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. 
Update for 2021-22 meetings: Currently, we anticipate meeting in-person at CBB, adhering to the latest safety protocols.

Sun., Oct 17, 2021
9:30 AM

This incisive book explores Israeli Judaism and the conflict between religion and secularism, one of the major causes of political polarization throughout the world. Revisiting traditional religious sources and seminal works of secularism, he reveals that each contains an openness to learn from the other’s messages. Goodman challenges both orthodoxies, proposing a new approach to bridge the divide between religion and secularism and pave a path toward healing a society torn asunder by extremism.

Sun., Jan 23, 2022
9:30 AM

It appears relations between the American Jewish community and Israel are at an all-time nadir, and many pin the blame on Israel’s handling of its conflict with the Palestinians, Israel’s attitude toward non-Orthodox Judaism, and Israel’s dismissive attitude toward American Jews in general. But these explanations tell only half the story. We Stand Divided examines the history of the troubled relationship, showing that from the outset, the founders of each nation were responding to different threats and opportunities, and had very different ideas of how to guarantee a Jewish future — and even today Israel and America have fundamentally different ideas about issues ranging from democracy and history to religion and identity. As a first step to healing the breach, the two communities must acknowledge and discuss their profound differences and moral commitments. Only then can they forge a path forward, together.

Sun., May 1, 2022
9:30 AM

From the incomparable Amos Oz comes a series of three essays: on the universal nature of fanaticism and its possible cures, on the Jewish roots of humanism and the need for a secular pride in Israel, and on the geopolitical standing of Israel in the wider Middle East and internationally. Dear Zealots is classic Amos Oz—fluid, rich, masterly, and perfectly timed for a world in which polarization and extremism are rising everywhere. The essays were written, Oz states, “first and foremost” for his grandchildren: they are a patient, learned telling of history, religion, and politics, to be thumbed through and studied, clung to even, as we march toward an uncertain future.

Sun., July 31, 2022
9:30 AM

This is our “summer fiction pic”

Confident, original and humane, these stories are peopled with characters at the crossroads of nationalities, religions and communities: expatriates, travellers, immigrants and locals. Poets, soldiers, siblings and dissenters, the protagonists here are mostly Israelis of Mizrahi background (Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent) whose stories have rarely been told in literature. In illustrating the lives of those whose identities swing from fiercely patriotic to powerfully global, Ayelet Tsabari explores Israeli history even as she reveals the universality of war, love, heartbreak and hope.