Jewish History Book Group

The history group is starting back up again for 5778!  We are meeting on Monday, January 22, at 7:30pm at the home of Janet Price.  If you need the address or directions, please email Josh Rubin at or Janet Price at 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 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!)

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