Rachel is currently the Director of the Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural & Learning Center at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park. Among many Jewish organizations, she has facilitated the Sisterhood Book Club at NSS Beth El since 2009, the Spertus Institute, Hadassah—Chicago North Shore, and Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, where she presently teaches a Jewish short story class. Rachel holds a BA in history from Grinnell College and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Michigan. She contributes articles and book reviews to BookLinks, School Library Journal, Jewish Book World, Judaica Librarianship, Library Journal, and AJL Reviews.
The Best Place on Earth: Stories, by Ayelet Tsabari. Tsabari won the Sami Rohr Award in 2015 for this captivating debut collection that focuses on characters of Mizrachi background. The Israeli novelist of Yemeni descent who moved to Canada in 1998 uses her stories to explore growing up amid conflict and how it shapes identity and one’s search for home.
Classes will meet on the following dates at 10:00 am — 11:30 am. Participants are encouraged to read the entire collection, but our discussions will focus on the following stories:
September 27: “Tikkun” and “Say It Again, Say Something Else”
October 11: “Brit Milah” and “Causalities”
October 25: “Invisible” and “Below Sea Level”
November 8: “Borders” and “The Best Place on Earth”
Note: The Best Place on Earth is available in hardcover and paperback and as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online booksellers. Also, the Highland Park Public Library has 5 copies, plus copies are available at other area libraries (Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Wilmette, Winnetka, Northbrook, etc.)
CLASS FEES (includes all 4 sessions):
Solel Members – $48
Non-Members – $60
* Please make checks payable to “Judy Bederman” at first session.
For more information and questions, please contact Lynn Salit: firstname.lastname@example.org