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Book Talk with author on "The Hidden Palace" by Helene Wecker - June 15


In 2013, a new author burst onto the literary scene with a fantastic debut novel. Helene Wecker’s, THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI was a New York Times best seller for weeks. Helene has a special connection with Congregation Or Shalom.  Her parents were founding members and she became Bat Mitzvah and confirmed at the temple. Now, Helene is returning to Or Shalom to discuss her new book, THE HIDDEN PALACE: A TALE OF THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, with us. The book will be released June 8th and Helene will be speaking, virtually, to us, one week later, on June 15th, one of the first discussions she will be doing. 


THE HIDDEN PALACE, which is the sequel to THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI, is a blend of romance, Mary Shelly-esque horror and folklore, as it recounts the continuing adventures of Chava, the Jewish golem and Ahmad, the Arabian jinni. They confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world in a story that spans the tumultuous years from the turn of the twentieth century to the beginning of World War I. 


To order either or both of Helene’s books, with autographed book plates, please contact The Book Bin in Northbrook, or by calling (847) 498-4999.  Your purchase from the Book Bin benefits Or Shalom!  Mention Or Shalom when you call or add “Or Shalom” in the comments section when you order online. THE GOLEM AND THE JINNI is available now, and THE HIDDEN PALACE will be released June 8.


The program is free to attend and all are welcome.

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Please remember, if there is any way our congregational community can help you through these times, we are here - please call the temple office at 847-362-1948 or email us! Shabbat Shalom!!

Congregation Or Shalom welcomes all who embrace Judaism and want to explore opportunities for meaningful spiritual, cultural and social engagement. Through shared experiences, Congregation Or Shalom fosters lasting relationships that connect us as an extended family.

We are an inclusive and diverse community that respects individual expressions of belief and practice. Interfaith families are warmly welcomed. Together, we continually discover how Judaism enriches our lives and helps us make the world a better place. 


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