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Opening Night - Wednesday, November 3

Wednesday Evening Talk - SOLD OUT

7:30 p.m.. ..........Mosab Hassan Yousef, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue and Unthinkable Choices

Mosab Hassan YousefThis is a rare opportunity to meet the eldest son of the founder of Hamas, Mosab Hassan Yousef. Although born into terrorism, he is today a changed man. His conversion began after leaving prison in Israel—where he was jailed at age 18—when he discovered the message of loving one’s enemies. With this in mind, he began working with Israel’s Shin Bet to prevent the kind of havoc he once wreaked. They saved hundreds of lives on both sides while repeatedly risking their own, and Yousef eventually found that hating hearts can change, while changed hearts can lead to peace and freedom in Palestine. Don’t miss this chance to meet a man whose spiritual autobiography is “more incendiary than any roadside IED” (GQ Magazine).

Admission: $14.00/Member; $17.00/Non-Member

LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, DR. BOB & MAO SHILLMAN AND THE SHILLMAN FOUNDATION


Thursday, November 4

Morning Coffee Conversation/ Jewish Contribution to Business and Finance

10:00 a.m ..........Jerry Muller, Capitalism and the Jews

Josef MullerAre you ready for a provocative topic? Have coffee with Jerry Muller, author of the new release, Capitalism and the Jews. Money has always been a source of both pride and condemnation within and outside of the Jewish community. Professor Muller—neither Judaeophile nor Judaeophobe, but an objective historian—mines social, religious, and economic factors to trace the historical development of the successful (and often positive) association of Jews and capitalism.

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Lunch & Talk/Jewish Contribution

12:00 p.m...........Steven Pease, The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement: The Compendium of a Culture, a People and Their Stunning Performance

Steven PeaseCelebrate highlights in Jewish history with Steven Pease as he discusses his “tribute to an astonishing tribe of high achievers.” His fascinating new book documents the record of wide-ranging Jewish achievement throughout history, particularly since the Enlighten - ment. The author will share numerous Jewish cultural factors and events that nurtured these individual and collective achievements, and shed new light on Judaism’s contributions to the world.

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Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. ..........Marilyn Berger, This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes

Marilyn BergerIf you have ever asked yourself, “How can one person make a difference?” then this is the event for you. Former Washington Post reporter and renowned journalist Marilyn Berger passionately recounts the life of Dr. Rick Hodes, “the Jewish Father Theresa,” who has cared for the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor in Ethiopia for nearly 30 years. This uplifting and transformative celebration fulfills our dream that there is still kindness and empathy in what is often an unjust world. Meet the author as she shares the story of one of the world’s most remarkable men.

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Tea & Talk

4:00 P.M..........Cathleen Schine, The Three Weissmanns of Westport

Cathleen SchineHer books have topped bestseller lists all over the world. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. And she is joining us for a very special Tea & Talk centered on her latest novel, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, an homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility loaded with flawed characters, stinging satire, unexpected plot twists, social commentary, and countless references to renowned artists and authors. It is a unique niche: the intellectually stimulating beach read.

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Thursday Evening Talk - Adult Education Night

7:30 P.M. .....Todd Gitlin, The Chosen Peoples: America, Israel and the Ordeals of Divine Election

Todd GitlinTodd Gitlin, a new Left activist has never been afraid of controversy. And this event will be no exception. Join the author as he discusses his latest book, which examines the U.S.-Israel relationship. Although the countries share clear strategic interests, Gitlin claims they also share a raison d’etre: both nations exist as Chosen Peoples entrusted to deliver an enlightened message to a dark troubled world. Provocative and timely, The Chosen Peoples makes the case that our two nations and our sacred bond can thrive only when we take seriously our belief in our “chosenness,” and the responsibility it entails.

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ADULT EDUCATION NIGHT CO-SPONSORED BY: AGENCY FOR JEWISH EDUCATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY • CONGREGATION BETH AM • CONGREGATION BETH EL CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL • HILLEL OF SAN DIEGO • JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE • OHR SHALOM SYNAGOGUE TEMPLE SOLEL • TEMPLE ADAT SHALOM •TEMPLE EMANU-EL • TIFERETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE

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Friday, November 5

Morning Coffee Conversation

Two talented Jewish San Diegans speak about their life’s work

10:00 A.M. .......Jeff Rossman, From Terra’s Table, New American Food, Fresh From Southern California’s Organic Farms

Jeff RossmanWondering what all the local/sustainable/organic fuss is about? Basically, it’s a way to eat—and to think about food—that helps fight childhood obesity, helps preserve the environment, and helps support the local economy. Meet San Diego’s own Jeff Rossman—chef/owner of Hillcrest’s acclaimed Terra restaurant—when he presents his new cookbook, From Terra’s Table, which features 140 delicious, creative dishes, and shares a better way to eat, one that will benefit our children, our town, and our planet.

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11:00 A.M. .......Lisa Slovis Mandel, Pewter Studio

Lisa Slovis MandelAccomplished metalsmith, Lisa Slovis Mandel, shares her passion for pewter in a talk about her new book Pewter Studio. Join Lisa for an opportunity to learn about and see some of her extraordinary work in Judaica that has also landed her a coveted place in 500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art.

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Lunch & Talk/Jewish Contribution

12:00 P.M..........Sam Hoffman,Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs

Sam HoffmaJackie Mason. Mel Brooks. YOU. Get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share your favorite jokes with Jews across the nation. This "lunch and laugh" event will give you the opportunity to spend time and enjoy jokes with movie producer and writer Sam Hoffman as he shares the best bits from his wildly popular book (and website), Old Jews Telling Jokes. Bring your appetite and your best jokes to the table. Sam may even use your favorite joke on his website or in his next book!

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COMMUNITY HOST CJC JEWISH COMEDY SERIES


Saturday, November 6

Saturday Evening Talk and Reception

6:00 P.M. ..........Exclusive Underwriter Reception

7:30 P.M. .....Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel in conversation with Mark Oppenheimer

Gary ShteyngartOh, Say Can You… Read? Don’t miss what is sure to be one of this year’s highlights when two of America’s smartest and oh-so-funny writers ponder and poke fun at what it means to be— or not to be!—a well-read, articulate person in America. In his latest novel, A Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart (The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan) depicts a completely illiterate America—nobody reads, everyone “rates” (iPhone-like applications reveal your credit score at parties) and everybody speaks in acronyms (OMG!).Joining him will be Mark Oppenhiemer, whose Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate tells his true-life tale of finding an outlet for his precocious hyperarticulation. These two authors will be discussing their equally off-beat views of being wordy in America…
be prepared to LOL (Laugh out Loud).

 

 

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LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, SHEILA POTIKER


Sunday, November 7

Global Day of Jewish Learning

Special Sessions: Open to the Community

Presented in Partnership with the Agency for Jewish Education

Commemorating the 45-year-long project of renowned Jewish teacher Rabbi adin steinsaltz, Jewish communities worldwide are participating in a day of Jewish learning. aJe is the Community liaison for the global day of Jewish learning, san diego.


Morning Coffee Conversation/ Jewish Contribution to Business and Finance

10:00 A.M. .......Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, Birth and Rebirth Through Genesis: A Timeless Theological Conversation

Rabbi Michael Leo SamuelLearn how the various voices of the ancient biblical writers co-exist within and create a spiritual text that informs and enlightens. Join in a fascinating discussion as Rabbi Samuel examines the different interpretations in the story of the Akedah–the Binding of Abraham. Find out why this story has endured as one of the best known of the Bible. Rabbi Samuel, author, theologian and biblical scholar, is the Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom, Chula Vista.

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Talks @ 2 & 3

2:00 P.M. ..........Paula Shoyer, The Kosher Baker: 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy

Paula ShoyerFind out how kosher cooking can be taken to the next level. Meet author, pastry chef, and cooking instructor Paula Shoyer as she offers 160 inspired, innovative dairy-free recipes as proof that kosher cooking can be a culinary cornucopia. From traditional rugelach, orange cake and peanut butter cookies to trendy mousses, “cream cheese” frosting and even creme brulee, Shoyer’s creations are delightfully delicious and always dairy-free


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3:00 P.M. ..........Noah Hadas, “Talmud for Dummies”

Noah HadasOne of San Diego’s beloved Jewish educators makes the Talmud accessible to all in this quick tutorial, humorously entitled, “Talmud for Dummies.” Noah Hadas and the AJE invite you to learn what the Talmud is, why it is important and how to study it as we celebrate the most significant book in “Jewish literature.” Noah is the Director of Community Adult Education at the Agency for Jewish Education in San Diego County and produces MAKOR Adult Education and Cultural Events Catalog. He teaches Florence Melton Adult Mini-School classes at the Lawrence Family JCC.

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PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AGENCY FOR JEWISH EDUCATION


Lunch & Talk

12:00 P.M..........Rodger Kamenetz, Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav and Franz Kafka

Rodger KamenetzRodger Kamenetz and Tablet editor Gabriel Sanders discuss Kamenetz’ latest book, Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav and Franz Kafka. The groundbreaking double biography discovers amazing parallels in the lives of the great, prescient Franz Kafka— a secular Jew intrigued by Jewish mysticism—and Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, a mystical Hasidic storyteller who inspired secular Jews. Both died young from tuberculosis… both struggled to find meaning in an imperfect, unjust world… and both ordered that their unfinished writings be burned when they died. This is a must for fans of Kafka in particular and literature overall.

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SPONSORED BY TABLET MAGAZINE, THE ONLINE RESOURCE FOR JEWISH ARTS AND CULTURE COMMUNITY PARTNER: SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY, JEWISH STUDIES PROGRAM


Community Wide Event - Yitzhak Rabin Commemoration

“I, military I.D. number three-zero-seven-four-three, retired general in the Israeli Defense Forces in the past, consider myself to be a soldier in the army of peace today... Today we are embarking on a battle which has no dead and no wounded, no blood and no anguish. This is the only battle which is a pleasure to wage: the battle for peace.” —Yitzhak Rabin

4:00 P.M. ..........Tribute

Yitzhak Rabin (z’lJoin us in the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre as we pay tribute to Yitzhak Rabin, the late Prime Minister of Israel whose life’s work on behalf of the Jewish people, the state of Israel and the pursuit of peace is an inspiration to us today.

4:15 P.M. ..........Joel Hoffman, And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning

Joel HoffmanEver wonder what the Bible said before it was translated—and mistranslated!—over and over again…? Then you must attend this talk with Joel Hoffman, author of And God Said. Hoffman is a linguist, historian, sleuth, and master storyteller, and will be exploring what the Bible really said before mistranslation obscured its meaning. Using contemporary pop culture to clarify the text for the modern reader, Hoffman brings Biblical teachings into the 21st century. Come learn what isn’t true about the Ten Commandments!

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Special Evening of Comedy

6:30 P.M. ..........CJC In the Mix Reception

 Joel Chasnoff, The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah: A Memoir

Joel ChasnoffHe cut his comedy teeth opening up for Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show. But his real education came in his 20s when he joined a tank brigade of 18-year-old Israelis: baby-faced officers, tough-as-nails sergeants, and mama’s boys who feign injury and diarrhea to avoid guard duty and KP. Come hear this gifted stand-up comedian perform his side-splitting comedy act and talk a bit about his hilarious coming-of-age tale, which brings us face-to-face with the absurdity of life sometimes found in Israel and its army.

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COMMUNITY CO-HOSTS, IN THE MIX AND YAD

LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, SELTZER, CAPLAN MCMAHON VITEK, A LAW CORPORATION


Monday, November 8

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. .......Naomi Levy, Hope Will Find You: My Search for the Wisdom to Stop Waiting and Start Living

Naomi LevyStart your day off with a cup of coffee, an inspired mind, and a hopeful heart. When Rabbi Naomi Levy’s daughter was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease, she was forced to personally confront the issues in which she’d previously only counseled others. Her poignant story—Hope Will Find You—shows us how to embrace imper fection and find hope, rather than waiting for life to begin. Join the author and hear her truly inspiring story.

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Lunch & Talk/Jewish Contribution

12:00 p.m. .....Avinoam Lourie, A Bear in My Bed & A Jackal in My Oven: Adventures of An Israeli Wildlife Zoologist

Avinoam LourieBamboozled by a chimpanzee, mangled by a tiger, and gored by a jealous deer, Israel’s “Dr. Doolittle” has been involved with the animal kingdom since childhood. Avi Lourie presents hilarious heartwarming tales of his experiences as Haifa Zoo director, game warden, Israeli nature reserve director, endangered species rescuer, and founder of animal schoolyards that help at-risk youth overcome abuse and psychological problems. This wildlife specialist shows us the real Israel beyond the media, and shares his work in keeping our covenant with Noah to protect all living creatures.

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PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, LINDA & ERIC DANIELS


Talks @ 2/Who Knew? Unusual Jewish Stories

2:00 P.M. ..........Steven Karras, The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II

Steven KarrasLearn the true story of “Hitler’s worst enemies,” the more than 10,000 Jews who refused to remain refugees from Hitler’s oppression and destruction and returned home as Allied soldiers. They went back to fight the Nazis, to restore their own sense of dignity, and to free their very own families from the Nazi regime. The brave men (and one woman) in Steve Karras’ book (based on his documentary film) did just that—and much more! Meet the author and learn more about one of the Holocaust’s most heroic chapters.

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Tea & Talk

4:00 P.M. ..........Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III, The Hammersteins: A Musical Theatre Family

Oscar Andrew Hammerstein IIIAre you ready for a brush with greatness? Meet Oscar Hammerstein III, a scion of Broadway’s greatest family and the grandson of the lyricist of The King & I, Carousel, The Sound of Music, and other legendary shows. In a remarkable, unprecedented biography and talk, Oscar III will discuss the scandals and tragedies of the Hammerstein clan and ultimately how the Hammerstein family built Broadway and turned Times Square into the theatre capital of the world. Join us for a deeply personal story of an American family living the American dream and a celebration of musical theater then and now.

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Monday Evening Talk - A Bum Deal: Rufus Hannah and Barry Soper Tell the Story of Bumfights

 

7:30 P.M. ..........A Bum Deal: Rufus Hannah and Barry Soper Tell the Story of Bumfights

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Sam ZienFor a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Rufus Hannah was a local movie icon. He was the star of Bumfights, a series of underground videos filmed in San Diego in which homeless people fought each other for money and booze (mostly booze). More than a decade later, Hannah is now sober and employed. Come hear this moving story of personal redemption through Hannah’s own worlds and those of his biographer and unlikely friend,
Barry Soper.

They had almost nothing in common. Hannah was born and raised in Georgia,

an upbringing that was Baptist in principle and alcoholic in practice. He dropped out of high school, had five kids with three different women. Soper, a Jew, was born in Massachusetts and earned a sociology degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut before coming to San Diego and buying a string of rental-housing complexes. But after a chance meeting 11 years ago, their friendship was forged next to a dumpster and solidified next to an empty casket. Their relationships lead Hannah to sobriety and Soper to philanthropy.

Don’t miss this inspiring tale of personal redemption, friendship and how a chance meeting between one “odd couple” led to making a major difference in their lives and those of thousands of others.

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Tuesday, November 9

Morning Coffee Conversation/Who Knew? Unusual Jewish Stories

10:00 A.M. .......Bryna Kranzler, The Accidental Anarchist

Bryna KranzlerStart your day with a jolt as Bryna Kranzler shares the nearly unbelievable, yet entirely true tale of Jacob Marateck: a Jewish officer in the notoriously anti-Semitic Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War; a revolutionary who sought to overthrow the Czar; and a man sentenced to death three times. Translated from his handwritten diaries and often told in Marateck’s darkly humorous words, The Accidental Anarchist is the tale of his adventures, his unique personality, and his very survival.

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Lunch & Talk/Who Knew? Unusual Jewish Stories

12:00 p.m. .....Angella Nazarian, Life as a Visitor

Angella NazarianEver feel like a fish out of water? Imagine being Jewish in Iran! Meet Huffington Post writer Angella Nazarian as she shares her story of fleeing revolutionary Iran to America, and what it took to embrace the new while staying true to her roots. At this event, she will share an emotional journey from past to present, from the exotic to the familiar, and from a country's political struggle to her own inner struggle in search of home, family and sense of belonging. Life as a Visitor is her story, told through poetry, prose, and photography.

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Special Event: Jewish Contributions to Science & Medicine

An Understanding of the Science and Struggles in Stem Cell Research

Join in the stem cell debate with a clear understanding of the science, the law, the politics, and the moral, religious, and ultimately personal and life-changing considerations. Learn about both the human and scientific sides of the stem cell research story and controversy.

4:00 P.M. ..........Laurie Strongin, Saving Henry: A Mother’s Journey

Laurie StronginFirst, the human side… Laurie Strongin shares the story of her son Henry, who bravely battled a fatal genetic disease while his parents fought a seven-year race against time, science and politics to save their son. Their persistent advocacy for stem cell research— including joining Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi to urge Congress to pass the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act—makes available to others the lifesaving technique that their child needs.


5:00 P.M. ..........Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, Stem Cells for Dummies

Dr. Lawrence GoldsteinFollowing Laurie Strongin, will be Dr. Lawrence Goldstein, Director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. In clear, concise language, Dr. Goldstein explains what stem cells are and what they do, the legalities of harvesting them for use in research, and the future prospects for medical stem cell therapies.

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LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, JULIE & LOWELL POTIKER

Tuesday Evening Talk

7:30 P.M. .....Dr. Erica Brown, Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things

Dr. Erica BrownWant to know how to counter negative Jewish stereotyping? Especially the kind reinforced by the likes of Jack Abramoff, Elliott Spitzer, and Bernie Madoff? Dr. Erica Brown, Wexner Foundation faculty member and Jewish Federation Scholar-in-Residence, will show you how. Rather than circling the wagons in the face of civic scorn, Jews must pro-actively hold all of our people to the highest civic and Judaic standards, as presented in Deuteronomy, “And you shall do what is just and good in the eyes of God.” Join Dr. Brown as she presents her strategy.

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LITERARY CIRCLE, PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, GLORIA & RODNEY STONE


Wednesday, November 10

Morning Coffee Conversation

10:00 A.M. .......Morey Schwartz, Where’s My Miracle? Exploring Jewish Traditions for Dealing with Tragedy

Morey SchwartzIf you’ve ever been struck by tragedy or if you know someone who has, this talk can empower you with the skills and understanding you need to cope and to help others. Rabbi Morey Schwartz, Director of the Florence Melton Adult Institute, uses the wisdom and teachings of sages through the centuries to uncover a new way to look at our lives. This event is a must for those who seek counsel, but even more so for those who would provide it as they above all must be sympathetic to the deep sensitivities of those who seek consolation.

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Lunch & Talk

12:00 p.m. .....Judith Viorst, Unexpectedly Eighty: and Other Adaptations

Judith ViorstWhat does it mean to be 80? Author Judith Viorst shares playful poetry on the subject that will have you feeling zesty, hopeful, and full of the pleasures of living. Viorst gleefully attests that 80 is not too old to dream, to flirt, to drink, and to dance. Funny, moving, inspirational, and true—the newest in Judith Viorst’s beloved "decades" series extols the virtues, victories, frustrations, and joys of life. Don’t miss this uplifting chat with one of America’s most beloved writers.

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COMMUNITY HOST: SEACREST VILLAGE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PARTNER, BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY NATIONAL WOMEN’S COMMITTEE


Talks @ 2

2:00 P.M. ..........Michael Hirsh, The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust

Michael HirshHolocaust survivors can never forget; neither can soldiers who liberated them. In April/ May 1945, young American men, some who had never before left home, encountered hell on earth across Germany. These brave soldiers, now in their 80s and 90s, shared their stories with Peabody award-winner Michael Hirsh, and now he shares them with you. These true tales expose not only the worst that humankind can do, but also the best, and provide a final rebuttal to those who would deny the Holocaust.

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Tea & Talk

4:00 P.M. ..........Annie Korzen, Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap

Annie KorzenDid your mother reuse tea bags? Annie Korzen’s did. And now Annie, a comic/actress/ lecturer/essayist and self-described “bargainista” and “frugalista” has raised her mother’s thrift to high art and shares how she finds upscale bargains and has fun doing it. Annie will show you how to dress well, decorate your home, travel, eat out, and live the good life without breaking your budget. Join the author for this fun-filled frugality fest!

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Wednesday Evening Talk

7TH ANNUAL MURRAY GOODMAN MEMORIAL LECTURE

7:30 P.M. .....Mitchell Bard, The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East

Mitchell BardDiscover the dark history and ongoing aims of the Arab lobby. Scholar Mitchell Bard takes you on a tour of the scarily secret history of a group that includes former elected officials and diplomats, academics, human rights organizations, Christian groups, UN agencies, and even law enforcement officials. From trying to prevent America’s recognition of Israel in 1948 to covertly aiming to increase U.S. oil dependency, the lobby’s 80-year mission has been to coerce the U.S. to ignore Saudi human rights abuses, terrorist support and opposition to American interests. Join the author as he exposes this “many-headed hydra.” What you’ll learn is sure to stir you to action!


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LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, GARY & JERRI-ANN JACOBS AND FAMILY


Sunday, November 14

at Temple Solel • 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92024

2:00 P.M. .....Sheila Isenberg, Muriel’s War: An American Heiress in the Nazi Resistance

Sheila IsenbergWho was Muriel Gardiner? She was the remarkable woman who inspired Lillian Hellman’s Julia. She was a product of Chicago’s high society and daughter of a dynasty of millionaire meat packers. Most importantly, she was the benefactor of countless WWII refugees, a daring woman who smuggled passports and money and offered her home as a safe house for anti-Fascist dissidents. Meet Sheila Isenberg—co-author with William Kuntsler of My Life as a Radical Lawyer—as she discusses her most recent work. Muriel’s War tells the true story of a woman who gave all she had to make the world a better place.

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at Temple Solel • 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92024

7:00 P.M. ..........J.J. Surbeck, An Invitation of the SDJBF to the North County Teen Community.

J.J. SurbeckA Conversation with J.J. Surbeck, Co-Founder of T.E.A.M. (Training and Education About the Middle East) on Israel advocacy issues: Ten issues that every college bound student must know about Israel. Using Michael Bard’s book, On One Foot, as a resource, the students will engage in a dialogue regarding how to respond to critics of Israel in a fair and objective fashion.

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Monday, November 15

at Dove Library • 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

1:00 P.M. ..........Yale Strom, Dave Tarras: The King of Klezmer

Yale StromMeet author, musician, and klezmer expert Yale Strom for an in-depth look at the man many hail as the “the Benny Goodman of klezmer," Dave Tarras. A brilliant clarinetist, the Russianborn Tarras’ talent almost went unheard by most as he was conscripted into the czar’s army in 1915. But, as was the case so often in his life, music made the difference, and kept him out of the trenches. He eventually landed in New York City where he began cementing his legend. There is no one better to discuss the life of one of this Klezmer legend, other than Yale Strom, an accomplished musician (having released 13 Klezmer CDs), and master storyteller. Don’t miss this rare “informance” (informal performance) featuring both words and music to tell the private story of Dave Tarras. It is sure to be a most melodious event.

 

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7:30 P.M. ..........Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction

Rebecca Newberger GoldsteinRebecca Goldstein has received the MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the Genius Grant), the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Radcliffe Fellowship. In 2008, she was designated a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy, and has also been a National Jewish Book Award winner. Join Rebecca Goldstein as she discusses her latest book. In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls 36 Arguments… “rollicking… irreverent and witty” as it details the story of Cass Seltzer, an atheist who is in for a lot of soul-searching. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet this fearless, funny, brilliant writer.

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Tuesday, November 16

Tuesday Evening Talk - Jewish Contribution/Food For Thought and Thought For Food

7:30 P.M. .....Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy: Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts

Sam ZienSan Diego’s biggest cooking star Sam Zien—WAY better known as Sam the Cooking Guy— joins us for a conversational Smörgåsbord. The 12-time Emmy winner and author of Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts will delve deeply into his life—e.g., he never expected to be a cook, let alone a cooking instructor—his thoughts on keeping kosher (he doesn’t), and much more. This is a unique occasion to spend time with a man who describes himself as “an everyday guy… who has found a way to make cooking casually understandable.” Join Sam the Cooking Guy for a delightful evening.


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LITERARY CIRCLE PARTNER WITH THE AUTHOR, PHYLLIS COHN & ARTHUR BRODY

 Book Fair Brochure 2010

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