Upcoming Schedule | Books We’ve Read

Sunday, February 6th, 10:30 a.m.

The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris

19 year-old Chani lives in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community of North West London. She has never had physical contact with a man, but is bound to marry a stranger. The rabbi’s wife teaches her what it means to be a Jewish wife, but Rivka has her own questions to answer. Soon buried secrets, fear and sexual desire bubble to the surface; not to mention what happens on the wedding night… A story of liberation and choice, The Marrying of Chani Kaufman is a compelling and original debut novel.

The Book Club meets both in the Braun Library (must be vaccinated and masked) and on Zoom. All members (even if they haven’t read the book!) are welcome to attend any meeting.

The Braun Library Book Club meets monthly. There is no charge or registration. We are grateful to our generous donors. Donate to the Braun Library Fund or buy us a book from our Amazon Wish List.

We have copies you can borrow. Write to the library to arrange drive-up pickup from TIS. There are also copies in local libraries, as well as a digital version on Amazon.

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The Braun Library Book Club meets most months (usually on the first Sunday of the month) at 10:30 a.m.

  • Books are chosen by the group, and represent a variety of genres, all with a connection to Jewish history or culture.
  • Multiple copies of our monthly selections are usually available for loan. 
  • There is no fee. The book club is supported by generous donors to the Braun Library fund. 
  • Donate here.
  • Browse our online catalog check out from our Drive-Up LibraryFor more information, contact the Librarian: library@tiferethisrael.com.

Upcoming Schedule:

  • Sunday, March 6th – Jerome Robbins: A Life in Dance (Jewish Lives) by Wendy Lesser
  • Sunday, April 3rd – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Morningside Heights – Joshua Henkin
The Woman Who Smashed
Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies – Jason Fagone
The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant
Louis Rose, San Diego’s First Jewish Settler and Entrepreneur – Don Harrison
Cry of the Peacock – Gina Nahai
By Fire, By Water
– Mitchell James Kaplan
Beauty Queen of Jerusalem –
Sarit Yishai-Levi
The Yid: A Novel
– Paul Goldberg
Three Floors Up – Eshkol Nevo
Visible City –
Tova Mirvis
The History of Love – Nicole Krauss


The Worlds We Think We KnowDalia Rosenfeld
The Ghost of Hannah Mendes —
Naomi Ragen
A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir — Lev Golinkin
The Color of Water —  James McBride
The Hotel Neversink —  Adam O’Fallon Price
People of the Book —  Geraldine Brooks
Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel —  Jonathan Safran Foer
Drawing in the Dust
—  Zoe Klein
A Bend in the Stars —  Rachel Barenbaum
The Muralist: A novel — 
B.A. Shapiro


The Secret Chord —  Geraldine Brooks
Moonglow —
 Michael Chabon
—  Sarah Blake
Bee Season —  Myla Goldberg
A Marriage of Opposites —  Alice Hoffman
A Pigeon and a Boy —
 Meir Shalev
A Tale of Love and Darkness —
 Amos Oz
The Golem and the Jinni —
 Helene Wecker
The River Midnight —
 Lilian Nattel
I am Forbidden —
 Anouk Markovits
Mr. Mani
—  Abraham B. Yehoshua,
Ritual Bath —  Faye Kellerman


Waking Lions —  Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
The Chosen —  Chaim Potok
American Pastoral —  Philip Roth
Bread Givers —  Anzia Yezierska
Einstein and the Rabbi —  Naomi Levy
The Best Place on Earth, —  Ayelet Tsabari
The Weight of Ink —  Rachel Kadish

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