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, July 26.

From GoodReads:
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.


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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