What members of the Jewish community are reading:

Abigail Greenberg

By Leanne Ortbals, Jewish Light Intern

Rabbi Justin S. Kerber of Temple Emanuel: “Skydog: The Duane Allman Story” by Randy Poe. “I’m enjoying the glimpse of being backstage with the Allman Brothers Band”

Abigail Greenberg, age 10 and member of Temple Israel: “Call Me Hope” by Gretchen Olson. “I thought it was really well written and had a good story.”


Rabbi Ze’ev Smason of Nusach Hari B’nai Zion: “Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life” by Robert Lacey. “Though he loved his mother and came to embrace the Land of Israel, the end of Lansky’s life was absent wealth and family happiness. Whoever said ‘crime doesn’t pay,’ was right.”

Rabbi Amy Feder of Temple Israel: “Wisdom’s Daughter: A Novel of Solomon and Sheba” by India Edghill. “India Edghill has written some wonderful retellings of biblical stories. ‘Wisdom’s Daughter’ is a great twist on the Samson story.”

David Rothman, age 14 and a member of Shaare Emeth: “Ten Minute Toughness: The Mental Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins” by Jason Selk. “It is very helpful for mental toughness and not only just for sports.”

Rabbi Carnie Shalom Rose of B’nai Amoona: Art Green’s “Radical Judaism” and David Hartman’s “The God Who Hates Lies”. “I continue to delight and marvel in the breadth and depth of possibilities that exist vis-à-vis the often elusive quest for encountering and experiencing divinity in our lives. Their heartfelt yearning to help humanity expand its God consciousness is nothing short of inspiring.”

Sherilyn Krell, age 62 and a member of United Hebrew: “An Incomplete Revenge” by Jacqueline Winspear (book five in the Maisie Dobbs series) . “I’m not usually a mystery reader but there’s a lot of ethics and humanity built into the story.  I’m hooked.”

Rabbi Jim Bennett of Shaare Emeth: “In The Place Of Justice” by Wilbert Rideau: “It is a powerful tale of perseverance, as well as an amazing glimpse at prison life that also raises many of the challenges of the death penalty debate.”‘