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The Beth Am Book Club meets every 4th Thursday of most months.

Take a look at what we’ve read, and please contact Linda Zangwill at if you’d like more information or to be included in our next meeting.

The Hare with the Amber Eyes – A Hidden Inheritance
By: Edmund De Waal

This book tells the story of Edmund's own family, the Ephrussi, who were once a very wealthy European Jewish banking dynasty centered in Odessa, Vienna and Paris; however, the family lost almost everything in 1938 when their property was “Aryanized” by Nazis. After the war, the family never recovered most of  their extensive property, including priceless artwork, except for a collection of 264 Japanese netsuke miniature sculptures, which was hidden inside the mattress of one of their loyal maids, Anna, during the war years. The collection was passed down as inheritance through five generations, providing a common thread to tell the story of the Ephrussi fortunes from 1871 to 2009.

To The End of The Land
By: David Grossman

This 2008 novel by Israeli writer David Grossman depicts the emotional strains that family members of soldiers experience when their loved ones are deployed into combat.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
By: Edward Kritzler

At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee from their country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther, and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet, while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.