Tracy Walder, The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life …

on Zoom

Tra­cy Walder was recruit­ed to work for the CIA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. On 9/11, she was track­ing ter­ror­ists with Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, Vice Pres­i­dent Dick Cheney, and Sec­re­tary of State Col­in Pow­ell look­ing over her shoul­der. Motivated to stop the new breed of ter­ror that war cre­at­ed, Walder flew over­seas under an alias identity, tasked with debriefing al-Qaeda’s top men who swore they’d nev­er speak to a woman. Ultimately, she earned their trust and gain­ed crit­i­cal and life-sav­ing infor­ma­tion. The Unex­pect­ed Spy is a pow­er­ful mem­oir about a woman who established a career in a male-dom­i­nat­ed field, and the enduring life lessons she learned from the experience.

In conversation with Shelley Sackett, attorney, freelance journalist, and former editor of the Jewish Journal.

Tuesday, October 26, 7:00PM on Zoom
Price - $12

Lunch and Learn – Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum

JCCNS 4 Community Rd., Marblehead, MA

Join us for lunch and a talk with George Schwartz, associate curator at the Peabody Essex Museum, who will discuss his book, Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum. The East India Marine Society Museum, which ultimately became the internationally acclaimed Peabody Essex Museum, was one of the most influential collecting institutions […]

Jenna Blum, Woodrow on the Bench: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog

In person at the JCCNS 4 Community Rd., Marblehead, MA

The New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Those Who Save Us pays tribute to her beloved black Lab, Woodrow, in this heartfelt memoir that recalls the last six months of his life and the ways in which he taught her to live. In this inspiring story of friendship and love, Woodrow‚ who had been by Blum’s side for 15 years through many life tran­si­tions, begins to suffer from failing health. Aided by an amazing group of friends and buoyed by the support of strangers, Jenna and Woodrow navigate their precious final days together with kindness, humor, and grace. This unforgettable love story will reaffirm your belief in kindness and may break your heart but will ultimately leave your spirit soaring.

Monday, November 1, 7:00PM in person at the JCCNS
Price - $18, includes reception and book signing

Senior Jazz Hour and Lunch

4 Community Rd., Marblehead, MA

All seniors are welcome to enjoy a live performance by the Insight Band and share a delicious complimentary lunch at the JCCNS.RSVP to Sara Ewing at sewing@jccns.com or (781)476-9913.OR click below if you prefer to join via Zoom.Meeting ID: 843 9382 2431Passcode: 037735

Ruth R. Wisse, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation

Temple Emanu-El 393 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead, MA

Ruth R. Wisse, Professor Emerita of Yiddish literature at Harvard University and widely published columnist grew up in the shadow of genocide, but in tandem with the birth of Israel, which remained her lodestar. In her new memoir she chronicles her life that began on the run with her family’s escape from the Nazis at the age of four, and the transformation of their new home in Montreal into a literary and intellectual haven for Jewish poets, novelists, and thinkers. Wisse takes us with her on the path of a trail-blazing, female political refugee who fought to gain equality for Jewish literature and Jewish women in the academy.

In conversation with Andrea Levin, Executive Director and President of CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis)

Sunday, November 7, 3:00PM in person at Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead
Price - $25, includes reception and book signing

Community read of the book The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy Batalion


Join us for a community read of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos by Judy BatalionHosted by the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, in partnership with Abbot Public Library, Swampscott Public Library, and the Center for Holocaust Studies at Salem State University.One of the most […]

Joshua Henkin, Morningside Heights: A Novel

on Zoom

When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the Big Apple by storm.  She quickly falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot Shakespeare professor, but after 30 years of marriage she recognizes that something is very wrong with her beloved husband.  With their daughter away at medical school Pru struggles on her own to care for Spence and meets a new man, and the possibility of new romance blooms. Morningside Heights is a sweeping and compassionate novel about a marriage surviving immeasurable hardship. It’s about religion, faith, love, parenting and what endures when life turns out differently than we imagined.

Tuesday, November 9, 7:00PM in person at the JCCNS
Price - $18, includes reception and book signing

Uri Adoni, The Unstoppable Startup: Mastering Israel’s Secret Rules of Chutzpah

on Zoom

In his first book, vet­er­an ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist Uri Adoni shares the secrets to Israel’s incred­i­ble track record of suc­cess with startup ventures. More than half of all star­tups fail‚ often dur­ing the cru­cial ear­ly stages of devel­op­ment when they need to prove their via­bil­i­ty on a lim­it­ed bud­get. But when it comes to start­up suc­cess, one coun­try stands out among the rest: Israel. Even with a rel­a­tive­ly small pop­u­la­tion of just over nine mil­lion inhab­i­tants, Israel has one of the high­est con­cen­tra­tions of star­tups in the world, has the high­est ven­ture cap­i­tal per capi­ta, is one of the top coun­tries in terms of the num­ber of com­pa­nies list­ed on NAS­DAQ, and is well rec­og­nized as a glob­al leader in research and devel­op­ment. In The Unstop­pable Start­up, Adoni goes behind the scenes to explain the prin­ci­ples and prac­tices that can make any start­up, any­where in the world, become “unstop­pable.”

In conversation with Arnon Vered, JCCNS Board Member and entrepreneur

Sunday, November 14, 11:00AM on Zoom
Price - $12

Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

on Zoom

One of the most important untold stories of World War II, optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture, is a spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters—a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled in full, until now. Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis.

Powerful and inspiring The Light of Days is an unforgettable true tale of war, the fight for freedom, exceptional bravery, female friendship, and survival in the face of staggering odds.  

COMMUNITY READ featuring pre-event book discussion with Izzi Abrams, Wednesday, November 3, 7:00PM at the JCCNS

Sunday, November 14, 8:00PM on Zoom
Price - $12, $20 includes copy of the book (limited availability)

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