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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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December 2021

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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Ian Kerner

December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

So Tell Me About the Last Time You Had Sex: Laying Bare and Learning to Repair Our Love Lives NONFICTION After more than 20 years of doing sex ther­a­py, Dr. Ian Kern­er is a Sher­lock Holmes of the bed­room‚ a sex­u­al detec­tive help­ing indi­vid­u­als and cou­ples solve the mys­tery of their sex­u­al dis­tress: low libido, the inabil­i­ty to per­form, sex­u­al anx­i­eties, erot­ic con­flicts, a secret desire they’re keep­ing from a part­ner (or even them­selves). And just like a detec­tive, one of the first things he does is…

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Daniel Sokatch

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Can We Talk About Israel?: A Guide for the Curious, Confused, and Conflicted NON­FIC­TION A primer on Israel and the Israeli-Pales­tin­ian issue. ​“Can’t you just explain the Israel sit­u­a­tion to me? In, like, 10 min­utes or less?” This is the ques­tion Daniel Sokatch is used to answer­ing on an almost dai­ly basis. As the head of the New Israel Fund, which is ded­i­cat­ed to equal­i­ty and democ­ra­cy for all Israelis, not just Jews, Sokatch is supreme­ly well-versed on the Israeli con­flict. Can We…

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James McAuley

December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The House of Fragile Things: Jewish Art Collectors and the Fall of France NON­FIC­TION In the dra­mat­ic years between 1870 and the end of World War II, a num­ber of promi­nent French Jews‚ pil­lars of an embat­tled com­mu­ni­ty‚ invest­ed their for­tunes in France’s cul­tur­al arti­facts, sac­ri­ficed their sons to the coun­try’s army, and were ulti­mate­ly reward­ed by see­ing their col­lec­tions plun­dered and their fam­i­lies deport­ed to Nazi con­cen­tra­tion camps. In The House of Frag­ile Things, James McAuley explores the cen­tral role of art in the assim­i­la­tion…

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Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Anxiety Sisters' Survival Guide: How You Can Become More Hopeful, Connected, and Happy HEALTH/LIFESTYLE A warm and prac­ti­cal guide to cop­ing with anx­i­ety – and find­ing ways to laugh any­way. Abs and Mags, aka the Anx­i­ety Sis­ters, have spent the past thir­ty years fig­ur­ing out how to out­smart their anx­i­ety-rid­den brains, and the last five years shar­ing what they’ve learned with a grow­ing online com­mu­ni­ty of like-mind­ed suf­fer­ers who are look­ing for ways to cope bet­ter. Whether you’re look­ing to bet­ter under­stand…

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Heather Dune Macadam

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz NON­FIC­TION From Heather Dune Macadam, the untold sto­ry of the 999 young, unmar­ried Jew­ish women who were tricked on March 25, 1942 into board­ing the train that became the first offi­cial trans­port to Auschwitz. Timed to coin­cide with the 75th anniver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Auschwitz and draw­ing on exten­sive inter­views with sur­vivors, his­to­ri­ans, wit­ness­es, and rel­a­tives of those first depor­tees, 999 is an impor­tant addi­tion to Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture and wom­en’s history.      …

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Tracy Walder

December 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Unex­pect­ed Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Tak­ing Down Some of the World’s Most Noto­ri­ous Terrorists NON­FIC­TION Tra­cy Walder, a Jew­ish Amer­i­can woman, was recruit­ed by the CIA out of her soror­i­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. On 9/11 she was track­ing ter­ror­ists with Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney or Sec­re­tary of State Col­in Pow­ell look­ing over her shoul­der. Dri­ven to stop the new breed of ter­ror that war cre­at­ed, Walder picked up her alias iden­ti­ty, flew over­seas, and…

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