1 21 st EDITION OF THE 55+ AUTHORS DELIA EPHRON NOV TONY DANZA JAMES PATTERSON OCT 14 R.L. STINE OCT 15 PETER GREENBERG RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER MICHAEL FEINSTEIN atlantajcc.org/bookfestival Box Office Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA 30338
2 WELCOME TO THE 21 ST EDITION OF THE BOOK FESTIVAL OF THE MJCCA! The Book Festival of the MJCCA is a labor of love in which so many in our community are passionately invested. This year, we invite you to join us as we meet award-winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling authors and celebrities, engage in conversation about some of today s most intriguing and thought-provoking topics, and discover a showcase of local talent and rising literary voices. As always, two festival favorites return: the Eva Stern Lecture and the Esther G. Levine Community Read in addition to our most popular family program now with a new name: the MJCCA Family Reading Festival featuring five wonderful children s authors. Of course, the Book Festival of the MJCCA would not be possible without the support and generosity of our many Pacesetters, Patrons, and Sponsors. Their commitment to this event and to our community is what keeps this festival going and allows us the opportunity to expand our cultural reach each year. This festival is dedicated to all of them, to our many committed volunteers, and to you, our community, who continue to show us your enthusiastic support, year after year. At this, our 21 st year, we think that you will find the most robust lineup of authors in our history 55 to be exact. Our authors come from as far as Israel and as near as Dunwoody to present their own labors of love to you. Whether you are a fan of history, mystery, memoir, or great fiction, this festival has something for you we promise! Book Festival Tickets Reserve Today! YOUR BEST BET! Purchase Series Tickets Non-Member: $110 ($507 value) Member: $85 ($358 value) Visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or call for more details. PLEASE NOTE: Series tickets do not include the Family Reading Festival and the two lunch programs: Lisa Lillian (November 14) and Jenny Levison (November 16). These programs may be purchased separately. CHECK OUT OUR NEW TICKETING SYSTEM! Purchasing tickets to Book Festival events has never been easier! Online at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival and enjoy the option of printing your tickets from the comfort of your own home! By phone at now with extended phone sale hours. In person at our Box Office, located outside the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre on Main Street at the MJCCA Zaban Park. Open four days a week for your convenience: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11:00 am 2:00 pm Wednesdays 10:30 am 12:30 pm LOOK FOR THESE BOOK FESTIVAL ICONS: Attend all of our Book Festival programs for one low price! Ina L. Enoch and Sherie B. Gumer Co-Chairs Wendy Bearman Vice-Chair Free to the Community Alternate Location BOOK ClUB PICK Book Club Pick Lunch Program AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS! Please visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival for information on how to purchase autographed books for keynote events you are unable to attend. Autographed books available for the following authors: Tony Danza, Michael Feinstein, Emily Giffin, Peter Greenberg, Rabbi Harold Kushner, and Andrew McCarthy. FOLLOW THE BOOK FESTIVAL: Experience the Book Festival the high-tech way; download the Guidebook app from the App or Play Store and search for the MJCCA Book Festival guide. Pictured from left to right: Ina Enoch, Sherie Gumer, and Wendy Bearman PLEASE NOTE: The presenters viewpoints and opinions are their own and should not be attributed to those of MJCCA leadership or management. All sales are final. Festival tickets and book sales are nonrefundable. Due to circumstances beyond our control, programs may be subject to substitution or rescheduling. Every effort will be made to replace a cancelled author. The MJCCA is not liable for non-appearance of a scheduled author. Programs are subject to change without notice. Please call our Book Festival Hotline at or check our website at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival for schedule updates and announcements. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, those persons needing special accommodations to participate in Book Festival programs should contact the MJCCA at no later than four days prior to the program they wish to attend. 2 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
3 The Book Festival of the MJCCA is proud to partner with our local independent bookseller, A Cappella Books. Our on-site bookstore located on Main Street at MJCCA Zaban Park carries all of our presenting author titles in addition to a wide assortment of the year s most exciting, must-read books. All book sales support vital programs and services at the MJCCA. Pick some up for yourself but don't forget family and friends Chanukah is right around the corner! BOOKSTORE HOURS A Cappella Books will be selling the presenting authors titles only for the November 1 and 2 events. Books will available for purchase one hour before the events. Saturday November 3 7:30 pm 10:00 pm Sunday November 4 9:00 am 9:00 pm Monday November 5 9:30 am 10:00 pm Tuesday November 6 9:30 am 6:00 pm Wednesday November 7 9:30 am 6:00 pm Thursday November 8 9:30 am 10:00 pm Friday November 9 9:30 am 2:00 pm Saturday November 10 6:30 pm 10:00 pm Sunday November 11 9:00 am 10:00 pm Monday November 12 9:30 am 10:00 pm Tuesday November 13 9:30 am 6:00 pm Wednesday November 14 9:30 am 10:00 pm Thursday November 15 9:30 am 6:00 pm Friday November 16 9:30 am 2:00 pm Saturday November 17 6:30 pm 10:00 pm Sunday November 18 9:00 am 9:00 pm REGISTERREAD&REVIEW We are pleased to feature an impressive selection of books perfect for your book club or discussion group. These are the year s best, most thought-provoking books that your book club can read, discuss, and then meet the author in person! For special opportunities, register your book club at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or contact Bonnie Brodsky at or A BOOK FESTIVAL COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT BOOK CLUB PICK Maggie Anton, Rav Hisda s Daughter Delia Ephron, The Lion Is In Deborah Feldman, Unorthodox Susan Isaacs, Goldberg Variations Kati Marton, Paris: A Love Story YOUR MITZVAH WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY. Our mission is to collect new and gently used children s books (for ages infant 13) to support shelters, hospitals, and schools throughout Atlanta. Donation bins are located at the MJCCA s front desk and at The Weinstein Preschool. BOOKS MOST REQUESTED: Board Chapter Picture Educational Fantasy Folklore History PLEASE NOTE: Books without front covers, with loose or missing pages, stains or water damage will not be accepted. Jillian Medoff, I Couldn t Love You More Jonathon Tropper, One Last Thing Before I Go DO A MITZVAH: JOIN US ON PACKING DAY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Volunteer your time and talent to help us on Sunday, December 9 as we sort and pack the books we have collected for the local shelters, hospitals, and schools. Books will be collected through November 30. For more information, please contact or Register your book club and receive special discounts on tickets and books. Visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival for details! 4 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
4 Book Festival of the MJCCA Prologue Events New York Times Bestselling Author JAMES PATTERSON OCTOBER 14 SUNDAY 3:00 pm Children 18 & Under: $5 Non-Member Adult: $24 / Member Adult: $17 Premier Seating: $50 6:30 pm Spies Among Us Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar Mossad: The Great Missions of the Israeli Secret Service Thursday, November 1 Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 Professor Michael Bar-Zohar, author of more than 30 books, was a former member of the Knesset and an adviser to General Moshe Dayan. In Mossad, he reveals some of the more fantastic episodes in the history of Israeli intelligence operations around the world. He focuses on the operational details and personalities behind Mossad s record of assassination, kidnapping, sabotage, and clandestine surveillance, including the assassination of Hezbollah s Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus and the botched attack on Hamas leader Khaled Mash al in Amman. Many of the stories are well-known, a few are more speculative, concerning highly confidential subjects such as the strikes on Iranian nuclear scientists and facilities. Michael Bar-Zohar has won many awards, including the French Academy award, the Ben-Gurion Prize, the Sokolov Prize, and the Israeli Pulitzer Prize. New York Times Bestselling Author R.L. STINE In The Dark OCTOBER 15 MONDAY 7:30 pm Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 Children Aged 13 18: $5 New York Times bestselling author R.L. Stine is poised to frighten the wits out of his many fans who have now come of age with his first adult horror novel, Red Rain. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable, Red Rain is for those millions of now adult readers who grew up on the beloved master of the genre, and for every fan of deviously inventive horror. This program is primarily for adults but children 13 years and older are welcome. 8:15 pm Yerushalayim Shel Zahav Simon Sebag Montefiore Jerusalem: A Biography Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 From King David to the 21 st century, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Jerusalem: A Biography is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. In this masterful narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore brings the holy city to life, through the people who created and destroyed it from Herod, Cleopatra and Nero to Churchill, Rasputin and Truman. On a 2011 appearance on NBC s Today show, President Bill Clinton named the book, Jerusalem, as his number one pick for Book of the Year. The Jewish Book Council agreed and awarded it the 2011 Jewish Book Council Book of the Year. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! atlantajcc.org/bookfestival Box Office For more information, please contact or TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
5 Friday, November 2 12:00 pm Rav Knows Best Maggie Anton Rav Hisda s Daughter: Book 1 Apprentice Maggie Anton, whose blockbuster series, Rashi s Daughters, captured the imagination of millions of readers, is back with the first of a two-volume series titled, Rav Hisda s Daughter. The book is based on actual Talmud texts and populated with its rabbis and their families, including Hisdadukh, the beautiful child of Talmudic sage Rav Hisda. But the world around her is full of conflict. Rome is fast becoming Christian while Rav Hisda and his colleagues struggle to establish new Jewish traditions after the destruction of Jerusalem s Holy Temple. Against this backdrop, Hisdadukh embarks on the tortuous path to become an enchantress in the very land where the word magic originated. Maggie Anton was born Margaret Antonofsky in Los Angeles, California. Raised in a secular, socialist household, she reached adulthood with little knowledge of her Jewish religion. All that changed when David Parkhurst, who was to become her husband, entered her life, and they both discovered Judaism as adults. That was the start of a lifetime of Jewish education, synagogue involvement, and ritual observance. 8 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival BOOK ClUB PICK Download the Guidebook App from the App or Play Store and search for the MJCCA Book Festival guide. EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL THE HIGH-TECH WAY SATURday November 3 8:15 pm Andrew McCarthy The Longest Way Home: One Man s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down Non-Member: $24 Member: $18 Premier Seating $50 With an irrepressible taste for adventure, candor, and a vivid sense of place, award-winning travel writer and actor Andrew McCarthy takes us on a deeply personal journey played out amid some of the world s most evocative locales. In The Longest Way Home, McCarthy details how he was unable to commit to his fiancé of nearly four years, but with no clear understanding of what was holding him back, sets out to look for answers before he loses everything. On his soul-searching voyages, Andrew traces the path from his New Jersey roots, where acting saved his life and early fame almost took it away to his transformation into a leading travel writer. Andrew McCarthy is an actor, director, and award-winning travel writer. McCarthy made his acting debut at 19 and has appeared in dozens of films, including Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, St. Elmo s Fire, and Weekend at Bernies. He is an editor-at-large with National Geographic Traveler, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. The Society of American Travel Writers named him the Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010.
6 10:00 am Free to the Community Sunday, November 4 Southern Writers Showcase NEW THIS YEAR! Southern Writers Showcase highlights the talents of our local authors. Please join us for coffee and nosh while discovering emerging authors from our own backyard. Lynn Garson, Southern Vapors Southern Vapors chronicles Lynn Garson s life from childhood through college, law school, marriage, children, careers, and finally, the landscape of divorce and single parenthood. There are glimpses of her early life as an heiress-in-waiting to Lovable Bras, a big white house more Tara than Tara itself, and travels on a grand scale. The descent from the dizzying heights of prosperity follows, culminating in seven days locked in a low income mental institution. Bobbi Kornblit, Shelter from the Texas Heat Through laughter and tears, Shelter from the Texas Heat tells the fictional story of a woman s emotional journey on a road that could tragically lead to a dead end or to the highway of happiness. This is a captivating novel about holding onto secrets and the power of friendship to help release them. From funny, turned disastrous moments at a glamorous birthday party at Neiman Marcus, to the painful memories of a Holocaust survivor, Shelter from the Texas Heat takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride that even includes a stop at the Texas State Fair. Alison Goldstein Lebovitz Am I There Yet? In a collection of candid, hilarious essays, Chattanooga, Tennessee humor columnist and television personality Alison Lebovitz takes us on the ride of her life. Am I There Yet? chronicles her travels toward official adulthood, from her engagement, marriage, and budding career to pregnancies and parenthood. The fun is in the journey, as Lebovitz embraces life s small, awkward moments. Lebovitz reminds us that no matter how old we get or how far we go, we never quite leave our middle-school selves. Andy Lipman, The Drive at 35: The Long Road to Beating Cystic Fibrosis This is the inspiring account of Andy Lipman s life with cystic fibrosis a devastating disease that affects 70,000 people worldwide 30,000 in the United States. When Lipman was born in the early seventies, life expectancy for those with CF was in the teens. In his mid-30s, he has proven to everyone, including medical professionals who told him he could not live past the age of 25, that they were wrong. In this deeply inspiring book, Lipman writes about his journey with his illness with candor and emotion, and describes in vivid detail the effects it has had on his family and loved ones. Ronda Robinson, Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel Beyond Politics highlights the lives of 18 different Israelis and bids us to expand our understanding of what is going on in Israel today by focusing not on current events, but on the lives of its many fascinating people immigrants from different parts of the world and those born in Israel. This is a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about the future of Israel and the Jewish people and seeks to foster dialogue, cooperation, and shalom in the Middle East. 12:30 pm Bully-Proof John Schwartz Oddly Normal Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent at The New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: his 13-year-old son, Joe, had attempted to commit suicide. Joe had overdosed on pills after coming out to his classmates who took the news with dismay and confusion. Angry and frustrated after discovering that Joe s school was unable to meet their needs, they initiated their own search for services and groups that could help Joe understand that he wasn t alone. Oddly Normal is Schwartz s very personal attempt to address his family s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough. 2:00 pm From The Heart JonathAn Tropper One Last Thing Before I Go The bestselling author of This Is Where I Leave You returns with a heart-rending yet hilarious tale about one family s struggle to reconnect. You don t have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for a one-hit wonder rock band is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men and he makes a living playing in wedding bands. His ex-wife, Denise, is about to remarry and his Princetonbound teenage daughter Casey is pregnant. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency, lifesaving surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what little time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey, become a better man, and live in the moment. 2:30-4:30 pm Community Organizations Fair For Parents and Teens Grades 6-12 Sunday, November 4 BOOK ClUB PICK Are you looking to get more involved in community service but don t know where to start? Join TCS for an afternoon exploring a variety of community service organizations who are looking for passionate and energetic volunteers. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
7 4:00 pm Chartered Territory Joe and Carol Reich Getting to Bartlett Street Joe and Carol Reich have spent the past three decades and a personal fortune to help underprivileged children access the same kind of high quality education that wealthier Americans enjoy. Yet few people even know who they are. In Getting to Bartlett Street, Joe and Carol Reich tell the true story of how they started one of the first charter schools in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sunday, November 4 Getting to Bartlett Street comes with a gift code for a $25 donation to an impoverished school via the website, donorschoose.org. The Eva Stern Lecture presented by the George Stern Family in Loving Memory of Eva Prager Stern SUNday, November 4 7:30 pm Stuart E. Eizenstat The Future of the Jews Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 In Loving Memory JEFFREY ZASLOW, z l This program is dedicated to longtime book festival friend and author, Jeffrey Zaslow, who was killed earlier this year in a tragic car accident. Jeff was a true friend of the book festival, having appeared at the MJCCA three times, the most recent being a week before his death. He wrote many bestselling books, most of them on inspirational themes, including The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch, Gabby: A Story of Courage of Hope, and most recently, The Magic Room. We mourn the loss of this wonderful man and gifted writer. May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends forever. In The Future of the Jews, Stuart Eizenstat, a senior diplomat of international reputation, surveys the major geopolitical, economic, and security challenges facing the world in general; and the Jewish world and the United States in particular. These forces include the shift of power and influence from the US and Europe to the emerging powers in Asia and Latin America; globalization and the new information age; the battle for the direction of the Muslim world; and the rise of a new anti-semitism that seeks to delegitimize Israel as a Jewish state. 12 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
8 Monday, November 5 Monday, November 5 12:00 pm The Next Generation Francesca Segal The Innocents Francesca Segal s debut novel is a smart and slyly funny tale of love, temptation, confusion, and commitment; a triumphant and beautifully executed recasting of Edith Wharton s The Age of Innocence. Set in a small, tight-knit Jewish suburb of London, The Innocents is a contemporary novel of religious traditions, financial misdeeds, and how families struggle for happiness. Jesse Kellerman Potboiler A professor with long-dead literary aspirations. His best friend, a blockbuster thriller writer, lost at sea. A secret manuscript and the answer to all his prayers all of these things set into motion a surreal chain of events, plunging our protaganist, Arthur Pfefferkorn, into a shadowy realm of double crosses and intrigue, a world where no one can be trusted and nothing can be taken seriously. Kellerman makes witty use of thriller clichés in this, his fifth, over-the-top, very funny novel. Francesca Segal and Jesse Kellerman are both descended from book royalty: Francesca s father is Erich Segal, author of Love Story and Oliver s Story; and Jesse Kellerman is the son of famed authors, Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. 7:30 pm Life After Terror: 9/11 Stories Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 Jennifer Gardner Trulson Where You Left Me LUCKY that s how Jennifer would describe herself. After seven years, she was still madly in love with her husband, Doug, she had two beautiful children, a successful law career, an apartment in New York City, and a house in the Hamptons. Jennifer was living the dream. That was, of course, until tragedy struck on the morning of September 11, 2001, when Doug was killed in the attacks and Jennifer officially became a widow at 35. In Where You Left Me, Jennifer tells her story of grief, resilience, hope, and second chances. Edie Lutnick An Unbroken Bond On September 11, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald found themselves trapped together in One World Trade Center. None would make it out alive. Among them was Edie Lutnick s brother Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age. This is the story of the victims, the families and how they came together bonded by a tragic fate. In the aftermath of the attacks, Edie answered the call from her other brother, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick, to create a fund for the firm s families who had lost loved ones. Over the past decade, Edie and Howard have found themselves in a fight to not just give aid and comfort to the larger Cantor family, but also to honor the memory of countless victims. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of An Unbroken Bond goes to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Shop our on-site bookstore for all your holiday needs. Great selection including all Book Festival author titles. Ari Schonbrun Miracles & Fate on 78 On September 11, 2001, Ari Schonbrun went to his office at Cantor Fitzgerald, the Wall Street firm that occupied the top five floors of Tower One. When the first plane hit, he happened to be changing elevators on the 78 th floor. In the midst of the smoke and chaos, Ari found a fellow employee who was terribly burned and begged Ari to walk her down 78 flights of stairs which he did, saving both of their lives in the process. Of the 662 Cantor employees who reported to work in the World Trade Center that day, only four survived. Everyone else was killed. Why did they survive? Was it simply luck? Or was it something more? 14 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
9 TUESday, November 6 Thursday, November 8 12:00 pm Seventies Statesmen Ira Shapiro The Last Great Senate Ira Shapiro spent 12 years working for Senators Gaylord Nelson, Abraham Ribicoff, Thomas Eagleton, Robert Byrd, and Jay Rockefeller. The Last Great Senate is his vivid portrait of the statesmen who helped steer America during the crisis years of the late 1970s, transcending partisanship and overcoming procedural roadblocks that have all but strangled the Senate since their departure. The Last Great Senate is necessary reading for all those who wonder how the Senate used to work and what happened to the world s greatest deliberative body. 12:00 pm Change Is In The Air Rabbi Richard Address Seekers of Meaning Wednesday, November 7 Rabbi Richard Address has devoted his career to helping transform synagogues into caring communities. In Seekers of Meaning, he explores how the notion of a caring community can be transformative for individuals, particularly baby boomers struggling with issues of aging and mortality. Using key texts from the Torah, Rabbi Address shows that the foundation of a happy and healthy life is the meaning we seek in it in the community of others our family, our friends, our congregations. Avrum Geurin Weiss Change Happens Most of us are unsure when to try harder to bring about change in our lives and when it is best to stop trying so hard. Trying harder is the All-American approach. Whether it s dating, dieting, or dealing with a job crisis, we like to believe that we can change just about anything if we are only willing to work hard enough. So how does one know when it is better to try harder or when to stop trying so hard? In Change Happens, Weiss brings together some of the most compelling contemporary psychological thinking on the process of change and shows how these insights play out and help transform the lives of real people. 10:00 am Disaster Blaster Bonnie Schneider Extreme Weather Free to the Community In Extreme Weather, CNN Broadcast Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider presents us with a modern day survival guide that relates in vivid detail how to navigate the dangerous and uncertain times before, during, and after a natural disaster. The book is written with genuine insight and peppered with real-life narratives on how to prepare and plan for each variety of disaster, including weather disasters, wildfires, rip tides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. 11:15 am The Real Thing Ann Uhry Abrams Formula for Fortune: How Asa Candler Discovered Coca-Cola and Turned it Into the Wealth His Children Enjoyed Free to the Community Asa Candler rose from a rural background to reap a fortune. His windfall came from purchasing the Coca-Cola formula in 1888 and establishing the company that became a national phenomenon in less than a decade. In Formula for Fortune, author Ann Uhry Abrams narrates the life and times of Candler-from his ancestral background to the death of the last of his five children. 12:30 pm A Fresh Start Kati Marton Paris: A Love Story BOOK ClUB PICK In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates a romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. After the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, Paris offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for 15 years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. 16 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
10 7:00 pm Kristallnacht Memorial Thursday, November 8 TRAVEL GUIDE Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden Join us for a beautiful and moving ceremony at the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden commemorating one of the most horrific nights in our history Kristallnacht. 8:00 pm Fight For Honor Moshe Arens Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 In this groundbreaking work, Israel s former Minister of Defense and Ambassador to the United States, Professor Moshe Arens, recounts a true tale of daring, courage, and sacrifice of the fighters who rose against the German attempt to liquidate the Warsaw ghetto, and made a last ditch fight for the honor of the Jewish people. Presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast SATURday November 10 8:15 pm Peter Greenberg The Best Places for Everything: The Ultimate Insider s Guide to the Greatest Experiences Around the World Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 12:00 pm Wisdom From Wives Iris Krasnow The Secret Lives of Wives Friday, November 9 America s high divorce rate is well known. But little attention has been paid to the flip side: couples who creatively manage to build marriages that are lasting longer than we ever thought possible. What s the secret? To find out, bestselling journalist Iris Krasnow interviewed more than 200 wives; the end result is a compelling, often hilarious book of stories and advice that is a must-read for anyone who wants to get married, stay married, or stay sane while married! Pick up lunch at Goodfriend s Grill and join us for this very funny look at marriage! New York Times bestselling author, travel expert, and CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares more than two decades of his own extensive worldwide travel, uniquely organized by affinity, accessibility, and affordability. Whether readers are looking to embark on outdoor adventures or savor the simplest pleasures, there are hundreds of ideas here that are sure to inspire from shark diving, train spotting, and cheesemaking to safari camping, trufflehunting, and scenic hot-air balloon rides. Packed with fascinating facts, industry secrets, and expert advice, The Best Places for Everything is the definitive guide for thrill-seekers and armchair travelers alike. 18 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
11 OVEMBER 2012 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY st EDITION OF THE NOV :30 pm Mossad: The Great Missions of the Israeli Secret Service, Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar 8:15 pm Jerusalem: A Biography, Simon Sebag Montefiore 12 pm Rav Hisda s Daughter: Book 1 Apprentice, Maggie Anton 8:15 pm The Longest Way Home: One Man s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, Andrew McCarthy 4 10 am Southern Writers Showcase 12:30 pm Oddly Normal, John Schwartz 2 pm One Last Thing Before I Go, Jonathan Tropper 2:30-4:30 pm Community Service Organizations Fair 4 pm Getting to Bartlett Street, Joe & Carol Reich 7:30 pm The Eva Stern Lecture: The Future of the Jews, Stuart E. Eizenstat 5 12 pm The Innocents, Francesca Segal; Potboiler, Jesse Kellerman 7:30 pm Where You Left Me, Jennifer Gardner Trulson An Unbroken Bond, Edie Lutnick Miracles & Fate on 78, Ari Schonbrun am Extreme Weather, pm 12 pm Bonnie Schneider 12 pm 8:15 pm The Last Great Senate, Seekers of Meaning, 11:15 am Formula for The Secret Lives The Best Places for Ira Shapiro Rabbi Richard Address Fortune, Ann Uhry of Wives, Everything: The Ultimate Change Happens, Abrams Iris Krasnow Insider s Guide to the Avrum Geurin Weiss 12:30 pm Paris: A Love Greatest Experiences Story, Kati Marton Around the World, Peter Greenberg 7 pm Kristallnacht Memorial 8 pm Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto, Moshe Arens am 1 pm FAMILY pm READING FESTIVAL I Couldn t Love You featuring Eric Litwin More, Jillian Medoff; and Pete the Cat Saving Ruth, 1 pm Beyond Courage, Zoe Fishman Doreen Rappaport 6:30 pm (Cong. Etz Chaim) You Saved Me, Too, 3 pm Quest for Justice, Susan Resnick Richard Jaffe 8:15 pm 6:30 pm Goldberg Esther G. Levine Variations, Susan Isaacs Community Read: The 8:15 pm Where We Book of Job, Belong, Emily Giffin Rabbi Harold Kushner pm Unorthodox, Deborah Feldman :30 pm Brew Ha-Ha: 12 pm 10 am 12 pm 8 pm The Wedding Beat, Hungry Girl to the Max, Jews and Booze, Souper Jenny I d Like to Apologize Devan Sipher; The Singles, Lisa Lillien Marni Davis Does Salads, to Every Teacher I Meredith Goldstein 8:30 pm 11:15 am Jenny Levison Ever Had: My Year as a (Creative Loafing Atlantic Station) The Crisis of Zionism, Prophet in a Rookie Teacher at 7 pm Beyond Politics, Peter Beinart Time of Priests, Northeast High, Ronda Robinson (Temple Kol Emeth) Janice Rothschild Tony Danza 8 pm Brew Ha-Ha: Sh*tty Blumberg Moms, Mary Ann Zoellner 12:30 pm & Alicia Ybarbo; Dan Gets The Lion is In, a Minivan, Dan Zevin (Creative Loafing Atlantic Station) Delia Ephron am Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin 7:30 pm The Gershwins and Me, Michael Feinstein R.L. STINE OCT 15 JAMES PATTERSON OCT 14 BOOK CLUB PICK Scan to Purchase Tickets! Experience the Book Festival the high-tech way; download the Guidebook app from the App or Play Store and search for the MJCCA Book Festival guide. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! For more information and to purchase tickets, call our Book Festival hotline at , visit atlantajcc.org/bookfestival, or download the Guidebook App from the App or Play Store and search for the MJCCA Book Festival guide. PLEASE NOTE: DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE; PLEASE CHECK ATLANTAJCC.ORG/BOOKFESTIVAL FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.
12 Sunday November 11 10:00 am 1:00 pm Always a magical highlight of the Book Festival of the MJCCA, this year s Family Reading Festival promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Join in the fun as we bring you and your family together with engaging authors for an interactive, educational, and unique event! For Children Ages 6 Months & Up Non-Member Child: $13 Member Child: $10 Each Additional Child: Non-Member: $3 / Member: $2 Parents and Children 6 months and under: Free Tickets available online at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival; via our Book Festival Hotline: ; or onsite at the event. Family Reading Festival Chairs Jennie Medeiros, Co-Chair Susann Shenk, Co-Chair Jodi Halpert, Vice-Chair Alexis Solomon, Vice-Chair PETE THE CAT AND MR. ERIC IN CONCERT Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Story By ERIC LITWIN 10:00 am For All Ages Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete and his friend, Mr. Eric, in this rocking new story about everyone s favorite kitty! Pete the Cat created and illustrated by James Dean. The following programs will be repeated several times during the Family Reading Festival. All book programs will include a hands-on activity. RABBI BRIAN GLUSMAN IN MINI-CONCERT WITH THE SHABBAT DINOSAUR In the Morris & Rae Frank Theatre Join us for 15-minute concerts featuring your favorite songs. Speak Up, Tommy! JAQUELINE DEMBAR GREEN For ages 4+ Tommy s classmates tease him about his Israeli accent and the way he speaks English. But his knowledge of Hebrew makes him a hero when a policeman and his dog come to visit Tommy s school. Savvy Cyber Kids at Home BEN HALPERT Ages 5 and under In The Savvy Cyber Kids at Home: The Family Gets A Computer, children learn to protect their online personal information, like their name and physical location, through their secret Savvy Cyber Kid identity. Through traditional early childhood teaching tools, this colorful book reinforces the message of online safety with pictures and rhyme. Lights Out Shabbat SARENE SHULIMSON Ages 5 and under During a rare snowstorm on Shabbat eve, a little boy and his grandparents discover that there is much the family can share on this very special evening even without electricity. The Wooden Sword ANN REDISH STAMPLER Ages 4+ Disguised in servant s clothes, an Afghani shah slips out of his palace to learn more about his people. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith that everything will turn out just as it should, the shah grows curious and decides to test that faith, only to find that the shoemaker s cheerful optimism cannot be shaken. Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah with JILL BLOOMFIELD For all ages Sample delicious Hanukkah treats and discover how to reinvent Hanukkah for your family. DINOSAUR GOES TO ISRAEL For all ages Based on the bestselling book, Dinosaur Goes to Israel, you and your family are invited to travel with us to Israel, where you ll explore some of Israel's favorite and famous sites! SHALOM BABY PRESENTS COLOR YOUR WORLD For Children 3 and under The Shalom Baby room will offer interactive activities where children will learn more about the colors in the world around them. Activities will include matching games, crafts, and musical play. THE PEACE ROOM KIDZONE The Peace Room KidZone is exclusively for families who need a place to relax. Peace Room children will enjoy story time led by KidZone staff, and discover a wonderful place where they can have quiet play time. YOUR MITZVAH WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY. Our mission is to collect new and gently used children s books (ages infant 13) to support shelters, hospitals, and schools throughout Atlanta. Donation bins are located at the MJCCA s front desk and at The Weinstein Preschool. BOOKS MOST REQUESTED: Board Chapter Picture Educational Fantasy Folklore History PLEASE NOTE: Books without front covers, with loose or missing pages, stains or water damage will not be accepted. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PACKING DAY ON DECEMBER 9 Please contact Amy at for more information.
13 Sunday, November 11 1:00 Pm Freedom Fighters Doreen Rappaport Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust Congregation Etz Chaim 1190 Indian Hills Pkwy, Marietta, GA Free to the Community Through 21 meticulously researched accounts some chronicled in book form for the first time Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance, and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying. 3:00 pm Crime and Punishment Richard Jaffe Quest for Justice / Richard Jaffe, one of the most successful defense attorneys at exonerating wrongfully sentenced death row inmates and innocent people accused of capital crimes, spotlights sensational murder cases and his extraordinary work defending accused killers who have lost all hope. As the criminal defense attorney for Eric Rudolph, the notorious Olympic Park and abortion clinic bomber, Jaffe also delves into his personal relationship with him. 6:30 pm Grandma s Glory Susan Isaacs Goldberg Variations: A Novel Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 From the wickedly funny New York Times bestselling author Susan Isaacs comes the ultimate novel of family dysfunction. Gloria Garrison, an aging entrepreneur, invites her three grandchildren, whom she barely knows, for a weekend visit so she can choose which one will take over her company, the beauty makeover business she has grown into a multi-million dollar a year business. When Gloria sends Susan Isaacs is the author business-class tickets to tempt the three grandkids for a visit, of 13 novels, including they couldn t be more surprised. Stranger still is the revelation Compromising Positions, Close that one of them may be offered the chance to inherit Glory. Relations, Almost Paradise, and As Husbands Go. 24 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival This program is at Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta. BOOK ClUB PICK SUNday November 11 8:15 pm Emily Giffin Where We Belong Non-Member: $24 Member: $18 Premier Seating $50 The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Emily Giffin delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together. Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-yearold girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian s perfectly constructed world and her very identity will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
14 12:00 pm Rising Literary Voices / Jillian Medoff I Couldn t Love You More Monday, November 12 Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot s stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household. Finn Montgomery, Eliot s long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I Couldn t Love You More illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we ll go to save each other, even as we can t save ourselves. Zoe Fishman Saving Ruth Growing up in Alabama, all Ruth Wasserman wanted was to be a blond Baptist cheerleader. But as a curly-haired Jew with a rampant sweet tooth and a smart mouth, this was an impossible dream. Not helping the situation was her older brother, David a soccer star whose good looks, smarts, and popularity reigned at school and at home. College provided an escape route and Ruth took it. When Ruth returns home to the South for the summer after her freshman year at college, a near tragedy pushes her to uncover family truths and take a good look at the woman she wants to become. 6:30 pm JCC BFF Susan Resnick You Saved Me, Too BOOK ClUB PICK Zoe Fishman lives in Marietta, GA with her husband and new baby boy. Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 Aron Lieb approached Sue Resnick at the Birmingham Jewish Community Center fifteen years ago, and found a companion and soulmate who was steadfastly by his side for the rest of his life. You Saved Me, Too is the incredible story of how two people shared the hidden parts of themselves and created a bond that was complicated, challenging, but ultimately invaluable. Sue was first attracted to Aron s warmth and wit, such a contrast to his tragic past and her recent battle with postpartum depression. Soon she would be dealing with his mental illness, fighting the mainstream Jewish community for help with his care, and questioning her faith. The dramatic tension builds when Sue promises not to let Aron die alone. This book chronicles their remarkable friendship, which began with weekly coffee dates and flourished into much more. With beautiful prose, it alternates between his history, their developing friendship, and a current health crisis that may force them to part. The Esther G. Levine Community Read Created to honor longtime book festival volunteer Esther G. Levine, the Community Read is intended to speak to the entire community regardless of religious affiliation, organizational mission, or political affiliation. MONday November 12 8:15 pm Rabbi Harold Kushner The Book of Job: When Bad Things Happened to a Good Person Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 From one of our most trusted spiritual advisers comes a thoughtful, illuminating guide to that most fascinating of biblical texts, The Book of Job, and what it can teach us about living in a troubled world. The story of Job is one of unjust things happening to a good man. Rabbi Harold S. Kushner examines the questions raised by Job s experience: What kind of God permits such bad things to happen to good people? Why does God test loyal followers? Can a truly good God be all-powerful? The Book of Job is balm for a distressed age and Rabbi Kushner s most important book since When Bad Things Happen to Good People. 26 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
15 TUESday, November 13 TUESday, November 13 12:00 pm Breaking Free Deborah Feldman Unorthodox In this arresting memoir about growing up in and ultimately escaping from a strict Hasidic community, Deborah Feldman reveals what life is like trapped within a religious sect that values silence and suffering over individual freedoms. The Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism is as mysterious as it is intriguing to outsiders. Unorthodox sheds new light on this subculture through one woman s harrowing tale of repression and self-discovery. 7:00 Pm Israel s Illustrious and Interesting People Ronda Robinson Beyond Politics One of O magazine s 10 Titles to Pick Up Now Free to the Community Temple Kol Emeth 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta, GA Beyond Politics highlights the lives of 18 different Israelis and bids us to expand our understanding of what is going on in Israel today by focusing not on current events, but on the lives of its many fascinating people immigrants from different parts of the world and those born in Israel. This is a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about the future of Israel and the Jewish people and seeks to foster dialogue, cooperation, and shalom in the Middle East. 28 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival BOOK ClUB PICK Eloquent, appealing, and just emotional enough No doubt girls all over Brooklyn are buying this book, hiding it under their mattresses, reading it after lights out and contemplating, perhaps for the first time, their own escape. (HuffingtonPost.com) This program is at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta. Brew Ha-Ha Non-Member: $18 / Member: $13 Creative Loafing Atlantic Station th Street, Suite 8150, Atlanta, GA Free parking for the first two hours! Park near the number 7 station and walk up the stairs. The entrance to Creative Loafing is between H & M and Z Gallerie. 6:30 pm Brew Ha-Ha DEVAN SIPHER, The Wedding Beat Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He s also a professional one: he writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there s a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else s wedding. But everything changes on New Year s when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seals the deal. Until an Aussie with attitude swoops in and whisks her away before Gavin gets her number. MEREDITH GOLDSTEIN, The Singles Take an instantly recognizable social dilemma attending a wedding alone add a good laugh (and maybe a cry), and meet The Singles, the warm and witty debut by Boston Globe Love Letters columnist Meredith Goldstein. 8:00 pm Brew Ha-Ha: The Parenting Edition MARY ANN ZOELLNER & ALICIA YBARBO, Sh*tty Mom Sh*tty Mom is the ultimate parenting guide, written by moms who have seen it all. As hilarious as it is universal, each chapter presents a common parenting scenario with advice on how to get through it in the easiest and most efficient way possible. With chapters such as How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend and When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby, this is a must-have, laugh-out-loud funny book for the sh*tty parent in all of us. DAN ZEVIN, Dan Gets a Minivan The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan Zevin has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to help, and an obese Labrador mutt. In this coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, Dan Gets a Minivan provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. Whether you re a dude, a dad, or someone who s married to either, fasten your seat belt and prepare to crack up. BEER COMPLIMENTS OF:
16 Join me for lunch featuring some of my favorite recipes out of my biggest cookbook yet! Low-Cal Gal WEDNESday November 14 12:00 pm Lisa Lillien Hungry Girl to the Max Lunch and Author Talk Non-Member: Lunch + Ticket: $35 Member: Lunch + Ticket: $30 Hungry Girl is not a nutritionist. She s just hungry. Lisa Lillien (a.k.a. Hungry Girl) is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand. She is the founder of hungry-girl.com, the free daily service that entertains and informs hungry people everywhere. Lisa is a typical woman battling the same food issues most females struggle with every day. She considers herself a foodologist, not because she has some kind of fancy degree, but because she is obsessed with food how wonderful it is, and how much of it she can eat and still fit into her pants. In addition to the million-plus die-hard subscribers to her daily s, Lisa also reaches millions more with a weekly column on WeightWatchers.com, regular contributions to Redbook magazine, and recurring appearances on television shows like Rachael Ray and Extra. Join us for a lunch featuring some of Lisa s favorite Hungry Girl recipes. (Note: The lunch menu for this program is available when you click on Lisa s book cover on our website at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.) This program includes a kosher dairy lunch from Goodfriend s Grill featuring some of Hungry Girl s most popular recipes. 8:30 pm Zionistic Zeal Peter Beinart The Crisis of Zionism Wednesday, November 14 Presented in part by Non-Member: $18 Member: $13 In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment s refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America s first Jewish president, a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people s special curse. Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late. 10:00 am Prohibition Schmohibition Marni Davis Jews and Booze Thursday, November 15 Free to the Community At the turn of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists viewed one another with growing suspicion. Jews believed that all Americans had the right to sell and consume alcohol. In Jews and Booze, Marni Davis examines American Jews long and complicated relationship to alcohol during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the years of the national prohibition movement s rise and fall. Davis offers a novel perspective on a previously unstudied area of American Jewish economic activity the making and selling of liquor, wine, and beer and reveals that alcohol commerce played a crucial role in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the growth of Jewish communities in the United States. Media Sponsor: forward.com TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
17 Thursday, November 15 Friday, November 16 11:15 Am The Alphabet Rabbi Janice Rothschild Blumberg Prophet in a Time of Priests Free to the Community Who was Alphabet Browne and why is this the first time anyone has written about him? Between his arrival in the United States during post-civil War Reconstruction and his death at the onset of the Great Depression, he grabbed headlines as a rabbi, journalist, attorney, and political activist, all in the pursuit of justice. He was widely known as an authority on the Talmud and the life of Jesus, and highly acclaimed nationally for his public lectures which one reviewer thought to be wittier than Mark Twain s. Why, then, did his name disappear from view? Was he victim or visionary, heretic or hero? Armed with a personal interest and unrelenting curiosity, Janice Rothschild Blumberg has meticulously researched, carefully documented, and deftly articulated the life of this controversial American rabbi. 12:30 pm Roar With Laughter Delia Ephron The Lion is In From celebrated author, playwright, and award-winning screenwriter of You ve Got Mail, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, comes a novel that is as witty as it is charming. Tracee is a runaway bride and kleptomaniac. Lana s an audacious beauty and a recovering alcoholic. Rita is a holyroller minister s wife, desperate to escape her marriage and discover whether she actually has a mind of her own. One warm summer s night, these three women go on the lam together. Their car breaks down on a rural highway in North Carolina and they re forced to seek shelter in a seemingly abandoned nightclub. Here they meet Marcel, the lion, and soon, nothing is the same. BOOK ClUB PICK One of the sharpest observers of human behavior around, Ephron, with her trademark mastery of smart, snappy dialogue, delivers a read-in-one sitting, feel-good celebration of resiliency and hope. (Starred Review, Booklist 3/1/12) 12:00 pm Souper Salads Jenny Levison Souper Jenny Does Salads Non-Member Ticket + Lunch: $35 Member Ticket + Lunch: $30 Join us for a lunch of delicious salads featured in Jenny Levison s latest cookbook while Atlanta s very own queen of fresh fare discusses how easy it is to create these healthy and delicious salads in your own kitchen. You ve always known that eating green could be healthy, and now, thanks to Atlanta s own Souper Jenny, it s easier than ever. With the abundance of supermarket selections of prepackaged greens, you can create a restaurant-style salad along with a fabulous dressing in your own kitchen. Lunch is a Kosher dairy meal prepared by Goodfriend s Grill. (Note: The lunch menu for this program is available when you click on Jenny s book cover on our website at atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.) Jenny Levison is the owner/chef of two Atlanta restaurants: Souper Jenny and Café Jonah. Stop by and Enjoy a Little Nosh! Enjoy delicious Glatt Kosher meat and dairy items at Goodfriend s Grill located at the end of Main Street at the MJCCA Zaban Park across from the indoor pool. Food is available for purchase before all events except for Saturday evenings. Snacks before Saturday night events will be available. Visit atlantajcc.org/services for a menu and hours of operation. 32 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
18 SUNday, November 18 Who s The Teach? SATURday November 17 8:00 pm TONY DANZA I d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High 10:00 Am Being True To Myself Joy Ladin Through the Door of Life : A Jewish Journey Between Genders Professor Jay Ladin made headlines around the world when, after years of teaching literature at Yeshiva University, he returned to the Orthodox Jewish campus as a woman Joy Ladin. In Through the Door of Life, Joy Ladin takes readers inside her transition as she changed genders and, in the process, created a new self. Ladin s poignant memoir takes us from the death of living as the man she knew she wasn t, to the shattering of family and career, to the new self, relationships, and love she finds when she opens the door of life. Non-Member: $24 Member: $18 Premier Seating: $50 I d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had is television, screen and stage star Tony Danza s absorbing account of a year spent teaching tenth-grade English at Northeast High Philadelphia s largest high school with 3600 students. Featuring indelible portraits of students and teachers alike, I d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had reveals just how hard it is to keep today s technologically savvy and often alienated students engaged, how impressively committed most teachers are, and the outsized role counseling plays in a teacher s day, given the At age 59 Tony Danza inexplicably chose to psychological burdens become a teacher at a tough, inner-city school. The story he tells is moving, eye-opening, and many students carry. compellingly honest. Love infuses his work, and he cries a lot. Read this book and you will too. (Joel Klein, former New York City Schools chancellor) COMING SOON! Coming FEBRUARY 2013 welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author BRUCE FEILER The Secrets of Happy Families: Surprising New Ideas to Bring More Togetherness, Less Chaos, and Greater Joy For more information, please visit: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival Presented by 34 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
19 A S'wonderful Musical Evening TICKETS NOW ON SALE! SUNday November 18 7:30 pm SEASO N October January 19-February 3 Michael Feinstein Ambassador Of the Great American Songbook The Gershwins and Me Non-Member: $24 Member: $18 Premier Seating: $50 Book by Tom Jones Music by Harvey Schmidt Lyrics by Tom Jones Based on Les Romanesques by Edmond Rosta Book by Joseph Stein Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick Based on Sholem Aleichem s stories by special permission of Arnold Perl From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs, several which will be performed by the author this evening. Michael Feinstein was just twenty years old when he got the chance of a lifetime: a job with his hero, Ira Gershwin. During their six-year partnership, the two became close friends. Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin s mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the younger man s zeal for his and his brother George s legacy. Now, in The Gershwins and Me, Michael Feinstein shares unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he s collected through the years. April 25-May 5 August 8-18 Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Co-Conceived by Eric Idle Based on the works of Dr. Seuss Music and Lyrics by Laurence O Keefe and Nell Benjamin Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture companyjatl.org Box Office: TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival
20 The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta and Congregation Beth Shalom PRESENT A COMMUNITY PARTNERS THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT Multi-Generational Family Israel Trip to JUNE 11-24, 2013 WITH Rabbi Brian Glusman and Rabbi Mark Zimmerman Trip includes a special welcome ceremony, meaningful B nai Mitzvah ceremony, Yad Vashem, Masada, Dead Sea, Jeep ride through the Golan Heights, archeological dig, and much more! Congregation Beth Shalom Information & Applications: atlantajcc.org We are proud to be in the 4 th year of our Community Partnership program. With the help of synagogues, day schools, and other nonprofits, we are working to engage the entire Atlanta area, and in turn, build a strong cultural community for the future. Please visit our website to see which event your community organization is supporting. Ahavath Achim Synagogue Alexander Muss High School in Israel American Jewish Committee Atlanta Chapter of Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity Atlanta Rabbinical Association Congregation B nai Torah Congregation Dor Tamid Congregation Etz Chaim Congregation Or VeShalom Georgia Commission on the Holocaust Greater Atlanta Hadassah Greenfield Hebrew Academy Israel Bonds Jewish Education Loan Fund Jewish Family & Career Services Jewish National Fund Sabra Riders of Atlanta Temple Beth Tikvah Temple Emanu-El Temple Kol Emeth Temple Sinai The ALEF Fund The AMIT Program The Chattahoochee Review The Davis Academy The Epstein School The William Breman Jewish Home (as of press time) COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ina L. Enoch & Sherie B. Gumer, CO-CHAIRS Wendy Bearman, Vice-Chair The Book Festival of the MJCCA would not be possible without the hundreds of community volunteers who lend their time, talents, and passion for books to the MJCCA. While we d like to list everyone involved, space precludes us from doing so. Please join us in thanking our committee and sub-committee chairs, in addition to our many festival volunteers. Author Hospitality Margie Stern Author Selection Ellen Chalef Arthur Gumer Bea Grossman (Vice-Chair) Author Transportation Dee Kline Book Club Insiders Ruth Hackner Cindy Schick Bookstore Al Finfer Alice Wertheim Bookstore Mavens Ed Feldstein Andrea Oppenheim Community PartnerS Marcy Bass Gayle Siegel Susan Tourial Connections Beth Arogeti Dana Barrett Esther Levine Family Reading Festival Jennie Medeiros Susann Shenk Jodi Halpert (Vice-Chair) Alexis Solomon (Vice-Chair) Patrons Sheryl Blechner Deborah Jacobs Julie Kleinman Project Give Robin Winner Sue Winner Social Media Lynn Epstein Volunteers Wendy Bearman Marcie Hirshberg Ellyse Zindler 38 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival TO PURCHASE TICKETS: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival