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THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES by KRISTEN HARMEL. An engrossing novel. Eva Abrahams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida reads of the return of rare looted books to Holocaust survivors. She sees a photo of a book which had previously belonged to her in 1940’s France. Eva worked in the Resistance recording the names of unaccompanied children by coding each one in an 18th century text. She returns to Berlin to recover this book and help decode the names of those they attempted to keep safe.
HEAD OF THE MOSSAD by SHABTAI SHAVIT. This memoir deals with Shavit’s seven years in office from 1989 and provides an inside account of his intelligence philosophy, the operations he directed and anecdotes from his life. An essential book for everyone who cares for Israel’s security and future.
HOW YIDDISH CHANGED AMERICA & HOW AMERICA CHANGED YIDDISH by ILAN STEVENS & JOSH LAMBERT. This book demonstrates that Yiddish is not just a language but a rich cultural identity. Yiddish influenced Broadway, Hollywood, literature and politics. A revelation to those unfamiliar with Yiddish and for experienced Yiddish linguists a treasure.
YITZHAK RABIN by ITAMAR RABINOVICH. An informative biography written by a former Israeli ambassador to the United States. Rabinovich provides an insider’s perspective on Rabin’s life, influence and the mark he left on Israeli history.
THE REBBETZIN by RABBI NACHMAN SELTZER. The inspiring story of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis who accomplished so much and touched so many lives. Renowned author, Rabbi Nachman, interviewed many to write this unforgettable story. He vividly captures the life of one of the twentieth century’s most legendary, charismatic and spiritually inspiring Rebbetzins.
MAZEL TOV by J.S. MARGOT. In 1987, a 20-year-old miniskirt-wearing student responded to a job ad from an Orthodox Jewish couple in Antwerp to tutor their four children. Nothing prepared her for the myriad of customs she would have to adhere to in the Schneider home. Being an atheist from a Catholic background, she knew nothing about this way of life, but with time she began to embrace it.
COLOR OF LOVE: A Story of a mixed-race Jewish girl by MARRA GAD. In 1970, Marra was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. Her biological mother was unwed, white and Jewish and her biological father was black. Marra grappled with her identity as in black spaces she was not ‘black enough’ and in Jewish spaces she was mistaken for the help. The book explores inheritance showing that despite what is stripped away love will return.
EXILE MUSIC by JENNIFER STEIL. A captivating novel of a family who had to flee Vienna in 1938. Orly had an idyllic childhood filled with music, her father played in the Philharmonic and her mother was an opera singer. Her family secured visas to leave Austria and settled in Bolivia. Steil traces the challenges faced by the family initially and after the war ended. Besides the loss of their past way of life in Vienna, they now need to deal with the sight of former Nazis settling in Bolivia.
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