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, June 27 at 7:30pm, at the home of Josh Rubin (please e-mail me for directions at  We will be starting our discussion of Wonder of Wonders by Alisa Solomon, a cultural history of Fiddler on the Roof. Solomon's book is a lively read, with wonderful detail and a wry wit.  Solomon takes us through the history of how Sholem Alechem'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 plan to discuss the first four or perhaps five chapters, taking us up to rehearsals for the original Broadway production and maybe opening night.

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