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Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, August 19, 2021 11 Elul 5781

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
The Book of Lost Friends - JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING
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2. Thursday, September 23, 2021 17 Tishrei 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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3. Thursday, October 21, 2021 15 Cheshvan 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMApeirogon

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4. Thursday, November 18, 2021 14 Kislev 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMThe Vanishing Half

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5. Thursday, December 16, 2021 12 Tevet 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMCaste: The Origins of Our Discontent

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6. Thursday, January 20, 2022 18 Sh'vat 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMThe Ritchie Boys

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7. Thursday, February 17, 2022 16 Adar I 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMMarried to the Rabbi

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8. Thursday, March 24, 2022 21 Adar II 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMHamnet

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9. Thursday, April 21, 2022 20 Nisan 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMAuthor visit TBD

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10. Thursday, May 19, 2022 18 Iyar 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMEleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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11. Friday, June 17, 2022 18 Sivan 5782

1:00 PM - 2:30 PMTBD

June Title:  Sons and Soldiers

Author:  Bruce Henderson


"An irresistible history of the WWII Jewish refugees who returned to Europe to fight the Nazis.” —Newsday

They were young Jewish boys who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe and resettled in America. After the United States entered the war, they returned to fight for their adopted homeland and for the families they had left behind. Their stories tell the tale of one of the U.S. Army’s greatest secret weapons.

Sons and Soldiers begins during the menacing rise of Hitler’s Nazi party, as Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe. Bestselling author Bruce Henderson captures the heartbreaking stories of parents choosing to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Henderson describes how they were recruited into the U.S. Army and how their unique mastery of the German language and psychology was put to use to interrogate German prisoners of war.

These young men—known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they trained—knew what the Nazis would do to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions that saved American lives and helped win the war. A postwar army report found that nearly 60 percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys.

Sons and Soldiers draws on original interviews and extensive archival research to vividly re-create the stories of six of these men, tracing their journeys from childhood through their escapes from Europe, their feats and sacrifices during the war, and finally their desperate attempts to find their missing loved ones. Sons and Soldiers is an epic story of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten.


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