The Temple B’nai Abraham Book Group led by Rabbi David Z. Vaisberg, M.A.R.E., M.A.H.L, will have engaging, meaningful, and edifying conversations about different books each month. Together we developed a rich, varied, and provocative reading list for the coming year. Current selections are posted on the temple’s website, https://tbanj.org/tba-book-group/.
On Wednesday , January 8 , at 7:30 PM, Solomon Gursky Was Here by Mordechai Richler will be discussed. Berger, son of the failed poet L.B. Berger, is in the grips of an obsession. The Gursky family with its colorful bootlegging history, its bizarre connections with the North and the Inuit, and its wildly eccentric relations, both fascinates and infuriates him. His quest to unravel their story leads to the enigmatic Ephraim Gursky: document forger in Victorian England, sole survivor of the ill-fated Franklin expedition and charismatic religious leader of the Arctic. Of Ephraim’s three grandsons, Bernard has fought, wheeled, and cheated his way to the head of a liquor empire. His brother Morrie has reluctantly followed along. But how does Ephraim’s protégé, Solomon, fit in? Elusive, mysterious and powerful, Solomon Gursky hovers in the background, always out of Moses’ grasp, but present-like an omen.
Books are almost always available from area libraries, or online, or at local booksellers. The book group is free and open to the community, you can begin attending anytime. RSVP 973-994-2290 or register online at www.tbanj.org.
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