Zoom Book Group

WRJ Central has started a book group, meeting online through Zoom (more on Zoom below!).

Our next book will be The Only Woman in the Room, by Marie Benedict.

This story about Hedy Lamarr is a powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication.

For this next book, we are planning on holding our discussion at our next Interim Gathering in Columbus. Watch for more information on this. We are looking into ability to incorporate Zoom members who are not at the conference, but thought this would be a great time for us to get together and actually meet face to face.


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.

For those of you who did not attend the Central District Convention in 2017, Ms. McClure was our speaker and the story she told was exciting and inspiring. A Pearl in the Storm is the true story of the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

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. 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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