Sunday, February 6, 2022 at 10:00 AM EST
Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 9:00 PM EDT

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Jessica Schultz 
Beth Shalom Congregation 

Virtual Jewish Author Series 

Join us for one or all of these amazing authors.
By Esther Amini
Sunday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m.

This is a memoir by a woman who grew up in a dysfunctional Persian-Jewish household. Her parents married in Iran when her mother was only 14 and her father was 34. They moved to the US because it wasn’t safe to be Jewish in the small town where they lived. Concealed is Esther’s account of growing up in a house where books and education are for boys and a prearranged marriage is supposed to be her destiny. If you’ve read Educated by Tara Westover, this is like a Jewish version of that book. 
Esther Amini is a writer, painter, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She grew up in Queens, New York with her parents and two older brothers. This debut memoir was anointed by Kirkus Reviews as “One of the best Indie biographies and memoirs of 2020.”  

Purchase this book from Amazon Smile here.
What We Can Really Learn from the Rich and Famous
by Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg
Sunday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.

This book features many words of wisdom from Rabbi Wohlberg. He gives advice on a wide range of topics, such as Money, Entitlement, Beauty, Judging Others and Letting Go. Wohlberg uses personal anecdotes, jokes, stories and quotes from many sources to back up his opinion on each subject. It’s a feel good book yet it raises many valid questions about our values – which could lead to some very interesting discussions. 
Rabbi Wohlberg was the rabbi of Beth Tfiloh of Baltimore for 43 years and is now the Rabbi in Residence there. He is also the founding Dean of the day school affiliated with the synagogue. Described as the “Master of the Sermon” by the Baltimore Jewish Times, his sermons reach thousands online nationally and internationally. He has published two other books: Pulpit Power and The Un-Haggadah; How to Keep The Conversation and Wine Flowing At Your Seder

Purchase this book from Amazon Smile here.
The Student: A Gidon Aronson Thriller
By Stephen J. Gordon
Thursday, June 2 at 7:45 p.m.

Steve Gordon is a local author from Pikesville and a retired history teacher at Krieger Schecter Day School. This is Book Three of a mystery thriller series about an American who made Aaliyah to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces. Gidon comes back to live in Baltimore but he becomes entangled in an undercover operation which leads him back to Israel. If you’re wondering if it’s okay to start with Book Three, the answer is yes! The background info you need will be provided.

Steve has been to Israel many times and has done extensive research for his book. One of his goals for his books is to present Israel in a positive light. He was recently interviewed by JMore Magazine about his book. Read the article here.

Please join us for what should be a fascinating discussion!

Purchase this book from Amazon Smile here.

Member price for the author series: 
1 session ($10); 2 sessions ($18); 3 sessions ($25)
Non-Member price for the author series: 
1 session ($15); 2 sessions ($27); 3 sessions ($38)

Sponsored by:
Beth Shalom Congregation's Adult Education Committee and Shaare Tefila
 Zoom links will be emailed to all who register.