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Book Club: The Girl on the Train

Aug 28, 2017

Book Club: The Girl on the Train

A 2016 movie, based on Paula Hawkins‘ 2015 novel Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, she witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous...

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Jonathan Sacks Books Group

Oct 1, 2017

Jonathan Sacks Books Group

Join the Lamm Jewish Library and Professor Steven Prawer for a book discussion focusing on the works of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books – a moral voice of our time. First Sunday of the month from August to November, 2 pm (August 6th; September 3rd; October 1st; November 5th) At the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia. Our October 1st book is The Great Partnership:  God, science and the search for meaning Coffee, tea and biscuits provided. Booking essential! Please let us know if you are attending by calling 03-9272-5611 or email info@ljla.org.au by the Thursday prior to the date. Parking on site and ramp access available....

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Book Club: I am Forbidden

Oct 30, 2017

Book Club: I am Forbidden

By Anouk Markovits The book traces the history of two girls – Mila and Atara – born into the ultra-Orthdox and virulently anti-Zionist Satmar community in Transylvania before the Second World War. The Holocaust wiped out much of Transylvania’s once substantial Jewish presence and both girls suffer losses during this period. There is reference to Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum – a real historical figure who excommunicated anyone with Zionist leanings or even who had contact with any Zionist supporters, yet took a place on the controversial “Kasztner train” that rescued over 1,600 Hungarian Jews. …Mila cannot shake off her childhood memory of seeing her mother run towards the Satmar Rebbe as he sat on the edge of an open carriage on the Kasztner train and seeing her shot down and killed before she could reach him. As she grows up she is told the Satmar story that Kasztner was not responsible for rescuing the Rebbe, rather that Hashem was responsible. Markovits herself is from a Satmar community but left rather than agree to a marriage that she did not want. Born in Paris, she now lives in New York. She gives interesting insights into a little known world, including some of the rules governing relationships between husband and wife, rules of purity and ideas about how much religious learning is suitable for women and girls. The story moves quickly and is extremely engaging despite the unfamiliarity of the world it inhabits. The reader is drawn into this “otherness” which deliberately separates itself from the rest of the world as well as from other Jews....

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Jonathan Sacks Books Discussion

Nov 5, 2017

Jonathan Sacks Books Discussion

Join the Lamm Jewish Library and Professor Steven Prawer for a book discussion focusing on the works of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 25 books – a moral voice of our time. First Sunday of the month from August to November, 2 pm (August 6th; September 3rd; October 1st; November 5th) At the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia. Our last book, on 5th November is The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society Coffee, tea and biscuits provided. All welcome but please let us know if you are attending by calling 03-9272-5611 or email info@ljla.org.au by the Thursday prior to the date. Parking on site and ramp access...

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Fit Mind Fab Body: No Diet Weight Loss for Busy Women

Nov 15, 2017

Fit Mind Fab Body: No Diet Weight Loss for Busy Women

Terry Bahat, a passionate, experienced health and fitness couch and owner of CoreWorks will introduce her book “Fit Mind Fab Body: No diet weight loss for busy women” and share her knowledge with us. Terry has used her Israeli army training and academic & practical knowledge and packed all her best ideas, tips and strategies into a simple, fun...

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Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

Jun 26, 2017

Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

By Dominic Smith The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is the fourth novel by Dominic Smith, an Australian living in Texas. The plot is so rich that the description of it could sound too dense, but Smith weaves his tale with a light touch. The book centres on the influence of a painting on three people across centuries: mid-17th century Amsterdam, the time of the Dutch masters; New York in the 1950s; and Sydney at the turn of this century.

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