Book Club

Do you like to read?  Share your thoughts about the books you’re reading? Looking for a way to spend some time with your BTBJ friends and community? Join us at one or all of the the following sessions:  

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Introduction by Rabbi Roni Handler

Discussion led by Lisa Schwenderman

This book can be purchased on Amazon (use Amazon Smile to benefit BTBJ!)  or in the BTBJ office.  

“At age 30 Evan Moffic became the leader of a large congregation. He had great success. But he couldn't find happiness. Then he found a 2000-year-old prayer…He distills the "Eilu Devarim" an ancient prayer for happiness found in the Talmud into ten practices that empower us to thrive through setbacks, so nothing can hamper our happiness…

…Honor Those Who Gave You Life

… Be Kind

… Keep Learning

…Invite Others into Your Life

…Be There When Others Need You

…Celebrate Good Times

…Support Yourself and Others During Times of Loss

…Pray with Intention

…Forgive

…Look Inside and Commit…

Filled with relatable stories of real people, accessible commentary from contemporary psychologists, and warm humor, this rabbi of a new generation sheds light on an enduring prayer that captures the means and meaning of joyous living that will appeal to everyone"

Email Lisa at lschwenderman@btbj.org to participate.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 10:00 am         

One Book One Jewish Community - Discussion and Brunch

BTBJ will be participating in the One Book, One Jewish Community Program this year.   In addition to our own Book Club review, we will be sharing information about community wide programming associated with the selection that we hope you will also enjoy. The book this year is The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas.

"Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary—perhaps magical—Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph’s family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

The Last Watchman of Old Cairo is a moving page-turner of a novel from acclaimed storyteller Michael David Lukas. This tightly woven multigenerational tale illuminates the tensions that have torn communities apart and the unlikely forces—potent magic, forbidden love—that boldly attempt to bridge that divide."

One Book One Jewish Community

OBOJC Kick Off

Author Interview

Author Podcast 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Discussion Led by Lisa Sch

As a Driven Leaf with New Foreward by David Wolpe by Milton Steinberg

In a brand new foreword, Rabbi David Wolpe takes a fresh look at this masterpiece of modern fiction, a historical novel set in second century Jerusalem and Antioch that tells the gripping tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah's struggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenistic culture. His conflict between tradition and modern culture is at once both ancient and very modern. As Wall Street Journal columnist Joseph Epstein writes, "One imagines that in writing As a Driven Leaf Milton Steinberg was writing about his own intellectual conflict over the issue—faith or reason, and in what proportions?—that remains fundamental to thoughtful people to this day. The tension that this conflict stirs in a first-class mind in his novel is compelling, and the incisive portrait of the man caught up in it is what gives "As a Driven Leaf" its standing as a masterpiece."

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Please remember BTBJ with  your purchase of our Book Club selections through Amazon Smile

 

 

Town Hall

Affiliate Shabbat

Holocaust Museum

       BTBJ TRIP TO UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 

8:00AM - 10:OOPM

$65.00 PER PERSON

ADULTS AND AGES 12+

INCLUDES DELUXE TOUR BUS, SNACKS, MUSEUM AND DINNER AT A KOSHER RESTAURANT

REGISTER HERE

SPACE IS LIMITED

THANK YOU TO THE ADULT EDUCATION COMMITTEE FOR PLANNING AND HELPING TO SPONSOR THIS INSPIRATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL EVENT

 

Calendar

Sunday, February 17, 2019 (All day)
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 9:30am
Monday, February 18, 2019 (All day)
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 4:15pm

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Online Gift Shop

Traditional Jewish Gifts - Jewish Gifts, Judaica Gifts, Wedding Glass, Mezuzah Store

BTBJ Sisterhood is excited to participate as an affitliate of the online Judaic website, Traditions Jewish Gifts.  

Currently Traditions Jewish Gifts is offering a special coupon to their affiliates.  Enter special COUPON CODE: AF240, to receive $5.00 off the order, with no minimum order required. 

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