We invite the community to join with us in reading and discussing The Plot Against America by Philip Roth and participating in the many events taking place in the Bay Area through June 2019.  Events will be listed here on an ongoing basis, so be sure to visit this page soon for new information!


Drop-In Book Club: Nemesis, by Philip Roth

Sunday, February 3, 2 PM


Bucky Cantor, the protagonist of Roth’s final novel, is a vigorous young playground director when a polio outbreak mysteriously begins to ravage 1944 Newark. Faced with an opportunity to leave the city for work in a Catskills summer camp, Bucky is torn between personal safety and professional duty in this modern American morality tale. 

Book discussion facilitated by Jim Van Buskirk.

Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States

Presented by Bradley W. Hart

Sunday, March 24, 1:30 PM

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Hitler’s American Friends examines the strange terrain of Nazi sympathizers, non-intervention campaigners, and other voices in America that advocated on behalf of Nazi Germany in the years before World War II. These homegrown antagonists sought to protect and promote Hitler, leave Europeans (especially European Jews) to fend for themselves, and elevate the Nazi regime. Some of these sympathizers were Americans of German descent who joined the Bund, whose leadership dreamed of installing a stateside Fuhrer; some were Midwestern Catholics like Father Charles Coughlin, whose popular radio program broadcast anti-Semitic tirades; some were members of Congress who used their mailing privileges to distribute German propaganda. Celebrity pilot Charles Lindbergh spoke for them all at the America First Committee.

Bradley W. Hart is an assistant professor at California State University, Fresno, and a former by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. His previous works include George Pitt-Rivers and the Nazis and the co-edited volume The Foundations of the British Conservative Party: Essays on Conservatism from Lord Salisbury to David Cameron.

Co-presented by the JFCS Holocaust Center.


Congregation Beth Sholom Women’s Book Group, San Francisco
Thursday, February 21 Contact Jean Tepper

San Francisco JCC Friday, February 22 Contact Shiva Schulz

Or Shalom Jewish Community, San Francisco
Friday, February 22 Contact Rachelle Resnick

Sequoia Hadassah with Ellen Bob Saturday, February 28 $15 suggested donation Contact Leah Bernstein

Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley Saturday, March 9 Contact Barbara Bibel

Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo
Tuesday, March 12
Contact Rabbi Lisa Kingston

Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos
Sunday, March 17 Contact Diane Goldman

Peninsula JCC, Foster City Tuesday, March 26
Contact Stephanie Levin

Past Events:

Temple Beth El of Aptos Tuesday, October 16

Hadassah, Berkeley Chapter Thursday, October 18

Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
Monday, November 26

Drop-In Book Club at the Jewish Community Library, San Francisco Sunday, December 2, 2:00 PM

Congregation B'nai Emunah, San Francisco
Sunday, December 9

Congregation Beth Jacob Sisterhood Book Group, Redwood City
Monday, December 10

Coastside Jewish Community, Montara Wednesday, December 12

Jewish American Fiction Book Club, Fairfax
Wednesday, January 9

Women of Rodef Sholom, San Rafael
Wednesday, January 16

Feast of Jewish Learning, Los Altos Hills
Saturday, January 26

Congregation Beth El, Berkeley Sunday, January 27

Congregation Beth Ami, Santa Rosa
Thursday, January 24