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Book Review: “A Seat at the Table”

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September 23, 2021


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Book Review

Sisterhood hosts bi-monthly book reviews throughout the year that are open to the public. September’s book review will be led by our congregant, Ed Septimus.

Please Note: This book review will be held by Zoom and the information to access will be emailed ahead of time to those who register.

A summary of our September book selection, “A Seat At The Table” by Joshua Halberstam

Elisha is a Chassidic Orthodox Jew, the beloved son of a revered Rabbi, and the descendant of a long line of rabbis whose path he is expected to follow. He leaves his insular Chassidic world to attend a secular college, promising to remain unchanged. However, experiencing enlightenment in this new environment, and meeting free-spirited Katrina who influences his emotions and expands his vision of the world, affects Elisha in ways that he never could have imagined. Elisha is desperately seeking to take his own path without destroying his loving relationship with his family, with his father.

This beautifully written book is a depiction of family bonds and interactions with need for connection and love. The story elicits compassion, understanding, disappointment and forgiveness intertwined with wonderful Chassidic tales of wisdom from Jewish tradition.

To help us plan for our book reviews and to receive communications about future book reviews, we ask that you kindly RSVP by Wednesday, September 22, by filling out the form below, contacting the Sisterhood at sishood@emanuelhouston.org or 713.529.5771, ext. 233.