Book Club Meetings: We will be reading "How to Fight Anti-Semitism" by Bari Weiss Thursday, November 19 7:45 pm
About the book: On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history. For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here?
Like many, Weiss long believed this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. With its promise of free speech and religion, its insistence that all people are created equal, its tolerance for difference, and its emphasis on shared ideals rather than bloodlines, America has been, even with all its flaws, a new Jerusalem for the Jewish people. But now the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism.
About our book club: Everyone at Beth El is invited to our book club. Please scroll down for our Meeting Schedule and Reading List.
Discussion leaders: We have a different discussion leader for each book. If you would like to volunteer to lead a discussion, please contact AdultEd@bethelyardley.org.
Want to read ahead? Here is the schedule of books for the rest of the 2020-21 season: Thursday, Jan 21 7:45pm American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins Thursday, Mar 18 7:45pm White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Thursday, May 20 7:45pm A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage Thursday, July 15 7:45pm The Secret Gift by Ted Gup