Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Book Discussion Group Yearly Selections

December 13, 2018 – My Jewish Year by Abigail Pogrebin

Although she grew up following some holiday rituals, Pogrebin realized how little she knew about their foundational purpose and contemporary relevance. She wanted to understand what had kept these holidays alive and vibrant and chronicles her journey into the spiritual heart of Judaism in this captivating, educational, and inspiring memoir.


February 5, 2019 – The Cloister by James Carroll

A priest and a Holocaust survivor find their perspectives and senses of identity reshaped by their shared investigation into the classic romance between discredited religious scholar Peter Abelard and his intellectual paramour, Héloïse.


April 8, 2019 – The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

An ailing historian with a fondness for Jewish history reviews 17th century documents discovered during a renovation in London, and learns the story of an anonymous scribe working for a blind rabbi just before the onslaught of the plague.


June 11, 2019 – The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Sneaking out to get readings from a traveling psychic reputed to be able to tell customers when they will die, four adolescent siblings from New York City's Lower East Side embark on five decades of experiences shaped by their determination to control fate.