Book Groups

Love books? Join our book groups for lively discussion and community.

Participation is open to all. Attend as many or few sessions as you like!

Third Fridays Book Club: Exploring Israeli History Through Literature

Fridays, February 21, and March 20 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
They say if you want to understand Israel, read its literature. Gather with us on the third Friday of every month in the EDCJCC’s Salzberg Family Library to enjoy lunch and join in discussion, led by EDCJCC CEO Carole Zawatsky, about the complex and vibrant history of modern day Israel through the eyes of its contemporary authors. Together, through literature, we’ll strengthen our connection to Israel and celebrate a shared passion for the written word.

Registration is required an includes a vegetarian lunch.

February 21: Between Friends by Amos Oz, a “gorgeous, rueful collection of eight linked stories capturing the collective dreams of Israel in the 1950s” – Chicago Tribune

March 20: The Best Place On Earth by Ayelet Tsabari, a collection of stories focused on Israelis searching for their place in our present world and dealing with the challenges of balancing old tradition with modern times.

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Third Thursday Group

We meet on the third Thursday of every month (except July and August) from 10:30 AM to 12 PM for a lively discussion of one book. The group chooses our readings which include both fiction and non-fiction. Participants are welcome to attend as many or few sessions as they can. The schedule for the next six months is:

1/16: Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs
2/20: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies
3/19: Herta Muëller, The Appointment
4/23: Steve Stern, Book of Mischief
5/21: Jacquelin Woodson, Another Brooklyn
6/18: James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree

No Registration Required. All meetings except 2/20 will be in the Polinger Meeting Room. 2/20 will be in the Salzberg Family library.  For further information contact

The EPDC Book Club:

The EPDC Book Club meets monthly to schmooze, snack, and discuss that month’s book. Join the Google Group to stay up-to-date on books and meeting times. For those in their 20s and 30s.