Library Programs and Lectures

Learn about Astor Judaica Library programs!

Even in Darkness: A Novel by Barbara Stark-Nemon


7:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, Kläre makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself. Based on a true story.
Every story needs a narrator, and Barbara Stark-Nemon stepped up early in life. She learned a fascination with the magic of language from her storytelling grandfather. An undergraduate degree in English literature and art history and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Michigan led Stark-Nemon to a career in schools, universities, and hospitals. As a teacher and speech-language therapist, Barbara specialized in child language disorder and deafness; everywhere, there were stories, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. Today Stark-Nemon writes novels and family histories while gardening, cycling, and creating fiber art in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.

Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or

Holocaust Education Programs Generously Supported by the Viterbi Family Foundation


Our Mothers: Celebrating Jewish Motherhood

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7:00 P.M., Monday, May 11, 2015

A post Mother’s Day celebration. Jewish Stories and music about Jewish mothers come to life with professional actors and musicians: Jacqui Silver, Veronica Murphy, Walter Ritter, and more. Produced with Write Out Loud!

Price: $15, JCC Member Price: $12

For Tickets: JCC Box Office (858) 362-1348 or the Box Office

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or



Completing Its 7th Season!


Tuesday May 12

From Generation to Generation. Three mothers will read the poetry of their daughters: Lawyer Suzi Finklestein will read the poetry of Jaime Lynn Finklestein, actress Bryna Weiss will read the poetry of Valerie Weiss and violinist Eileen Wingard will read the poetry of Harriet Wingard.

The program will be followed by followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

All programs listed above will be held in the Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family Jewish Communty Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS

This program is FREE of charge.

For Information: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or