Readers Group

The Beth Israel Readers Group invites congregants and friends to our monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. Books are chosen from various subjects, and we welcome our Clergy and visiting facilitators. Skype interviews with authors are also offered periodically. We also participate in the annual ERJCC Community Read.

To be added to the list, please contact Temple Librarian Judy Weidman.

2020 Schedule for Readers Group:

  • February 17: The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed-Race Girl by Marra B Gad.  A touching memoir revealing racism in many forms.  Wayne Dorris will facilitate.  Limited Copies available to borrow from the library.
  • March 17: Suddenly, A Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret.  Rabbi Aaron Sataloff has choosen this book of short stories by the famous Israeli author.  Copies avilable at the Beth Israel Library.
  • April 21: Being Heumann: an Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann.  Rabbi Adrienne Scott will discuss this impressive memoir of a leader in the movement to pass the American Disability Act.  Copies available at the Houston Public Library and the Beth Israel Library.
  • May 19: Untamed by Glennon Doyle.  Cantor Star Trompeter has chosen this bestseller to discuss with us.  A few copies will be available at our library but reserve a copy NOW at the Houston Public Library if you are plannig to borrow it there.  This is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!  “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.”- Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club X Hello Sunshine Book Pick)
  • June 16: Title to be announced.  David Scott will be joining our group again.


Scroll through the images below to view photos from some of our fun, exciting events!

Barbara Hordern leads the Readers Group discussion of “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

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Rabbi Lyon Leads Readers’ Group

On May 23, 2018 Rabbi Lyon joined the Readers Group to discuss “Homo Deus: a Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Harari. By posing questions and relating the author’s theory of the future of mankind, Rabbi Lyon led a lively discussion of the book. As always, his annual visit to the group was enthusiastically received.  

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Alexandra Silber Skype Session

On March 28, 2018, the Readers Group enjoyed a Skype visit with Alexandra Silber, author of “After Anatevka”, a novel that follows characters from “Fiddler on the Roof”. Ms. Silber, an actress that has performed two roles in the play on Broadway and London, was inspired to write this fictional follow-up. She wowed the large group that attended the meeting with her insights and personal story. “

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