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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.




January 17, 2019 | 1 pm | Kripke Library

"The Heist" by Daniel Silva


 Gabriel Allon, art restorer and occasional spy, searches for a stolen masterpiece by Caravaggio in #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s latest action-packed tale of high stakes international intrigue.

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one . . .

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled readers with sixteen thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back—from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon—art restorer, assassin, spy—has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

Following the success of his smash hit The English Girl, Daniel Silva returns with another powerhouse of a novel that showcases his outstanding skill and brilliant imagination, and is sure to be a must read for both his multitudes of fans and growing legions of converts.




February 21, 2019 | 1 pm | Kripke Library

"A cup of tea" by Amy Ephron


Rosemary Fell was born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected friends, and a handsome fiancé, Philip Alsop. Finally she has everything she wants.

It is then, in a moment of beneficence, that Rosemary invites Eleanor Smith, a penniless young woman she sees under a streetlamp in the rain, into her home for a cup of tea. While there, Rosemary sees Eleanor exchange an unmistakable look with Philip, and she sends Eleanor on her way. But she cannot undo this chance encounter, and it leads to a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until the tides of war throw all their lives off balance.

Inspired by a classic Katherine Mansfield short story, A Cup of Tea by Amy Ephron engages with its vivid –– and often amusing –– cast of characters, wonderful period detail, brilliant evocation of the uncertain days of World War I, and delightfully spare and picturesque sense of story.




March 14, 2019 | 11:30 pm | jcc auditorium
"after anatevka: A Novel inspired by 'fiddler on the roof' " by Alexandra Silber


(((  jewish book month luncheon  )))


Jewish Book Month is an important annual event in both the American Jewish community and the publishing world. It is sponsored by the Jewish Book Council. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Omaha’s participation in Jewish Book Month. The Community Engagement and Education arm of the JFO is proud to host its traditional Author Luncheon, this year featuring Alexandra Silber. In addition to being an author, Alexandra is an accomplished stage performer.

Alexandra has recently completed a sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature, After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by “Fiddler on the Roof.” This love story continues the tale, ending as a stunning conclusion to a the musical that has gripped audiences around the globe for decades.

Alexandra Silber was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up outside Detroit, Michigan. She graduated with a degree in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She has performed in numerous productions throughout the world. Alexandra has written White Hot Grief Parade, a poignant comic memoir about losing her father to cancer when she was 18. She is also an accomplished playwright and has written modern language adaptations of three Greek tragedies.

Copies of After Anatevka… are available for purchase (or to be checked out) in the Kripke Jewish Federation Library.



Please note:
<< The Book Month Luncheon serves as the March, 2019 meeting >>
<< There is no group meeting in April, 2019 (Passover) >>


History of Book Selections

Selections for 2018 click here.
Selections for 2017 click here.
Selections for 2016 click here.
Selections for 2015 click here.