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November 2021

Corey Rosen

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Your Story, Well Told: Creative Strategies to Develop and Perform Stories that Wow an Audience NONFICTION   We’ve all got sto­ries to tell, but how do you make your sto­ry the best sto­ry? In Your Sto­ry, Well Told, Moth vet­er­an and mas­ter teacher, Corey Rosen, inspires you to get on stage and tell your sto­ry. Using the best sto­ry­telling tech­niques from impro­vi­sa­tion­al the­atre, Rosen designs an acces­si­ble guide for all ages and skill lev­els. Craft­ed to help ordi­nary peo­ple tell extra­or­di­nary sto­ries,…

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Ami Ayalon

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Friend­ly Fire: How Israel Became Its Own Worst Ene­my and the Hope for Its Future NON­FIC­TION National Jewish Book Awards Finalist 2020 In this deeply per­son­al jour­ney of dis­cov­ery, Ami Ayalon seeks input and per­spec­tive from Pales­tini­ans and Israelis whose expe­ri­ences dif­fer from his own. As head of the Shin Bet secu­ri­ty agency, he gained empa­thy for ​“the ene­my” and learned that when Israel car­ries out anti-ter­ror­ist oper­a­tions in a polit­i­cal con­text of hope­less­ness, the Pales­tin­ian pub­lic will sup­port vio­lence, because they…

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Heather Cabot

November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The New Chardon­nay: The Unlike­ly Sto­ry of How Mar­i­jua­na Went Mainstream NON­FIC­TION Mon­ey, pol­i­tics, social jus­tice, sex, and Shab­bat din­ner are all on the menu as pot sheds its ston­er image in Heather Cabot’s The New Chardon­nay. The sto­ry of an astonish­ing rebrand­ing, The New Chardon­nay is the ​“Mon­ey­ball” of mar­i­jua­na. It is a deeply report­ed nar­ra­tive that explores how the ​“Dev­il’s let­tuce” emerged from the shad­ows to become a lux­u­ry prod­uct fuel­ing a $22B US mar­ket all while remain­ing feder­al­ly ille­gal. With a Hol­ly­wood-ready cast of char­ac­ters, the book…

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Naomi Ragen

November 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An Observant Wife: A Novel NOVEL In this rich and com­pas­sion­ate new nov­el, Nao­mi Ragen con­tin­ues the love sto­ry between new­ly obser­vant Cal­i­for­nia-girl Leah and ultra-Ortho­dox wid­ow­er Yaakov from An Unortho­dox Match. From the joy of their wed­ding day sur­round­ed by sup­port­ive friends and fam­i­ly, Yaakov and Leah are soon plunged into the com­plex real­i­ty of their new lives togeth­er as Yaakov leaves his beloved yeshi­va to work in the city, and Leah con­fronts the often-ago­niz­ing restric­tions imposed by reli­gious laws…

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December 2021

Pam Jenoff

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Woman With the Blue Star NOVEL Sadie Gault is eigh­teen and liv­ing with her par­ents amid the hor­rors of the Kraków Ghet­to dur­ing World War II. When the Nazis liq­ui­date the ghet­to, Sadie and her preg­nant moth­er are forced to seek refuge in the per­ilous sew­ers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buy­ing flowers. Ella Stepanek is an afflu­ent Pol­ish girl liv­ing a life of rel­a­tive ease with her step­moth­er,…

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Ruth Behar

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Letters from Cuba FICTION Toward the end of 1937, eleven-year-old Esther writes to her father in Cuba, beg­ging him to allow her to leave Poland and join him in his new home. Like many oth­er Euro­pean Jews in the years lead­ing up to World War II, he has sought refuge abroad and is plan­ning to send for his fam­i­ly when he has estab­lished a busi­ness and can afford to pay for their pas­sage. He agrees to Esther’s request, hop­ing that she will be…

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Jeffrey Veidlinger

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Progroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust HISTORY Between 1918 and 1921, over 100,000 Jews were mur­dered in Ukraine and Poland by peas­ants, towns­men, and sol­diers who blamed the Jews for the tur­moil of the Russ­ian Rev­o­lu­tion. In hun­dreds of sep­a­rate inci­dents, ordi­nary peo­ple robbed their Jew­ish neigh­bors with impuni­ty, burned down their hous­es, ripped apart their Torah scrolls, sex­u­al­ly assault­ed them, and killed them. Large­ly for­got­ten today, these pogroms‚ ​“eth­nic riots‚” dom­i­nat­ed head­lines and inter­na­tion­al affairs…

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Einat Nathan

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

My Everything: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise PARENTING My Every­thing res­onat­ed because moth­ers read it, cried and smiled, and dis­cov­ered a way to look at their chil­dren as inde­pen­dent peo­ple, not sole­ly as an exten­sion of who they are or as a call­ing card. Now trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish, My Every­thing is a beau­ti­ful and com­fort­ing read that reminds moth­ers how to be patient with their chil­dren, to try to remain calm in an age of con­stant fear­mon­ger­ing, and to…

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Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers and Natanya Eskin

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Now for Something Sweet COOKING Now for Something Sweet is the result of an intensive search to uncover, curate and celebrate the very best, most cherished sweet recipes from the Jewish community in Australia and around the world. (Including one outstanding savoury chapter to provide delicious relief from all the sweetness.) Alongside the recipes, they recount heart-warming and poignant stories of family, friendship, community and survival.     The sis­ter­hood is com­prised of Lisa Gold­berg, Mere­lyn Frank Chalmers, Natanya Eskin…

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Rachel Beanland

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Florence Adler Swims Forever FICTION National Jewish Book Awards Winner 2020 The title of Rachel Beanland’s new nov­el, Flo­rence Adler Swims For­ev­er, leads read­ers to believe they are crack­ing the spine of a light beach read about a bygone era. The first few chap­ters reward these expec­ta­tions, as the read­er is immersed in the world of 1930s Atlantic City. Yet the book soon takes a turn, tack­ling emo­tion­al themes and a sto­ry­line that becomes increas­ing­ly com­plex by the page. What makes this nov­el fas­ci­nat­ing is there are…

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