JCC Senior Book Club meets monthly

July 14, 2022

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Third Mondays, 1:30 pm, Sandler Family Campus

Simon Family Jewish Community Center’s Book Club has been active since it began in February 2008.

When I was senior adult program coordinator for Jewish Family Service and Jewish Community Center, I recognized the need and interest for a book club, and the JCC Book Club began. The first book the club read and discussed was Suite Francaise by Irene Nermirovsky. Our discussion was led by Rena Rogoff, a retired English professor. Rogoff was very effective and helped guide us to success, suggesting great books, which we enjoyed and discussed. Some of the earlier books we read were The Genesis by Alan Dershowitz, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Sarah’s Key by Titiana De Rosnay and so many more. Rogoff was our leader through 2008. I took over the helm and have been guiding this exceptional book club since 2009.

Our book club continues to grow as we gain new members. Each member is knowledgeable, intelligent, and unique. We have active and inquisitive participants making our book club one of the best around. With book choices covering many genres, we pride ourselves on reading books as a group that we may not have read on our own.

Fast-forward 14 years, and the JCC Book Club is still strong and active. We have read more than 175 books, poems, short stories, and have attended movies as a group pertaining to books we have read. Some of our books’ authors have appeared at the JCC both in-person and on Zoom. We have had phone discussions with authors and have enjoyed food at meetings that relate to the book to be discussed.

Anyone interested is invited to join the JCC Book Club. Meetings may be attended in-person or via Zoom. There is no pressure to participate…listening is fine.

Some members have moved from the area, but still attend the book club via Zoom.

For additional information, email Sherry Lieberman at Joeann124@aol.com.

-Sherry Lieberman
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