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Book Club: The Netanyahus

Tue Jul 13 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT
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Join us to discuss Joshua Cohen’s recent riveting fuse of fiction & nonfiction, beginning with an untold anecdote of Israel’s First Family.
Join us to discuss Joshua Cohen’s recent riveting fuse of fiction & nonfiction, beginning with an untold anecdote of Israel’s First Family.

Note: This is a 90-minute course running on Tuesday, 7/13/2021 @ 2pm-3:30pm PDT. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.

Join us for a lively discussion of Joshua Cohen’s The Netanyahus. Joshua Cohen mixes fiction with nonfiction in his latest novel, sprung from an anecdote told by critic Harold Bloom about the time he hosted Benzion Netanyahu for a campus visit at Cornell.

Corbin College, not quite upstate New York, winter 1959–1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian—but not an historian of the Jews—is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies.

Facilitator: Lori Sagarin

Instructor: Lori Sagarin

Lori B. Sagarin is the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Beth Israel in Skokie, Illinois where she has served for the last 24 years. She is a former president of the National Association of Temple Educators (now ARJE), the professional organization for Reform Educators worldwide. In addition to her congregational work, Sagarin serves as a consultant for The iCenter, the North American address for Israel education. She oversees the mentoring program for the iFellows initiative for over 350 graduate students in Jewish professional programs.