The Book List
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The Book List

“Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus.” Author Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will discuss her new novel about a modern-day Miriam who discovers how to turn the struggles of the present into celebrated miracles. Free, March 29, 8 p.m., following services. Temple Sha’arey Shalom, Springfield,, 973-379-5387

“The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods.” Meet authors Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz and sample Passover recipes, including handmade matzah, kugel, and sponge cake. April 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Register at The Book House, Millburn,, 973-564-6262

“The Lost Family.” Jenna Blum talks about her novel, which spans three decades and is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love. $20. Wine and light snacks served. April 10, 7:30 p.m. RSVP to or call 908-889-8800, ext. 253. JCC of Central New Jersey, Scotch Plains,, 908-889-8800

“Promised Land: A Novel of Israel.” Author Martin Fletcher talks about his saga of two brothers set around the time of the founding of Israel. Dessert reception to follow. $18, $12 JCC member. Series subscription available. April 11, 7:30 p.m. RSVP to or 973-530-3915. JCC MetroWest, West Orange,, 973-530-3915

“Lilli de Jong.” Janet Benton will discuss her book set in Victorian-era Philadelphia about a young unwed mother who struggles to retain custody of her child. Book signing and refreshments to follow. April 28, 2-4 p.m. Beth El, Yardley, Pa.,, 215-493-1707

“Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom.” Ariel Burger talks about what he learned as Wiesel’s student and reveals conversations and memories from the close bond they formed. Dessert reception to follow. Free. May 2, 12:30 p.m. RSVP to or 973-530-3915. JCC MetroWest, West Orange,, 973-530-3915

“A Terrible Country.” Author Keith Gessen discusses his story of a man who returns to Russia to care for his aging grandmother and must navigate the newly capitalist Moscow. Light brunch served. $20, $15 in advance. May 5, 11 a.m. RSVP to or 732-531-4410. Congregation Torat El, Oakhurst,, 732-531-4410

“The Terrorist.” Anastasia Goodman discusses her novel about the U.S. in the aftermath of 9/11. May 5, 9:30 a.m. The Brothers of Israel Synagogue, Long Branch,, 732-686-9050

“Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler.” A men’s book club discussion of Bruce Henderson’s book. May 9, 8 p.m. The Brothers of Israel Synagogue, Long Branch,, 732-686-9050

“President Carter: The White House Years.” Stuart E. Eizenstat, Carter’s chief domestic policy adviser, recounts his time in the administration. Dessert reception to follow. $18, $12 JCC member.
Series subscription available. June 12, 7:30 p.m. RSVP to or 973-530-3915. 
JCC MetroWest, West Orange,, 973-530-3915

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