Rabbi Kraft Memorial Book Club

Rabbi Kraft Memorial Book Club

The ‘Rabbi Kraft Memorial Book Club’, was set up in memory of our dearly missed Rabbi Neil Kraft. Rabbi Kraft was a keen reader and we’re sure that he would have been pleased with this new venture. As a tribute to Rabbi Kraft we will include books which touch on the values he was most passionate about, such as understanding and caring.

Author and EHRS member, Debra Barnes, will be running the book club. Debra also runs the Book Club for The Association of Jewish Refugees and has interviewed many leading authors including Bart van Es, Ariana Neumann and Gaby Koppel.

We will meet on the first Tuesday of each month (unless specified)

For more information about the book club and your suggestions for future books to discuss, please email debrabarnes@outlook.com or education@ehrs.uk

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Tuesday 13 July, 19:30

In honour of Rabbi Neil Kraft we will be reading one of his favourite authors.
The book is ‘Finding Chika’ by Mitch Albom.

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch and his wife, Janine operate. Chika’s arrival made a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delighted the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease that no doctor in Haiti could help with. Mitch and Janine took Chika to America, hoping that treatment there would enable her to go back home. Instead, Chika became a permanent part of their lives, as they embarked on a two-year, around the world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humour taught Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learnt that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.

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