The history group will be starting back up for 5778 with our next meeting in January 2018. Stay tuned for a meeting date, time and place. We will be discussing the first six chapters of Simon Schama's "The Story of the Jews, Vol.2: Belonging."
Volume 2 of Schama's series covers the period 1492-1900. Schama is an engaging, insightful and humorous storyteller and he tends to find interesting narrative threads in our history. His Volume 1 was the inaugural book for our book group, and it served as a springboard for further reads and discussion in periods and places that interested us.
Join your fellow Kolotniks in informal monthly reading and discussions. Inspired by our ignorance of Jewish history, we have formed this group to inform ourselves along with whoever wants to join us -- Jewish history definitely teaches that learning happens best in community. We want to understand Jewish history in a nonparochial way, to read our history as one that is both particular and profoundly interwoven with the peoples around us. The group is open to all on a drop-in basis and welcomes newcomers, and there is no obligation to participate from one month to the next. All we ask is that you come having read the assigned reading. For more information about the group, contact Josh Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-494-2929.
For those who are new to the book group, here are links to books we have read in past years. (There is no need to read any of these to join us in the future!)
- The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC - 1492 AD
- From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Second Edition
- Who Wrote the Bible?
- Who were the Early Israelites and Where did they come from?
- The Jews of Spain: A History of the Sephardic Experience
- Maimonides: A Biography
- Reassessing Jewish Life in Medieval Europe