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JBM – 2018 Jewish Book Month Speaker Series


This year’s Jewish Book Month Speaker Series has an incredible line-up that you will not want to miss! 


For JBM event reservations,
click HERE 
or call Lynne Gomberg at 781-476-9909.


For Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie Greenfield
at 781-476-9902 or donate online HERE

To view sponsorship levels and information, click 2018 JBM Sponsor Form.




After Anatevka – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Alexandra Silber

Join us for a unique theatrical performance with Grammy-nominated actress, singer and author, Alexandra Silber! Silber will read from After Anatevka, a novel she was inspired to write after playing the role of Tzeitel in the most recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and perform a repertoire of original songs written by Broadway composers. Silber has starred in productions from New York City to London’s West End.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 26
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Location: Congregation Shirat Hayam
  • Price: $25 per person, includes reception



The Lost Family – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Jenna Blum

New York Times bestselling author Jenna Blum will share her latest book, set in 1965 Manhattan, about Peter Rashkin, the dashing restaurant owner and head chef of Masha’s. Peter is consumed with terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of Auschwitz, while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished. The Lost Family is a riveting family saga about the reverberations of World War II across generations, and a bittersweet study of loss and love.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 10
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: JCCNS
  • Price: $18 per person, includes reception



The Girl from Berlin – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Ronald H. Balson

Hear from international bestselling author of Once We Were Brothers and Karolina’s Twins, Ronald H. Balson, who will share his latest book about a young violinist living in Berlin during the waning years of the Weimar Republic, and the emergence of the Nazi reign. A rich, historical thriller, The Girl from Berlin delves deep into how crimes buried in the past continue to impact future generations.

  • Date: Thursday, October 18
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: JCCNS
  • Price: $18 per person, includes reception




Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Ariel Burger

Hear from Ariel Burger, author, teacher, artist, and rabbi who was a lifelong student of Elie Wiesel for decades. In his new book, Burger chronicles the intimate conversations where he sought counsel from Wiesel on matters of intellect, spirituality, and faith, while navigating his own personal journey.

This is the first of three sessions with Ariel Burger as part of the Temple Sinai Adult Education Scholar-In-Residence program.

  • Date: Sunday, October 21
  • Time: 9:30 AM
  • Location: Temple Sinai
  • Price: $20 per person, includes brunch




Women of Southie: Finding Resilience During Whitey Bulger’s Infamous Reign – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Phyllis Karas

Most everyone knows that South Boston, the neighborhood that was ruled by legendary crime boss Whitey Bulger, wasn’t your white picket fence suburbia. There were drugs, rival gangs, and more than a few murders. Hear from local author, Phyllis Karas, as she tells the unknown stories of the women behind the scenes who overcame the worst that life can throw at them – physical abuse, addiction, and PTSD. In attendance will be three of the women featured in the book – Anna Weeks, Karen Weeks Rakes, and Nancy Young.

  • Date: Tuesday, October 30
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Location: JCCNS
  • PRICE: $18 per person, includes reception





Can’t Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Meredith Goldstein

Join us for dinner and conversation with Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. In her latest book, Goldstein takes readers through the origins of the column, its wild online-to-print success, and reveals what was happening in her own life as “Love Letters” grew. Can’t Help Myself is the extraordinary story of a single woman who joins a long tradition of Jewish advice givers.

  • Date: Thursday, November 15
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Location: Kernwood Country Club, Salem (valet parking available)
  • Price: $65 per person, includes dinner and wine




Promised Land – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Martin Fletcher

Meet Emmy award-winner and former NBC News Bureau Chief Martin Fletcher, who will discuss his latest novel. The first of a trilogy, Promised Land is a sweeping saga about two brothers and the woman they both love – a devastating love triangle set against the tumultuous early years of the state of Israel.

Hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum.

  • Date: Sunday, December 16
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Location: Peabody Essex Museum
  • Price: $25 per person, includes reception and museum admission.There will be an opportunity to view the new Empress of China’s Forbidden City exhibit. Stay tuned for more details.




The Vanishing Gourds: A Sukkot Mystery – Reserve Your Seat HERE

Susan Axe-Bronk

Author Susan Axe-Bronk will delight youngsters with a dramatic reading about a little girl whose gourds – decorations for the family’s sukkah- start mysteriously disappearing. Please join us to find out who the culprits are and how they give back to the family in a most surprising way! The reading will be followed by a craft, snack and book signing.  

  • Date: Sunday, September 30
  • TIME: 1:00 PM
  • Price: This is a FREE event!