Sunday, January 21 at 10:30AM
Join us for our next book discussion! We will discuss Small Great Things, a #1 New York Times Bestseller! With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, Small Great Things is the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult.
What They’re Saying about the book:
“Jodi Picoult is never afraid to take on hot topics, and in Small Great Things, she tackles race and discrimination in a way that will grab hold of you and refuse to let you go. . . . This page-turner is perfect for book clubs.”—Popsugar
Small Great Things is the most important novel Jodi Picoult has ever written. . . . It will challenge her readers . . . [and] expand our cultural conversation about race and prejudice.” —The Washington Post
The book can be purchased online on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble among other places.
Dena Marks, Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League, will lead our discussion. A light breakfast will be provided. To sign up, contact Justin at 713-782-4162 or email@example.com.
Monday, November 6 at 7:30PM
Our next book club event is in connection with The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival at the Jewish Community Center (5601 South Braeswood Boulevard, Houston, TX 77096).
HCRJ’s own, Lori Farris, is co-chairing “Take Your Pick: Reading as a Community” with Julia Dahl and Brian Platzer in November. Dahl, author of Conviction, and Platzer, author of Bed-Stuy Is Burning, will be attendance to discuss their books. HCRJ has books for sale in the temple office. Conviction is $28.13 and Bed-Stuy is Burning is $28.15. Free entry to the Take Your Pick program is included with your book purchase and supports the JCC. Interested in attending, but not planning to read the book? HCRJ has you covered. We are a community partner for the festival and we have 10 free tickets available to this program. Attendees are invited to a VIP wine and cheese reception at the JCC prior to the discussion.
To sign up, please contact Justin at 713-782-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 27 at 2:00PM
by Betty Baer
Thirty years ago, Betty Baer was incarcerated in a Texas prison for a spray painting offense she did not commit. She was convicted because of her leftist beliefs. With poignancy and humor, her new memoir reflects on her Jewish New York roots, the sixties radical movement, life behind bars and the criminal justice system, a story that remains relevant today.
Betty Baer grew up in a Jewish middle class suburb of New York and moved to Houston in the 1970’s to spread the revolution. Following her incarceration, she graduated college and became an occupational therapist at the VA hospital. She lives in Houston with her husband and family.
We have copies of Betty’s memoir available for purchase for $15 in the temple office. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go back to HCRJ.
To sign up for this book event, please contact Justin at 713-782-4162 or email@example.com.
Sunday, June 4 at 10:30AM
by Ellen Goldberg
Join us on Sunday, June 4 at 10:30am as Ellen Goldberg visits HCRJ to discuss her book, Finding a Bride and Other Adventures of a Jewish Mother in India.
What happens when Umesh “Mike” Jain, a young company comptroller, takes his boss’ wife to help him search for a suitable marriage partner in India? The heart-warming, sometimes humorous account, has some unexpected revelations. Based on Ellen Goldberg’s 1982 journal, this book is the unique story of her first trip out of the United States.
Using excerpts from the book, Ellen will tell stories of her adventures. She will discuss how her experience in India launched her passion to unite communities through international work. She has done extensive work with “Sister Cities” and other organizations. Ellen will also tell us about international opportunities in Houston to build peace and solve problems in the world.
Copies of the book are available for $20 at the temple office. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go back to HCRJ.
Indian pastries and Chai Tea will accompany our discussion on June 4. To sign up, please contact Justin at 713-782-4162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 26 at 10:30AM
“The Loneliest Marriage: The Irish and Jewish Short Story Traditions” with Robert Cremins, an HCRJ member and Lecturer at The Honors College at the University of Houston
The title of this presentation, “Loneliest Marriage”, comes from an observation made by the Irish writer Frank O’Connor, one of the great practitioners and theorists of the short story: “J.D. Salinger makes a bold bid for our sympathy by producing characters who are the product of a Jewish-Irish marriage—the loneliest combination of submerged populations one can imagine.” By “submerged population,” O’Connor meant a group of people pushed to the margins of society, and often ignored or caricatured in other forms of literature. But the short story is a form that specializes in shining a sympathetic light on the marginalized. It has flourished in Jewish and Irish culture (and indeed here in the American South). Is it any great surprise then to find archetypal Jewish figures such as the schlemiel and the luftmensch discernible in Irish short stories, or that James Joyce was a student of Jewish culture? We’ll meet luftmenschen both on the streets of Dublin and in the lost world of the shtetl (“Gimpel the Fool” and “A Little Cloud”). And in masterworks by Bashevis Singer (“The Cafeteria”) and Joyce (“The Dead”), we’ll consider the proposition that the most powerful stories from both cultures (which, of course, overlap) are ghost stories.
January 22 at 10:45AM
by Gloria Goldreich
with slide lecture presentation by Ellen Orseck
November 12 at 8:00PM
Film Screening at 44th Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair at Jewish Community Center: A Tale of Love and Darkness
September 18 at 10:30AM
by Leah Lax
by Mishka Ben-David
by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell
to be determined
by Anita Diamont
by Neville D. Frankel
Violins of Hope
by James A. Grymes
An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba
by Ruth Behar
By Jodi Picoult
A Guide for the Perplexed
By Dara Horn
The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century
by David Laskin
November 10 at 8:00 PM at ERJCC
The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair
Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation
by Stephen D. Smith
a documentary film about the Jews who escaped the holocaust via China.
My Father’s Paradise
by Ariel Sabar
by William Landay
In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson
A Dual Inheritance: A Novel
by Joanna Hershon
by Alice Hoffman
Flowers in the Blood
by Gay Courter
A Thread of Grace
by Mary Doria Russell
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