Sisterhood Book Club Picks


The Sisterhood Book Club meets at 7 pm the first Wednesday of each month at the Temple. We welcome new participants. Buying the books through the Amazon link at the top of this page helps support Temple Beth David.

Following is the schedule of the books we are reading.

August 7, 2019
This Narrow Space: A Pediatric Oncologist, His Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Patients, and a Hospital in Jerusalem by Elisha Waldman

A memoir both bittersweet and inspiring by an American pediatric oncologist who spent seven years in Jerusalem treating children–Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza–who had all been diagnosed with cancer. This Narrow Space is his poignant memoir of seven years that were filled with a deep sense of accomplishment but also with frustration when regional politics got in the way of his patients’ care, and with tension over the fine line he had to walk when the religious traditions of some of his patients’ families made it difficult for him to give those children the care he felt they deserved.

September 4, 2019
Miriam’s Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich

Like many Jewish Americans, Elizabeth Ehrlich was ambivalent about her background. She identified with Jewish cultural attitudes, but not with the institutions; she had fond memories of her Jewish grandmothers, but she found their religious practices irrelevant to her life. It wasn’t until she entered the kitchen–and world–of her mother-in-law, Miriam, a Holocaust survivor, that Ehrlich began to understand the importance of preserving the traditions of the past.

October 2
The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary—perhaps magical—Ezra Scroll.