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Readers' Circle



All Hadassah members and associates are warmly invited to attend the upcoming meetings of our Readers' Circle.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Fran Simon, chair, at504-858-3833



Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

People Can WinSaving Israel: How the Jewish a War That May Never End, by Daniel Gordis

A 2009 National Jewish Book Award winner, this is a “full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending — no, celebrating — the existence of Israel been so clear, so passionate or so worthy of wholehearted support.” Rabbi Gordis offers a new defense of the Jewish state, asking first why Israel is necessary, and then discussing what Israel has to do in order to survive its enemies.


Place: Metairie Jewish Community Center


Thurs., March 14, 7 p.m.

A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev (an Israeli writer)

A mesmerizing novel of two love stories, one during the 1948 War of Independence, when pigeons delivered battlefield messages, and the other a contemporary tale of a tour guide who falls in love with his childhood girlfriend. Separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion, this is a tale of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction, must eventually return to it.



Thurs., April 4, 7 p.m.

Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots, by Deborah Feldman

As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism, Feldman grew up under a code of relentlessly enforced customs. It was stolen moments spent with the empowered literary characters of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott that helped her to imagine an alternative way of life. Trapped as a teenager in a sexually and emotionally dysfunctional marriage to a man she barely knew, the tension between her desires and her responsibilities as a good Satmar girl grew more explosive.



Thurs., May 2, 7 p.m.

As a Driven Leaf, by Milton Steinberg

This classic work of modern fiction brings the age of the Talmud to life. The characters include the well-known historical figures: Akiba, Yohanan, Joshua, Eleazar, Beruriah, and Elisha ben Abuyah, whose struggle to live in two worlds destroyed his chance to live in either.



Thurs., June 6, 7 p.m.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest forTreasure, Religious Freedom — and Revenge, by Edward Kritzler

This lively history tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the 15th century, adventurous Jews who had to flee Spain and Portugal took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as the Prophet Samuel, Queen Esther and Shield of Abraham, they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.



NOTE: We will decide on the books we’ll read in the fall at this meeting, and announce summer movies!






Contact Fran Simon

Please join us for the Hadassah Readers' Circle
Thurs., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.
We will discuss The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King, by Rich Cohen. This biography of New Orleans philanthropist Samuel Zemurray, son of a Jewish Russian farmer, reads like a novel. Cohen claims Zemurray was to New Orleans what Rockefeller was to New York. Zemurray started with nothing but a pile of rotten bananas, overthrew two governments in Central America, created the basic CIA template, bested and took over the United Fruit Co., went to war with Huey Long, and aided the creation of Israel.

At this meeting, we’ll determine which books we will read during the spring, so each person should bring at least one title with the name of the author and rationale for why this would be a good book for Hadassah members to read.

Host: Judy Stiebel
Place:  9 Moselle Dr., Kenner
RSVP to Judy at JudyStieb@aol.com


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