The next meeting of the Book Circle will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at noon, on Zoom. The selection for the month is The Last Kings of Shanghai: The Rival Jewish Dynasties That Helped Create Modern China by Jonathan Kaufman.

The writer tells the remarkable history of how two families participated in an economic boom that opened China to the world. The story stretches from Baghdad to Hong Kong to Shanghai to London, entering the lives of these ambitious men and women who engaged in opium smuggling, family rivalry, political intrigue and survival.

The Book Circle meets each month to explore books on Jewish themes and Jewish writers. For more information, call the shul at 631-477-0232 and leave a message for Susan Rosenstreich, coordinator of the group.