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
Discussion Led by Rabbi Roni Handler
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. In it were hidden elements of Jewish wisdom. They became a part of his life and those of his congregation and transformed them and him. What if we had a clear path to follow when life disappointed us? What if we had a time-tested guide for a life of deeper meaning and happiness? That is what Rabbi Moffic discovered in an ancient Jewish prayer. Based on ten practices any person can follow, the prayer has helped thousands of people-couples, teenagers, empty nesters struggling with loss, divorce, and ruptured relationships-find renewed meaning and purpose in their lives.
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. We look forward to sharing the 2018-19 selection when it is announced. 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.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Discussion Led by Lisa Schwenderman
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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