Monday 22 July – 7.30 pm
This month we will be discussing “‘The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Phillipp Sendker
A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be – until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will change her life once more.
Monday 23 September – 7.30 pm
‘ The Marrying of Chani Kaufman’ by Eve Harris
Chani and Baruch do not know one another, but they are about to wed.
Baruch Levy is obedient and religious and makes his parents proud with his keen Torah study, until the day he announces the name of the girl he’d like to court. A quick forbidden glance to the women’s section enthralled him with Chani Kaufman, and he won’t take no for an answer.
Nineteen years old and increasingly frustrated with the obligations of her Ultra-Orthodox community. Chani follows the only permissable route of escape – getting engaged.
Though she finds Baruch attractive in his earnest, if fumbling, attempts at courting, she has no idea what to expect next.
As the couple navigates their paths of parents, matchmakers, and mikvehs, their closest confidants and friends explore the romantic and sexual relationships possible within and without marriage.