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

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

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

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

Ronald H. Balson, Defending Britta Stein and Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star

on Zoom

Join us for a talk with two prolific award-winning authors, sharing behind the scenes details about their latest WWII historic novels.

In Defend­ing Brit­ta Stein, Ole Hen­ryks is well known for his actions in Nazi-occu­pied Den­mark dur­ing World War II, and most consider him a hero. Nine­ty-year-old Britta Stein, however, does not, and accu­ses the pop­u­lar restau­ran­teur of war crimes and is tak­en into cus­tody for defacing his prop­er­ty. Stein becomes the tar­get of a bit­ter law­suit filed by Hen­ryks and his son, accus­ing her of defama­tion and inten­tion­al inflic­tion of emo­tion­al distress. Defend­ing Brit­ta Stein is a thrilling take on a mod­ern-day court­room dra­ma and a mas­ter­ful ren­di­tion of Den­mark’s wartime heroics.

The Woman with the Blue Star takes place in 1942 while Sadie Gault is living with her parents amid the horrors of the Kraków Ghetto. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day when Sadie looks up through a grate she sees Ella Stepanek, an affluent Polish girl living with a stepmother who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Their unlikely friendship begins, and their lives are tested in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by harrowing true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

In conversation with Patti McWeeny, JBM Committee Member.

Price - $12

Exploring Opera: The Divas

Recurring
on Zoom

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies.

Exploring Opera: The Divas

Recurring
on Zoom

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies.

Exploring Opera: The Divas

on Zoom

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies.

Exploring Opera: The Divas

Recurring
on Zoom

The word “Diva” strikes excitement in some, fear in others. Regardless, an opera diva usually has an exceptional voice. Some are legendary; others almost forgotten. Join popular San Francisco Bay Area instructor James Sokol to discover some of these great ladies.

Human Connections in a Disconnected Universe

on Zoom

A Three-Generation Family Presentation featuring Judith H. Sherman, Author, Poet and Holocaust Survivor. Judith H. Sherman is the author of Say the Name: A Survivor's Tale in Prose and Poetry Program is FREE and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or sfeinstein@lappinfoundation.org. Register here for the Zoom link

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