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Book Club - The Brothers Ashkanazi by IJ Singer

Monday, October 7, 2019 8 Tishrei 5780

12:00 PM - 1:00 PMChicago Loop Synagogue, 16 S. Clark

In the Polish city of Lodz, the Ashkenazi brothers grew up very differently in talent and in temperament. Max is fiercely intelligent and conniving, determined to succeed financially by any means necessary. Jacob is strong, handsome, and charming but without great purpose in life and can be dimwitted. While Max is driven by ambition and greed to be more successful than his brother, Jacob is drawn to the easy life. As waves of industrialism and capitalism flood the city, the brothers and their families are torn apart by the clashing impulses of old piety and new skepticism, traditional ways and burgeoning appetites, and the hatred that grows between faiths, citizens, and classes. Despite all of their attempts to control their destinies, the brothers are caught up by forces of history, love, and fate, which shape and, ultimately, break them.

It is our hope that you will take a moment to read this lovely book and join us for a lively discussion. Book Club leaders are volunteers and book suggestions are welcome.

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If you have a book idea, please contact the Chicago Loop Synagogue office at (312) 346-7370 or email If you would like to reserve a kosher boxed lunch, call the synagogue office two days prior to place your order. Lunch is available for $15.00 per meeting, 17.00 online.

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