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Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, 30 January, 2020 4 Sh'vat 5780

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMLibrary

2. Thursday, 12 March, 2020 16 Adar 5780

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMLibrary
Past Sessions
Thursday, 21 November, 2019 23 Cheshvan 5780 - 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM - Library

Once again, the Darchei Noam Book Club is pleased to feature Suanne Kelman to lead us in a discussion on the theme of death and mourning in Jewish fiction.

Featured Books:


The Ghost Keeper by Natalie Morrill Thursday Nov. 21, 2019, 7:30 PM

Winner of the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction, this powerful novel, set in Vienna during the 1930s and ’40s, centres on a poignant love story and a friendship that ends in betrayal. The Ghost Keeper makes the reader ask: What would I have done? Would I have resisted or would I have remained silent, or worse, in order to survive? As Marsha Lederman wrote in The Globe and Mail, “There is great power in good historical fiction; it doesn’t just broaden understanding of what went on, but it puts flesh on the facts, and stays with you after the book is back on the shelf and you’ve returned to your life - as we are blessed to be able to do.

” Book and e-book available at the Toronto Public library.

Eternal Life by Dara Horn Thursday Jan. 30, 2020, 7:30 PM

We all seem to seek immortality, but is it really what we want? This book tells the story of Rachel’s eternal life, spanning 2000 years of Jewish history. “The hard part isn’t living forever,” Rachel observes. “It’s making life worth living.” And as Joshua Feldman wrote in The New York Times, “the question at the heart of this wise and appealing novel is finally not how Rachel finds meaning in her eternal life. It is how we, despite our portions of sorrow, tedium and disaster, persist in finding meaning in ours.

” Book, e-book and audiobook available on line.

Kaddish.com by Nathan Englander Tuesday Mar. 12, 2020, 7:30 PM

An irreverent and comic look at hiring a stranger through a website called Kaddish.com to say Kaddish for a parent. Englander “ingeniously captures the tensions between tradition and modernity- a book whose pleasures and provocations will be savoured long after the reading.

” Book, e-book and audiobook all available at the Toronto Public Library.

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