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The CAS Book Group

The CAS book group will meet on the last Sunday of January 2020 and then every other month throughout 2020. All sessions start at 10:15. For more information contact Helen Radin (email


The first three book selections are:

“Irena’s Children” by Tilar Mazzeo. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

Discussion will be led by Helen Radin on Sunday, January 26th.


“Joshua: A Brooklyn Tale” by Andrew Kane Against a backdrop of racial tensions and spanning four decades, JOSHUA: A Brooklyn Tale explores the entanglements of three lives: Joshua Eubanks, a young black man struggling to overcome the crime, drugs, and despair of the streets; Rachel Weissman, daughter of a Hassidic rabbi, wrestling pangs of rebelliousness against the insular and restrictive practices of her religion; and Paul Sims, the product of a privileged Long Island Jewish family, yearning to escape his troubled past.

Discussion will be led by Martha Katz on Sunday, March 29th.


“Irving Berlin: A New York Genius” by James Kaplan. From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a fast‑moving, musically astute portrait of arguably the greatest composer of American popular music.

Discussion led by Peter Edelman on Sunday, May 31st.


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