The J Announces its Community Read
Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston has announced its Community Read for the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival, November 3-13, 2018. Rachel Kadish will be speaking on her new book, The Weight of Ink on Monday, November 5 at 8:00 PM. The J is calling for book clubs around the city to join the event by reading The Weight Of Ink this fall.

Stefani Twyford and Lori Farris, 2018 Community Read Co-Chairs, are excited to see The Weight of Ink in the line-up for this year’s Book Festival. “We feel that the Weight of Ink is not only a significant addition to the historical fiction category, but we are also fascinated with the insights into the gender roles that have suppressed women throughout time.”

Winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award, Rachel Kadish’s new novel weaves together the lives of two London women separated by centuries. An emigrant from Amsterdam in the 1660s, who becomes a scribe for a blind rabbi, and an unwell historian who has a passion for Jewish history become connected when the historian is approached by a former student who has discovered seventeenth-century Jewish documents. Uncovering the identity of the scribe, who marked her pages as “Aleph,” will be the historian’s ultimate project.

Toni Morrison calls Kadish “A gifted writer, astonishingly adept at nuance, narration, and the politics of passion.”  The Jereusalem post calls The Weight Of Ink "A page-turner. Kadish moves back and forth in time (including an excursion to Israel in the 1950s) with great skill. She knows how to generate suspense – and sympathy for her large cast of characters...packed with fascinating details...The Weight of Ink belongs to its women...Kadish’s most impressive achievement, it seems to me, lies in getting readers to think that maybe, just maybe, a woman like Esther could have existed in the Jewish diaspora circa 1660."

Let the J know if your book club wants to read along. Contact Andrea Wolfe at for VIP book club benefits. Participating book clubs will get discussion questions and are invited to a pre-event meet and greet with the author. The Weight of Ink will be for sale at at the J after August 27 and comes with free admission to the November 5 event. Visit for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #JBAF.

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