Start a Book Club Want an excuse to hang out with your friends... invite you to gather friends and create a media club. Click Get Started to plan your first meeting. 1 Who do you want to Gather with? Family members (siblings, cousins, multi-generational) Friends I already know well Acquaintances I want to get to know better I want to meet new people 2 I want to Gather around ________. (Select one or two that interest you) The Voracious Reader - e.g. As A Driven LeafLearn MoreHailed by the Wall Street Journal as a “masterpiece,” this work of modern fiction that brings the age of the Talmud to life. The characters include the well-known historical figures: Akiba, Yohanan, Joshua, Eleazar, Beruriah, and Elisha ben Abuyah, whose struggle to live in two worlds destroyed his chance to live in either. The (fictional) History Buff - e.g. People of the BookLearn MoreOne of All Thing's Considered's most popular and successful books of 2008. The story begins when Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding-an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair-she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation. The Modern Jewish Parent - e.g. The Blessing of a Skinned KneeLearn MoreThis beloved bestseller offers a practical, inspiring new roadmap for raising self-reliant, ethical, and compassionate children. A wise guide to raising children who have good character, not just good personalities or high “self-esteem.” The author builds a parenting blueprint that draws on core spiritual values relevant to families. The Jewish Feminist - e.g. The Red TentLearn MoreThis New York Times bestseller has been captivating readers for over a decade. The novel focuses on Dinah, a little known player in the Bible. Her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of the red tent. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable achievement in modern fiction: a new view of biblical women's society. The Jewish Foodie - e.g. Save the DeliLearn MoreGail Simmons of Top Chef fame has described this book as a “bible” for the modern day deli connoisseur. Join the author, David Sax, as he investigates everything deli--its history, its diaspora, its next generation. Grab a pastrami on rye and sit down for a great read--because Save the Deli is an energetic cultural history of Jewish food, a vibrant travelogue, and a rallying cry for a new generation of food lovers. The Jewish Cook - e.g. JerusalemLearn MoreFood52 has described this work by acclaimed Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi as “gorgeous” and “perfect.” Written as homage to the city that defines the authors, this cookbook offers snapshots of the multicultural, multi flavored city that is Jerusalem. Not happy with just presenting the flavors and textures of the city, the authors try to encapsulate the history and spirit of the city, too. With multiple introductions at its front, explanations of different spices and ingredients, and anecdotal stories peppered throughout, this book offers not only taste but education as well. (Publishers Weekly) The Netflix Binge Watcher - e.g. Annie HallLearn MoreThis Oscar-winning film follows comedian Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton). Speaking directly to the audience in front of a bare background, Singer reflects briefly on his childhood and his early adult years before settling in to tell the story of how he and Annie met, fell in love, and struggled with the obstacles of modern romance. Israel Inquiry - e.g. Israel is RealLearn MoreAccording to the Los Angeles Times, this “powerful narrative” of Israel offers a “a serious attempt by a gifted storyteller to enliven and elucidate Jewish religious, cultural, and political history.” The story starts in AD 70, when the Second Temple was destroyed, a handful of visionaries saved Judaism by reinventing it, taking what had been a national religion and turning it into an idea. Whenever a Jew studied--wherever he was--he would be in the holy city, and his faith preserved. But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into a temple, and unlike an idea, a temple can be destroyed. The Lifelong Student - e.g. God In Search of ManLearn MoreThe Boston Globe calls this book “one of the most compelling books about being human that has been written in this century.” God in Search of Man combines scholarship with lucidity, reverence, and compassion as Dr. Heschel discusses not man's search for God but God's for man--the notion of a Chosen People, an idea which, Heschel writes, “signifies not a quality inherent in the people but a relationship between the people and God.” It is an extraordinary description of the nature of Biblical thought, and how that thought becomes faith. The Tikkun Olam Champion - Between the World and MeLearn MoreThis book from one of 2015's MacArthur grant winners asks how can we all - regardless of our own race - honestly reckon with our country's fraught racial history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. This book offers a powerful new framework for understanding America's history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward. 3 Where do you imagine Gathering? In my house In someone else's house In a restaurant or cafe In a bar In another public space Virtually I don't know yet 4 What's a club without members?! You are now ready to invite members to your media club! Don't be shy - research shows that people appreciate and are waiting for meaningful invitations. Upon completing this form, the Gather team will reach out to help you with invitation language, logistics, and more. 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