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Book Group

The Havurah Book Group grew out of Havurah’s commitment to creating a vibrant Jewish community steeped in learning. The group allows us to know one another better through opportunities to share ideas and knowledge that excite us. One of the group’s goals is to become a venue for discussion of complex, controversial issues, discussions that may be difficult to have in other settings.

Meetings are held once monthly to discuss books that have been chosen by the group. We meet on Zoom (Zoom Room Bet - Members can log in to see Zoom room information) from 7 pm to 8:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Members are not obligated to come every month, and can come just to the book discussions that interest them. 

Book suggestions are gathered yearly. The person who suggests the book leads the discussion or arranges for someone else to do it. We currently read a mix of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs. Member suggestions can also include poetry and drama. 

More than 120 people are on the Book Discussion Google Group. (Click on "HS Book Discussion Google Group" below to join.) If you have questions or would like to be added to the email list please contact one of the chairs, Stacy Hankin.

Havurah Book Group 2023-2024 Discussion Schedule Chart

[Click here for blurbs on each book.]

September 26, 2023: The Treeline by Ben Rawlence (led by Harriet Cooke)

October 24, 2023: Comrades and Chicken Ranchers by Kenneth Kann (led by Holly Hoffnung)

November 28, 2023: The Dark Queens by Shelley Pukak (led by Maude Naroli)

December 26, 2023: The Promise by David Galgut (led by David Newman)

January 23. 2024: The Best Strangers in the World by Ari Shapiro (led by Beth Kaye)

February 27, 2024: Horse by Geraldine Brooks (led by Leah Hershey)

March 26, 2024: Apeirogon by Colum McCann (led by Marjorie Walters)

April 30, 2024: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (led by David Newman)

May 28, 2024: Whatever Happened to Antisemitism by Anthony Lerman (led by Joel Beinin)

June 25, 2024: All I Know and Love by Judith Frank (led by Beth Kaye)

July 23, 2024: Learning from the Germans  by Susan Neiman (led by Harriet Cooke)


Book Group's 2023-2024 Reading Schedule with Book Blurbs


Book Group's 2022-2023 Reading Schedule with Book Blurbs


Book Group's 2021-2022 Reading Schedule with Book Blurbs

Tips for Book Discussion Leaders

Previously-Read Books


Book Group General Meeting Minutes, March 2023

Book Group General Meeting Minutes, March 2022


Book Group General Meeting Minutes, March 2021

HS Book Discussion Google Group

Sat, April 13 2024 5 Nisan 5784