At Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha, we’ve renewed and revitalized our sisterhood. Our group of high-energy, multi-generational women pursues an array of intellectual, philanthropic and social activities. From our book club and lectures to fun activities like our fashion show fundraiser and jewelry making, there are so many ways to get involved.
We are always looking for help in planning activities. It’s a great way to accomplish something for the synagogue and the community while connecting with others.
The Joyce Fienberg Book Group
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
Monday, August 12 at 7:30pm
Location: Home of Mickie Diamond (RSVP for address)
From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and... piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.
Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.
But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.
Giant Eagle Gift Card Fundraiser
We sell Giant Eagle gift cards, which can be used for groceries as well as gas at GetGo, to raise funds for our synagogue. Cards are available in $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. Contact
Kara Spodeck & Stacey Hausman