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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
by M Groogan

Community Book Club - Take Your Pick of Books

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston wants to facilitate book clubs around the city to engage and dialogue about two great reads being presented at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair, October 29 – November 13, 2016.

We have launched the “Take Your Pick: Reading as a Community” program where we invite the community to “Take your Pick” between two different books. The books have a unifying theme of music, and the authors will be presenting together at the Book Fair on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC.

“Our broad-based committee, including people who had not ever been a part of Book Fair, worked to find selections that would have wide appeal; by choosing both non-fiction and fiction, we hope to encourage all  readers of all types to participate,” said Nada Chandler, Take Your Pick Chair.

“Take Your Pick” features Josh Aronson, on his book Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, The Israel Philharmonic, and The One Thousand Jews, and Nora Gold on her book, The Dead Man. We would like to invite your book club to participate by making Orchestra of Exiles and/or The Dead Man your book club’s choice this fall.photo of Josh Aronson

Josh Aronson’s Orchestra of Exiles is the compelling biography of the violinist founder of the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, who saved hundreds of people from Hitler. By creating this world level orchestra, Bronislaw Huberman arranged for the very best Jewish musicians and their families to emigrate from Nazi-threatened territories. His tireless campaigning for the project—including a marathon fundraising concert tour across America—ultimately saved nearly a thousand Jews from the approaching Holocaust, and created one of the world’s finest orchestras, known today as the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

Nora Gold’s The Dead Man tells the story of Eve, an obsessed composer of Jewish sacred music and a music therapist. For some reason, this sensible, intelligent, middle-aged feminist cannot recover from a relationship she had five years ago with a world-famous music critic named Jake. In an attempt to put this relationship behind her, she returns to Israel where Jake still lives, and where they first fell in love. There she revisits all their old haunts, and gradually the dark mystery behind their complex relationship begins to unravel.

Participating book clubs will get discussion questions, discounted admission to the “Take your Pick” event and are invited to a pre-event dinner. Please respond to Jasmine at jross@erjcchouston.org if you or your book club would like to participate. Both books are for sale at at the J and come with free admission to the November 1 event. Visit erjcchouston.org for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #JBAF.

Photo Caption: Josh Aronson’s new book Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, The Israel Philharmonic, and The One Thousand Jews is the featured author of the Take Your Pick Community Read at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair November 1, 2016.

Photo Caption: Nora Gold is the author of The Dead Man being featured at the Take Your Pick Community Read at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair November 1, 2016.

 

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Houston is a non-profit organization that provides quality programs for all members of the family including infants, school-aged children, teens, adults and seniors. Evelyn Rubenstein JCC provides more than $350,000 in scholarship aid to area families in need thanks to the generous support received, in part, from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and the United Way. Arts & Culture events are generously supported by Patrons of the Arts and The Maurice Amado Foundation.  


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