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November 2021

November 29 @ 1pm

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

Speaker: Heather Cabot Moderator: Mark Passerini   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.…

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November 30 @ 1pm

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

Speaker: Naomi Ragen   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…

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November 30 @ 7pm

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Jeffrey Veidlinger Moderator: Zvi Gitelman   In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust NONFICTION 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…

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December 2021

December 2 @ 1pm

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

Speaker: Pam Jenoff   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…

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Sponsor Gourmet Brunch Event

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cooking Demo with Avery Robinson Join us for an afternoon of fun in the kitchen (over Zoom)! Learn how to make gravlax and bagels accompanied by a glass of gazoz. This event is free to everyone. A gourmet brunch is included for all sponsors. Sponsorships of $500 and higher include a gift of the book, Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks by Benny Briga and Adeena Sussman. Watch a video of author Benny Briga making a Tel…

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December 6 @ 7pm

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

Speaker: Ruth Behar Moderator: Jennie Lieberman   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…

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December 7 @ 1pm

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

Speaker: Einat Nathan Moderator: Ruth Moscow Cohen   My Everything: The Parent I Want to Be, The Children I Hope to Raise NONFICTION 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…

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December 7 @ 7pm

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

Speakers: Lisa Goldberg, Merelyn Chalmers, Natanya Eskin and Jacqui Israel   Now for Something Sweet COOKBOOK 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…

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December 8 @ 7pm

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

Speaker: Rachel Beanland   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…

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December 9 @ 7pm

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

Speaker: Ian Kerner   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…

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