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:

  • October 21: The Boy: a Holocaust Story by Dan Porat, which will be led by our own Wayne Dorris.

    November 18: ERJCC Community Read
    Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter caught between Chador and America by Esther Armini.  Robyn Shkonik will again join us to facilitiate.

  • December 16: Ramblings of a Texan Rabbi by Jimmy Kessler, who will lead the discussion. Rabbi Kessler is well known to many in our congregation and he is a renowned storyteller.  Free download is available on

  • January 20: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  Barbara Horden will facilitate.

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

Author Claudia Kolker meets the Readers Group on June 27, 2018

Claudia Kolker, Beth Israel congregant and author led a great discussion of her book “The Immigrant Advantage: what we can learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope.” The book proves to be particularly relevant today and the Readers Group enjoyed a very substantive conversation with her.

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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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