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January 2021

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Lisa Lillien

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January 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. LISA LILLIEN, HUNGRY GIRL FAST & EASY ZOOM Webinar Live Cooking Demo + Q&A Hungry Girl creator Lisa Lillien’s #1 bestselling cookbooks and daily emails are all about keeping things easy, while serving up big portions of better-for-you food that tastes great! Today, more and more people are cooking at home, but they really want to spend less time doing…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Concert

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January 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

IN HONOR OF DR. REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., JCC MetroWest invites you to a concert focusing on the music of African American Composers and Jewish Composers. Please feel free to invite your friends and family to this important exploration of music. REGISTER HERE FEATURED ARTISTS Mary Ferrillo, viola Francesca McNeeley, cello RESIDENT ARTIST Yvonne Chen, piano Violist Mary Ferrillo joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2019. She was previously an active freelancer, playing with the Philadelphia…

Virtual Book Group: Exile Music

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January 21, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual Book discussion followed by a conversation with author Jennifer Steil. In 1930s Vienna, a young girl named Orly flees with her musician parents in the wake of the annexation of Austria by Germany. The only country to which they are able to obtain visas is Bolivia, and Orly and her parents find themselves without money, friends, or any knowledge of Spanish in La Paz, which seems harsh and unsophisticated after the urbane world of Vienna. Orly adapts quickly to…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Scott Turow

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January 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Scott Turow is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Trial, and an additional eleven bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty…

Havdalah with Bobby Beetcut

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January 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Early Childhood Center & Friends • Havdalah with Bobby Beetcut   Early Childhood staff, families, and senior friends are invited to join together for Havdalah with Bobby Beetcut. Get your candles, any candle, and something nice to smell like cloves or a cinnamon stick. Join Zoom Here For more information, contact Leslie Fleischman at 973-530-3430 or [email protected]

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Gabrielle Glaser

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January 31, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Gabrielle Glaser, American Baby: A Mother, a Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist ZOOM Webinar + Q & A   In 1961, sixteen-year-old Margaret Erle fell in love and became pregnant. Despite Margaret’s intentions to marry her child’s father and her desperation to keep her baby boy, Margaret was coerced into signing…

February 2021

Scott Seligman: The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902

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February 3, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Immigrant housewives and the riots that shook New York City. In response to a precipitous rise in the price of kosher meat and the perception they were being gouged, thousands of immigrant Jewish women took to the streets of Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1902, intending to shut down every kosher butcher shop in New York City's heavily Jewish quarter until prices came down. Books are available for purchase at Words Book Store. This event is included in The J…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Philippe Sands

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February 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. The Ratline: The Exalted Life and Mysterious Death of a Nazi Fugitive Deborah E. Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies ZOOM + Q & A From the author of the internationally acclaimed, award-winning East West Street: A tale of Nazi lives, mass murder, love, cold war espionage, a mysterious death in the Vatican–and “the Ratline,” the…

Great Melodies Concert with Rhonda Danet

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February 10, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Join us for a wonderful concert of Great Melodies with Rhonda Danet! REGISTER HERE This event is included in The J Your Way Virtual Membership

Lois Larkey discusses Great Presidents Revisited

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February 17, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Great Presidents Revisited: Washington & Lincoln REGISTER HERE This event is included in The J Your Way Virtual Membership

Nurse Karen Frank: The COVID Vaccine and Life After It

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February 18, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

REGISTER HERE This event is included in The J Your Way Virtual Membership

Virtual Book Group: Fleishman Is in Trouble

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February 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

REGISTER HERE When Toby Fleishman's soon-to-be-ex-wife Rachel drops their two kids at his place a day early, it does more than interrupt his hyperactive, app-fueled sexual rebounding. It confirms what he's long known: that Rachel's demanding job makes her self-involved, or just not interested in their family. When she fails to pick them up as scheduled, things quickly get desperate. At a certain point, readers will note that maybe Toby loves being mad at Rachel a little too much, and…

Please Register in Advance This event is included in The J Your Way Virtual Membership Life-changing wisdom from one of Judaism’s most powerful texts The Haggadah, which can be found in homes around the world, has guided Jewish families and friends through Pesach celebrations for millennia. Fittingly, ‘Haggadah’ is the Hebrew word for telling -- and Mark Gerson shows us what it tells us: how Jewish teachings, ideas, and principles can help each of us to live a happier, better,…

Purim with Bobby Beetcut

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February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Wear a costume • Join the Zoom • Sing along for Purim   ACCESS EVENT For more information, contact Leslie Fleischman at 973-530-3430 or [email protected]

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Bill Gates

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February 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need In Conversation with Kristen Welker, Co-Anchor, "Weekend Today” and NBC News Chief White House Correspondent ZOOM + Q & A In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in…

March 2021

Liberation Heroes: Post-film Live Q + A

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March 3, 2021 @ 1:15 pm

Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses Post-film Discussion: Live Q + A with Andy Friendly, Alan Moskin, and Ari C. Zev.   Producer Andy Friendly Andy Friendly is an innovative, Emmy-nominated TV and news producer, whose credits include The Tomorrow Show on NBC with Tom Snyder and Entertainment Tonight which he helped launch. He ran primetime programming at CNBC and was President of Programming at King World/CBS where he oversaw TV powerhouses like Inside Edition, Hollywood Squares, and American Journal, among…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Annabelle Gurwitch

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March 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Annabelle Gurwitch moderated by Laraine Newman With signature “sharp wit” (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives an irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proves that our no-frills new normal doesn’t mean a deficit of humor. In these essays, Gurwitch embraces home-sharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into…

Havdalah with Bobby Beetcut

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March 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Early Childhood Center & Friends present Havdalah with Bobby Beetcut It’s that time again to invite your friends and family to end Shabbat and welcome in a good week together! Get your candles, any candle, and something nice to smell like cloves or a cinnamon stick. Join Zoom Here For more information, contact Leslie Fleischman at 973-530-3430 or [email protected]

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Lisa Scottline

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March 21, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Lisa Scottoline, Eternal: A Novel ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A   Eternal is the culmination of a lifetime of work: a sweeping historical epic fueled by devastating true events. Named for Rome, the Eternal City, this moving novel lifted from the pages of history is the book that Scottoline was born to write. It will be forever…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Tim Shriver

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March 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Tim Shriver, The Call to Unite In Conversation with Dr. Deepak Chopra, NYT Bestselling Author; Founder, The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A   At the beginning of last year, the world began facing a public health crisis, the scope of which not seen in a century. As COVID-19 rapidly reached every corner of…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Laura Leibman

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March 24, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A   In "The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects", Laura A. Leibman examines five objects owned by a diverse group of Jewish women who all lived in New York in the years between 1750 and 1850. These objects offer intimate and tangible…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Sue Monk Kidd

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March 25, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Sue Monk Kidd, The Book of Longings In Conversation with Greg Changnon, Former Book Club Columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Playwright ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A   In Conversation with Greg Changnon, Former Book Club Columnist, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Playwright The Book of Longings is a novel Sue Monk Kidd was born to write—a powerfully imagined, beautifully composed, fully realized…

Passover with Bobby Beetcut

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March 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Early Childhood Center & Friends present Passover with Bobby Beetcut Early Childhood staff, families, and senior friends are invited to join together for a Passover Sing-a-long with Bobby Beetcut. ACCESS EVENT For more information, contact Leslie Fleischman at 973-530-3430 or [email protected]

April 2021

Virtual Book Group: The Last Train to London

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April 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Virtual Book discussion followed by a conversation with author Meg Waite Clayton. Clayton's novel is based on the real Dutch resistance fighter, "Tante Truus" Wijsmuller, who brought more than 10,000 Jewish children to safety before and during WWII in the Kindertransport. Clayton's enlightening, meticulously researched novel is enriched by a compelling cast of fictional characters. Stephan Neuman, son of a Jewish businessman in Austria, is a budding playwright at 17; his good friend, Zofie-Helene, is a math whiz. In chapters…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. AUTHOR PRESENTATION: 1 PM Clayton’s novel is based on the real Dutch resistance fighter, “Tante Truus” Wijsmuller, who brought more than 10,000 Jewish children to safety before and during WWII in the Kindertransport. Clayton’s enlightening, meticulously researched novel is enriched by a compelling cast of fictional characters. Stephan Neuman, son of a Jewish businessman in Austria, is a budding playwright…

In discussion with Dr. Samara Grossman Anne Frank is said to the most recognizable face of the Holocaust—only a girl, she documented her time in hiding through a journal. What many don’t know, is she intended that journal to be published, or at least desired to so. Throughout the two years, Anne revised the journal, adding, revising, and omitting as time went on. We will examine the evolution of this editing process, and how her experience shaped how we understand…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Brook Baldwin

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April 7, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin, Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power In Conversation with CNN's Holly Firfer After more than 20 years in a male-dominated industry, often reporting on the world’s most powerful men, veteran journalist and CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin spent two days back-to-back covering the 2017 presidential inauguration and the historic Women’s March in D.C. The experience changed…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Esther Safron Foer

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April 9, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. "I Want You to Know We're Still Here", a Post-Holocaust Memoir. For Esther Safran Foer, the Holocaust loomed in the backdrop of daily life, felt but never discussed; her parents were each the sole survivors of their respective families. Years later, when Esther's mother casually mentions an astonishing revelation -that her father had a previous wife and daughter, both murdered…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Daniel Lee

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April 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent Zoom Author Talk & Q & A A Special Yom HaShoah Program • Introductory Remarks and Memorial Prayer: Rabbi Brian Glusman, Atlanta In The S.S. Officer's Armchair, Lee weaves detection with biography to tell an astonishing narrative of ambition and intimacy in the Third Reich. He uncovers Griesinger's American back-story--his father was born…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Jenny Lawson

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April 13, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Judy Blume, NYT Bestselling Author and Owner, Books & Books at The Studios of Key West Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   A book purchase is required to access the stream. All books include a signed bookplate and will be shipped from Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL. From #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with us live from Tel Aviv

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April 15, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Happy Birthday Israel, 73! On Yom Ha׳atzmaut musicians, Asaf Roth and Noa Kashpitzky will perform from their cozy settings to share their versions of classic Israeli oldies (Adon olam, Yakinton, Artzynu haktantonet) alongside songs that have become the soundtrack of Israel throughout the years. Join Event Here Noa Kashpitzky - Vocalist/Actress Kashpitzky, kicked off her professional career with the ‘IDF ensemble’ with performances around the world. She since has propelled her art in various direction. Performing with The Haifa Symphony…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Tova Feldshuh

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April 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Iconic Broadway performer and four-time Tony, two-time Emmy nominee Tovah Feldshuh presents Lilyville, a heartwarming and hilarious memoir exploring the mother-daughter relationship that challenged shifting socio-cultural expectations of women and shaped a magnificent career. UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH TOVAH: VIP MEET 'N GREET at 7pm…

Plagues and disease have been a human constant. Can we learn anything from the Biblical and Rabbinic responses to them? This is a somewhat humorous, yet serious, look at the Jewish mindset in the pre-biomedical world and its possible relevance to our times. Chaim Lauer is a Jewish educator and communal professional, author, and speaker, known for his programmatic creativity and teaching skills. For over 50 years he has served the Jewish Community in various professional capacities, leading Federations, Boards…

Old Wives Tales; Fact or Fiction? with Susan Telzer Schwartz

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April 28, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Hirschhorn Speaker and Humorist, Susan Telzer Schwartz will discuss "Old Wives Tales," superstitions and interesting practices, exploring how some are and are not logical or scientifically based. REGISTER HERE  

May 2021

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   In Hadassah, Lieberman shares the story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Pam Jenoff

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May 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Alyson Richman, NYT Bestselling Author Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. The Orphan’s Tale sold hundreds of thousands of copies while earning weeks on bestseller lists and the follow-up, The Lost Girls of Paris, stayed on the…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Judy Batalion

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May 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In Conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Lewis, Exec. Director, Museum of History and Holocaust Education and Professor of History, Kennesaw State University Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Of the legions of stories of World War II and the Holocaust that shape our understanding of those history-changing events, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the…

Virtual Book Group: The Boys’ Club

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May 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Book discussion followed by a conversation with author Erica Katz. Alex Vogel, a high achiever with a Harvard Law School degree, accepts a dream job at a prestigious Manhattan law firm and promises her boyfriend that the job won’t change her. But Alex is seduced by the firm's money, energy, and her cocksure male colleagues. When something happens that reveals the dark reality of the firm, Alex comes to understand the ways women like her are told—explicitly and implicitly—how…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Sharon Stone

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May 11, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. In conversation with International Superstar Gloria Estefan Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Author of The Beauty of Living Twice Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose. Sharon Stone, one of the most renowned actresses in the world, suffered a massive stroke that cost her not only her health, but her career,…

Concert with Yvonne and Friends

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May 13, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

JCC MetroWest invites you to a concert of familiar and unfamiliar works celebrating the contributions of women in music, from unknown gems of the classical repertory to the memorable lyrics of the Great American Songbook. With husband and wife duo Lustig and Axtell, discover the lyrics of Dorothy Fields and Betty Comden in tunes like "The Way You Look Tonight" and "Just in Time". Celebrate women in jazz with favorites from Billie Holiday and Lil Armstrong, and before them, the…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Paula Shoyer

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May 13, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. LIVE COOKING DEMO WITH PAULA SHOYER, "THE KOSHER BAKER"!   Let's cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it's NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don't need…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Amy Klobuchar

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May 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   ANTITRUST is an important, urgently needed book from the much-admired senior senator from Minnesota, and former candidate for president of the United States--a fascinating exploration of antitrust in America and the way forward to protect all Americans from the dangers of curtailed competition, and from vast information-gathering, through monopolies. $11/ticket • $36/ticket…

J Camps Virtual Open House

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May 19, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Still looking for the right camping fit for your kids? Join us from the comfort of your own couch and experience the excitement and adventure of our FIVE camp options at our Virtual Open House. Camp wait to see you there!   REGISTER FOR OPEN HOUSE

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Andrew McCarthy

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May 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES Each month, we bring you the best and brightest in Jewish Authors & Ideas—virtually. Most people know Andrew McCarthy from his movie roles in Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, Weekend at Bernie's, and Less than Zero, and as a charter member of Hollywood's Brat Pack. That iconic group of ingenues and heartthrobs included Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Demi Moore, and has come to represent both a genre of film and…

June 2021

MetroWest Mensches

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June 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Join us to celebrate and honor two JCC MetroWest and community leaders   with a special tribute to Lester Bornstein for his lifelong leadership to our MetroWest Community. REGISTER TODAY! For more information, please contact Katy Strulson at [email protected] or 973-530-3915.

Virtual Book Group: Hannah’s War

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June 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual Book discussion followed by a conversation with author Jan Eliasberg. TV writer-director Eliasberg's first novel was inspired by an unnamed female physicist, mentioned in a New York Times article from the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, who actually discovered nuclear fission. In 1945, Austrian physicist Hannah Weiss works in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Research secrets are being leaked from the top-secret nuclear lab to Germany, and Hannah is suspected as a spy. But the truth isn't…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Mimi Lemay

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June 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JCC MetroWest in collaboration with the Scotch Plains JCC, present: Mimi Lemay   In recognition of Pride Month, Mimi Lemay, author of "What Will Become, A Mother, A Son, and a Journey of Transformation", will share her story, a mother's memoir of her transgendered child's odyssey, and her journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her. FREE/ticket REGISTER HERE To register for the event or for more information, contact Katy Strulson at 973-530-3915 or [email protected] Click here…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Ariana Neumann

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June 16, 2021 @ 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

When Time Stopped, A memoir of my Father's War and What Remains... In this remarkable memoir, Ariana Neumann fives into the secrets of her father's past: years spent hiding in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew. FREE/ticket REGISTER HERE To register for the event or for more information, contact Katy Strulson at 973-530-3915 or [email protected] Click here to purchase books from Words Bookstore

August 2021

THE VIXEN is the latest novel by critically acclaimed, bestselling author Francine Prose. The year is 1953, and Simon Putnam, a recent Harvard graduate, has landed an editorial role at a distinguished New York City publisher. Thrust into a glittering world of martini lunches, exclusive literary salons, and old-money aristocrats in exquisitely tailored suits, Simon finds himself a far cry from his loving, middle-class Jewish family in Coney Island. But Simon’s first assignment—editing The Vixen, the Patriot and the Fanatic,…

September 2021

in conversation with Katie Couric   An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the champion of equality that encompasses her brilliant tennis career, unwavering activism, and an ongoing commitment to fairness and social justice. In this spirited account, Billie Jean King details her life's journey to find her true self. She recounts her groundbreaking tennis career—six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle…

In Countdown bin Laden, celebrated journalist and anchor of Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace delivers a thrilling new account of the final eight months of intelligence gathering, national security strategizing, and meticulous military planning that leads to the climactic mission when SEAL Team Six closes in on its target. The book delivers new information collected from Wallace’s in-depth interviews with more than a dozen central figures and two members of SEAL Team Six who participate in the raid, including the…

October 2021

In "A Wonderful Guy", theatre journalist Eddie Shapiro sits down for intimate, career-encompassing conversations with nineteen of Broadway's most prolific and fascinating leading men. Full of detailed stories and reflections, his conversations dig deep into each actor's career; together, these chapters tell the story of what it means to be a leading man on broadway over the past fifty years. REGISTER FOR EVENT PURCHASE BOOK    

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Raffi Berg

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October 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

In the ear­ly 1980s, on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new lux­u­ry resort opened for busi­ness. Cater­ing to divers, it attract­ed guests from around the world. Lit­tle did the guests know that the staff mem­bers were under­cov­er spies, work­ing for the Mossad — the Israeli secret ser­vice. Writ­ten by BBC News web­site Mid­dle East edi­tor Raf­fi Berg, this page-turn­er tells the true sto­ry that inspired the recent Net­flix dra­ma The Red Sea Div­ing Resort. What began with one cryp­tic…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: David Grossman

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October 20, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, David Grossman's, "More Than I Love My Life".   Join Jew­ish Book Coun­cil and inter­na­tion­al­ly best-sell­ing author David Gross­man in a con­ver­sa­tion about love, trau­ma, and heal­ing. More Than I Love My Life is the sto­ry of 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. He…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Brad Aronson

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October 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Harriet & Jerry Ritzer Memorial Lecture: Brad Aronson, Human Kind This nation­al best­seller is filled with inspir­ing real-life sto­ries about how one small deed can make a world of dif­fer­ence. Moved by the many demon­stra­tions of ​“human kind­ness” that sup­port­ed Brad Aron­son’s fam­i­ly through his wife’s treat­ment for and recov­ery from leukemia, he writes of the peo­ple who res­cued his fam­i­ly from that dark time, often with the small­est of ges­tures. But that’s only the begin­ning. Know­ing that sim­ple acts…

November 2021

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Matthew McConaughey

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November 6, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium present, Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights   In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Director of Programming, Reach-TV Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Discover the life-changing memoir that has inspired millions of readers through the Academy Award®–winning actor’s unflinching honesty, unconventional wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. Book and Virtual Ticket: $38 Join the Event

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Lucy Adlington

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November 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium presents, Lucy Adlington's, "The Dressmakers of Auschwitz".   In Conversation with Adina Jocelyn Langer. Curator, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University Zoom Author Talk and Q & A Lucy Adlington is an author, presenter, and keen collector of vintage & antique costume. She writes both history-inspired fiction and fascinating social history books. She lives on a working farm in the north of England, with a patient farmer and a cat the size…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Rachael Ray

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November 10, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium present, Rachael Ray: This Must Be the Place Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Rachael Ray presents 125+ recipes straight from her home kitchen in upstate New York, with personal stories on loss, gratitude, and the special memories that make a house a home. Book and Virtual Ticket: $40 Join the Event

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Alice Hoffman

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November 15, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium presents, Alice Hoffman, The Book of Magic: A Novel (Book 4 in the Practical Magic Series) In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality Zoom Author Talk & Q & A Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. The Owens family has been cursed in matters of love for over three hundred years…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Lori Kaufmann

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November 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Lori Kaufmann's, "Rebel Daughter".   In the first century, the Jews in a small, remote province on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire rebelled and established their own state with Jerusalem as its capital. "Rebel Daughter" is based on the unlikely but true story of a woman and a man who lived through this momentous time. As soon as she learned of the first-cen­tu­ry tomb­stone that inspired Rebel Daugh­ter, Lori Banov Kauf­mann want­ed to…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Jodi Picoult

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November 29, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium present, Jodi Picoult, Wish You Were Here: A Novel   Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by thirty-five, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. She’s an associate specialist at Sotheby’s now, but her boss has hinted at a promotion if she can…

December 2021

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Annelise Heinz

Date and Time:

December 9, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Annelise Heinz   Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture, illustrates how the spaces between the tiles and the moments between games have fostered distinct social cultures in the United States. This mass-produced game crossed the Pacific, creating waves of popularity over the twentieth century. Annelise 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 AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Mel Brooks

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December 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

JCC MetroWest & the Atlanta Consortium present: Mel Brooks, All About Me!   Zoom Author Talk & Q & A   For anyone who loves American comedy, the long wait is over. Here are the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and remembrances from a master storyteller, filmmaker, and creator of all things funny. All About Me! charts Mel Brooks’s meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Whether serving in the United States…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Lauren Fox

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December 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Lauren Fox   "Send for Me", is an achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the Eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family. FREE 12:00 PM Book Group discussion Join Book Group Discussion  

January 2022

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Jessica Anya Blau

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January 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Jessica Anya Blau's, "Mary Jane" In 1970s Baltimore, fourteen-year-old Mary Jane Dillard takes a summer job nannying for a Jewish psychiatrist’s family in a gone-wild household utterly unlike the Presbyterian, straight-arrow, conservative one she knows. The Cones are blunt, messy, loud, affectionate, and are attempting to rehabilitate a heroin-addicted rock star and his actress wife in their attic suite. They give Mary Jane a crash course in living out loud, introducing her to new experiences,…

February 2022

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Joshua Henkin

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February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Joshua Henkin   Join Joshua Henkin, virtually, as he talks about his latest book, "Morningside Heights". When Ohio-born Pru Steiner arrives in New York in 1976, she follows in a long tradition of young people determined to take the city by storm. But when she falls in love with and marries Spence Robin, her hotshot young Shakespeare professor, her life takes a turn she couldn’t have anticipated. FREE Join Event

March 2022

In honor of Women's History Month, join us virtually as author Janice Kaplan presents, "The Genius of Women, From Overlooked to Changing the World". The New York Times, best selling journalist, explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system, and celebrates the geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. FREE JOIN EVENT

Join author Rachel Cerrotti, virtually, as she discusses her book "We Share the Same Sky", a granddaughter's decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother's wartime escape and weave together the thin threads of family history. "We Share the Same Sky" weaves together the stories of these two young women, Hana as a refugee who remains one step ahead of the Nazis at every turn, and Rachel, whose insatiable curiosity to touch the past guides hr into the lives of the countless…

JEWISH AUTHORS & IDEAS VIRTUAL SERIES: Alexis Landau

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March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Alexis Landau's, "Those Who Were Saved" Join Alexis Landau as she presents her book, "Those Who Were Saved", A heartbreaking World War II novel of one mother's impossible choice and her search for her daughter against all odds. FREE 12:00 Book Group discussion 1:00 Presentation with the author Join the Event  

April 2022

JCC MetroWest Book Group presents, Jaqueline Friedland's, "He Gets That From Me" Join Jaqueline Friedland as she presents her book, "He Gets That From Me", about a young Jewish mother who serves as a surrogate mother only to find out, ten years later, that she gave away her own biological child". FREE 12:00 Book Group discussion 1:00 Presentation with the author Join the Event  

Yom Hashoah event featuring author Joshua Greene Join us as author Joshua Greene, shares Siggi B. Wilzig's astonishing journey from Auschwitz survivor and penniless immigrant to wall street legend in his book "Unstoppable". FREE REGISTER FOR EVENT