Zoom Book Group

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

Our next book will be Unorthodox Match by Naomi Ragen. It will take place, May 31, 2020 at 7:30.

If you want to take part, let Hillary Handwerger know and you will be added to zoom group.

An Unorthodox Match is a powerful and moving novel of faith, love, and acceptance, from author Naomi Ragen, the international bestselling author of The Devil in Jerusalem.

California girl Lola has her life all set up: business degree, handsome fiancé, fast track career, when suddenly, without warning, everything tragically implodes. After years fruitlessly searching for love, marriage, and children, she decides to take the radical step of seeking spirituality and meaning far outside the parameters of modern life in the insular, ultraorthodox enclave of Boro Park, Brooklyn. There, fate brings her to the dysfunctional home of newly-widowed Jacob, a devout Torah scholar, whose life is also in turmoil, and whose small children are aching for the kindness of a womanly touch.

While her mother direly predicts she is ruining her life, enslaving herself to a community that is a misogynistic religious cult, Lola’s heart tells her something far more complicated. But it is the shocking and unexpected messages of her new community itself which will finally force her into a deeper understanding of the real choices she now faces and which will ultimately decide her fate.


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. 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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