Lunch & Learn

Lunch and Learn
Tuesdays with Rabbi Liss – 12:00 – 1:30 PM 

See calendar for scheduled classes beginning October 1, 2013

This year’s text is “An Introduction to Islam for Jews” by Reuven Firestone. Explore the remarkable similarities and profound differences between Judiasm and Islam. Learn the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious position of Jews in the world of Islam, how various expressions of Islam regard Jews (Sunni, Shia, Sufi, Salafi, etc.), the range of Muslim views about Israel and much more.

An introduction to Islam1



Looking for a good book? Here are some suggestions from NCRT’s book club.

Sarah’s Key-de Rosnay—fictional story based on a real incident during the Holocaust. Fascinating to learn about the French involvement.
Septembers of Shiraz—Sofer—compelling story about the imprisonment of an innocent Jewish man in Iran.
Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter—Manseau—Jewish immigrant determined to succeed at all costs.
Day After Night—Diamant—Interesting view of detention camp for immigrants to Israel after WW II.
Gertruda’s Oath—Oren—Unbelievable story of Christian governess determined to protect Jewish child
This is Where I Leave You—Tropper—Humorous story of family sitting shiva for father—good beach read.
The Romance Reader—Abraham—Chasidic girl wants to break away from the tight rules of her sect; based on the author’s life.
The Coffee Trader – Liss – The Coffee Trader is about a community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition and now reside in Amsterdam. One becomes a commodity trader who becomes involved in a secret plan to import the then new commodity of coffee. The plot is rife with many financial, political and personal intrigues.
All Other Nights – Horn – this historical novel brings the reader into the times of the Civil War. Teenage Jacob Rappaport runs away from home to avoid an arranged marriage and ends up as a spy for the Union Army. Love, betrayal, slaves, spys, sex, fire and devotion are all themes in this coming of age novel.
Wherever You Go – Leegant – set in modern day Israel, this book weaves together the story of three Americans. Yona, the sister of a settler, who has come to make peace. Marc, whose newfound orthodoxy saved him from drugs years before, but who is now doubting his faith. And Aaron, the son of a famous holocaust writer, who wants to make a name for himself with a dramatic gesture.
By Fire, By Water – Kaplan – a work of historical fiction set during the Spanish Inquisition.
The Invisible Wall – Bernstein – a memoir by a 90 year-old, describes the barriers that existed between Jews and Gentiles in this English mill town in the early 20th century, and how love and tragedy slowly broke down these barriers.
Those Who Save Us – Jenna Blum – a daughter learns about her mother’s secret past in Nazi germany.
Michal – Jill Eileen Smith – a romance novel set in biblical times. Very light reading.