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Beth Israel Book Club

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The next Beth Book Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 28th @ 7:00 pm. Please contact us for a location.

The book that we will be discussing is Eternal Life by Dara Horn.

Synopsis: “Dara Horn ’99, Ph.D. ’06, would never choose to be immortal. In her new novel, Eternal Life, this is the problem facing Rachel, a 2,000-year-old Jewish woman who made a bargain with the high priest at the Second Holy Temple: in exchange for the survival of her sick son, she gives up her own death. “What reasons are there for being alive?” Rachel asks herself over the centuries. None of them—to love God; to serve others; to feel joy, to build for the future—has any meaning without the constraints of a normal human lifespan. As she watches her dozens of husbands and children die before she does, her relationship with God comes to feel “sadomasochistic.”” (Harvard Magazine)

About the Author: Dara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta’s Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.

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