PEIJC Book Club
Updated - Dec 3, 2013

PEIJC Book Club Schedule: P.S. Anyone in the PEIJC community is welcome to join us!!!

We are starting up the book club once again. We will be alternating each month from a movie night to a book night. all from the community who are interested are invited.
Next Meetings: Winter 2013

December 8th 4:00 PM The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit: by Lucette Lagnado Home of Heather and Pablo

Jan 5 2014 4:00 PM Movie Night: Voyage of the Dammed - Home of Annabel Cohen

Feb 9 2014 4:00 PM Book - Chutzpah: by Alan M. Dershowitz, Location: - Home of Leslee Sack

March 9 2014 3:30 PM Movie Night (The Juggler - w Kirk Douglas) Location: Home of Leo Mednick

April 6t 2014 4:00 PM Book: The Tale-Teller: by Susan Glickman Location: Home of Sol Feldstein

May 4 2014. 3:30 PM (Rosalie's birthday) Movie Night - Location: Home of Rosalie and Don Simeone - CANCELLED 

June 1 2014 4:00 PM Book: BOOK TBD  Volunteer Required - CANCELLED 

Meetings Held:
Sunday November 3rd 2013 4:00 PM Home of Leo Mednick- MOVIE NIGHT- "Shining Through" (1992) with Michael Douglas & Melanie Griffith - An American woman of Irish, Jewish-German parentage goes undercover in Nazi Germany. (REVIEW: I WAS VERY SUPRISED AT HOW GOOD THIS WAS AND I NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE) LM

Other Books to be read this season.
The Man In The White Sharkskin Suit: by Lucette Lagnado
(The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit recounts the exile of the author's Jewish Egyptian family from Cairo in 1963 and her father's heroic and tragic struggle to survive his "riches to rags" trajectory. )

Chutzpah: by Alan M. Dershowitz
(The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller, written by a brilliant legal mind, on what it means to be a Jew in America today. Dershowitz discusses the changes they've witnessed, changes they've created, and the changes that must still take place. He examines anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, assimilation, Zionism, civil rights, changes in eastern Europe, and turmoil in the Middle East. )

The Tale-Teller: by Susan Glickman
(The year is 1738. Jacques Lafargue, a wide-eyed young Frenchman, arrives in New France aboard the Saint Michel. But before his Canadian adventure has a chance to begin, he is detained at Quebec harbour by suspicious port officials. Their distrust proves warranted: instead of a young man named Jacques Lafargue their captive turns out to be a young woman named Esther Brandeau, and instead of answers to their questions about who she is and where she came from, they are given tales of castaways raised by apes, of blind lovelorn sailors and merciless pirates, of runaway slaves and kindly desert nomads, and of other curiosities in a limitless world. Few suspect the truth: Esther is a Jew, which by law prohibits her from entering New France, and she is using her tale-telling to escape the restrictions placed upon her race and gender. And no one – not even Esther herself – realizes the power her stories have to open their hearts and minds to old dreams and new possibilities.)

Hare with Amber Eyes: by Edmund Dewaal
(The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. )

***  If you want to join the club or just come to one meeting please e-mail

Books Read to Date:

- To borrow any of the books please e-mail

  • "700 Sundays" - Billy Crystal
  • "In Ishmael's House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands” by Martin Gilbert
  • "Davita's Harp" by Chaim Potok
  • "None Is Too Many" by Irving Abella and Harold Troper
  • "People of the Book" by Gereldine Brooks at Leslee's house
  • "Far To Go" by Allison Pick
  • "The Lemon Tree" by Sandy Tolan
  • "The Haj" by Leon Uris
  • "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" by Erik Larson