatives who are “collected” by virtue of the fact that they themselves have no one to call their own family since many of their parents, children, brothers and siblings were murdered during the Holocaust.

Amir and Effi collected relatives. With Holocaust survivors for parents and few other ‘real’ relatives alive, relationships operated under a “Law of Compression” in which tenuous connections turned friends into uncles, cousins and grandparents. Life was framed by Grandpa Lolek, the parsimonious and eccentric old rogue who put his tea bags through Selektion, and Grandpa Yosef, the neighborhood saint, who knew everything about everything, but refused to talk of his own past. Amir and Effi also collected information about what happened Over There. This was more difficult than collecting relatives; nobody would tell them any details because they weren’t yet Old Enough. The intrepid pair won’t let this stop them, and their quest for knowledge results in adventures both funny and alarming, as they try to unearth their neighbors’ stories. As Amir grows up, his obsession with understanding the Holocaust remains with him, and finally Old Enough to know, the unforgettable cast of characters that populate his world open their hearts, souls, and pasts to him.

Buy this book from BJ’s page on Amazon and a small portion of the proceeds will be donated back to us at no additional cost to you.

Book Club Reads

August 5:
Pumpkinflowers
October 14:
Our Holocaust
December 2:
Second Person, Singular
January 13:
One Night, Markovich

 

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March 10:
A Trumpet in the Wadi
April 14:
TBD
June 9:
Moving On From Bliss

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