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2014 – 2015 Interfaith Book Club



The Interfaith Book Club anxiously awaits the start of its fourth year. Sponsored by the Holocaust Education Resource Council (HERC), the book club is co-hosted each-year by Temple Israel and St. John’s Episcopal Church. Its primary purpose is to foster understanding of the Holocaust and to promote good relations within the community. Though co-hosted by Temple Israel and St. John’s Episcopal Church, the public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Six discussion groups are held each year on the third Thursday of each month from September through March, excluding December. The meeting locations rotate between Temple Israel and St. John’s Episcopal Church and begin at 7:00 PM. Books are selected by a volunteer committee and professional educators and religious leaders often facilitate the discussion and provide historical background. The selections for this season are:


“The Inextinguishable Symphony, A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany”          

by Martin Goldsmith

September 18 at Temple Israel


“The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust”

by Michael Hirsh

October 16 at St. John’s Episcopal Church


“Once We Were Brothers”

by Ronald Balson

November 20 at Temple Israel


“The Sunflower”

by Simon Wiesenthal

January 15 at St. John’s Episcopal Church


“The Nazi Officer’s Wife”

by Edith Beer

February 19 at Temple Israel


“Address Unknown”

by Katherine K. Taylor

March 19 at St. John’s Episcopal Church


This year, HERC has decided to make some new changes to the book club policy. As an incentive to join HERC and help fund teacher training for Holocaust studies in schools, we are now able, through special funds, to provide free books to book club members who join HERC. A Membership Application is attached for your convenience. The deadline for membership eligibility to receive a book is August 1, 2014.

To learn more about the Holocaust Education Resource Council and what you can do to help, please visit

Temple Israel is located at 2215 Mahan Drive; 850-877-3517

St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 211 North Monroe Street; 850-222-2636


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