Jewish History Book Group

Join your fellow Kolotniks in informal monthly reading and discussions. Inspired by our ignorance of Jewish history, we have formed this group to inform ourselves along with whoever wants to join us -- Jewish history definitely teaches that learning happens best in community. We want to understand Jewish history in a nonparochial way, to read our history as one that is both particular and profoundly interwoven with the peoples around us. The group is open to all  on a drop-in basis and welcomes newcomers, and there is no obligation to participate from one month to the next. All we ask is that you come having read the assigned reading. For more information about the group, contact Josh Rubin at or 917-494-2929.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30pm.  We will be having a very special guest join us: Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. Solomon is an author, teacher, journalist, activist, and friend to many at Kolot. She will be joining us as we continue our discussion  of Wonder of Wonders. Solomon's book is a lively read, with wonderful detail and a wry wit, and it weaves together so many interesting threads of history: Jewish, New york, theater, political, etc. The book takes us through the history of how Sholem Aleichem's Tevye stories came to be, Aleichem's brief forays into NYC Yiddish theater, various dramatic productions of the Tevye stories before Fiddler, and then the writing, casting, and mounting of Fiddler on Broadway, plus its success, and some interesting takes on subsequent productions that took on significant cultural meaning.  

We will be meeting at the home of Arthur Strimling and Cantor Lisa B. Segal.  If you plan to attend, please rsvp to Josh Rubin at  Please be sure to RSVP as we are expecting more than our usual core will be joining us and we would like to have an accurate count.  We will provide the address and directions to those who RSVP.  As always, Kolot's Jewish History Book Group is open to all on a drop-in basis, but we ask that, as it is a book group, you come having read the book.   

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