14TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO JEWISH BOOK FAIR

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October 31 (noon), November, 6-13, 2008 at the Lawrence Family JCC.

AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF JEWISH LITERATURE FOR ALL AGE

One of the top Jewish Literacy Events in the nation, the San Diego Jewish Book Fair presents notable celebrity authors and special programs for book lovers.

A full Family Day sponsored by Sempra Energy will take place on Sunday, November 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. as well as an
Early Childhood Education Program
sponsored by Target.

Our giant, diverse well-stocked bookstore will be open November 6-13. For reservations or information, call 858-362-1348 Buy Tickets Online at www.tickets.lfjcc.org

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 ~ THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 ~ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 ~ SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 ~ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 ~ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ~ WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 ~ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Authors Lectures

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31

 

Etgar Keret

The Girl on The Fridge: Stories

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 @ 12:00 P.M.

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The Girl on The Fridge

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

Israels most popular fiction writer, is known locally as the director of the film Jellyfish
that was screened at our Jewish Film Festival.Now, from the same dark and fertile mind, we get flash
fiction shorts that sound like a joke but are reallyclose observations of post-intifada, post-Oslo Israel.
These gems culled from Kerets early work showwhy hes become a household name in Israel and the
rising literary star of the past decade.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included, Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door No food served


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Bookstore Hours 6:00 ~ 9:30p.m.

Sheila Weller

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon And the Journey of a Generation

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon And the Journey of a Generation


EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE

Author and journalist Sheila Weller delivers an irresistible biography of three mid-century girls who broke tradition to accomplish what no women before them had done.Weller writes about modern society, its values and history, for Glamour, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Redbook, Ms., and other publications. This account of the Flower Childrens era reads like a reunion of 1960s hipsters whose secrets spill out after a few glasses of wine.Both scholarly and dishy, Wellers book reads like a novel except that its all true!

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, SHEILA POTIKER


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 5:00p.m.

 

Barry Lack

Ary Stillman: From Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 @ 12:00 P.M.

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Ary Stillman

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

Barry Lack, Executive Director of the foundation dedicated to sharing the work of Ary Stillman, comes to San Diego to do just that.Stillman was a Russian American artist who was well recognized in his day but is no longer well known.The over 1500 works he produced have stood the test of time.His legacy includes not only his art but also the inspirational example of his life.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door No food served

CO-SPONSORED BY THE GOTTHELF ART GALLERY, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY ART COUNCIL AND SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ART HISTORY AND DESIGN


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Bookstore Hours 6:00 ~ 9:30p.m.

 

Evan Handler

Its Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Its Only Temporary: The Good News and the Bad News of Being Alive

EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE

How can a person live well with the knowledge that time is limited? At 24, promising actor Evan Handler (Sex and the City, Californication and more) defeated a supposedly incurable leukemia. Then he began a 20-year struggle to find love and happiness in a life he knows hes lucky to have. In this poignantly candid and wildly funny self-portrait, Handler climbs out laughing from the abyss of his own mortalityand we laugh out loud with him.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

CO-SPONSORED BY THE WOMENS DIVISION OF THE UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 9:30p.m.

 

Ruth R. Wisse

Jews and Power

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 9:30 A.M.

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Jews and Power

AUTHOR LECTURE AND BREAKFAST

Harvard professor and renowned scholar Ruth Wisse focuses on the political aspect of the Jewish experience in her survey of Jewish history from King David to the Oslo Accords. While demonstrating that Jewish political weakness goaded power-seeking nations and individuals to scapegoat and physically abuse Jews, Wisse draws a persuasive parallel to todays U.S. struggles in facing off against enemies who view western morality as weakness. Her well-reasoned arguments are bound to provoke lively debate.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION Glatt Kosher Box Breakfast included, Reservations Required

CO-PRESENTED BY CONGREGATION BETH-EL
CO-SPONSORED BY KPBS AND ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO
BREAKFAST GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE PLACE, MORRIS DEREY, PROPRIETOR


 

Rabbi Benjamin Blech and Roy Doliner

The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelos Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 12:00P.M

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The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelos Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

Michelangelos work on the Sistine Chapel changed forever the world of art. Now, Rabbi Benjamin Blech and scholar Roy Doliner change forever the way we understand Michelangelo and his work. Together, they unearth secrets that have remained hidden in plain sight for centuriesmessages of brotherhood, tolerance, freethinking and other unorthodox heresies that Michelangelo embedded in his pious portrayals in order to challenge the repressive Church of his time.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included, Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door No food served

CO-SPONSORED BY BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY NATIONAL WOMENS COMMITTEE - RANCHO BERNARDO AND SAN DIEGUITO CHAPTERS, SAN DIEGO ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL, HOUSE OF ITALY AND ITALIAN CULTURAL CENTER


 

Ron Arons

The Jews of Sing Sing

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 2:00 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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The Jews of Sing Sing

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Since 1828, more than 7,000 Jews have served time in the famous correctional facility of Sing-Sing. Self-proclaimed goody-two-shoes Ron Arons unearthed the dark family secret of his grandfather's stretch there, then used genealogical research methods to reconstruct the Jewish history of Sing-Sing. Arons shares his personal thrill of discovery while painting a broad picture of Jewish criminality, exposing its fascinating personalities and exploring its root causes. Who knew a prison could yield such a great read?

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CO-SPONSORED BY THE SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY


 

Aaron Cohen

Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 3:30 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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Brotherhood of Warriors: Behind Enemy

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM
23RD ANNUAL ROBERT SIEGEL MEMORIAL LECTURE

Lines with a Commando in One of the Worlds Most Elite Counterterrorism Units
Eighteen year-old Aaron Cohen left his privileged life in Beverly Hills to join Israel's most elite security
force. After fifteen months of grueling training designed to make him a warrior, he became an expert
in urban counter-terror warfare. He participated in over 200 life-or-death missions as part of a controversial
"black ops" unit that abducted terrorist leaders from the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Cohen
shares his fly-on-the-wall view of a top-secret shadowy world that redefines strength, danger and security.

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Leon H. Charney

The Mystery of the Kaddish: Its Profound Influence on Judaism

Yitzhak Rabin's Commemoration

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 5:00 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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The Mystery of the Kaddish: Its Profound Influence on Judaism

Leon Charney, lawyer, author, cantor, TV host, and advisor to world leaders, delivers a clearly written and brilliantly researched history of the Kaddish and its role in Jewish continuity. The Kaddish is a lifeaffirming declaration of faith that has given persecuted Jewish communities the strength to continue to worship despite the loss of righteous loved ones. Charney examines who we are as Jews and how the Kaddish has helped us stare down tragedy and sustain ourselves as a people.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-SPONSORED BY THE ISRAEL CENTER, UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF THE SAN DIEGO AND THE COMMUNITY OF ISRAELIS IN SAN DIEGO

YITZHAK RABINS COMMEMORATION

At the Peace Rally: Peace is not just a prayer. Peace is first in all of our prayersbut it is also the aspiration of the Jewish people, a Jewish aspiration for peace. Yitzhak Rabin, The Man and the Vision.


 

Henry Winkler

Life of Me: The #14: Enter at Your Own Risk (Hank Zipzer)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Life of Me: The #14: Enter at Your Own Risk (Hank Zipzer)

EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE

Henry Winkler is best known as The Fonz, but as a child, he was a classic underachiever with
undiagnosed dyslexia. Now, he is co-author of a series of 14 hilarious books about Hank Zipzer,
a high-spirited and adventurous 4th grade boy with learning differences. Beginning in Niagara Falls,
or Does It # 1 and I Got a D in Salami #2, Hank is a student trying to do the right thingbut
somehow he always messes up. Join us as Mr. Winkler reveals the story of his growing up with
dyslexia and overcoming it and how it became the basis of an entertaining series of books for kids.
(Lin Oliver, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $16.00/Member;$.20.00/Non-Member

LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, PRICE-GALINSON COLLABORATIVE FUND AT PRICE CHARITIES AND ASHLEY & RYAN STONE,


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 9:30p.m.

 

Adam Mansbach

The End of the Jews: A Novel

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 10:00 A.M

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The End of the Jews: A Novel

MID-MORNING AUTHOR LECTURE

Adam Mansbach (Angry Black White Boy) lays bare the inner life of the artist and the complex
history of Black-Jewish relations in America in this multigenerational saga. The individual stories of
novelist and Black Jazz aficionado Tristan Brodsky, his suburban teenage hip-hop loving grandson Tris,
and the Czech photographer Nina Hricek who becomes Tris lover, intersect against the backdrop of
20th century music. When each character's survival depends on the sacrifice of anotherwho or what
will prevail?

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $7.50/Member;$9.50/Non-Member Coffee and tea will be served


 

Caroline B. Glick

Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 12:00 P.M.

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Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

We live in dangerous times, says Chicago native Caroline B. Glick, Israeli Army officer, foreign
policy advisor, peace negotiator and frontline journalist. She maintains that Islamic imperialism,
European cultural disintegration, American vacillation and Israeli timidity have made Israel a
shackled warrior fighting with tied hands. In this collection of Jerusalem Post columns,
Glick examines the most important and troubling issues facing Israel and the world
with one clear and coherent message: Islamic fundamentalism is today the greatest
challenge facing not just Israel and the US, but the entire Western world.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member Glatt Kosher Box Lunch
Included, Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door No food served

LITERARY CIRCLE WITH THE AUTHOR, DR. BOB & MAO SHILLMAN AND THE SHILLMAN FOUNDATION
CO-SPONSORED BY SAN DIEGO DISTRICT OF THE ZIONIST ORGANIZATION OF AMERICA


 

Jerry White

I Will Not Be Broken: Five Steps to Overcome a Life Crisis

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 2:00 P.M.

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I Will Not Be Broken: Five Steps to Overcome a Life Crisis

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Jerry White was a college student in 1980s Israel when a landmine (left from the 1967 War) took
his leg and almost his life. He found that such tragedies present a choice: to become bitter self-pitying
victims or to build stronger, wiser and triumphant lives. White outlines a five-step program for coping
with disaster. He cites celebrities including Nelson Mandela, Lance Armstrong, Princess Diana and
Christopher Reeveand everyday unsung heroes and heroines. This enjoyable, uplifting and powerful
read gives us all a roadmap to a life of beauty and wisdom.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MAGEN DAVID ADOM


 

David B. Goldstein

Jacobs Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 3:30 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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Jacobs Legacy: A Genetic View of Jewish History

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Who are the Jews and from where did we come? Duke University Geneticist David Goldstein analyzes DNA studies of Jewish populations and examines the intersections of scientific findings with the history and oral tradition of the Jews. A superb scientist and a captivating storyteller, Goldstein tells the history of the Jews in a series of detective-style stories, while also grappling with the medical and ethical implications of our rapidly growing command of the human genomic landscape.


Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION


Leonard Saxe

Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 5:00 P.M.

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Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Nearly 150,000 young adult Jews have participated in Birthright Israel, a free ten-day educational experience that aims to curb assimilation by shifting an entire generation of Diaspora Jews from a trajectory of non-involvement to one of identity and engagement. Leonard Saxe (Brandeis University) and Barry Chazan (Spertus College) serve as our Birthright tour guides. The books ten chapters parallel the ten days of the trip, showcase the participants experiences, and optimistically examines the programs long-term effects. (Barry Chazan, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-SPONSORED BY THE TAGLIT BIRTHRIGHT ISRAEL, UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO


Jonathan Safran Foer

Everything is Illuminated (2008) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Everything is Illuminated (2008) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE

As he did so remarkably in Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan Safran Foer takes a dark subject and works in offbeat humor and wordplay as a deceptive cover for a serious tale. Oskar Schell is an extraordinary nine-year-old on an urgent, secret search through New York City to find the lock that fits the key belonging to his father who died on 9/11. Meanwhile, Oskar dreams up inventions to protect his loved ones. We also get the story of Oskars mute grandfather who survived the bombing of Dresden in WWII. When the stories come together, the climax is powerfully heartbreaking.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 9:30p.m.

Peter Manseau

Songs for the Butchers Daughter

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 10:00 A.M.

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Songs for the Butchers Daughter

AN INVITATION TO BOOK CLUBS MID-MORNING AUTHOR LECTURE

A Novel, Mesmerizing storyteller and born writer Peter Manseau (Vows) paints a rich tapestry of Jewish life at the turn of the 20th century. A young American Catholic translates the work of a 90-something Russian immigrant claiming to be the last Yiddish poet in America. As the younger mans life unfolds, the two mens paths coincide in shocking and unexpected ways - and show that the power of the word can survive the death of a language.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $7.50/Member;$9.50/Non-Member Coffee and tea will be served


Michael Bart

Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 12:00 P.M.

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Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

Michael Barts father told him, Doing the right thing isnt always easy, but its always right. Barts homage to his parents, their tremendous courage and love and the cause for which they risked their lives, is the right thing. In this moving story, Bart joins his ten years of research with SDCC professor Laurel Coronas straightforward writing. They intertwine Leizers and Zenias biography with the collective history of the Vilna ghetto and the resistance movement Nekamah (The Avengers) led by Abba Kovner, and also with the wider theme of 20th century world history. (Laurel Corona, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included,Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door No food served

CO-SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL OF THE UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY


Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz

Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 2:00 P.M.

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Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Despair imposes heavy burdens upon us. But what if this misery also empowered us to move toward a place of hope, to craft our true identities and to find goodness in our lives? Rabbi Spitz shares his first-hand experience of transferring suffering into blessing and examines the spiritually inspiring journeys of notables including Moses, Maimonides, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Buber. Join us for a comforting look at the nature of despair and the ways we can overcome it. (Erica Shapiro Taylor, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH HEALING CENTER, A PROGRAM OF JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE


Jesse Kellerman

The Genius

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 3:30 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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The Genius

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Jesse Kellerman, the son of authors Faye and Jonathan Kellerman, is a writer of many talents. In 2003, he won two prestigious awards as a playwright. He received the Princess Grace Foundation Award as the best young dramatist for Things Beyond Our Control. A second play, Faftrotskies, won the Harold and Mimi Steinberg prize for the best new play of that year. His first novel, Sunstroke, was published in 2006. In The Genius, his third novel, a reclusive artists work is discovered by a budding art dealer after his disappearance. Are the artists drawings evidence of a four-decade long web of deceit that led to his dissappearance?

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION


Rabbi Philip Graubart

A Suicide Note, A Murder, A Rabbi's Obsession with Death, Loss and Renewal

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 5:00 P.M.

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A Suicide Note, A Murder, A Rabbi's Obsession with Death, Loss and Renewal

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Local Rabbi Philip Graubart, three-time novelist and well-regarded columnist, now shares his personal memoir about dealing with two life crises: the childhood discovery of his mother's diary which reveals family secrets that forever change his life; and, years later, the suspected murder of a congregant by his own wife. The Torah's teachings help Graubart to finally understand all that's happened in his life and he teaches us to find our personal stories in the Torah.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-PRESENTED BY CONGREGATION BETH-EL


Daniel C. Kurtzer and Scott B. Lasensky

Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East

In Dedication to the Memory of Jay Winheld for his many years of commitment to the Book Fair.

EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE & ADULT EDUCATION EVENT

Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to both Israel and Egypt, and Middle East expert and widely published author and commentator Scott Lasensky share ten core lessons to guide the effort of future American peace negotiators in the Middle East. After nine months of groundbreaking consultations with statesmen, political leaders and civilians who have defined the Arab-Israeli peace process in recent years, Kurtzer and Lasensky reveal what works and what does not in this distinctive diplomatic arena.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

CO-SPONSORED BY SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM CO-SPONSORED BY: TEMPLE ADAT SHALOM ~ BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY NATIONAL WOMEN'S COMMITTEE, RANCHO BERNARDO AND SAN DIEGUITO CHAPTERS ~ CONGREGATION BETH AM ~ CONGREGATION BETH EL CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL TEMPLE EMANUEL ~ HADASSAH ~ HILLEL OF SAN DIEGO ~ HUMANISTIC JEWISH CONGREGATION ~ JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE SAN DIEGO JEWISH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ~ CONGREGATION SHIR AMI ~ TEMPLE SOLEL ~ TIFERETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 9:30p.m.

Nancy Rips

Seder Stories: Passover Thoughts on Food, Family and Freedom

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 10:00 A.M.

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Seder Stories: Passover Thoughts on Food, Family and Freedom

MORNING AUTHOR LECTURE

So, you're having a seder this year. Of course, there are Haggadahs galore to help prepare the ceremony, and now Nancy Rips, Omaha's very own Book Maven, has compiled 101 stories of others' childhood memories of their seders. Some of them are famous, like Rabbi Harold Kushner, attorney Alan Dershowitz, Richard Dreyfus, Joan Rivers and Billy Crystal. Others are famous only within their circle of friends and family. Some of the stories are funny, some poignant, all are thought- provoking and worth reading.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $7.50/Member; $9.50/Non-Member ~ Coffee and tea will be served

GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY NANCY & ALBERTO ALVAREZ-CALDERON


Michael Wex

Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 12:00 P.M.

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Just Say Nu: Yiddish for Every Occasion (When English Just Won't Do)

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

Michael Wex, dynamic speaker and hilarious raconteur, offers a series of essays exploring some of the most interesting nuances of the cleverest language people have ever spoken. Wex is a Canadian author whose previous book of Yiddishisms, Born to Kvetch, was a surprise best seller. He explains Yiddish phrases so that you will speak with the sophistication of a professor.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member
Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included, Reservations Required

Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door ~ No food served

Co-Sponsored by Hadassah and The 12th International Association of Yiddish Clubs
Conference: October 24-27, San Diego Marriot La Jolla ~ www.derbay.org/lajolla


Mimi Schwartz

Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 2:00 P.M.

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Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Mimi Schwartz's father was born in 1898, growing up in a German village of 1200-half Jewish and half gentile. She relates his memories of a community in which mutual friendship and respect helped the residents survive together, even through the Holocaust. Good Neighbors, Bad Times: Echoes of My Father's German Village, is a story of survival through small kindnesses while genocide raged all around. Schwartz is a veteran speaker and presenter, who offers workshops nationwide and abroad.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

AUTHOR'S BOOKS DONATED BY DR.ANDREW & ERNA VITERBI


Rabbi Wayne Dosick

20 Minute Kabbalah: The Daily Personal Spiritual Practice That Brings You to G-d, Your Soul-knowing, and Your Heart's Desires

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 3:30 P.M.

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20 Minute Kabbalah: The Daily Personal Spiritual Practice That Brings You to G-d, Your Soul-knowing, and Your Heart's Desires

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Wayne Dosick, local Rabbi and prolific author, and his wife Ellen Kaufman, a practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years, provide you with a spiritual recipe, derived from the deepest sources of our mystical tradition, that is doable and affordable in time and energy. "If you do it, it will work." Their approach is for all Jewish spiritual seekers.

The book comes with an accompanying CD. (Ellen Kaufman, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-SPONSORED BY THE ELIJAH MINYAN


Jonathan Kirsch

The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of G-d

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 5:00 P.M.

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The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the Name of G-d

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Jonathan Kirsch, an intellectual property attorney in Los Angeles, is a fabulous speaker and prolific writer who has written 10 books on the topic of religion's use of power over others throughout history. In his current work, Kirsch tears open the Spanish Inquisition and shows us how the Inquisition stands as a universal and ineradicable symbol of the terror that results when absolute power works its corruptions. While the Inquisition may have started as an internal search for heretics within the Catholic Church, its torture chambers were eventually directed at Muslims and Jews.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION


Martin Fletcher

Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ 7:30 P.M.

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Breaking News: A Stunning and Memorable Account of Reporting from Some of the Most Dangerous Places in the World

EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE 5TH ANNUAL MURRAY GOODMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE

Martin Fletcher, NBC Tel-Aviv Bureau Chief, rose from cameraman to leading TV war correspondent, conquering fear while facing murderers and warlords. This vivid account of his 30-year career dodging bullets on the front lines of the world's hot spots portrays both the suffering around him and the "machismo" of war correspondents. His own family's Holocaust history frames his fast-paced moving narrative on the risks, rewards and lessons of reporting from the world's most dangerous places. In a world obsessed with celebrities, Fletcher focuses on those left behind, why we should care and how one stays sane amidst such pain.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

UNDERWRITTEN BY: ANONYMOUS (2) ~ NANCY & ALBERTO ALVAREZ-CALDERON ~ SONDRA & ROBERT BERK PHYLLIS COHN & ARTHUR BRODY ~ CONGREGATION BETH EL ~ ELAINE & PETER CHORTEK ~ MARTHA FARISH & JOSEPH COHEN ~ LINDA & ERIC DANIELS ~ TERESA & MERLE FISCHLOWITZ ~ ELAINE & MURRAY GALINSON ~ JOSEPH & DOROTHY GOLDBERG CHARITABLE TRUST ~ ZELDA GOODMAN ~ BRYNA HABER ~ JERRI-ANN & GARY JACOBS JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ~ SHERRY & LAWRENCE KLINE ~ BARBARA & MATHEW LOONIN ~ JEAN MAYER SUSAN POLIS-SCHUTZ ~ JULIE & LOWELL POTIKER ~ SHEILA POTIKER ~ PRICE-GALINSON COLLABORATIVE FUND AT PRICE CHARITIES ~ LAURAYNE & SANDFORD RATNER ~ SEMPRA ENERGY ~ BARBARA & LAWRENCE SHERMAN DOCTOR BOB & MAO SHILLMAN AND THE SHILLMAN FOUNDATION ~ ASHLEY & RYAN STONE ~ GLORIA & ROD STONE MARJORIE KAPLAN & J.J. SURBECK ~ TARGET ~ UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY ~ U.S. TRUST, BANK OF AMERICA PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT ~ SELTZER CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK, A LAW CORPORATION VITERBI FAMILY FOUNDATION AND DR. ANDREW & ERNA VITERBI


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Bookstore Hours 8:30a.m. ~ 9:30p.m.

Ariel Sabar

My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 @ 10:00 A.M.

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My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

MORNING AUTHOR LECTURE

In the 1980s, Yona Sabar was a UCLA professor with a passion for his native language, Aramaic. His son Ariel was an aspiring rock and roll drummer who was embarrassed by his anachronistic father. Recently, the birth of Ariel's son prompted the journalist to travel with his father to Iraq to find Yona's birthplace and learn the history of their Kurdish Jewish ancestors. Ariel's quest to understand his father and to reconcile past and present is a tale of hope and continuity for future generations of Jews.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $7.50/Member;$9.50/Non-Member * Coffee and tea will be served


Tania Grossinger

Growing Up at Grossinger's

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 @ 12:00 P.M

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Growing Up at Grossinger's

AUTHOR LECTURE AND LUNCH

From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel was a summer retreat from city heat for New York Jews. It entertained the great, the near-great, and the not-so-great-both Jewish and Gentile. Publicist, freelancer and author Tania Grossinger grew up there, living a life not unlike the Plaza Hotel's Eloise-but set to the background of (Dirty Dancing). This reissued coming-of-age story is a nostalgic piece on a closed chapter of the Jewish American experience.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $13.00/Member; $16.00/Non-Member ~ Glatt Kosher Box Lunch Included,
Reservations Required - Rush tickets/$12.00 at the door - No food served


Yitta Halberstam

Small Miracles of the Holocaust: Extraordinary Coincidences of Faith, Hope, and Survival

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 @ 2:00 P.M.

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Small Miracles of the Holocaust: Extraordinary Coincidences of Faith, Hope, and Survival

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

Yitta Halberstam returns to the SDJBF with the latest volume in the (Small Miracles) collections of real-life vignettes with upbeat twisted endings. She and co-author Leventhal, both children of survivors, wanted to write a book that would attract a wider-than-usual audience for Holocaust literature by combining education with entertainment. Whereas evil is the focus of most Holocaust material, Yitta and Judith tell the history of the Holocaust with "stories where sparks of divinity resided in the ashes of evil. " (Judith Leventhal, Co-author, not appearing.)

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-PRESENTED BY THE HOLOCAUST EDUCATION PROGRAM,
SAMUEL AND REBECCA ASTOR JUDAICA LIBRARY


Rabbi Simcha Weinstein

Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 @ @ 3:30 P.M.

FREE ADMISSION

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Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century

AUTHOR LECTURE, LIBRARY PROGRAM

The life of young Simcha Weinstein (Up, Up and Oy Vey) embodied a paradigm shift - his devotion to comic book superheroes and the film industry led him to a rabbinic career in Jewish outreach. His second book examines the "shtick shift " in Jewish comedy, in which the understated Jewish flavor of Seinfeld-type humor has switched to a matter-of-factness that would make early Jewish comics cringe. The Comic Book Rabbi's return to the SDJBF promises another witty and entertaining presentation.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION


Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe

God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and Why Faith Matters

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 @ 7:30 P.M

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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and Why Faith Matters

GRAND FINALE EVENING AUTHOR LECTURE

Join us for a lively conversation between prolific writer and revered Rabbi David Wolpe and widely published and often-acerbic journalist Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens' book is a secular polemic against religion and its role in world events, giving us on-the-ground glimpses of the terrible wars and despotism perpetrated in the name of religion. Hitchens' and Wolpe's greatly differing views will undoubtedly provoke a heated discussion as a Rabbi devoted to the Jewish faith and the importance of faith in the 21st century squares off with the journalist who denounces all faiths.

Book Signing Follows ~ Admission: $16.00/Member; $20.00/Non-Member

LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, GLORIA & RODNEY STONE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY THE UNITED JEWISH FEDERATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Peninnah Schram

The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 @ 10:00 A.M.

Event Held at Temple Solel, Encinitas

FREE ADMISSION

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The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales

AN INVITATION TO SAN DIEGO STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The stories we hear in childhood from our parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers teach us their values, beliefs, culture and traditions. Folk tales nourish our sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. This Jewish folklore collection presents a diverse selection of Ashkenazi and Sephardic fairy tales, legends, parables, fables, tall tales, funny anecdotes and supernaturally mystical narratives. Join legendary storyteller and author Peninnah Schram for a delightfully entertaining presentation.

Book Signing Follows ~ FREE ADMISSION

CO-PRESENTED BY TEMPLE SOLEL



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