NOVEMBER 1-20, 2017
The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas which seeks to enrich Jewish culture throughout Tidewater by presenting themes that engage, educate, and inspire. The stories and ideas presented during the festival highlight and celebrate original and inventive philosophies on an array of facets which constitute the human experience.
Next Generation Judaism presented by author Rabbi Michael Uram
Sunday, November 5, 2017 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC
The nature of community in American life and role of large organizations is changing at lightning speed. These seismic shifts present real challenges for a whole host of Jewish legacy organizations that rely on membership affiliation, attendance, annual donations, and large buildings. While so many organizational leaders know that radical changes are necessary to revitalize how Jews access Jewish life, many hesitate to adapt because the old model is still working in some ways and are not yet sure what the future model will be. Rabbi Mike Uram provokes the audience to think differently with a mix of theory, methodology, data, and stories; all intended to help leaders build a bridge between the organizations of today and the organizations we will need for tomorrow.
Rabbi Mike Uram is the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi for the Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania and the creator of the Jewish Renaissance Project.
Levi & Aya presented by author Shoshana Banana with a denim decorating craft
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:30pm | Simon Family JCC
Child: $8/$6 JCC Member
Adult: $11/$9 JCC Member
Family: $32/$25 JCC Member
Take a ride back in time to the Wild West, where German-Jewish Levi Strauss came to California to start a new life during the time of the Gold Rush and became known for producing blue jeans popular to this very day. What is less known about Levi is his friendship with a young woman from Japan named Aya. Focusing on their shared immigrant experience, including how their backgrounds less obviously dovetail, a Jewpanese love story unfolds during this wrinkle in American Jewish history. Bring your Levi’s® for a decorating adventure.
LEVI AND AYA Shoshana Banana loves kids, books, airplanes, Purim, the ocean, bonsai trees, Bollywood dance, the colors aubergine and chartreuse, lunar eclipses, and snowshoeing.
Adam’s Animals presented by author Barry Schwartz
Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:30am | Congregation Beth El, 422 Shirley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517
Recommended for ages 4-6.
With lush illustrations, this fun read-aloud book tells the story of creation, as told in the first chapter of Genesis. It focuses on Adam’s task — naming the animals. An array of fascinating and perhaps unfamiliar animals are presented in alphabetical order, a menagerie of fantastical but real beasts. Adam gives a name to every animal from the aardvark and the aardwolf to the bandicoot and the bondo, all the way to the zebra and the zebu, but he is at a loss for words when he meets someone who looks a lot like him… only a bit different.
Rabbi Barry Schwartz is the Director of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and Rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, New Jersey. This is Rabbi Schwartz’s fifth book.
*Rabbi Schwartz is also a featured presenter at Tidewater Yom Limmud.
Have I Got a Story For You presented by author Ezra Glinter
Sunday, November 12, 2017 1:00pm – 5:00pm | Simon Family JCC
The Forward, founded in 1897, is the most renowned Yiddish newspaper in the world. It welcomed generations of immigrants to the United States, bringing world news and providing sundry comforts such as comic strips and noodle kugel recipes. Ezra Glinter has combed through the archives to find the best stories published during the newspaper’s 120-year history, digging up such varied works as wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, and satirical sketches about immigrant life in New York. Glinter’s introductions provide insight into the concerns of the writers and their avid readers, through the 42 stories rendered into English by today’s best Yiddish translators.
Ezra Glinter is The Forward’s critic-at-large. His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Paris Review Daily, Bookforum, and The Walrus. His biography of Lubavitcher Rebbe is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
*Ezra Glinter is also a featured presenter at Tidewater Yom Limmud.
Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century presented by co-editor Rachel Fish
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:30pm | Simon Family JCC
As part of Community Relations Council of UJFT and Simon Family JCC’s Israel Today.
Many Americans are ill prepared to engage thoughtfully in the increasingly serious debate about Israel. Essential Israel examines a wide variety of complex issues in historical and contemporary contexts, providing an intimate sense of the dynamic society and culture that is Israel today. The expert contributors address the Arab-Israeli conflict, the state of diplomatic efforts to bring about peace, the status of the Jewish state and Israeli democracy, foreign relations, Israeli identity, and more. This innovative collection provides a solid understanding of Israel’s history, politics, culture, and possibilities for the future.
Rachel Fish is the Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. She has worked as an educator and consultant in various capacities in the Jewish community and higher education, teaching about Zionism and Israeli history at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and UMASS Amherst.
*Rachel Fish is also a featured presenter at Tidewater Yom Limmud.
Hot Mess to Mindful Mom presented by author Ali Katz
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:00am | Simon Family JCC
Tickets: $12/$8 JCC Member
In partnership with Jewish Family Service.
It’s so easy to find yourself constantly overwhelmed or burned out in the hustle and bustle of society today. But it’s important to slow down and take a minute to focus on the things that matter most. With humor, grace, and an extremely relatable manner, Katz provides simple, accessible, and research-based tips to deal with stress in one minute or less and shares how she incorporates them into her own life, leaving anxiety and tension behind in favor of calm, peace and balance.
For any mom (or dad!) who typically runs around with their hair on fire and needs a break!
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:30am | Simon Family JCC | Free event
Contact Jasmine Amitay at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or for more information.
Ditch the guilt with author and meditation expert Ali Katz during this special pre-event just for Moms in partnership with the Young Adult Division of the UFJT’s MomMe Time. You will discover how to rapidly erase your mom guilt and be super present with your kids even when you’re feeling like a “hot mess,” and Ali’s six best tips for enjoying your kids every day, all day, and more.
Ali Katz is a meditation teacher, mindfulness coach, and mom of two young boys. She has been featured on NBC, in MindBodyGreen, Style, and more.
On The Sickle’s Edge presented by author Neville Frankel
Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:30am | Ohef Sholom Temple, 530 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507
Back in Tidewater by popular demand, Neville Frankel brings to us his newest novel, inspired by his personal family history. On The Sickle’s Edge is a multi-generational family saga, told through the voices of three compelling characters: the endearing South African born Lena, transported to Latvia and later trapped in the USSR; her granddaughter Darya, a true Communist believer whose growing disillusionment with Soviet ideology, places her family at risk; and Steven, a painter from Boston who inadvertently stumbles into the complex web of his family’s past. This historical novel, political thriller, and love story is steeped in Russian history and Jewish heritage.
South African native Neville Frankel is the author of three historical novels. After immigrating to the United States when he was 14, he attended Dartmouth College. Followed by a 30-year career in finance, Frankel now writes full-time as a contributor to Huffington Post and The Good Men Project. He also received an Emmy for his work on the Frontline/BBC documentary, “Mind of a Murderer: Part One.”
BEYOND THE FESTIVAL
Matzo, 35 Recipes for Passover and All Year Long presented by author Michele Streit Heilburn
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 7:30pm | Simon Family JCC
Minimal ticket cost to cover food.
Matzo is the centerpiece of both the meals and the observance of Passover as it is eaten in place of bread and other leavened products for the holiday’s eight-day duration. The co-owner of one of the top two matzo companies in the world shares 35 recipes—from her family archives and fresh favorites—for ways to cook with matzo that are so good that readers will want to make them all year round. This cookbook is sure to become an instant Passover (and anytime) must-have.
Michele Streit Heilbrun is the co-owner of Streit’s Matzos, founded by her great-grandfather in 1925 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, she spent more than twenty-five years as a casting director for film and television, before joining the family business.
The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland -
Then, Now, Tomorrow presented by author Gil Troy
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 7:30pm | Location TBD
Since Arthur Hertzberg’s The Zionist Idea, was published some sixty years ago, Israel has metamorphized from a shelter for Jews fleeing persecution worldwide, to a robust melting pot for Jewish living. In this milieu, political firestorms often drown out certain fundamentals: Israel’s rights as a nationstate; acknowledgment of both Jewish and Palestinian land claims; and the wide range of Jewish visions for Israel’s future. Building upon Hertzberg’s classic, The Zionist Ideas is the most comprehensive Zionist collection ever published, with over 170 global visionaries, organized into six schools of Zionist thought—Political, Revisionist, Labor, Religious, Cultural, and Diaspora— shedding light on the diverse and shared commitment to realizing Israel as a democratic Jewish state, allowing for everyone to engage in reinvigorating the Zionist conversation.
Gil Troy is a leading political historian and one of today’s most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He is the Distinguished Scholar in North American History at McGill University and a Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program.
As part of Community Relations Council of UJFT and Simon Family JCC’s Israel Today.
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