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Spertus Book Group Meetup

Spertus Book Group Meetup

One Book | One Community

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 7:00 pm

Spertus was again pleased to spearhead One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's Jewish Book Month community initiative. This year's pick, David Laskin's acclaimed The Family, is a story of hope, survival, and perseverance across the great sweep of the 20th century!

Spertus Book Group Meet-Up

Rachel KaminWe invited you to join us at Spertus for a casual, group-oriented discussion of The Familyfacilitated by Rachel Kamin, director of the Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Perfect for those who have read the book, plan to read the book, or just want to learn more.

Expert book group facilitator Rachel Kamin has authored articles for BookLinks, Jewish Book World, and Judaica Librarianship and also writes children’s book reviews for School Library Journal.

What is One Book?

One Book | One Community is the Chicago Jewish community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. See the sidebar at the right for programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration 
of the forces that shaped modern history" 
—Bestselling author Stephen Greenblatt

"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel”
— Jewish Journal

This year's winning book is David Laskin’s The Family, a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library.

Get Your Copy of the Featured Book!

The Family is currently available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop onsite and online.

Read About The Author
(You'll have a chance to meet him in December!)

Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>

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Our thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their help spreading the word about One Book | One Community.

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book Is David Laskin's The Family

Download your READERS' GUIDE

Includes an interview with author David Laskin, historical resources, recipes, timelines, and reading lists of other books you're sure to enjoy!


Kick-Off Event
Old Land, New Land, Holy Land

Sunday, November 9
2 pm at Spertus Institute

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, November 16
2 pm at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park

Lecture and Book Discussion
Thursday, November 20
6:30 pm at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie

Book Discussion | Book Group Meetup
Tuesday, December 2
7 pm at Spertus Institute

Author Event #1
Sunday, December 7
10 am at Spertus Institute

Author Event #2
Sunday, December 7
2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard


One Book | One Community is supported, in part, by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

JUF News is the media sponsor
of One Book | One Community. 

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We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El as well as our colleagues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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