Library Programs and Lectures

Learn about Astor Judaica Library programs!

Stop at the Red Apple: The Restaurant on Route 17 by Elaine Freed Lindenblatt


7:00 P.M., Monday, March 9, 2015

Did you ever stop at the Red Apple on your way to the Catskills? Whether you did- or did not- this book will give you a glimpse into those by-gone days. The Red Apple Rest was a legendary restaurant open from the 1930s through the 1980s on New York’s Route 17. The restaurant served as a who’s who of entertainment luminaries. For the author, the Red Apple was the “family room” across the road—one she shared with over a million customers every year. Stop at the Red Apple is at once an account of growing up in 1950s small-town America, a glimpse into the workings of a successful food operation, and a swan song to a glorious slice of bygone popular culture.

Price: $10, JCC Member Price: $8

RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or

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
RSVP: Susan Hagler (858) 362-1150 or

Holocaust Education Programs Generously Supported by the Viterbi Family Foundation


Entering Its 7th Season!


Tuesday March 31
Presenting educators from our local Jewish Day and Congregational School and Early Childhood Centers. The program will be followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

Tuesday May 12
From Generation to Generation- The poetry featured will be that of the children of community members, including Suzi Finklestein's daughter, Jamie Lynn Finkelstein, Eileen Wingard’s daughter Harriet Wingard, and the poetry of Monqiue Kunewalder’s late son, Anthony Paul Kunewalder. The program will be followed by followed by open mic. Bring your poetry to read or sing, or just listen and enjoy!

Programs will be held in the Samuel and Rebecca Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family Jewish Communty Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
All programs are FREE of charge
Please RSVP to Susan Hagler: 858-362-1150,