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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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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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Jonathan Dunsky

December 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Auschwitz Detective ­FIC­TION In the Adam Lapid Series, Jonathan Dun­sky has brought to life a very unique pri­vate detec­tive, and the two most recent addi­tions to Detec­tive Lapid’s sto­ry, A Dead­ly Act and The Auschwitz Detec­tive, are chalked full of unique chal­lenges and twists. Adam Lapid is a retired Hun­gar­i­an police detec­tive and a Holo­caust sur­vivor. A Dead­ly Act takes place at the end of World War II, find­ing our hard-boiled detec­tive hav­ing just lost his wife, daugh­ters, and sib­lings to the atroc­i­ties of Auschwitz and immi­grat­ed to Pales­tine, where…

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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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Robert Lefkowitz

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Fun­ny Thing Hap­pened on the Way to Stock­holm: The Adren­a­line-Fueled Adven­tures of an Acci­den­tal Scientist NON­FIC­TION The rol­lick­ing mem­oir from the car­di­ol­o­gist turned leg­endary sci­en­tist and win­ner of the Nobel Prize that rev­els in the joy of sci­ence and discovery.           Robert J. Lefkowitz is a Nobel Prize-win­ning sci­en­tist (Chem­istry, 2012) who is best known for show­ing how adren­a­line works via stim­u­la­tion of spe­cif­ic recep­tors. He was trained at Colum­bia, the NIH and Har­vard before…

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Louie Kemp

December 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dylan & Me: 50 Years of Adventures NON­FIC­TION This unique­ly inti­mate mem­oir of a life­long friend­ship with Bob Dylan offers nev­er-before-told sto­ries, behind-the-scenes glimpses, rare pho­tos, and affec­tion­ate anec­dotes about one of the key fig­ures in Amer­i­can music and let­ters. With a cast of char­ac­ters that includes Mar­lon Bran­do, Cher, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Den­nis Hop­per, Louie’s moth­er, and many more, Dylan & Me is the ulti­mate rock-and-roll biog­ra­phy – a ​“back­stage pass” to Louie and Bob’s life, friend­ships, and music by the guy who was there every step of the way.    …

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Ira Rosen

December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tick­ing Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes NON­FIC­TION Two-time Peabody Award-win­ning writer and pro­duc­er Ira Rosen reveals the inti­mate, untold sto­ries of his decades at Amer­i­ca’s most icon­ic news show. It’s a 60 Min­utes sto­ry on 60 Min­utes itself. When pro­duc­er Ira Rosen walked into the 60 Min­utes offices in June 1980, he knew he was about to enter tele­vi­sion his­to­ry. His career cat­a­pult­ed him to the heights of TV jour­nal­ism, break­ing some of the most impor­tant sto­ries in TV news. But behind the scenes was a war room of clash­ing pro­duc­ers, anchors, and the…

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