Books, History & More

July 29, 2020

How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss.  A Jew, an American, a Zionist, proud daughter of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,  faces what she never thought she would–a realization that the storm of antisemitism, common across the Middle East and rising in Europe– could threaten American Jews also, coming from numerous quarters in the country. She concludes with her ideas on how to fight back.

Antisemitism Here and Now by Deborah Lipstadt.  From the white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group for carrying a Star of David banner, to the targeting of Jewish groups on American campuses, Lipstadt examines the source and nature of this hatred and what if anything can be done about it.


July 22, 2020

Interitance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love.  Celebrated author Dani Shapiro tells how a DNA submission revealed that her deceased, beloved father was not her biological parent. Through internet searching she was able to learn the truth of her parentage and even find an online video of her biological father, with a face and mannerisms similar to her own…A true story of secrets meant to stay hidden, and of the meaning of kinship.

Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism. Author Sara Hurwitz, was a speech writer for both Michelle and Barack Obama. A lapsed Jew, Hurwitz tells how an introductory class on Judaism led her to a more in-depth study, and to the eventual transformation of her life.