Tree of Life Congregation
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Hadassah Book Brunch June 2017

Hadassah members from the Tree of Life shared their summer book reading tips at a tasty brunch June 4 hosted by Monique Gingold. See their reading recommendations below:

2017 Hadassah Book List
Author Title Recommended by
Daniel Torday The Last Flight of Poxl West Sylvia
J.D. Vance Hillbilly Elegy Judy
Stuart Hample Children’s Letters to God Rosa
Rabbi Rachel Cowan Wise Aging Rosa
David Sedaris Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim Mollie
Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow Linda J
Ronald H. Bedson Once we were brothers Eleanor
Ronald H. Bedson Saving Soophie Eleanor
Ronald H. Bedson Karotina’s Twins Eleanor
Daniel Silva House of Spies – July 2017 release – can preorder Eleanor
Michael Kvasny Let there be Laughter Eleanor
Pat Conroy The Water is Wide Ruth
Nancy Swisher The life that woke me up was my own Ruth
Eliz Kolbert The 6th Extinction Ruth
Diane Ackerman The zookeepers wife Rita
Podcasts Town (Shittown) Monique
Daniel Silva The English Spy Monique
GeorgeAnne Brennan Pig in Provence Monique
Peter Golenbock Bums – Oral history of Brooklyn Dodgers Lee
Marcia Reiss Lost Brooklyn Lee
Trevor Noah Born a Crime Judy

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Tree of Life Congregation (Reform) was incorporated in 1922 as Tree of Life Community Center. Our first permanent rabbi was Dr. Alfred Jospe in 1940. Briefly detained in the German Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Jospe emigrated to England, and the Morgantown Jewish community sponsored his coming here. The Congregation met in various rented locations in Morgantown until 1949, when the newly constructed Temple at 242 South High Street opened its doors. Tree of Life’s current rabbi is Joseph Hample, who is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 2009.