By Bonnie Gratch Lindauer
The B’nai Emunah Book Discussion Group thoroughly enjoyed “Jew Store” by Stella Suberman. Set in rural Tennessee in the early 1900’s this memoir captures the fabric of small town life as seen through the eyes of a Jewish family from the Bronx who moved there to open up a dry goods store. All of us felt the story was heartwarming, with the characters so well developed that we all had our favorites. Some of our members could definitely relate to the isolation this Jewish family felt at times, since they also had lived in both northern and southern small towns with hardly any Jews. The story also provoked some interesting questions, such as: how much of a Jewish life does one need to maintain in order to preserve his/her Judaism?