A Book Club with a Difference

The ThoughtREADERS’ Book Club (TRClub) aims to deepen our understanding of South African and global social issues, through the vehicle of reading and peer-led discussion.

In partnership with the Jewish Literary Festival (JLF), the TRClub aligns with Mensch’s mission of further shifting the Jewish community’s sense of understanding of the world around us and encouraging us all to become more active citizens. It also falls within the ethos of the JLF which promotes constructive dialogue and discussion in the true spirit of Jewish life.

How it works

This Book Club experience can be a once-off, or a more permanent club model where a different book is read and discussed,  every couple of months.  Each club comprises a Host and Members (8 max).

As a host, you choose the book and invite members to join.  Members could be your family, your friends (local and abroad) or even your current book club.  Alternatively, you can run a public book club where we help you invite people (members) from the community interested to join your club.  If you prefer to be a member, we ‘ll let you know via our newsletters which books are being read as open clubs.

This Book Club experience can be a once-off, or a more permanent club model where a different book is read and discussed,  every couple of months.

Each club comprises and Host and Members (8 max).   As a host, you choose the book and invite members to join.

Members can comprise your family, your friends (local and abroad) or could even be a once-off for your current book club.

Alternatively, you can run a public book club where we help you invite people (members) from the community interested to join your club.

If you prefer to be a member, we ‘ll let you know via our newsletters which books are being read as open clubs. You can then join up for this read.

Choosing your book

Suggested topics and genres include: South African or global social justice issues relevant to you; Texts linking our Jewish values to our role in society; South African History; Memoirs; Self Development. The book could be fiction or non-fiction; a selection of short stories or essays; a compilation of poetry, or any other format.

interested in hosting

Being a Host is a meaningful way to support our role, as Jews, to promote transformation in SA through shared learning. You get to encourage discussion, curiosity, and knowledge on a social theme meaningful to you. You get to conscientise yourself and others to local and global challenges by reading about , and listening to, a  diverse range of opinions and viewpoints. You also get to encourage people to read books outside their usual genres. And you get to do this through this wonderful vehicle of a Book Club.

 easy to join

  • Choose your book
  • Decide on dates
  • Invite members:(4 – 8)
  • Host your TRClub
  • Provide book options
  • Design your TRClub invite
  • Suggest ideas for discussion
  • Purchase the Host’s book

What people are Saying

It was wonderful to get together with a diverse group of people, some of whom I didn’t know, and discuss our thoughts on this book. No one was judgmental of anyone’s opinions even though it may have differed. I was nervous at first, as being a host took me out of my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to hosting or being a participant again.

Host: Maxine Boyd, Dancing the Death Drill, Fred Khumale

“It was a beautiful experience. I met wonderful people and we chatted intimately about compassion and justice.

A privilege. Such a worthwhile venture. A really a wonderful project.”

Host: Ruth Levin-Vorster, The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal
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