Sisterhood & Book Club News – February 2015

February Book Group

Sunday, February 15, 2015 – NOTE NEW DATE     10:00 AM

Host:              Vita Dworkin

Book:              All the Light We Cannot See

Author:           Anthony Doerr

Phone Number and Email for RSVP

775-832-2190    vitadworkin@msn.com

Also respond to EVITE

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 Book Club News by Margaret Lewicki

The January Book Club at Bea Axelrod’s home was a wonderful meeting; good camaraderie, stimulating discussion, and delicious refreshments. The book, “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was an intriguing selection. Most of the participants were not pleased by the book and by the author’s writing. It was felt that the author had nothing new to add to the knowledge of African politics, wars and the lives of its people. Thank you, Bea, for hosting the book group.

NOTE NEW DATE!!

On SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015, Vita Dworkin will be the host for the Book Group and has graciously changed the date of the book group meeting to accommodate all those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day in their special way. The book to be reviewed is. ”All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

 

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

 

Please remember to respond to the EVITE.

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January-February Birthday Lunch

The January Birthday Lunch was at Marty’s Cafe in downtown Truckee. We celebrated the birthdays of Barbara Ansel and C. Jaye Kline. Tuesday, February 10th is the date for the February Birthday Lunch. We will meet at the Napa Sonoma Grocery Company in Reno.. Look for the EVITE for your response. Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in February.

Mahj on Wednesdays

It is always a good time to have fun with a very sociable group of ladies (and men) playing Mah Jongg on Wednesdays starting at noon at the Temple. Please respond to the EVITE if you are coming. If you don’t know the game, we love to teach you the game. Just come on in.

Crafty Crafters

The Sisterhood Crafty Crafters will be meeting at twelve noon to four o’clock on Monday, February 23rd at the

Manzanita Restaurant in the Ritz Carlton at NorthStar. The Ritz has a ½ off promotion on Mondays at its restaurants. After lunch we convene in the lobby and enjoy crafting. Please contact C. Jaye Kline for more information at cjaye113@icloud.com.

Sisterhood Monthly Meetings

The next Sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, February 4th at 3:00 pm at the Temple. Please join us as we plan various activities for the new year. Your response to the EVITE notice would be appreciated.

Friends of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

The Sisterhood has established an opportunity for non temple members to join the Sisterhood and participate in its activities and events. You are welcome to enquire about the newly formed Friends of the NTHC Sisterhood.

 

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Sisterhood Membership Dues

Membership forms have been sent out through the Shofar, flyers and email. If you have not yet joined please respond as soon as possible. The Sisterhood membership looks forward to your association with the Sisterhood and your participation in Sisterhood activities.

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September-October 2014 Birthday Lunch

The September Birthday Lunch was held at PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing on Prosser Dam Road in Truckee. There was a very good turnout and the ladies enjoyed the pleasant meal outside on the deck. Veronica Kaufman celebrated her birthday at the lunch. Tuesday, October 14th is the date for the October Birthday Lunch. Look for the EVITE with the information about the location of the get together. Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in October.

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August Book Group    Saturday, August 9, 2014 10:00 AM

Host:              Eliana Kuhn   Book: A Hologram for the King      Author: Dave Eggers:

Phone # and Email for RSVP   (775) 831-0181;   elianakuhn@aol.com

 

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Book Club News by Margaret Lewicki

 The July Book Club meeting was cancelled due to insufficient number of responses.

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On SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, Eliana Kuhn will be the host for the Book Group.

The book to be reviewed is “A Hologram for the King” by Dave Eggers.

“Deft and darkly comic . . . A Hologram for the King is not only a portrait of a man in midlife trying desperately to salvage his future. The book is emblematic of what Eggers sees as wrong in America today: the collapse of homegrown industry, the outsourcing of labor, a loss of confidence, soured ideals. . . . But [it] isn’t a bummer—or if it is, it’s a bummer beautifully enlivened by oddball encounters and oddball characters, by stranger-in-a-strange-land episodes. . . . A Hologram for the King moves forward—a momentum of melancholy and possibility, driven by the meditations and memories of its once-noble American salesman hero.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Hologram for the King . . . reads fast and clear, with clean, stripped-down prose and a tone at once mournful and darkly amused. . . . It’s not that this world is changing, or that it will change. The world already changed, and now everyone, whether they like it or not, is tasked with figuring out how—or if—they can adapt.” —Portland Mercury

Please RSVP to Eliana Kuhn: Phone Number: (775) 831-0181 and Email: elianakuhn@aol.com

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July-August Birthday Lunch

 The July Birthday Lunch was held at the Chateau in Incline Village. There was a very nice turnout and the ladies enjoyed pleasant conversations. Tuesday, August 12th is the date for the August Birthday Lunch, which will be held at Spindleshanks in Kings Beach at the Old Brockway Golf Course. Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in August.

Mahj on Wednesdays

It is always a good time to have fun with a very sociable group of ladies (and men) playing Mah Jongg on Wednesdays starting at noon at the Temple. If you don’t know the game, we love to teach you the game. Just come on in.

 Sisterhood Monthly Meetings

The next Sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, August 6 at 3:00 pm at the Temple.

Please join us as we plan various activities and fund raisers.

Friends of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

The Sisterhood has established an opportunity for non temple members to join the Sisterhood and participate in its activities and events. You are welcome to enquire about the newly formed Friends of the NTHC Sisterhood.

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NOTE NEW DATE!!   June Book Group

Saturday, July 19, 2014 – NOTE THIS IS THE THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

10:00 AM    Host:      Erica Duff     Address: Reno, NV

Book to be reviewed:

“A Scandalous Life” by Mary S. Lovell

Phone Number and Email for RSVP    775-851-2047   ericaduff@pyramid.net

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 Book Club News by Margaret Lewicki

The June Book Club at Carol Steingard’s house was a wonderful meeting; good camaraderie, stimulating discussion, and delicious refreshments. The book, Same Kind of Different as Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, was an incredibly fascinating story of two different lifestyles and how each influenced the other. You need to read this book to get the full emotional impact of the growth of the individuals involved. Suffice to say that we had an intense and rewarding review which left us with our own thoughts on the chances of life.

On SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014, Erica Duff will be the host for the Book Group.

The book to be reviewed is “A Scandalous Life” by Mary S. Lovell.

“The biography of Jane Digby, an ‘enthralling tale of a nineteenth-century beauty whose heart – and hormones – ruled her head.’ ……. A celebrated aristocratic beauty, Jane Digby married Lord Ellenborough at seventeen. Their divorce a few years later was one of England s most scandalous at that time. In her quest for passionate fulfilment she had lovers which included an Austrian prince, King Ludvig I of Bavaria, and a Greek count whose infidelities drove her to the Orient. In Syria, she found the love of her life, a Bedouin nobleman, Sheikh Medjuel el Mezrab who was twenty years her junior. Bestselling biographer Mary Lovell has produced from Jane Digby’s diaries not only a sympathetic and dramatic portrait of a rare woman, but a fascinating glimpse into the centuries-old Bedouin tradition that is now almost lost.”

Please respond timely to the host, Erica Duff : 775-851-2047;   ericaduff@pyramid.net

NOTE: The book to be reviewed in August will be “A Hologram for a King” by Dave Eggers

June-July Birthday Lunch

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR JULY

The June Birthday Lunch was held at the Dockside 700 Lakefront Grill in Tahoe City. There was a very good turnout, and Lynn Flagg was one of the birthday celebrants. This was a new restaurant for most of us and we did enjoy the food and the magnificent scenic view of the Lake and the Marina. Monday, July 21st is the date for the July Birthday Lunch, which will be held in Northstar at noon at the Manzanita, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Highlands. The restaurant offers half price meals on Mondays. Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in July.

Mahj on Wednesdays

It is always a good time to have fun with a very sociable group of ladies (and men) playing Mah Jongg on Wednesdays starting at noon at the Temple. If you don’t know the game, we love to teach you the game. Just come on in.

 Sisterhood Monthly Meetings           NOTE NEW EARLIER TIME

The next Sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, July 2 at 2:00 pm at the Temple. Let’s keep the momentum going for 2014! Also give some thought to revitalizing the Sisterhood and increasing its membership and participation. Come and share your ideas.

Friends of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

The Sisterhood has established an opportunity for non temple members to join the Sisterhood and participate in its activities and events. You are welcome to enquire about the newly formed Friends of the NTHC Sisterhood.

 

Sisterhood Tea with the Rabbi

The first tea was hosted by Cookie Steinberg. It was a successful gathering and many projects, concepts and programs were discussed. The second tea was hosted by Lorri Waldman. The teas are very special meetings with Rabbi Beth. Shetold us about her wonderful accomplishments asa wife, a nursing degree, a law degree,and as a Rabbi at two synagogues. Her energy, abilities and sweet personality are so amazing.  We are fortunate to have her here as our rabbi and hope more Temple women become involved

We discussedour desire to get the younger generation ofwomen to participate in Sisterhood activities. More Teas with Rabbi Beth are being planned to encourage more interaction with Sisterhoodwomen and share ideas together.

June Book Group

Saturday, June 14, 2014    10:00 AM

Host:       Carol Steingard    Address: Reno, NV

Book to be reviewed:

“Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Phone Number and Email for RSVP:    775-853-6310   sedona1927@gmail.com

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 Book Club News by Margaret Lewicki

 The April Book Club at Sandra Kaplan’s house was a great success; nice turnout, good camaraderie, stimulating discussion, and appetizing refreshments. The book, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, told the story of a period in American history between 1854 and 1929, when so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying almost a quarter of a million abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child. Vivian’s story is paired with the contemporary story of seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer who knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship. This is a well written book with well thought out transitions between the two time periods; an educational insight into an unexplored episode of American history.

On SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014, Carol Steingard will be the host for the Book Group.

The book to be reviewed is “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

“This is such a wonderful story it touched my heart and my social consciousness. I found the author’s introspective to be a honest reflection of many of our own personal lives. To see all three of these real people trimph, in their own way, over their personal, social and spritual road blocks was inspiring. Oh, you should also be ready to laugh out loud…after all, life is filled with lots of joy and sadness. This book gives you both!” —–Anonymous

“Denver Moore and Ron Hall’s story is one that moved me to tears. The friendship that forms
between these two men at a time when both were in great need is an inspiration to all of us to be more compassionate to everyone we come in contact with. This is truly a wonderful book!”
—Mrs. Barbara Bush

Please respond timely to the host, Carol Steingard: 775-853-6310   sedona1927@gmail.com

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May-June Birthday Lunch

The May Birthday Lunch was held at the Twisted Fork in Reno. There was a very good turnout, and Carol Steingard was one of the birthday celebrants. This was a new restaurant for most of us and we did enjoy the food. Tuesday, June 10th is the date for the June Birthday Lunch, which will be held in Tahoe City Marina at noon at the Dockside 700 Lakefront Grill, 700 N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City (530-581-0303). Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in June.

Mahj on Wednesdays

It is always a good time to have fun with a very sociable group of ladies (and men) playing Mah Jongg on Wednesdays starting at noon at the Temple. We are playing with the new 2014 cards. If you don’t know the game, we love to teach you the game. Just come on in.

Sisterhood Monthly Meetings

The next Sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, June 4th at 3:00 pm at the Temple. Let’s keep the momentum going for 2014! Also give some thought to revitalizing the Sisterhood and increasing its membership and participation. Come and share your ideas.

Friends of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

The Sisterhood has established an opportunity for non temple members to join the Sisterhood and participate in its activities and events. You are welcome to enquire about the newly formed Friends of the NTHC Sisterhood. Further information will be forthcoming as details are ironed out.

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May Book Group   Saturday, May 10, 2014     10:00 AM     Host:       Sandra Kaplan    Address: Montreux Country Club, Reno, NV

Book to be reviewed: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

Phone Number and Email for RSVP: 775-530-8337; donkaplan@pyramid.net

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 Book Club News by Joyce Jenkins

April Book Club at Joyce’s house was a great success; nice turnout, good camaraderie, stimulating discussion, and appetizing refreshments. The book, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler, was not as interesting in itself as were certain aspects of it. It told of the horrific treatment of Jews of that era meted out by the Portuguese. The Portuguese, profiting to some degree from the experience of those that preceded them, saw fit not to exterminate Jews, due to their exceptional contribution to society in the arts, commerce, science, and society in general. Rather, they elected forced conversion to Christianity. They were referred to as “Moranos”, meaning pigs, and were required to have pigs in their yards, indicating that they were new Christians. If anything, it made us realize that we should be reviewing books relating to our history and heritage.

Book Club News by Margaret Lewicki

On SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014, Sandra Kaplan will be the host for the Book Group.

The book to be reviewed is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.   Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.   Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

Please respond timely to the host, Sandra Kaplan:   775-530-8337;  donkaplan@pyramid.net

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May 2014 Updates

April – May Birthday Lunch

The April Birthday Lunch was held at the Wild Alaskan Fish Company in Incline Village. There was a very good turnout, and Lynn Flagg was one of the birthday celebrants. Tuesday, May13th is the date for the May Birthday Lunch, which will be held in South Reno at noon at the Twisted Fork, 1191 Steamboat Parkway, Suite1400, Reno, 89521 (775-853-6033). Ladies, please join us to honor the members who have birthdays in May.

Mahj on Wednesdays

It is always a good time to have fun with a very sociable group of ladies (and men) playing Mah Jongg on Wednesdays starting at noon at the Temple. We are playing with the new 2014 cards. If you don’t know the game, we love to teach you the game. Just come on in.

 Sisterhood Monthly Meetings

The next Sisterhood meeting will be on Wednesday, May 7th at 3:00 pm at the Temple. Let’s get the momentum going for 2014! Also give some thought to revitalizing the Sisterhood and increasing its membership and participation. Come and share your ideas.

Friends of the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

The Sisterhood has established an opportunity for non temple members to join the Sisterhood and participate in its activities and events. You are welcome to enquire about the newly formed Friends of the NTHC Sisterhood. Further information will be forthcoming as details are ironed out.

On SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013, Carol Steingard hosted the members of the Book Group.  After enjoying the delicious brunch, the ladies reviewed “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver.  We noted the author’s ability to put forth the concepts of climate change in an intriguing character driven plot.  Her knowledge was well researched and the novel is worth reading for its development of the “scientific, financial and psychological intricacies of climate change.”

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On SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, Trudy Lesem will be reviewing the book “The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich.

Kirkus Reviews

The drum … “tells” its story, in three interconnected narratives. The first details the sundering of “old Shaawano’s” family when his wife Anaquot, “burning” with love for another man, flees with her illegitimate baby and older daughter, inadvertently sacrificing a child’s life to a pack of starving wolves. The second relates further consequences of Anaquot’s folly, then tells how Shaawano, inspired and burdened by “visions” of a dead child, painstakingly fashions the drum … The third story reveals how, two generations later, the drum sounds again, and three children left alone in a freezing house and subsequently lost in frigid darkness, hear its “healing” music. Erdrich draws us into her exquisitely detailed world effortlessly,… The worlds of ancestry and tradition, humans and animals (notably, wolves and ravens), living and remembering and dreaming, are here rendered here with extraordinary clarity and insistent emotional impact. Hard to believe, but Erdrich just keeps getting better.

 

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On SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, Bea Axelrod has chosen “Small Island” by Andrea Levy for the Book Group.

Small Island is a beautiful story told by four different narrators, two Jamaican and two British. All four are trying to make sense of post-WWII Britain and how they fit into a slowly rebuilding England. The Jamaicans leave their homeland in search of greater opportunity, a small garden, a bell at the front door; but what they find awaiting them in their Mother Country is much different than what they anticipated. She’s not quite the loving mother they thought she would be.
All four of the narrators’ lives become intermingled with the others in a moving story about love, loss, opportunity, and starting afresh after a tumultuous journey.

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On SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, Lynn Flagg will review “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.

In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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