JHSFC Book Talks

"Books and talk are a splendid combination,” says Barbara Rosett, long time organizer of our lecture series. "Put them together with the people of the book and you have the JHSFC long running Book Talks program.”

Monthly from October to May (2018- March Book Talk rescheduled for June), usually on a Wednesday morning, members of and guests come together to hear and talk about a book with Judaic interest, presented by a volunteer reviewer from the community. Whether led by a professor, author, rabbi or community leader, the group gathers to learn about the book, author and theme with a Judaic content. All titles presented are available for borrowing from The Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library and the Ferguson Library, as well as neighboring libraries.

These programs, all meeting on Wednesday Mornings at 10:30 AM at The Harry Rosenbaum JHS Judaica Library, Stamford JCC unless otherwise noted, are open to the public without charge. Light refreshments are served.

Questions about the programs? Contact Marcie Schoenfeld at 203-359-9148 or email elissa@de-kaplan.com

The current schedule for our Book Talks is as follows:


October 18, 2017


by A. B. Yehoshua
Presenter: Marilyn Schwartz

A musician returns home and finds the rhythm of her life interrupted and forever changed.

November 15, 2017


by Denise George and
Josh Aronson
Presenter: Penny Wolff

The compelling biography of the violinist, Bronislaw Huberman, who founded the Palestine Symphony Orchestra and saved hundreds of people from Hitler.

December 13, 2017


Theme: Freedom
Presenters: Richard Schwartz
and Yael Stolarsky, JCC Israeli Shlicha

Israeli poetry can be found in books, in songs, and on the streets. This conversation will take a new look at Israeli poetry.

January 24, 2018


by David Grossman
Presenter: Bob Abrams

A serious writer embraces the world of comedy with this parable-like tale of a repellent Israeli comedian.

February 21, 2018

A Graphic Novel

by J. T. Waldman
Presenter: Dr. Elissa Kaplan

In what may be the world's first religious, scholarly comic book, Waldman tells the epic tale of exile and redemption in graphic form.

April 18, 2018


by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Presenter: Joan Kranz

A hit-and-run accident and a blackmailing widow spark a triangle of moral dilemmas in the highly anticipated second book from the Israeli novelist.

May 16, 2018


by Philip Roth
Presenter: Sondra Melzer

Reflections on Major Works of Philip Roth. Ending with His Final Masterpiece "Nemesis" his Farewell to Writing.

June 6, 2018

Supreme Court Justice

by Cathleen Small
Presenter: Dr. Judith Katz

Learn more about Ginsburg's early life, view of gender equality, the Bush v Gore ruling and her historic rulings on the Supreme Court.

Book Talks are underwritten by
Marcie Schoenfeld in honor of her Beloved Parents, Rose and Abraham Schoenfeld
Eileen Bolinsky and Susan Trotz in Memory of their Beloved Parents, Eleanor and Nathan Bolinsky

The usual location for the JHSFC Book Talks is the Stamford JCC located at 1035 Newfield Avenue, but other local venues have been used.

Details for each talk are also made available through The New Jewish Voice and flyers at the JCC, along with mailers to JHSFC members.

Programs are FREE and open to the public. Refreshments are served.

Please contact the historical society staff for additional information.

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