Book Group 5779
Wednesday, February 27, 7:45, Library
"My Name is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok.
Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher’s passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, the other subject only to the imagination.
Asher Lev grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time, his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. As it follows his struggle, My Name Is Asher Lev becomes a luminous portrait of the artist, by turns heartbreaking and exultant, a modern classic.
Wednesday, April 3, 7:45 PM, Library
“A Backpack, a Bear and 8 Crates of Vodka”, by Lev Golinkin.
Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. Golinkin's search for personal identity set against the relentless currents of history is more than a memoir—it's a portrait of a lost era. This is a thrilling tale of escape and survival, a deeply personal look at the life of a Jewish child caught in the last gasp of the Soviet Union, and a provocative investigation into the power of hatred and the search for belonging. Lev Golinkin achieves an amazing feat—and it marks the debut of a intelligent, and unforgettable new voice.
Congregant Ilona Shinkar, herself an emigre from Russia, will describe her own experiences.
All are welcome; no RSVPs necessary. Contact Nancy Goodman 914-833-9234 email@example.com with any questions. Shul Shuttle available: call Jane Sable-Friedman at the Temple Office.
For all groups, refreshments will be served. No RSVPs necessary.