Kol Israel Women's Summer Event
This summer was an active one for Kol Israel members. Our Womens
Committee continued with the always popular book club series.
Our first book was The Stranger Among Us by Thrity Umrigar which was
presented by Esther Hidary (always a club favorite) and most graciously
hosted by Dianne Suede.
The next selection was People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.
We were delighted to have as our speaker our own Natalie Greenberg who
shared her expertise on the subject matter. Michelle Tawil was our
wonderful hostess for the afternoon.
Both novels were enlightening and inspired lively discussions thanks
to our articulate speakers.
These afternoons were even more interesting because in addition to
the delicacies prepared by our hostesses, the events were also Kol
Israel Cookbook tastings. We had opportunities to sample delicious
recipes and vote on them. Our Kol Israel Cookbook is in full
swing. Watch for updates. For more information contact
Andrea Saban at
Thanks again to our warm hostesses Dianne Suede and Michelle Tawil
for opening their lovely homes to our members.
Please join the Kol Israel Women's Committee
for our Next Book Club!
For more info, contact
Past Books include:
The Space Between Us
by Thrity Umrigar
Speaker: Esther Hidary
by Michael Lavigne
The Painted Veil
by W. Somerset Maugham
Speaker: Diedre Eisenstein
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini
Speaker: Esther Hidary
The Time Traveler's
by Audrey Niffenegger
Speaker: Yael Harari
Israel Book Club has been an active, vital part of our congregation for many
years; always well attended and
greatly anticipated. In the
recent past, our book club has gained popularity among community people,
reaching beyond area congregants.
Our first book club of the season was graciously hosted
by Mrs. Linda Khezrie. It was
the largest and most well attended event to this day.
Mrs. Khezrie, always the lady, warmly greeted each guest with her
winning smile. As over 40 women
were treated to a delicious and beautifully prepared lunch, the topic of
discussion was the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini.
Our guest speaker, Esther Hidary, led us through an
interesting, detailed history of the Afghan region as well as an overview of
the story. Lively debates on
topics relevant to the book ensued.
This provided many exchanges and insights among the women who were of
varying ages. We thank Mrs.
Linda Khezrie for hosting such a memorable event.
The following book club event
was held at he home of Lisa Grazi.
Lisa provided a respite to a bleak, messy, snowy day.
Lisa is known for her
culinary talents and her guests were fortunate to partake in her wonderfully
Our recurring speaker, Dierdre Eisenstein moderated the
classic, The Painted Veil, by W. Somerset Maugham.
The discussion covered women’s feelings on love, adultery, guilt and
compassion in desperate situations.
As always, the attendees voiced opinions and stirred conversation.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger was
the subject of our next book club.
It is an unusual story written in a complex style.
Our speaker was our very own Yael Harari, daughter of Rabbi and Vicky
Harari. This was Yael’s first
time moderating the Kol Israel Book Club.
Yael did a wonderful job of deconstructing the plot and
clarifying the intricate theme.
We were all enlightened by her take on the book and her command of the
group. We hope she will find the
time to speak at future events as we were thoroughly impressed by her
We are all looking forward to upcoming book club events.
Thanks to all who have been involved and we would love to see new
faces and hear suggestions for future books.