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Rabbi Sacks Book Discussion

Feb 4, 2018

Rabbi Sacks Book Discussion

After last year’s very successful book groups with Steven Prawer, we will continue with a new Rabbi Sacks title in February: Lessons in leadership : a weekly reading of the Jewish Bible. Sunday February 4th at 2.00pm – 3.30pm Come along and join in the discussion at the Lamm library – it’s free to all. Let us know if you are planning to come so that we will have some ideas of...

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Book Sale

Feb 11, 2018

Book Sale

With the children back to school perhaps you have more time to read? Any reason is good for stocking up on some great books now. Come along on Sunday 11th February  1.30pm -5pm at the library   Most books at $2 or less – grab a bargain!

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Happy Hanukkah and summer holidays

Dec 14, 2017

Happy Hanukkah and summer holidays

The library will close on Thursday 21st December, 1pm and re-open on Monday 15th January 2018, 10am. We wish you Happy Hanukkah and safe, relaxing holidays....

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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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