Emanu-El Reads was started in 2006 as a community learning experience in which the congregation could join together in reading one book, as well as studying its meaning and significance.
Every year since Emanu-El Reads began, inspired by congregant Maxwell Moss’ idea for a congregationwide learning and reading experience, we have explored a different genre of literature. Our first choice was a biography by Sherwin Nuland of Maimonides, the medieval giant of Jewish law and philosophy. Next we tackled A.J. Heschel’s spiritual discussion of the Sabbath. Other selections were Nicole Krauss’ masterful contemporary American novel The History of Love, journalist David Plotz’ Good Book (about his experience of reading the Hebrew Bible from cover to cover), celebrated Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s The Liberated Bride (translated from the Hebrew), and The Eichmann Trial by noted historian and scholar Deborah E. Lipstadt. Last year we read and discussed When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Johnathan D. Sarna, Ph.D., a riveting account of General Ulysses S. Grant’s decision, in the middle of the Civil War, to order the expulsion of all Jews from the territory under his command and the reverberations of that decision on Grant’s political career, on the nascent American Jewish community and on the American political process.
Our selection for the 2013-2014 program year is FDR and the Jews, by Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman. We are honored to have Allan Lichtman lecture about the book on February 4, 2014. Participation in Emanu-El Reads events is free and open to all Temple members and their guests.
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