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All Temple Read
Sunday, October 23 at 9 AM
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer with Rabbi Goldstein
TSWRJ & TSLibrary Joint Program
Sunday, October 30 at 3 PM
When Life Throws a Monkey Wrench: SinaiCares, Disabilities, & Death with Rabbis Roos & Rosenwasser and TS Members Marcie Solomon & Carolyn Gruber

People of the Book Club
Tuesday, December 13 at 10 AM
The Mathematician's Shiva  by Stuart Rojstaczer
  with Rabbi Goldstein

New Israeli Authors

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For additional information about new books and library activities, please see the Library article in the temple's bi-monthly newsletter.

In preparation for the High Holidays, many of us look back over the past year and take stock. Please stop by the library and browse our displays of books for adults and children relevant to the history, themes, and reflections we engage in on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
For some, this is a time to grapple with our personal relationship with Judaism and our Jewish identity.  We want to call attention to several projects that deal with Jewish identity and its impact on the lives of individuals:
A new  program led by Rabbi Goldstein and co-sponsored by the Library Committee that invites  the congregation to read and discuss a shared text. Envisioned as a two-book series focusing on Jewish Identity, the program will kick off on Sunday, October 23rd at 9 AM, with a conversation about Jonathan Safran Foer's long-awaited and much heralded novel, Here I Am. Although the novel contains language and content not typically found in a synagogue educational setting, it raises important questions about contemporary Jewish identity. Described by words such as "high-energy inventiveness, hilarious irreverence and emotional energy" and his "most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet," this is an adult book and should generate adult, considered discussion. In the spring we will select the second book in the Sinai Reads series.

A relatively new series of biographies about well-known Jewish figures, current and past, being published by the Yale University Press.  We have been acquiring various volumes of this
series to add to our collection 
of some  600 biographies.  While each of the Jewish 
Lives works provides basic information about the person's life details as in a typical biography, their fascination lies in the exploration of the deeper thought processes, ideas, and motivations of the individual, including the impact of his or her Jewish background and identity.  We will be displaying these books through the holidays so you can see and borrow any that might be of interest. You will recognize the subjects, from the world of the creative arts, such as Leonard Bernstein, Groucho Marx, Mark Rothko, and Barbara Streisand, the social and physical sciences, such as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, and the story of Zionism and Israel, such as David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan.  We recommend giving one a try

A collection of books on display that deal with some of the issues women have historically faced, and continue to face, in their relationships to Judaism. Included are books by women raised in ultra-orthodox communities who have sought to break away from the rigidity and demands of that life, books about the competing pressures placed on women in Israel by an influential orthodox population amid a modern secular society, and books about women drawn to the rabbinate in the United States over the past half-century and breaking the glass walls to create the places where they have been able to serve.