The Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival


The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival

November 1-17, 2017

The variety of authors at this past year’s Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Book Festival gave our community a wide selection of choices. After ten author events, spirits were lifted and many stories were shared.


Ricki Rosen, a renowned photojournalist, shared her insights and compelling images of Ethiopian Jews rescued by Israel during Operation Solomon. She shared the evening with Daniel Sahalo, marketing manager of Megemeria Jewelry and an Ethiopian Jew, who talked about his transformative experiences starting from a young age, through his current position with Yvel, the Israeli jewelry company that set up the first corporate/social initiative to provide vocational skills for immigrants through the Megemeria School of Jewelry and Social Business.

Farideh Goldin presented her new book, Leaving Iran: Between Migration and Exile, which is an intimate portrait of her family’s displacement after the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Another exceptional author, Avi Melamed, had the audience’s full attention with his new book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth  He challenged the widely- accepted perceptions about the region, while providing a gripping and enlightening guide to making sense of the events unfolding in the Middle East.

The Festival’s first  Guy’s Night Out was a success at Bite Restaurant as Robert Rosenthal, a former ad executive and food humorist, assisted guests while they prepared a delicious recipe from his book, Short Order Dad: One Guy’s Guide to Making Food Fun and Hassle-Free.

Jacqueline Suskin, performance artist and poet, had guests inspired and shedding tears with her book, Go Ahead and Like It.

The Book Festival week ended with a bang as children sang and danced as Mama Doni and Eric Lindberg engaged them in the joys of Jewish learning with their children’s book Sing-Along Alef Bet. The festivities continued at Ohef Sholom Temple that same evening, as Mama Doni helped facilitate a Family Friendly Shabbat service.

If all of these book events were not enough for the community, there were 2 more Beyond the Book Festival events. In December, Kenneth Marcus, who wrote The Definition of Anti-

Semitism,  offered insights into the ‘new anti-Semitism’ on university campuses around the globe. And, in March, Jessica Fechtor connected with the community with her new book, Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. Sheshared her journey of recovery from a ruptured brain aneurysm at the age of 28, in which she reclaimed her life through the restorative power of food and cooking.


Check back soon for details on the schedule of events for this year’s Jewish Book Festival. 

* of blessed memory


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