JHSFC Book Talks

"Books and talk are a splendid combination,” says Barbara Rosett, long time organizer of our lecture series. "Put them together with the people of the book and you have the JHSFC long running Book Talks program.”

Monthly from October to May, usually on a Wednesday morning, members of and guests come together to hear and talk about a book with Judaic interest, presented by a volunteer reviewer from the community. Whether led by a professor, author, rabbi or community leader, the group gathers to learn about the book, author and theme with a Judaic content. All titles presented are available for borrowing from The Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library and the Ferguson Library, as well as neighboring libraries.

These programs, all meeting on Wednesday Mornings at 10:00 AM at The Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library, Stamford JCC unless otherwise noted, are open to the public without charge. Light refreshments are served.

Questions about the programs? Contact Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email elissa@de-kaplan.com

The current schedule for our Book Talks is as follows:


Book Talks

September 2016 - June 2017

September 21, 2016

LOUIS D. BRANDEIS: American Prophet

by Jeffrey Rosen
Presenter: Marilyn Schwartz

A riveting new examination of the leading progressive justice of his era, published in the centennial year of his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

October 26, 2016


by Mark Jonathan Harris and
Deborah Oppenheimer
Presenter: Penny Wolff

Between December 1938 and the outbreak of war in August 1939, some 10,000 children, the vast majority of them Jews, from Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia were evacuated to Great Britain. The stories of 18 witnesses to this Kindertransport--children, parents, and rescuers--are recounted in Into the Arms of Strangers.

November 16, 2016


by Edward van Voolen
Presenter: Elissa Kaplan, Ed.D

This introduction to the icons of Jewish art celebrates the religion and its culture while addressing fundamental issues about creative expression and the Judaic tradition. The range of artists includes those from across Europe, North America, and Israel: icons of nineteenth-century art such as David Oppenheim, Solomon Hart, and Maricy Gottlieb; renowned modernists such as Pissarro, Modigliani, and Chagall; and photographers from Man Ray to Nan Goldin.

December 21, 2016


by Molly Antopol
Presenter: Bob Abrams

Antopol explores the everyday anxieties and complex past lives of immigrant characters in New York boroughs and Old World homelands, including Kiev, Tel Aviv and Brooklyn.

January 18, 2017


by David Benioff
Presenter: Ruth Golub

The novel is a spellbinding, movielike World War II adventure set in Leningrad. This coming of age story - from boys to men - has a surprisingly contemporary feel.

February 15, 2017

On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness

by Simon Wiesenthal
Presenter: Rabbi Jay TelRav

This book tells the story of a dying Nazi SS officer, who asks a Jew (Simon Wiesenthal) for absolution and forgiveness in the setting of a Nazi concentration camp.

March 22, 2017


by Herman Wouk
Presenter: Dr. Judith Katz

A flash of the past! This novel takes us back to the classic story of a young woman released from the constraints of a 1950s Jewish family.

April 19, 2017

A Novel

by Stuart Rojstaczer
Presenter: Dr. Anne Peskin

This historical mystery asks the question, "Has the world's greatest female mathematician spitefully taken the solution to one of math's impenetrable problems to her grave?" Not all shivas are peaceful!

May 17, 2017

Israeli Poetry and Songs

Presenters: Richard Schwartz
and Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha

Israeli poetry can be found in books, in songs, and on the streets. This conversation will take a surprisingly fresh look at Israeli poetry.

Book Talks are underwritten by Eileen Bolinsky and Susan Trotz in Memory of their Beloved Parents, Eleanor and Nathan Bolinsky.

The usual location for the JHSFC Book Talks is the Stamford JCC located at 1035 Newfield Avenue, but other local venues have been used.

Details for each talk are also made available through The New Jewish Voice and flyers at the JCC, along with mailers to JHSFC members.

Programs are FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

Please contact the historical society staff for additional information.

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