Book and a Bagel – November 5, 2017

Jews From Far Away Places – December 10, 2017

On May 7, the Library hosted our spring Book and Bagel.  The book:  Joshua:  A Brooklyn Tale by Andrew Kane explores 3 lives – Joshua, a black man struggling; Rachel, rebellious daughter of a Hassidic rabbi; and Paul, privileged but wanting to escape a difficult past.

PJ Library produces outstanding books for young people.  Try A Concert in the Sand.  A grandma and her grandson take a walk along a Tel Aviv street and encounter the conductor and musicians of the Israel  Philharmonic gathering for their first performance. This story is based on the true story of the creation of the Israel Philharmonic, just after 1948. Besides a good story, the illustrations are absolutely COOL!

The Milton Weinberg Library Page Passover 2017 Recipes are here! Click here for all the yumminess!  Looking for the Library’s collected Passover recipes? Click for all the recipes, including booklets from previous years! Passover 2016, Passover 2015, Passover 2014, Passover Recipes 2013, Passover Recipes 2012

New from the Sifriyah

Let There Be Water by Seth Siegel is the 2016-17 One Book One Community pick. Through intense research, the author illustrates how Israel can serve as a model for the United States and other countries showing how to avoid and prevent the worst of future water disasters. Surely, this nonfiction study would be helpful reading as we all have felt the effects of this summer’s lack of adequate rain, and realize how precious a resource water is. As most of you know, being a part of One Book One Community involves creating a program relating to Siegel’s emphasis on water. Sifriyah is in the process of developing a program to collect and provide new water bottles for folks at Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children. We are in the planning stages right now, but we are excited to build and to foster water conservation. Thank you for supporting our cause with your own new water bottle donations!

The One Book One Community selection for last year was A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka, by Lev Golinkin. (Even if you missed our events, read the book – it’s great!)


The Library Ladies would like to share their favorite books, all available from the Sifriyah.

For January: The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones. Hanna would do anything to prevent the destruction of art. Did that mean collaboration with the Nazis during WWII? Art detective Lauren O’Farrell is determined to find out. Her journey to discover and retrieve art stolen by the Nazis leads to her search of the apartment of Isabella Fletcher, whose mother, Hanna, was rumored to be a collaborator. Read this historical fiction with its unique twists and turns and perhaps learn about art in Germany during this time. For all of you who have read a lot about the Holocaust, this novel, based on true stories, provides a unique eye into this period of history, not one usually discussed and not one emphasizing physical abuse.

For December: A best-selling author (Kristin Hannah)  wrote an extraordinary historical fiction, The Nightingale. Her opening lines are “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine; it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.”  These opening sentences really summarize the novel, the story of 2 sisters, very different, living in France under the thumb of Nazi occupation.  Each sister must make horrendous choices.  This book sits in our library.  Grab it.

For November: Jephte’s Daughter, by Naomi Ragen. A secret vow made years ago becomes the backdrop for confrontation in the ultra-Orthodox world of arranged marriages and honoring thy father. In gratitude that the 300-year-old Chasidic dynasty survived the Holocaust, a wealthy businessman makes a solemn vow to God: that his only child, beautiful Batsheva, will carry on the lineage through an arranged marriage to an ultra-Orthodox Talmudic scholar. Batsheva is torn between her own desires and honoring her father. But all is not what it seems. Rigidity, piety, abuse, fanaticism all make for an interesting glimpse into the inner workings of the Orthodox world.

For September: In The Unlikely Event by Judy Blume is a moving story of three generations of families, friends and strangers,whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.  Set in the early 1950s in Elizabeth, New Jersey, this book is full of memorable characters, especially Uncle Henry who is much more than an uncle to Miri. He is her hero.

The Library Ladies recommend City of Thieves, by David Benioff. From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship. During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

The Bus On Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice, by Mike Kelly. After their children are killed in a terrorist bombing, three American families attempt to find out who was responsible. After winning a judgment in a U.S. court, the families encountered an unforeseen enemy – their own government.


If you would like to know more about this committee or would like to get involved,  contact co-chair Sheila Groskin or co-chair Ruth Turner.