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Conversation: Learning Through Literature

Through the literary programs of the Arts + Ideas subscription series, the Weinstein JCC brings sought-after authors, celebrities, and influencers to our community, as well as a popular annual book fair.

The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair

For more than 35 years, the Weinstein JCC has celebrated Jewish books and authors at its annual Book Fair. The goal of this event is to educate the community about Jewish literature and to stimulate discussion and thought regarding current Jewish issues, history, philosophy, literature and poetry. Check below for the dates of this year's fair! 

Book Fair Featured Event with David Makovsky


Co-written by David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, Be Strong and Of Good Courage is a portrait of modern Israel’s founding fathers -- the generation of brave, defining leaders unafraid to make bold decisions in order to safeguard the country’s future. David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each served as prime minister at a time when the country’s existence was directly imperiled. In those moments, extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future were needed and these leaders rose to the occasion. 

Today, Israeli may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. Be Strong and of Good Courage is the story of that epic struggle. 

David Makovsky is one of America’s leading experts on Israel.  He is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations.  He has been an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced Interational Studies since 2000 and was a senior advisor on Israel-Palestinian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of State during the Obama Administration.

Book Fair Event with Rebecca Erbelding


*Winner of the National Jewish Book Award*

Intriguing history of the only U.S. government agency ever founded with the express purpose “to save the lives of civilians being murdered by a wartime enemy.”

Holocaust historian, Rebecca Erbelding, pieces together years of research and newly uncovered archival materials to tell the dramatic story of America’s little-known efforts to save the Jews of Europe.

Rebecca Erbelding is an archivist, curator and historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has a PhD in American history from George Mason University. She and her work have been profiled in The Washington Post, The New York Times and The New Yorker and featured on the History Channel, NPR and other media outlets.

Book Fair Community Read Event with Amy Blumenfeld


Inspired by the actions of her own circle of caring friends and family when she was battling cancer as a child, Amy Blumenfeld’s debut novel centers on a group of ninth graders who produce a Saturday Night Live-style video to cheer up their ailing friend, Becca. The show’s running time was only ninety minutes, but it had a lasting impact: Becca laughed her way through recovery, and the group became her supporting cast for life.

25 years later, on the anniversary of Becca Night Live, the friends reunite over the Fourth of July to celebrate Becca’s good health—but nothing goes as planned. The happy holiday card facades everyone’s been hiding behind quickly crumble and give way to an unforgettable three days filled with complex moral dilemmas and life-altering choices. Through humor, drama, and the alternating perspectives of five characters, The Cast explores the power of forgiveness, the importance of authenticity, and the immeasurable value of deep, enduring friendships to buoy us when life plays out differently than expected. 

Amy Blumenfeld’s articles and essays have appeared in various publications including "The New York Times," "The Huffington Post," "O," "The Oprah Magazine" as well as on the cover of "People." A graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was the recipient of the James A. Wechsler Award for National Reporting. "The Cast," her first novel, is the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal winner in Popular Fiction, an International Book Awards finalist in Best New Fiction and was listed by the New York Post as a “Best Book of the Week.”

20+ Years of Tradition

Janet Reno. Kirk Douglas. Richard Dreyfuss. Dr. Ruth. Carl Bernstein. These are just a few of the many fascinating speakers who have graced our stage in the more than 20 years of the JCC Forum. This highly popular event sells out quickly. By becoming an Arts + Ideas subscriber, you can guarantee your attendance at this year’s fascinating presentation, sure to engage, enlighten, and impress!

The Weinstein JCC is thrilled to welcome Jamie Bernstein as the 2020 Adolf Adams JCC Forum speaker this coming January! Patrons of the Arts subscribers are the only people guaranteed tickets to this incredible event, so sign-up today to be sure you have a spot! Click here to purchase tickets. 
 
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For more information about the Weinstein JCC Forum, contact Director of Donor Relations Lisa Looney at 545-8608 or llooney@weinsteinjcc.org.

Weinstein JCC Gift Shop

The Weinstein JCC Gift Shop has the largest and best selection of new Chanukah and Judaic items!

Everyone is invited to shop for all gift giving occasions—Chanukah, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, hostess gifts, new baby gifts, teacher’s gifts, etc. We also have a large selection of Judaica for all your needs throughout the year—Menorahs, Shabbat candlesticks, Mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, Tzedakah boxes and a large selection of jewelry and housewares.

Questions about the Gift Shop? Call (804) 285-6500.

Literary Events

Every year, thousands of book lovers come together at the Center to explore writings, hear author’s takes on their work, and interact with celebrated authors in a variety of forums. Our events include author meet-and-greets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions, children and teen’s activities, and more. Check below for information on this year's authors.

For more information about Literary Programs and the Gift Shop at the Weinstein JCC, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or lmcguigan@weinsteinjcc.org.