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The Evening Book Club

Meets every other month at 7:00 pm, in a private room at Asian Paradise Restaurant, 9521 Fields Ertel Road.  Contact Sandra at 793-7685 or sdberg@fuse.net for more information.

In September, Barbara Solomon will be taking over as Book Club Coordinator.  You can reach her at barbsolomon25@gmail.com.

On Thursday, July 10th, a record 17 participants attended the Evening Book Club Meeting, at the Asian Paradise Resturant, to discuss the book, The Fortune Teller’s Kiss, by Brenda Serotte. In her memoir about growing up a Sephardic Turkish Jew among Ashkenazi neighbors in the Bronx of post WWII, Serotte tells of her fortune-telling, belly-dancing family; their foods, fear of the Evil Eye and the author’s struggle to walk again after polio.

Sisters Michele Sandler and Rita House shared the fascinating story of their father’s Sephardic family from Sardonica, Greece – The Allaloufs. They told of his mother, Stella (Astera), whose arranged marriage to Sam Allalouf, was most unhappy. After being a widow for many years, Stella was happily married to a physician who had his office in an apartment complex on the Grand Concourse. Michele remembers shopping at the same stores as the Serottes during the same period, family gatherings near the same places, speaking Latino, preparing many of the same dishes in her grandmother’s kitchen only with different names, but no recollection of belly-dancing.

Following the presentation, Karen Silverman led a lively and interesting discussion of Serotte’s memoir and provided Sephardic treats. 

Michele & Rita lovingly hold a photo of their Grandmother Stella taken as she walked across a courtyard along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Michele & Rita lovingly hold a photo of their Grandmother Stella taken as she
walked across a courtyard along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
See more photos from the meeting here.

Next meeting:
Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014 
(please, note change of date)
Time: 6:30-7:25 pm Meet, Greet & Eat.
7:30 pm Book Discussion led by Sandra Berg.
Location: Asian Paradise Restaurant 9521 Field Ertel Road (and Montgomery Rd)
Selection: Enemies: A Love Story by Isaac Bashevis Singer (21 copies at public library) 

November 13, 2014
The book scheduled for November has been changed due to a lack of availability. The new selection for November 13th will be Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. Barbara Solomon has graciously volunteered to serve as the new coordinator for the Evening Book Club. Due to a previous commitment, she has requested that the September meeting date be changed.

Books may be ordered from the Amazon Link here on the Hadassah Cincinnati website, and Hadassah will receive a referral fee for each purchase at no cost to you!


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