Our book club gets together once a month to chat about our selected book, socialize, and enjoy some munchies. Each book we read has something Jewish about it, whether it’s the characters, the subject, or the author. Most are novels or memoirs, plus other occasional nonfiction.
Our get togethers are generally on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., in congregants’ homes. (During COVID restrictions, we meet via Zoom.) Come for one meeting or become a regular. Newcomers are always welcome. Contact Sharon Schreiberg for the Zoom link or to find out whose home we are meeting once we resume in-person meetings.
Here are the books we will be discussing over the next few months:
February 10: Mrs. Everything, by Jennifer Weiner
March 10: The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin
April 14: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, by Michael David Lukas
May 12: The Guest Book, by Sarah Blake
June 9: The Girl from Venice, by Martin Cruz Smith
The Chosen Meeple
The Chosen Meeple is our drop-in board gaming group. We meet once a month following Shabbat services and kiddush, from about 12:00 to 5:00 pm. (During the COVID closures, the Meeples are meeting on Sunday over Discord rather than after Shabbat kiddushes.) Everyone is welcome to join in one of the various board games that are being played and stay as long as you like. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. For more information, contact Bernie Gabin.
Don’t know what a Meeple is?
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Here are the Meeple dates for the next few months:
- April 11, 2021
- May 16, 2021 (tentative)
The Daytime Discussion Group tries to dig as deep as possible to learn more about the world in which we live. Topics are picked by attendees — and may be changed on the spot as long as everyone present agrees — and can range from sweeping looks at history and culture to nitty-gritty subjects such as water reclamation projects in Israel. We generally share an interesting idea (from books, articles, personal experiences, etc.) and then examine that topic from as many different viewpoints as possible. Since we are in an election period there will likely be political discussions, but only if everyone agrees to them.
The discussions are held on Mondays at 7:45 pm. Currently, meetings are via Zoom. During non-COVID times, we meet off-site so we can enjoy the company of our dogs. (We will move back to the synagogue if someone is allergic.) Contact Barbara Pollack for the location and other information.
Talmud Study Group
The Talmud Study Group reads and analyzes Mishna and Gemara. They are now studying the second volume of Sanhedrin (judiciary and capital punishment) and have studied tractates Berachot (blessings), Pesachim (Passover), Taanit (public fast days), Bava Kamma (damages), and Avodah Zarah (Idolatry and superstitions). No Hebrew background is required, but one must be comfortable learning a limited Hebrew and Aramaic vocabulary to understand recurring phrases that are not easily translatable. The study sessions are conducted by conference call. Contact Lisa Hemmendinger for more information.
Vatikim hosts Friday night Shabbat dinners for empty nesters and mature couples and singles without children at home. Dinners are held the second Friday of each month between November and June.
During COVID times, particpants each dinners in their own homes while schmoozing with others online after services.
Once COVID restrictions are lifted, we will return to holding our dinners at the home of a congregant, with participants bringing pareve dishes to share. The dinner finishes in time to get to Beth Shalom for Friday night services. RSVP to the office when you’d like to attend and sign up for something to bring. (It doesn’t matter if you don’t cook, as we also need items such as challahs, salad dressing, and paper goods.)