Recommendations

People ask all the time what books we are reading in book club, what movies with Jewish themes are good and where does the new Shabbat music come from. Here we've created a page that let's you explore some of the books, films and music we've explored over the last three years. 

Music

Shabbat Shalom Play List

Books

Book Club 2019-2020

12pm

October 19, 2019

Eternal Life by Dara Horn 

@Carol and Carl Spielman

December 7, 2019
Fifth Risk by michael lewis

@Linda Garmisa's Home 

January 11,2020 
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

@Jo Lieb’s home

February 22, 2020
An Egyptian Novel by Orly Castel-Bloom

@Jo Lieb’s home

April 18, 2020

Woman who smashed code by Jason Fagone

@Les and Leah Axelrod

May 16, 2020

Bridge ladies by Betsy Lerner

Linda Garmisa's Home 

Book Club 2018-2019

August 11, 2018, 12:00pm - Rise and Kill First by Ronen Bergman

October 20, 2018, 12:00pm - The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

December 1, 2018, 12:00pm - The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

January 12, 2019, 12:00pm - Supermensch by Shep Gordon

February 23, 2019, 12:00pm - Moonglow by Michael Chabon

April 6, 2019, 12:00pm - The Holy Thief by Alan Eisenstock and Mark Borowitz

June 1, 2019, 12:00pm - The Catcher was a Spy by Nicholas Dawidoff

 

Hebrew Studies

The First Hebrew Primer (Highschool & College)

Hebrew from Scratch: Part 1 Hebrew and English ed. (Highschool & College)

Yesh Lanu Lama vol. 1 - We have a Lama (4th-6th Grade)

Non-Fiction

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Tough Jews, The Avengers by Rich Cohen

The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz

Alex's Wake by Martin Goldsmith

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David Kertzer

Ari Shavit - My Promised Land

Don Miguel Ruiz - The Four Agreements

Deborah Anapol - The Seven Natural Laws of Love

Dr. Ron Wolfson - Relational Judaism

Fiction

S.Y. Agnon - Shira

Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See

Susan Jane Gilman - The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

David Grossman - See under: Love

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen - One Night, Markovitch

Etgar Keret - The Nimrod Flipout

James Michener - The Source

Amos Oz - The Black Box

Philip Roth - The Plot Against America

Meir Shalev - Esau: A Novel

Daniel Silva - The Kill Artist (Gabriel Elon Book 1)

Helene Wecker - The Golem and the Jinni

A.B. Yehoshua - Five Seasons

Rabbi Sommer's Favorites

Born to Run (audio book) Narrated by Bruce Springsteen

Born a Crime (audio book) Narrated by Trevor Noah

Built from Scratch by Bob Andelman, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

Blue Ocean Strategy by Renee Mauborgne and W. Chan Kim

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

The Warded Man Series by Peter V. Brett

Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull

The Graveyard Book (audio book) Narrated by Neil Gaiman

Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes

Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Favorite Movies

Life is too serious, I like some of my films the dumber the better,

so that I can laugh more than I cry. There is just nothing better than a dark room, a big screen, perfect sound and a great story to be told. 

Step-Brothers, Blues Brothers, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles, About Last Night, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Better Off Dead, The Seven Samurai, 12 Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits, Goonies, Hard Boiled, Hero, Finding Nemo, Ocean's 11, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy,

Star Wars (yes all of them, Raiders of the Lost Ark, When Harry Met Sally and so many others. 

Movies

2019-2020 Movie Club

Women's Balcony

Machtub

Invention of Lying

2018-2019 Movie Club

Prince of Egypt

Fiddler on the Roof

Gentleman's Agreement

Shtisl

Keeping up with the Steins

The Wedding Plan

The Beauty and the Baker

Jewish Themed Movies worth Watching

Conspiracy

The Counterfeiters

Defiance with Daniel Craig

Diary of Anne Frank

Fiddler on the Roof

The Gate Keepers

Gattaca

Genocide

Once Upon a Time in America

Yentl

Schindler's List