The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival

* of blessed memory

Save the Date: November 2, 2014 – November 16, 2014

JCC partners with Barnes & Noble, our official bookseller, offering for sale hundreds of titles written by Jewish authors and/or pertaining to Jewish topics of interest. Highlights of the festival include book authors and special events.



The Simon Family JCC would like to acknowledge the Jewish Book Council and our membership in the JBC Network



The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival 2013

Esther's Hanukkah DisasterEsther’s Hanukkah Disaster
Jane Sutton
A well-meaning gorilla buys silly gifts for her animal friends, and young ones learn the real meaning of giving during Hanukkah. Messages include the importance of empathy and the joy of the holiday celebration. For Children ages 4-9.
M Levitt Hezbollah CoverHezbollah
Matthew Levitt
Lebanon’s “Party of God”- Hezbollah is examined, by Levitt, a senior fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He argues that Hezbollah’s willingness to use violence abroad and at home, its global reach, and its relationship with Iran should be of serious concern.
Recipes RememberedA Special Book Festival Event
Hal’s Navy
Cdr. Harold Sacks, USN (Ret.)
A literature-loving Jewish boy from the Bronx joins the U.S. Navy for a three-year stint and ends up serving his country for 20 years—along the way fighting in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, becoming a ship’s captain, and retiring as a commander with multiple commendations. Tidewater’s own Hal Sacks—storyteller extraordinaire—fills Hal’s Navy with descriptive, insightful, and often humorous recollections of battles, adventures, family and community.
Recipes RememberedRecipes Remembered
June Hersh
Authentic recipes and stories collected from 80 Holocaust survivors, ranging from the classic to the unexpected. The stories are uplifting and life-affirming, focusing on hope, faith and “bashert.”
Leslie Kimmelman Book CoverSam and Charlie!
Leslie Kimmelman
Five short stories celebrate friendship and Jewish values. Like all best friends, it’s not always smooth sailing. Children will learn about how to get along with one another and develop meaningful friendships from a Sesame Street book editor.
Frankel - BloodlinesBloodlines
Neville Frankel
An Apartheid era novel about the universal bond between a mother in South Africa and her estranged adult son across the Atlantic. After losing his father to cancer, an adult son learns that the mother he had spent his childhood mourning was very much alive and very different from the brave, selfless woman he had imagined.
Marion Grodin Standing UPStanding Up
Marion Grodin
Enjoy a stand-up comic discuss her memoir about a precocious Hollywood childhood, and a sober adult life on the stand-up comedy circuit. Daughter of funnyman Charles Grodin, the author knows firsthand that laughter is truly the best medicine, having survived both breast cancer and addictions.
Dara Horn Book CoverA Guide for the Perplexed
Dara Horn
This thrilling novel is about how technology changes memory and how memory shapes the soul. Interweaving stories from Genesis, medieval philosophy and the digital frontier, this tale is spellbinding.
52 Weeks Final Cover jpg52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom
Meg Akabas
Easy-to-implement strategies written for parents of young children, providing parents with a year-long guide using Jewish values in once-a-week chapter form. Learn how to raise children who are committed, responsible and valuable members of their family and the larger Jewish community.
For parents of children under 10 years old
Evolving Dharma CoverEvolving Dharma
Jay Michaelson
Michaelson, also the author of God vs. Gay and Everything is God, explores the boundaries of Jewish tradition in a conversation called “Is that Jewish?” with a panel of local Rabbis and Cantors, as he presents his latest book, Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment.
Alan Gratz Book CoverPrisoner B-3087
Alan Gratz
Based on the astonishing true story of an extraordinary boy, this book set in Poland in the 1930’s traces his journey through 10 different concentration camps and 10 different encounters with death. Yanek faces the terror trying not to lose his hope, will and most of all, his identity. For 6th Grade and up.
While you attend one of the Global Day events, drop your child off to enjoy the Children’s Creation Station from 1–3pm. Stories, snacks, crafts, singing and more will be on hand for Ages 3 years – 5th grade. Babysitting Service available for children 6 weeks – 2 years (available by reservation only). For more information, call 757-321-2306.



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