Zoom Book Group

Join us on May 23 st at 4:00 pm for our next Hillary’s Central District Book Club meeting. We will be discussing Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism.

A renowned political speechwriter rediscovers Judaism, finding timeless wisdom and spiritual connection in its age-old practices and traditions.

After a decade as a political speechwriter for leaders like Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama and as head speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book…about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is.

Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew – until, at age thirty-six, after a tough break- up, she happened upon an advertisement for a beginner’s class on Judaism. She attended on a whim, but was blown-away by what she found. And she wondered: How could there be such a gap between the richness of what Judaism offers and the way so many Jews like her understand and experience it?

Author Sarah Hurwitz was outstanding at the Fried Conference in March talking about her book. Let’s continue the conversation. Check out www.sarahhurwitz.net for discussion questions and more information.

RSVP to Connie Silver at connieksilver@comcast.net for the Zoom link on May 23.

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, All the Rivers, The World We Knew and What She Lost. 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