Zoom Book Group

WRJ Central has started a book group, currently meeting online every 2 months through Zoom (more on Zoom below!). Our next meeting is 7:30 pm on Sunday, September 20 Our next book is Sinners and the Sea, The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife by Rebecca Kanner, “Kanner does a masterful job of penetrating the depths of the Biblical Flood narrative and weaving in the complicated reality of challenging relationships and longings for personal fulfillment. Her desire to go beyond the traditional understanding of the lives she explores introduces us to a courageous and insightful young writer whose first book will take its place alongside other exciting modern re-readings of the ancient Biblical text.” -Rabbi Allen of Beth Jacob congregation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beauti¬fully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.

Contact Hillary Handwerger at hillaryh@ix.netcom.com, if you want to be added to the group for our discussion Zoom calls. We can have up to 50 women on the discussion at a time.  This means seeing all our faces and expressions, having a real discussion.

The group decided we should read books either of Jewish content or by a Jewish author. However, there have been exceptions: the first book we read was A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure. Another great book we read and discussed was Gentleman from Moscow. So we are not always strict with our selections.

So far we have read and discussed A Pearl in the Storm, Sapphires and Garlic, The Plot Against America, Drawing in the Dust, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Weight of Ink, and The Lost Girls of Paris, All the Rivers, The World That We Knew. A real variety of genres and readings!

 

For more information on Zoom and how to get connected, click here. To participate, contact Hillary Handwerger.

In this time of isolation, something to look forward to.

Contact Hillary Handwerger at hillaryh@ix.netcom.com, if you want to be added to the group for our discussion Zoom calls. This means seeing all our faces and expressions, having a real discussion.

The group decided we should read books either of Jewish content or by a Jewish author. However, there have been exceptions: the first book we read was A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure. Another great book we read and discussed was Gentleman from Moscow. So we are not always strict with our selections.

So far we have read and discussed A Pearl in the Storm, Sapphires and Garlic, The Plot Against America, Drawing in the Dust, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Weight of Ink, and The Lost Girls of Paris, All the Rivers, The World That We Knew. A real variety of genres and readings!

 
Our next book is Sinners and the Sea, The Untold Story of Noah’s Wife by Rebecca Kanner, “Kanner does a masterful job of penetrating the depths of the Biblical Flood narrative and weaving in the complicated reality of challenging relationships and longings for personal fulfillment. Her desire to go beyond the traditional understanding of the lives she explores introduces us to a courageous and insightful young writer whose first book will take its place alongside other exciting modern re-readings of the ancient Biblical text.” -Rabbi Allen of Beth Jacob congregation in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. 

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. 

But these trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beauti¬fully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.

For more information on Zoom and how to get connected, click here. To participate, contact Hillary Handwerger.

In this time of isolation, something to look forward to.

We are now looking at arranging our next book, to be discussed

Contact Hillary Handwerger at hillaryh@ix.netcom.com, if you want to be added to the group for our normal Zoom calls. We can have up to 50 women on the discussion at a time, and conceivably hold the group twice on the same book if we need to and have a second moderator.

This is exciting. The group decided we should read books either of Jewish content or by a Jewish author. However, there have been exceptions: the first book we read was A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure. Another great book we read and discussed was Gentleman from Moscow. So we are not always strict with our selections.

So far we have read and discussed A Pearl in the Storm, Sapphires and Garlic, The Plot Against America, Drawing in the Dust, A Gentleman in Moscow, The Weight of Ink, The Lost Girls of Paris, The Unorthodox Match. A real variety of genres and readings.

Getting connected through Zoom

Zoom is a high quality video web conferencing and webinar software. The program can be used in different scenarios: virtual collaboration, online training sessions, online discussions –like book groups (We’ll be using Zoom for our Book Group!).  Zoom allows you to chat, share files, and invite contacts to a meeting – all on your Zoom client for PC, Mac, Android and BlackBerry. Zoom meetings are easy to join and participate in.  WRJ Central now has the capability to have as many as 50 participants at a time in the “meeting”. We selected Zoom because it gives us the ability to see each other while we talk, making for a more personal experience and assuring that we know and recognize each other when we get to visit at WRJ Central events. The designated host for the meeting will send all participants an email that contains information that will let you join the “meeting”. The participants will need to download and install the Zoom application. Once you’ve done that, you are ready to go-for this and future meetings.

What You Will Need:

  • Each meeting has a unique 9, 10, or 11-digit number called a Meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting
  • If you are joining via telephone, you will need the teleconferencing number provided in the invite. 

To learn how easy it is to join a meeting, check out this video

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