Book Club

Our Temple Shalom Book Club is back for its 18th year! Join Janice Zalen and Stu Bassin for lively discussions of quality books. Sessions are on Sunday mornings -- discussion with bagels and coffee. Free and usually quite interesting. Join us.

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Selections for 2017-2018 Book Club Discussions

  • 1177 BC—The Year Civilization Collapsed
    Sun, Mar 11 2018

    by Eric Cline
    March 11, 9:30 am
    Temple Shalom Social Hall

    Book and Author Talk Event

    The Book Club and The Brotherhood are proud to present Professor Eric Cline to discuss his book, 1177 BC–The Year Civilization Collapsed.

    This book tells the gripping story of the decline of Egypt at the end of the Bronze age due to invasion, revolt, earthquakes, drought and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant world of ancient Egypt and other ancient civilizations, Professor Cline draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and their dramatic collapse, which led to a dark age that lasted centuries.

    We are very excited that Professor Eric Cline, who is a member of Temple Shalom, has agreed to give a talk on his book and to be available for questions and discussion after his presentation.

    This presentation is open to all Temple members and their guests. A light breakfast of bagels and fruit will be available. We will be requesting a $5 donation at the door.

    For those who wish to read the book, it is available in paperback at Politics and Prose and Amazon.

    Please RSVP to Janice Zalen at or 301-924-1685.



  • The Far Side of the Sky
    Sun, May 06 2018

    by Daniel Kalla
    May 6, 9:30 am
    Temple Shalom Religious School

    far-sideHistorical fiction about a Viennese surgeon who escapes Austria soon after Kristellnacht and resettles with other Jewish refugees in war-time Shanghai. The book focuses upon the conflicts between the established Jewish community and the refugees, between the Chinese natives and the Japanese invaders, between the German anti-semites and their Japanese allies, and within disparate elements of Chinese society. The challenges to survival in a war-time environment and an unlikely love story form the backdrop to this engrossing tale.