CBB’s Jewish Book Club meets four times a year on Sunday mornings to read and discuss both fascinating and critically-acclaimed Jewish novels. We are joined by Charles Lynn Batten, a UCLA professor and master facilitator.
Join us at 9 AM for a Nosh. Discussion starts at 9:30 AM!

Don’t miss author Rachel Barenbaum (A Bend in the Stars) on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3 PM.

September 8, 2019

In the vein of modern Jewish-American master fabulists like Michael Chabon to Cynthia Ozick, Steve Stern’s The Frozen Rabbi traces the events surrounding the frozen body of the mys­tic Rab­bi Eliez­er. Encased in ice during a winter storm in 1897, this ‘saintsi­cle’ survives pogroms, a perilous transatlantic crossing, and other journeys until a 1999 power outage awakens this ‘stranger in a strange land.’

December 8, 2019

Growing up in the early 1800s on idyllic St. Thomas amid a small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. But Rachel’s life is not her own. She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father’s business. When her husband dies suddenly, Rachel seizes her own life story, beginning a defiant, passionate love affair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family, including her favorite son, who will become Camille Pissarro — the father of Impressionism and one of France’s greatest artists.

March 1, 2020

This bestselling, riveting literary novel is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

We’re proud to announce that author Rachel Barenbaum will be appearing at CBB on Sunday, April 26, 2020 as part of the UCSB Taubman Symposium @ CBB series.

May 31, 2020

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital. Nathan Englander’s newest novel examines the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides.