San Diego Jewish Book Fair 2014

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Saturday, November 8

Opening NightOpening Night
7:30 PM ........ Carol Leifer How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Carol LeiferHow to Succeed in Business without Really Crying
Like Seinfeld? Want to meet the “real Elaine?” Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend time with a brilliant comedienne who has written for Seinfeld (the character Elaine Benes was partially based on her) and SNL among other pop-culture touchstones. Carol Leifer will leave everyone in the auditorium laughing as she shares dirt and details about what it takes to make it—and make it out of—Hollywood. Her previous book, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win was a national bestseller, and this latest collection of essays—fueled by 30 years in the entertainment industry, from being discovered by David Letterman to being “fired” from Celebrity Apprentice—is likely to be as well.

Literary Circle Partner with the Author: Sarah & Earl Feldman

Price: $20.50; JCC Member Price: $17.50
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Sunday, November 9

Cooking PanelCooking Panel
10:00 AM ........ Cantor Mitchell David Kowitz Kosher Cuisine for a New Generation
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Cantor Mitchell David KowitzKosher Cuisine for a New Generation
Take your next dinner party to tantalizing new heights while keeping everything Kosher. Meet Jewish food fanatics Cantor Mitch (“the Singing Chef,” author of Kosher Cuisine…) and Laura Silver (Knish) and start your day off with a tour of the latest trends and greatest traditions in Jewish cooking. Laura will take us down Kosher cooking’s memory lane as she details her search for the perfect knish, one that took her from Manhattan’s long lost “Knish Alley” to three different continents, while Cantor Mitch will share how to dazzle palates in the here-and-now with contemporary recipes that pair not just appetizers with main courses, but meals with music. 

Laura Silver author of (Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food) will also be presenting at this program.  You only need to purchase one ticket to see both authors.

Partner with the Author: Nancy & Alberto Alvarez-Calderon

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Community Host(s):
» Seacrest Village
Cooking PanelCooking Panel
10:00 AM ........ Laura Silver Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Laura SilverKnish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
Take your next dinner party to tantalizing new heights while keeping everything Kosher. Meet Jewish food fanatics Cantor Mitch (“the Singing Chef,” author of Kosher Cuisine…) and Laura Silver (Knish) and start your day off with a tour of the latest trends and greatest traditions in Jewish cooking. Laura will take us down Kosher cooking’s memory lane as she details her search for the perfect knish, one that took her from Manhattan’s long lost “Knish Alley” to three different continents, while Cantor Mitch will share how to dazzle palates in the here-and-now with contemporary recipes that pair not just appetizers with main courses, but meals with music. 

Cantor Mitchell David Kowitz author of (Kosher Cusine for a New Generation) will also be presenting at this program.  You only need to purchase one ticket to see both authors.

Partner with the Author: Nancy & Alberto Alvarez-Calderon

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Community Host(s):
» Seacrest Village
Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Kai Bird The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Kai BirdThe Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Meet Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning biographer Kai Bird, as he discusses what may be his most personal and powerful book yet.  It is a gripping portrait of Robert Ames, a CIA operative killed in the bomb explosion outside the American embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983, the exact same embassy where Bird lived as a child and knew Ames as his neighbor. The author of American Prometheus and Crossing Mandelbaum Gate has been acclaimed for both his narrative and investigative talents, and in this book on Ames—a spy who relied more on straightforward relationship building than closed-door subterfuge—readers will enjoy “reading a pro writing about a pro” (The New York Times).

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Talk @ 2Talk @ 2
2:00 PM ........ Tim Kelly The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World 14,000 Times
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Tim Kelly The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World 14,000 Times
Born in the “Jewish basketball hotbed” of South Philly, Red Klotz played in or coached more than 14,000 basketball games… and LOST almost every one of them… to the same team: The Harlem Globetrotters. Meet Tim Kelly—a sportswriter with more than 40 years of experience—as he introduces you to one of the winningest personalities ever to grace professional sports, the inimitable Red Klotz, a basketball player who stood only 5’7” but whose storied 60-year career will never be topped. One highlight: in 1971, with three seconds on the clock, Red launched a long ball that gave his team, the Generals, the unthinkable—a victory against the Globetrotters.  This basketball legend passed away July 14th, 2014, but his story lives on.

Special thanks to the Gallinson Family.

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Tea & TalkTea & Talk
4:00 PM ........ Iris Krasnow Sex After… : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Iris KrasnowSex After… : Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes
With the same winning format she used in bestsellers such as Surrendering to Marriage—in which the author tapped the stories and voices of real women to shine new light on modern marriage—Iris Krasnow now explores the shifts in sexuality that follow life-changing events: sex after childbirth, after cancer, after divorce. Learn answers to the questions you may have now (and those that may come later in life) in this discussion of Sex After…, which author Erica Jong calls … “a book that will be read and reread with gratitude.” Krasnow is both a fearless writer and an engaging public speaker and is sure to give you something to talk about.

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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Early Evening TalkEarly Evening Talk
5:30 PM ........ Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D. A German Life - Against all Odds, Change is Possible
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Bernd Wollschlaeger, M.D.A German Life - Against all Odds, Change is Possible
His father was a Nazi tank commander awarded the Knight’s Cross by Hitler himself, a man who told a young Bernd Wollschlaeger that the Holocaust never happened. Today, Wollschlaeger is a convert to Judaism, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, and a champion for tearing down the wall of silence that still stands in front of so many Germans when it comes to addressing the gruesome history of the Third Reich. What led him to break free from both his family’s and his country’s past and chart his own noble course? Meet the author (one of the subjects of the documentary, Ghosts of the Third Reich) when he shares his inspiring story.

Light refreshments will be served following this event for those also attending the 7:30pm program.

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Community Host(s):
» Anti-Defamation League
Evening TalkEvening Talk
7:30 PM ........ Stephen Smith Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Stephen SmithTestimony: The Legacy of Schindler’s List and the USC Shoah Foundation
In his introduction to Testimony, Steven Spielberg says, “I believe the work of the USC Shoah Foundation is the most important legacy of Schindler’s List.” Meet the Shoah Foundation’s Executive Director, author and lecturer Dr. Stephen Smith, whose latest book explains the intertwined history of the Academy Award winning film and the Foundation it inspired. What they have in common—and what the author, the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, has made his mission in life—is capturing the stories of the survivors of genocide in order that they may serve as lessons for generations to come.

Community Partner: USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

Price: $18.50; JCC Member Price: $15.50
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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Monday, November 10

BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ James A. Grymes Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
James A. GrymesViolins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust—Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour
This story started the day a man brought an old violin to Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein, asking him to restore it. The last time it was played was while the man was in Auschwitz, and inside the violin were ashes. Join music historian James Grymes for a breakfast discussion that will start your day on a powerful note. His Violins of Hope presents an untold chapter of history focused not just on the music played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust—music that gave survivors hope—but on the instruments themselves, violins that that Amnon Weinstein has made into his life’s work. 

Eileen Wingard and Myla Wingard will set the tone by playing music prior to the program.

Literary Circle Partner with the Author Gary & Jerri-Ann Jacobs and Family

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Tova Mirvis Visible City
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Tova MirvisVisible City
Join Tova Mirvis—a young, highly acclaimed novelist some compare to Meg Wolitzer and Allegra Goodman whose work has been published in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and also been read on NPR—as she discusses Visible City. This contemporary novel lets us peek into the life of a young mother, Nina, who has recently been peeking into the lives of her neighbors using her son’s toy binoculars. But when she begins meeting the people she has been viewing from afar in person in the streets of their Upper West Side neighborhood, things change in a hurry, and Nina is soon forced to turn her prying eyes inward.

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Talk @ 2Talk @ 2
2:00 PM ........ Liel Lebovitz A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Liel LebovitzA Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen
“This is not a biography of Leonard Cohen,” says author Liel Lebovitz who joins us to discuss the music more than the man, and the beliefs at the core of that music. Lebovitz will explain why Cohen’s music has transfixed so many, and why it continues to grow in popularity and influence. In Lebovitz’s opinion, it may be because Cohen is above all “a poet whose words, like the chants of Gregorian monks, seem designed to attract the attention of some higher power.” Meet the author and explore the music of a man who once dared to rhyme “Hallelujah” with “what’s it to ya’?”

Special thanks to the Gallinson Family.

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Tea & TalkTea & Talk
4:00 PM ........ Boris Fishman A Replacement Life
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Boris FishmanA Replacement Life
The New York Times has a problem with Boris Fishman’s debut novel: “The only problem with this novel is that its covers are too close together,” it says, adding that it’s “bold, ambitious and wickedly smart.” A Replacement Life is the story of Slava, researcher at a prestigious magazine who wants nothing more than to be a writer of fiction… which he essentially becomes when he—at the behest of his grandfather—becomes a forger of Holocaust restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn. Dark humor abounds in this smashing debut about living the American Dream, no matter what the cost.

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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Community Host(s):
» Holocaust Living History Workshop of UCSD
Evening TalkEvening Talk
7:30 PM ........ Ari Shavit My Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Temple Solel,
3575 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007
Ari ShavitMy Promised Land: the Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Do not miss this one! There is no more influential journalist writing about Israel than Ari Shavit, and My Promised Land is, in essence, the culmination of his life’s work, a book as acclaimed as it is popular. Shavit—a columnist, reporter, and board member of Haaretz—pulls from sources including personal interviews, family histories (his own included), road trips into the far reaches of the country, history books, and more, and filters it all through his own discerning eye. Join the author as he shares the story behind what many consider to be a definitive examination of Israel: its formative years, its complications and contradictions (then and now), and—most importantly—its possible futures.

Literary Circle Partner with the Author: San Diego Wexner Alumni

Price: $18.50; JCC Member Price: $15.50
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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Tuesday, November 11

Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Judith Fein The Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands
Seacrest Village,
211 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024
Judith FeinThe Spoon from Minkowitz: A Bittersweet Roots Journey to Ancestral Lands
Here’s your chance to see the world through a fresh and fun set of eyes. Travel writer Judith Fein has swum with Beluga whales, eaten porcupine in Vietnam, and consulted with the Zulu in South Africa. But in The Spoon from Minkowitz—which the Los Angeles Times hailed as being “as tense as a thriller and as tender as a love story”—she takes her most personal trip ever, traveling to Ukraine and into her family’s past. Join the author as she discusses her near mystical quest to uncover her Eastern European roots, and explain the mystery of “who we are and why we love.”

Attendees will receive a copy of Generation to Generation, to start their own family history.

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» Brandeis National Committee, San Dieguito Chapter
Community Host(s):
» Ohr Ami Jewish Hospice
» San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society

Wednesday, November 12

BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ Daron Joffe Citizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth
North County Jewish Hub,
441 Saxony Rd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Daron JoffeCitizen Farmers: The Biodynamic Way to Grow Healthy Food, Build Thriving Communities, and Give Back to the Earth
If you’re passionate or even simply curious about the sustainable food movement, this is the event for you. Daron Joffe—whose products are sold in establishments such as Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma—approaches farming as if it were an Israeli kibbutz, with a constant focus on community support and self-reliance. Meet the author as he shares thoughts and practices from his new book, Citizen Farmers, a book that is as much about how we live as how we eat. San Diego has lately made a name for itself as a sustainable foods capital, making this discussion timely, topical, and (even though the author was born in South Africa and lives in Georgia) local.

An optional tour of The Ranch will be provided after the program.

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Thursday, November 13

BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ Gabrielle Selz Unstill Life: a Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the age of Abstraction
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Gabrielle SelzUnstill Life: a Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the age of Abstraction
While most kids were growing up with Seuss and Silverstein, Gabrielle Selz was growing up with Rothko and de Kooning: her father, Peter Selz, was curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum. Ms. Selz—who writes regularly on art for the Huffington Post—will take you on a Technicolor and whirlwind tour of life with her famous father, sharing a story that is half memoir/half art history. “Selz’s reminiscences of coming of age amidst an explosion of creativity and social change are clear-eyed, sympathetic—and sometimes heartbreaking,” Art News.

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Ayelet Waldman Love and Treasure
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Ayelet WaldmanLove and Treasure
Meet the bestselling author of Bad Mother and Love & Other Impossible Pursuits (which was made into a movie starring Natalie Portman) for a lunchtime discussion of her latest novel, Love and Treasure. This multigenerational tale is centered on the true story of the Hungarian Gold Train, which was filled with valuables stolen from countless Hungarian Jews lost in the Holocaust. A stolen treasure, a post-war love affair in “the picturesque corpse” of Salzburg, the search for a missing painting by a contemporary Israeli art dealer—Ayelet Waldman’s spellbinding storytelling powers are at their peak as she weaves multiple plot lines together over the decades following WWII.

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Community Host(s):
» Hadassah
» JStreet
Talk @ 2Talk @ 2
2:00 PM ........ Jacqueline Semha Gmach and Hillary Selese Liber From Bomboloni to Bagel: A Story of Two Worlds
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Jacqueline Semha Gmach and Hillary Selese LiberFrom Bomboloni to Bagel: A Story of Two Worlds
A bomboloni is a type of Italian doughnut enjoyed across Europe, especially in places under Austrian rule. It’s also  the equivalent of Proust’s madeleine for local author, Jacqueline Semha Gmach, who spent her formative years in Europe and North Africa, then moved through Israel and into North America, and finally settled here in San Diego, where she became an award-winning and passionate promoter of Jewish culture. How did she go from being a learning-handicapped tomboy in Tunisia to a successful professional in America?  Meet the authors and come away inspired as you enjoy a taste of bomboloni.

Special thanks to the Gallinson Family.

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Community Host(s):
» Holocaust Living History Workshop of UCSD
Tea & TalkTea & Talk
4:00 PM ........ Jonathan Eig The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Jonathan EigThe Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
Be part of a lively discussion on the cornerstone of the sexual revolution, “The Pill.” Today, we take the Pill for granted, but author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig will share the story of its tumultuous origins, and how four forward-thinking people—a feminist, a scientist, a doctor, and a philanthropist—swam against the tide, each in their own way, to deliver a sea change in sexual freedom. A character-driven story of scientific and social progress, The Birth of the Pill is “…a fascinating narrative of medical innovation paired perfectly with social revolution [that] befits a remarkable chapter of human history” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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Community Host(s):
» Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest
Evening TalkEvening Talk
7:30 PM ........ Rabbi David Wolpe David: The Divided Heart
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Rabbi David WolpeDavid: The Divided Heart
Spend an evening with “the most influential rabbi in America” (Newsweek) exploring the story of King David, slayer of Goliath, composer of the Psalms, the greatest Torah scholar of his generation, beloved by God… and an adulterer, deceiver, and tragically flawed man. Rabbi Wolpe—leader of the Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, author of the bestselling Making Loss Matter, a public speaker who has appeared on The Today Show and Face the Nation, and a leader of Conservative Judaism who has debated Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Steven Pinker—will present us with a fresh look at David, whose reign established Jerusalem as the center of the Jewish Kingdom.

Adult Education Community Partners:  Congregation Beth Am, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Dor Hadash, Jewish Family Service, Ohr Shalom Synagogue, Temple Emanu-El of San Diego, Temple Solel, and Rabbi Aaron S. Gold Institute of Adult Jewish Studies at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

Price: $18.50; JCC Member Price: $15.50
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Community Host(s):
» Hillel of San Diego

Friday, November 14

BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ Nicole Mones Night in Shanghai
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Nicole MonesNight in Shanghai
Meet novelist and food writer Nicole Mones. Her latest novel—which NPR calls “historical fiction at its best”—is set during WWII amidst the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, with a risky romance between an African-American jazz pianist and a Shanghai woman with ties to the local criminal underground at its emotional core. The author spent years working in China, and most everything she writes is rich in first-hand, local detail. Her previous book, The Last Chinese Chef, was the only American finalist for the international Kiriyama Prize and also a World Gourmand Award winner in the Chinese cookbook category (an unusual feat for a novel with no recipes).

Community Partner - Jewish Women’s Foundation

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Randy Susan Meyers Accidents of Marriage
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Randy Susan MeyersAccidents of Marriage
The Boston Globe hailed her previous book, The Comfort of Lies, as “sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny...with a lot of heart, too.” Meet the author when she discusses her next novel, Accidents of Marriage , a heartbreaking tale of a marriage in crisis when domestic bliss is shattered by domestic violence. The author draws on her years of experience as a social worker who worked closely with victims (and perpetrators) of domestic violence, and this novel tells the story from all sides: the husband, the wife, and their 14 year old daughter who’s tragically caught in the middle.

Randy Susan Meyers will be in conversation with David B. Wexler, PhD.  Wexler is a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, specializing in the treatment of relationships in conflict. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit Relationship Training Institute which provides education and treatment internationally for relationship development and the prevention and treatment of relationship violence.

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Community Host(s):
» Jewish Family Service
Talk @ 2Talk @ 2
2:00 PM ........ Mark Lee Greenblatt Valor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Mark Lee GreenblattValor: Unsung Heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front
Want to know what’s really happening with our soldiers and in Iraq and Afghanistan? These interviews are filled with explosive action, but also take us much deeper into the emotional lives, values, and motivations that fueled each person and their acts of courage. One thing each essay has in common: they do not consider what they did to be Hollywood-style acts of heroism, but everyday acts of Patriotism. Meet the author and take an extraordinary tour of twenty-first century wars.

Special thanks to the Gallinson Family.

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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Community Host(s):
» Workshop for Warriors

Saturday, November 15

Evening TalkEvening Talk
7:30 PM ........ Eddie Shapiro Nothing Like a DAME: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Eddie ShapiroNothing Like a DAME: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater
If you’re a devotee of musical theater, this is the event for you. Meet author Eddie Shapiro for a reading/discussion of Nothing Like a DAME, in which Chita Rivera, Carol Channing, Elaine Stritch, Patti Lupone, and other iconic leading women share highlights (and lowlights) of life under the bright lights of Broadway. Alan Cumming, the Tony-winning star of Cabaret and countless films and plays, delights in this book, calling it “…a series of tender meetings between a diehard fan and his idols. Because of Eddie Shapiro's utter guilelessness, these women open up and reveal more than they ever have before, and we get to be the third guest at each encounter.”

This evening celebrates the women who have chaired the San Diego Jewish Book Fair over the past 20 years.  Come enjoy this program and musical celebration featuring J*Company's On The Town Ambassador Troupe.

Literary Circle Partner with the Author: Phyllis & Dan Epstein

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Late Night TalkLate Night Talk
9:00 PM ........ Mathew Klickstein SLIMED: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Mathew Klickstein SLIMED: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age
Most anyone who was a kid in the early 1980s—or who raised a kid in the 1980s—remembers what it meant to get slimed on Nickelodeon’s You Can’t Do That on Television. All you had to do was say, “I don’t know,” et voila! The story Mathew Klickstein shares in his book, SLIMED, makes for a fun read that’s also “a serious lesson on the birth of cable television" (Kirkus Reviews). Join the author for a look back at the first all-kids network, focusing on its rowdy start-up days through its golden age. But be sure not to say “I don’t know…” because you never know…

Other guests at this enjoyable event include Michael Bower (Donkey Lips) and Dave Martel who played Big Pete's best friend Teddy on many episodes of Pete and Pete.

Also attending: Phil Moore -- host of Classic Nick show Nick Arcade

Co-Presented by: In The Mix

Price: $16.50; JCC Member Price: $13.50
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Community Outreach Partner(s):
» YAD

Sunday, November 16

Morning Coffee ConversationMorning Coffee Conversation
9:00 AM ........ Leslie Adatto Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Leslie AdattoRoof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops
There’s something special about having a beverage or a bite in a rooftop restaurant or garden. And it goes to a whole new level when you’re doing so in the iconic skyline of New York City. Author and Big Apple rooftop explorer Leslie Adatto goes vertical and uncovers 101 stunning rooftop destinations from across the five boroughs. Discover a new New York with rooftop destinations that run the gamut: an 8,000 square foot restaurant, tennis courts, swimming pools, meditation gardens, even a farm. After hearing Leslie speak of her finds 20, 30, 40 stories up, you’ll never look at New York the same way again.

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ Alyson Richman The Garden of Letters
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Alyson RichmanThe Garden of Letters
Join novelists Pam Jenoff (author of the international bestseller, The Kommandant’s Girl) and Alyson Richman (The Lost Wife and other bestsellers) as they present their latest novels—each a historical romance set amidst the tragedy and tumult of WWII. Ms. Jenoff’s The Winter Guest has the Novak twins driving its narrative forward, two sisters who could not be less alike on the inside, who struggle to protect and raise their younger siblings in occupied Poland, and who fight a war within, finding themselves cleaved apart by one sister’s love and the other’s betrayal. Ms. Richman’s The Garden of Letters marries history with music and melody in its story of a cello prodigy taking shelter in Verona, Italy, where her talent and courage awaken hope within an older man who is protecting her from the Fascists, but not before he must face down the ghosts of his calamitous past.

Pam Jenoff author of (The Kommandant’s Girl) will also be presenting at this program. You only need to purchase one ticket to see both authors.

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Family DayFamily Day
10:00 AM ........ Family Day Schedule
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
10am- 1:00pm
Children’s books store and Book Nook open
Spend some quiet time with your child and read a book!

10am-11am
Kidzone Activity Stations:
-Obstacle course
-KidVentures
-Craft Station
-Art Soup

10:30-11am
Activity sponsored by PJ Library

11am-1pm
On Stage:
-Diane Rauchwerger: Dinosaur Goes to Israel
-On the Town and As One J*Company’s singing ambassador troupes perform musical selections 
-Caryn Yacowitz: I know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Dreidel

12:00pm- 1:00pm
Family Day Concert 
Craig Parks in Concert

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BrunchBrunch
10:00 AM ........ Pam Jenoff The Winter Guest
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Pam JenoffThe Winter Guest
Join novelists Pam Jenoff (author of the international bestseller, The Kommandant’s Girl) and Alyson Richman (The Lost Wife and other bestsellers) as they present their latest novels—each a historical romance set amidst the tragedy and tumult of WWII. Ms. Jenoff’s The Winter Guest has the Novak twins driving its narrative forward, two sisters who could not be less alike on the inside, who struggle to protect and raise their younger siblings in occupied Poland, and who fight a war within, finding themselves cleaved apart by one sister’s love and the other’s betrayal. Ms. Richman’s The Garden of Letters marries history with music and melody in its story of a cello prodigy taking shelter in Verona, Italy, where her talent and courage awaken hope within an older man who is protecting her from the Fascists, but not before he must face down the ghosts of his calamitous past.

Alyson Richman author of (The Garden of Letters) will also be presenting at this program. You only need to purchase one ticket to see both authors.

Price: $10.50; JCC Member Price: $8.50
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Lunch & TalkLunch & Talk
12:00 PM ........ Gina Nahai The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Gina NahaiThe Luminous Heart of Jonah S.
Wildly acclaimed writer and full-time lecturer at USC's Master of Professional Writing Program, Gina Nahai will regale you with a story like no other, a “boisterous, sardonic, sometimes-lurid portrait of a community and the devil in its midst” (Kirkus). Ms. Nahai introduces us to the Soleymans, an Iranian Jewish family embroiled in a decades-spanning conflict with a (possibly) false heir who is dead on the first page of the book, but who stays its beating heart of darkness until the last page. This is a riveting and eye-opening take on Iranian Jewish culture that will reward all readers.

Price: $21.50; JCC Member Price: $18.50
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Community Host(s):
» Diamond Boutique
» The Spiceway
Talk @ 2Talk @ 2
2:00 PM ........ Rebecca Ann Alexander Not Fade Away: a Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Rebecca Ann AlexanderNot Fade Away: a Memoir of Senses Lost and Found
Meet a woman whose life story is guaranteed to inspire you. She sounds like she two has two life stories. In one, she has been losing her senses of sight and hearing since she was a child, and is now almost completely blind and deaf. At age 18, she fell from a window—her body was shattered. But the other life story is the one she is here to tell. She is now a psychotherapist with two Masters’ degrees from Columbia; she is a spin instructor; and an extreme athlete.  She is a gifted writer who shares her amazing story with us in person and in Not Fade Away.

Ms. Alexander will be in conversation with Dr. Daniel Gibbs.  Dr. Gibbs has an extensive background in gene therapy for retinal degenerative disease, neuro-degenerative disease and viral vector development.  

Special thanks to the Gallinson Family.

Click here to watch Rebecca Alexander on the Today Show

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Community Host(s):
» Foundation Fighting Blindness, San Diego Chapter and Jill & Evan Stone
Tea & TalkTea & Talk
4:00 PM ........ Allen Salkin From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Allen SalkinFrom Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network
Do you remember television before the Food Network? It hardly cooked at all! Meet author and Food Network aficionado Allen Salkin and go behind the scenes of the network that went from saucy little start-up to worldwide tastemaker in only twenty years, launching the careers of Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Jamie Oliver, Guy Fieri, and many more. What’s the network’s secret recipe for success? What’s next on the menu? Meet the author of From Scratch (and also of Festivus: The Holiday for the Rest of Us) when he gives us the inside scoop on everyone’s favorite “dinner TV.”

This program will include panelists Sam Zien, The Cooking Guy and Michele Parente Dining and Lifestyle Reporter.

Price: $9.50; JCC Member Price: $7.50
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Closing NightClosing Night
7:30 PM ........ Rabbi Edward Feinstein The Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center,
JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS
4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Rabbi Edward FeinsteinThe Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters
From Webster’s: chutzpah (noun): personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others. So why does Rabbi Edward Feinstein—an engaging storyteller and the author of The Chutzpah Imperative and Tough Questions Jews Ask—call chutzpah an imperative? Perhaps because he sees this level of confidence as central to transmitting the message of Judaism, as empowering Jewish people to reshape the world, as essential to Jewish education, activism, and living. Join us for an uplifting discussion on the tenets of today’s Judaism and the origins and myriad expressions of chutzpah.  Rabbi Feinstein is Senior Rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA.

Literary Circle Partner with the Author: Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Price: $20.50; JCC Member Price: $17.50
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Community Host(s):
» Waters of Eden: San Diego Community Mikvah & Education Center