The Young Friends Book Club is a literary group that gathers to discuss works of fiction and non-fiction, in genres ranging from Holocaust history and Jewish culture to current events.

This year, the Book Club is embarking on a cultural journey through NYC, expanding its offerings with a curated calendar of cultural, historical, and art events. Join us in September for an exclusive art event.

Please see the schedule below. For more information, contact Lindsay Malin at lmalin@mjhnyc.org or 646.437.4252.


Have a book you would like to suggest? Submit your idea. To find out what we've read to date, click here to see the list.

Upcoming Events

Book Discussion
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Wednesday | June 7 | 7:00 P.M.
Oasis Lounge in the W Hotel (49th and Lex)

2016 Selections

The Other Shulman (Alan Zweibel)

Love and Treasure (Ayelet Waldman)

Measure of a Man (Martin Greenfield)

The Boston Girl (Anita Diamant)

The Woman I Wanted to Be (Diane von Furstenberg)

Safekeeping: A Novel (Jessamyn Hope)

After Long Silence (Helen Fremont)


Past Events

Book Discussion

A World Erased by Noah Lederman

Tuesday | March 21 | 7P.M.

Oasis Lounge in the W Hotel (49th and Lex)

A World Erased: Author Event

Wednesday | February 1 | 7 P.M.

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Nearly 100 people joined the Young Friends and the Museum to hear author Noah Lederman, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, discuss his moving new memoir,  A World Erased, with Professor Jessica Restaino of Montclair State University. It was a poignant exploration of the role the Holocaust continues to play across generations.


The Golem and the Jinni (Helene Wecker)

Wednesday, January 18th at 7 PM

Oasis Lounge in the W Hotel (49th and Lex)

Wednesday | September 28 | 7 P.M.

Safekeeping: A Novel by Jessamyn Hope
Museum of Jewish Heritage Board Room


Wednesday | August 31 | 7 P.M.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg

Location: Oasis Bar (Bar/lounge area in W Hotel lobby), 541 Lexington Avenue at East 50th Street*

* We attempt to get seats in the middle of the lounge area where there are two couches facing each other. If the couches are taken and we're not in seats nearby, we usually find seating in the adjacent bar area of Heartbeat Restaurant, which is connected to Oasis Lounge.

Monday | May 16 | 7 P.M.
Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor
Measure of a Man is the story of a man who suffered unimaginable horror and emerged with a dream of success. From sweeping floors at a New York clothing factory to founding America’s premier custom suit company, Greenfield built a fashion empire. Now 86 years old and working with his sons, Greenfield has dressed the famous and powerful of D.C. and Hollywood, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, celebrities Paul Newman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jimmy Fallon, and the stars of Martin Scorsese's films.


Tuesday | March 29 | 7 P.M.
Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure—a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman—a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life.


Sunday | January 31 | 1 P.M.

Superheroes in Gotham
In the theme of our recent book club selection, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, we were treated to a private guided tour of the New York Historical Society's special exhibit.

Tuesday | January 19 | 7 P.M.
The Other Shulman -  A Novel by Alan Zweibel
In 26.2 chapters, one for each mile of the marathon, The Other Shulman is a hilarious and affecting tale of identity and aspiration from one of America’s best-known comic writers.


Monday | November 23 | 7 P.M.

A Celebration of Israeli Art and Poetry II

Rooted: The Ecological Duality of Nature and Jewish Identity
Art Kibbutz Exhibition at the Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway


Wednesday | October 28 | 6: 30 P.M.
The Defiant: The memoir of Shalom Yoran with guest speaker Varda Yoran

Varda Yoran, wife of Museum of Jewish Heritage Trustee Shalom Yoran (z"l), helped translate original manuscripts to produce an account of a young Jewish resistance fighter and the bravery of a small group of men and women who carried on a forest war during the Holocaust.


Tuesday | October 13 | 7 P.M.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - By Michael Chabon

This epic novel, set in New York and Prague, introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes.

Thursday | September 17 | 6 P.M.
Journey: From the Land of Milk and Honey
The debut solo exhibition by Israeli-American artist, Michal Nachmany
Following a private view of the exhibition, the group was joined by freelance writer and curator, Aimee Rubensteen, in conversation with the artist.

Tuesday | September 1 | 7 P.M.
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me - By Jennifer Teege
When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, happened to pluck a library book from the shelf, she had no idea that her life would be irrevocably altered. Recognizing photos of her mother and grandmother in the book, she discovers a horrifying fact: Her grandfather was Amon Goeth, the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List—a man known and reviled the world over. This free event was held at the Heartbeat Restaurant at the W Hotel.

The Panic Years - By Doree Lewak
Author talk back with Doree Lewak, who wrote The Panic Years: A Guide to Surviving Smug Married Friends, Bad Taffeta, and Life on the Wrong Side of 25 without a Ring.

Woman in Gold, A visit to the Neue Galerie and The Paris Theatre
A private tour was arranged of the Neue Galerie before opening hours, with an in-depth study of Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, the pre-war work of Gustav Klimpt, which was looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust and only returned to the family in 2006. The tour was followed by a trip to The Paris Theatre to see Woman in Gold, a film about the portrait's recovery.





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