JEWISH COMMUNITY LIBRARY

DROP-IN BOOK CLUB:
THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ AND OTHERS

Book discussions facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk. Pick up your copy of the book at the Library or at a Pushcart branch at the Palo Alto or San Francisco JCC. For more information, contact the Library at 415.567.3327 x 706. There is no fee to participate, and all are welcome. Discussions are held at the Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco. 

 

Isaac's Torah: Concerning the Life of Isaac Jacob Blumenfeld Through Two WorldWars, Three Concentration Camps, and Five Motherlands by Angel Wagenstein
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2 P.M.

Tragedy is overlaid with Jewish humor as an affable tailor survives war and nationalism in Central Europe between World War I and the death of Stalin. Peppered with Yiddish jokes, fables from the Kolodetz shtetl, and the unorthodox comments of sometimes-atheist Rabbi Shmuel Ben-David, this darkly ironic novel offers profound insights into life's absurdities. 

 

THIS YEAR'S ONE BAY ONE BOOK SELECTION: 

The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2 P.M.

Just after the Iranian Revolution, Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is falsely imprisoned for being a spy. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer's novel masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that befall a family unable to conform.