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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 ansa1233@aol.com.

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 kolisraelbookclub@gmail.com

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Past Books include:

The Space Between Us

by Thrity Umrigar 

Speaker: Esther Hidary

Not Me
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 Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Speaker: Yael Harari

About Us


The Kol  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 prepared lunch.


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 ability.


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.

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