David Grossman, More Than I Love My Life

on Zoom

Join the Jewish Book Council and internationally best-selling Israeli author David Grossman in a conversation about love, trauma, and healing. More Than I Love My Life is the story about three generations of women on an unlikely journey to a Croatian island and a secret that needs to be told. Written by Booker Prize winner, Sapir Prize winner, and two-time National Jewish Book Award winner David Grossman, More Than I Love My Life was inspired by the true story of one of his longtime confidants. Grossman will be joined by Jewish Book Council’s Marilyn Hassid, in a conversation that will allow the audience a peek inside his inspiration for writing this book and more.

Thursday, October 21, 12:30PM on Zoom

Price - FREE - register online

Annelise Heinz, Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture

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

Mahjong: A Chi­nese Game and the Mak­ing of Mod­ern Amer­i­can Cul­ture illus­trates how the spaces between tiles and the moments between games have fos­tered dis­tinct social cul­tures in the Unit­ed States. This mass-pro­duced game crossed the Pacif­ic and created waves of pop­u­lar­i­ty over the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. Heinz nar­rates the his­to­ry of this game to show how it has cre­at­ed a vari­ety of mean­ings, among them Amer­i­can moder­ni­ty, Chi­nese-Amer­i­can her­itage, and Jew­ish-Amer­i­can wom­en’s cul­ture. Mahjong has become a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Amer­i­can game, traveling from Chi­na to the Unit­ed States, and is a favorite among Hol­ly­wood star­lets, high soci­ety, mid­dle-class house­wives, and immi­grants alike.

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00PM in person at the JCCNS (the author will be presenting virtually)

Price - $25, includes Chinese dinner, wine, and mahjong!

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

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

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

on Zoom

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

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)

Nhi Aronheim, Soles of a Survivor

on Zoom

The soles of Nhi Aronheim's feet still bear the scars of her escape from Vietnam—trudging through the jungles of Cambodia as a child with a group of strangers seeking the land of opportunity: America. Her quest for survival through the jungle eventually led her to a boat that took her to Thailand and an orphanage where Nhi lived for two years until she qualified for refugee status in the U.S. Soles of a Survivor is more than just an inspirational survival story, it’s about the lessons Nhi learned about humanity, diversity, and unconditional love since arriving in the United States. After she married a Jewish man she eventually converted to Judaism, though the process was challenging for an Asian woman adopted into a Christian household. Now she relishes being a Vietnamese Jew and has a deeper appreciation for the parallels between the Jewish and Vietnamese cultures, and others.

In conversation with Ina Resnikoff, attorney, writer, educator, and activist.

Tuesday, November 16, 7:00PM on Zoom
Price - $12

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