Significant Jewish Book Club

Fran Lande  leads  spirited discussions about books that explore  different aspects of Jewish life, history, thought, and literature.

All are welcome to join in these discussions, whether or not you have had a chance to read the book.

For more information, please contact Life-Long Learning Chair Fran Lande at

                                                                  FOUR WEDNESDAY EVENINGS,  7 PM VIA ZOOM


Moshkeleh the Thief by Sholom Aleichem

The first English translation of Sholom Aleichem’s rediscovered novel, Moshkeleh the Thief has a riveting plot, an unusual love story, and a keenly observed portrayal of an underclass Jew replete with characters never seen before in Yiddish literature.


From Enemy to Friend: Jewish Wisdom and the Pursuit of Peace by Amy Eilberg

Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative Rabbi. The greatest heroism according to the Jewish and Muslim faiths is to “transform an enemy into a friend, to move from hatred to caring, from suspicion and fear, to embrace of the other.”


Getting Good at Getting Older by Richard Siegel and Rabbi Laura Geller

For all of us “of a certain age,” this National Jewish Book Award finalist provides us with the resources and skills to navigate the years between maturity and old age. It brings humor, warmth, and more than 4,000 years of Jewish experience to the question of how to shape this stage of life.


Peony: A Novel of China by Pearl S. Buck

By the acclaimed Nobel laureate, Peony tells of a Chinese woman in love with a Jewish man in nineteenth-century China. Noted for its subtle and balanced treatment of colliding traditions, the novel concerns love, identity, and the tragedy and beauty found at the intersection of two disparate cultures.

Previous Book Club Books

Can We Talk About Israel?


Conquering Fear by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


The Telling By Mike Gerson


The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War Book by Steven Pressfield


Mila 18 by Leon Uris


Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

My Future is in America: Autobiographies of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants edited by Jocelyn Cohen and Daniel Soyer

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman

The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler

Modern Conservative Judaism: Evolving Thought and Practice by Dr Elliot Dorff

On the Landing: Short Stories by Yenta Mash

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbors by Yossi Klein Halevi

The Betrayers by David Bezmogis

For more Jewish reading pleasure, visit Jewish Book Council