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The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group

November 15, 1979 marked the debut of the Jewish Federation Library Book discussion group (renamed the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group). A team of dedicated women, including late "Library Diva" Dorothy Kaplan, were intent on beginning a book club at the Library. Their goal was to select books with Jewish content and/or authors which they hoped would appeal to women of different ages and taste. With the diversity of topics - everything from poetry and mysteries to science fiction and biographies – and guest facilitators, the Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group offers something for everyone!  You are welcome to join.  There is no cost and there is always an insightful exchange of observations. 

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1-2 pm in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.  Contact Library Specialist, Shirly Banner, at sbanner@jewishomaha.org Next group meeting on March 16, 2017.




July 20TH | 1 pm | Kripke Library

The mask carver's son | Alyson richman

Set in turn of the century Japan in the world of the Noh theater, and in Paris during the heady days when French Impressionism was the avant-garde, this heartbreaking, beautifully written novel tells of a young Japanese artist who sacrifices everything: family, love and wealth for his art.

A Master Noh mask carver dedicates his life to his art, turning his back on love after a series of tragic events leaves him devastated. Kiyoki, his only son, defies his father and the demands of cultural tradition to follow his dream of becoming a painter in the western style. Kiyoki journeys to Paris, where he lives the life of an exile, unable to break the bonds of tradition, until he finds his heart leads him back to Japan, where he at last discovers himself as an artist.


Alyson Richman is the internationally bestselling author of The Garden of Letters, The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory (formerly published as Swedish Tango), and The Mask Carver’s Son. Her books have received both national and international critical acclaim and have been translated into eighteen languages. The Lost Wife was nominated as one of the best books of 2012 by the Jewish Journal of Books and was The 2012 Long Island Reads Selection. The novel is now a national bestseller with over 200,000 combined print/ebook copies sold and is in development to be a major motion film. Her novel, The Painted Dove, centers around the French courtesan Marthe de Florian and the mystery of her Paris apartment that remained locked for 70 years. It was published by Berkley/Penguin in September 2016. A graduate of Wellesley College and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, she currently lives with her husband and children in Long Island, New York.


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