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Books and Bagels

December 15, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Eternal Life a novel by Dara Horn
reviewed by Allan Silburt

What would it really mean to live forever? Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubles–widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son–are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.

This review will also cover Chapter 1 of Yuval Harari’s book Homo Deus, which speculates in other ways about the social impact of extended life spans.

A Bagel Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. is followed by the book review and discussion from 10:00 to 11:30. Pre-registration is not required, nor is it necessary to have read the book to enjoy the session. There is no charge but a voluntary donation to cover the cost of breakfast is appreciated.

Books are available through the Ottawa Public Library, the Greenberg Families Library at the SJCC, the Malca Pass Library and the Temple Israel Library For more information please contact Shayla Mindell at


December 15, 2019
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Temple Israel
1301 Prince of Wales Drive
Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2 Canada