Israel Between the Pages is a book discussion group featuring some of the most important and insightful voices on contemporary life in Israel. Meetings will be moderated by Rabbi Daniel Brenner or a guest speaker. 
Covid-19 Update: For 2021, we will be meeting over Zoom. Check the calendar for Zoom links.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
12 Noon

Pump­kin­flow­ers is a tremen­dous account of Israel’s mil­i­tary pres­ence in the South of Lebanon dur­ing the 1990s. (The title refers to IDF jargon for an out­post in the secu­ri­ty zone main­tained by Israel in south­ern Lebanon after its withdrawal in the late 1980s.) Unlike oth­er, more icon­ic Israeli engage­ments like the Inde­pen­dence War and the Six-Day War, Matti Friedman’s sub­ject has nei­ther name nor chron­i­cle, and Fried­man is ​the Pumpkin’s first his­to­ri­an in any lan­guage, and almost cer­tain­ly its last.” UPDATE: Previous meeting date of January 21 has been changed to January 14.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
12 Noon

At a time when the polit­i­cal des­tiny of Israel is more uncer­tain than at any moment since its mod­ern found­ing, Be Strong and of Good Courage cel­e­brates the defin­ing gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers who took on the task of safe­guard­ing the country’s future: David Ben-Guri­on, Men­achem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon are all profiled here.

Note: This event will be held on Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Sunday, June 13, 2021
9:30 AM

On a night in 1999 when Sarah Tuttle-Singer was barely 18, she was stoned by Palestinian kids just outside one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. In the years that followed, she was terrified to explore the ancient city she so loved. Returning to live within the Old City’s walls, she explores its four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish, making friends with people who were once her enemies, and learning some of the secrets and sharing the stories that make Jerusalem so special.