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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.
Fletcher, an award-winning journalist, will talk about his newest book, “Promised Land: A Novel of Israel.” In what Tom Brokaw calls, “a riveting novel that picks up where Exodus left off,” Promised Land is an epic saga of Israel’s early years and is the first novel in a planned trilogy.
Fletcher has covered every event of consequence in the Middle East and Africa for the last thirty years. He was NBC correspondent in Israel for 26 years and bureau chief for 15 years. He has covered Kosovo, Rwanda, and Israel, including the first and second Palestinian uprisings and Israel’s war with Lebanon in 2006.
His reporting has earned him almost every award in TV journalism, including the DuPont (known as the TV Pulitzer), five Overseas Press Club awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence several times, five Emmys, and many other awards. He has lived in Africa, Europe and the Middle East and worked in almost every country on the planet. Anderson Cooper called him for several decades “the gold standard of war correspondents.”
Allan H. Goodman's intriguing blend of history and mystery, Father, Son, Stone, delves into the secret of Jerusalem's most controversial religious site: the Temple Mount, also known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Inspired by Goodman's desire to learn why Moshe Dayan returned the Temple Mount to the Muslim authority at the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, the book spans various periods in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, while engaging the reader in a page-turning tale that includes personal loss, religious and legal conflict, political ambition, and long-hidden family secrets.
Goodman is a judge, mediator, arbitrator and educator and has written two best-selling non-fiction books. He lived in Israel for two summers during college, working on kibbutzim and studying Hebrew. He majored in International Affairs at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where his studies included Islamic History, Middle East Politics and Diplomacy, and Arabic. He also earned a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law, and was in private practice before becoming a judge.
Co-hosted by the Jewish Women's Club
B.A. Shapiro, whose previous books have sold over half a million copies, once again weaves together historical and imagined characters to create a psychological art thriller, this time set in 1920s Paris and Philadelphia, where one fascinating woman must disguise her identity in order to reclaim it. It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris—broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiancé, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence—and exact revenge on George. Shapiro is the author of seven novels, including the award-winning NY Times bestseller, The Art Forger and national bestseller The Muralist.
In his new book, The Hollywood Bible, Rabbi Royi Shaffin finds Jewish meanings and symbolism in movies from Wonder Woman and E.T. to post WWII classics such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon and uses them as a way to teach deep truths about spirituality and Judaism.
Rabbi Royi Shaffin was named by The Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and has served as congregational rabbi, an educator, a school principal, and a college professor. He has also continued performing in community theaters and serving as a Judaic advisor for plays that include Jewish themes. Rabbi Shaffin has written an entry in To Honor A Teacher, by Jeffrey Spoden and has published articles in The Jewish State, El Diario, and City Beat Magazine.
Andrew Gross’ newest historical thriller brings to life the drama of the birth of organized crime in 1930’s New York City from the tale of one family. Set between 1905-1935 and a rags-to-riches tale like Dickens’ Great Expectations merged with The Godfather, Button Man traces the rise of a Jewish immigrant family in the dawn of the women’s garment business collapse under the hammer of organized crime. It draws in the real life crime figures of Lepke, Dutch Schultz and Albert Anastasia of the feared Murder, Incorporated, as well as Special Prosecutor Thomas Dewey, pitting brother against brother. Both tragic, and yet like the story of so many of that generation who brought themselves up from nothing, inspirational.
Andrew Gross is the author of eight New York Times and international best-selling thrillers. He is also the co-author of five number one bestsellers with James Patterson, including Judge & Jury and Lifeguard. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Gross's recent books have been historical thrillers, with The One Man based on family stories in the Holocaust, and The Saboteur fictionalizing an Allied raid to prevent Nazi Germany's development of an atomic bomb. Button Man, based on his grandfather's experiences in New York's garment industry during the Depression, is his latest novel.
When Georgia Hunter was fifteen years old, she learned that she came from a family of Holocaust survivors. Her New York Times Best Seller We Were the Lucky Ones was born of her quest to uncover her family's staggering history. It's a searing story of a Jewish family ripped away from each other at the start of the German and Russian occupation of Poland on the eve of World War II, and their extraordinary journey back to each other. Hunter's website, georgiahunterauthor.com, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the extensive research this project has entailed.
“[A] must-read.”—New York Post
“A remarkable story of courage, love, and of course, luck.” —Book Riot’s Best Books of 2017
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Historical Fiction and Debut Goodreads Author Costco Book Pick
We Were the Lucky Ones is available for purchase at the Weinstein JCC Central Services Desk (M-F 8:30AM-5:00PM) for $16. There is a $3 discount for Patrons of the Arts subscribers and for those who purchase along with admission to the event by November 8.
Presented in collaboration with Hadassah Richmond
Written by Anthony Pererya | 90 minutes | Rated G
German Jews Margret and H.A. Rey created Curious George, the little monkey who’s been entertaining children since the first book was published in 1941, shortly after they escaped the Nazi invasion of Paris. This animated film is a fun-filled big-city journey about how George meets the Man in the Yellow Hat. Kids of all ages are invited to join the fun with breakfast, arts &crafts, and a movie. Includes a visit by the characters and pajamas and pillows are welcome!