The Dorothy Kaplan Book Discussion Group

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 1-2 pm in the Kripke-Veret Collection of the Jewish Federation. Contact Library Specialist, Shirly Banner, at

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.

Current Book Selection:

April is Book Club Movie month – selection in process




May’s book is “Snow in August” By Pete Hamill

“Snow in August” is the story of that unlikely friendship — and of how the neighborhood reacts to it. For Michael, the rabbi opens a window to ancient learning and lore that rival anything in Captain Marvel. For the rabbi, Michael illuminates the everyday mysteries of America, including the strange language of baseball.