VERY 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. Emanu-El Reads’ 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 and journalist David Plotz’ Good Book (about his experience of reading the Hebrew Bible from cover to cover) and celebrated Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua’s The Liberated Bride, translated from the Hebrew. Last year we read and discussed The Eichmann Trial by noted historian and scholar Deborah E. Lipstadt.
This year, Temple Emanu-El’s adventuresome and intellectually curious readers will delve into the evermore popular subject of Jewish American history as we read When General Grant Expelled the Jews by Johnathan D. Sarna. We are honored to have Dr. Sarna lecture about his book on February 7, 2013.
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