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Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Deepak Chopra

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
DEEPAK CHOPRA, Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life
With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.”

For the last thirty years, Deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West. His new book Total Meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring.

“Stop. Take three deep breaths and smile everywhere in your body, observing what’s happening in your body. Proceed now with kindness and understanding.”

Join New York Times bestselling author Deepak Chopra as he guides you on how to wake up to new levels of awareness that will ultimately cultivate a clear vision, heal suffering in your mind and body, and help recover who you really are.

Dr. Chopra will be leading a short meditation.

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is the author of 90 books TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”  https://www.deepakchopra.com/

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $31 includes one signed copy of book (includes shipping)

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Wed, Sep 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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JCC U Fall Term—Online

October 8
Winston Churchill—Britain’s Incomparable Leader, Continued
Columbia Law School lecturer, Jess Velona returns to JCC U to tell the story of Churchill’s unparalleled leadership of Britain during World War II and beyond. We will watch Churchill’s speeches, including the timeless addresses in which he steeled Britons to resist the Nazis. This is part 2 of Velona’s series on this topic. (No worries if you missed the first one, this talk stands on its own.)

October 22
The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress
Jennifer Steinhauer
 takes time out of her extraordinarily prolific New York Times reporting career to speak to us about the biggest and most diverse freshman class of women that joined Congress in 2018. She chronicles their transition from running trailblazing campaigns to the daily work of governance. Get inside access as well as historical perspective and see the impact of women as they go all out to govern and remake Congress.**

To purchase the book in advance of the talk you can click here or here

November 5
Photographic Self-Portraiture—Much More Than a Selfie
JCC U favorite Smithsonian fellow and former Whitney Museum teaching fellow Janine DeFeo takes a deep dive into photographic self-portraiture. See how renowned artists and up and coming talents have used this medium to create art in their own images, immortalizing themselves in the process.

November 19
The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, The FBI, The Media and Richard Jewell, The Man Caught in the Middle
Authors Kevin Salwen, who ran the Wall Street Journal’s Southeast news coverage during the 1996 Olympics and Kent Alexander, the US Attorney in Atlanta at the time, tell the story of how innocent security guard Richard Jewel was turned into the Olympic bombing’s top suspect. Clint Eastwood’s 2019 film The Suspect is based on this book. **

To purchase the book in advance of the talk click here or here


Before each talk, registrants will receive the Zoom link via email. 
 
**Membership in the Jewish Book Council is funded by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Endowment Fund.

 

Thu, Oct 8
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Winston Churchill—Britain’s Incomparable Leader, Continued
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Winston Churchill—Britain’s Incomparable Leader, Continued

Thu, Oct 8
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Thu, Oct 22
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress
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The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress

Thu, Oct 22
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Thu, Nov 5
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Photographic Self-Portraiture—Much More Than a Selfie
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Photographic Self-Portraiture—Much More Than a Selfie

Thu, Nov 5
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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Thu, Nov 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, The FBI, The Media and Richard Jewell, The Man Caught in the Middle
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The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, The FBI, The Media and Richard Jewell, The Man Caught in the Middle

Thu, Nov 19
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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5 times
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On dates: Sep 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19
All 5 sessions
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All 5 sessions

5 times
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
On dates: Sep 24, Oct 8, Oct 22, Nov 5, Nov 19


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Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Steve Madden

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
STEVE MADDEN, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever
In conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist  
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
 
Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start-up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion-dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way. From his unconventional hiring strategies to his slavish devotion to product.  Readers are treated to the wild ride though his rise, fall, and comeback. But they will also walk away uplifted by a man who has owned up to his mistakes and come back determined to give back and use his hard-won platform to create positive change.

Steven Madden is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, and a business titan whose eponymous company is currently worth 3 billion dollars. On the flip side, he is an ex-con, a recovering addict, and a devoted family man. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting, and more importantly, how this will translate to the customer. He is also an active philanthropist and mentor who supports a number of organizations that help those in need of a second chance.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

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Thu, Oct 15
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Thu, Oct 15
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Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Harlan Coben

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Harlan Coben, The Boy From the Woods
In Conversation with Emily Giffin, New York Times Bestselling Author
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

A man with a mysterious past is asked to find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. Naomi Pine's disappearance is not taken seriously, not even by her father -- but Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney who knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school, asks Wilde -- with whom she shares a tragic connection -- to use his unique skills to help find the child. In order to find her, he must venture back into a community where he never fit in and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions…secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.  

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty-one novels including The Boy From the Woods, Run Away, Fool Me Once, Tell No One and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 43 languages. He is the creator and executive producer for the Netflix television dramas The Stranger, based on his novel, Safe, and several others.

(Rescheduled Event – Guests with tickets from the originally scheduled event will be contacted with information regarding books and how to access the program)

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $23 for one virtual ticket and paperback copy of book (shipping included) 

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Sun, Oct 25
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Sun, Oct 25
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In Defense of Elitism

Humorist Joel Stein with Comedian Karen Bergreen

Laugh with Joel Stein as he discusses his book In Defense of Elitism a hilarious take on America’s political divide. 

According to Joel, “This is a call to arms for the elite.  Not an actual call to arms, since we don’t think people should have those, but metaphoric arms, which are the type of arms that will be useless against the populists’ arms, which are real arms.  Which is why I’m not standing up to the populists in person, but here in print, where none of them will know about it.” 

A Thurber finalist, Joel was a columnist for Time Magazine for twenty years, and then a columnist for Entertainment Weekly and the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at Princeton, written for several sitcoms, and authored Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity.  Joel has a BA and MA in English from Stanford.  

Karen Bergreen is a stand up comedian and a former lawyer. She is a graduate of Harvard making her a member of the intellectual elite. 

This is an online event. We will email you a Zoom link before the talk.

You can purchase the book in advance of the talk on Bookshop here or on Amazon here.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and JCC Rockland are partnering to bring you this event. 

Mon, Oct 26
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Mon, Oct 26
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Book Fest In Your Living Room: Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, Never Alone
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Never Alone is a classic account of courage, integrity and belonging. In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. In Never Alone, Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy show how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. Never one who placed expediency ahead of consistent values, Sharansky was an often-awkward political colleague but always visionary as to where the real threats to freedom lay. Never Alone is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people. Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man whose fight for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny would come to define the rest of his life. 

Natan Sharansky is an Israeli politician, human rights activist and author. He served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency from June 2009 to August 2018.

Gil Troy is the award-winning author of "The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s" which will be published this October by Thomas Dunne Books of St. Martin?s Press. A Professor of History at McGill University since 1990, he is a leading presidential historian, writing about the history of American presidential elections, the importance of moderation in American democracy, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan's fight as US Ambassador to the UN against the infamous Zionism is Racism resolution.
 

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $6 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

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Sun, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Sun, Nov 8
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Rachel Bloom

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents
Rachel Bloom, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are
Music and Multi-Media Presentation!
ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

Rachel Bloom is best known as the star and co-creator of the CW musical dramedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance as "Rebecca Bunch" as well as an Emmy Award for the show's songwriting. As a live performer, she has sold out Radio City Music Hall and The London Palladium and recently had a residency at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In April, she starred in the movie Trolls World Tour as "Barb." She will be writing the music and lyrics for The Nanny on Broadway.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

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Sat, Nov 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Sat, Nov 21
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia--Online Event

From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between
 
Usher in Chanukah with authors Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz and Mark Oppenheimer as they present their highly entertaining, and a little bit irreverent, un-put-down-able encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish which covers culture, religion, history, habits, language, and more. We will refresh our knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords, the meaning of words like balaboosta, balagan and bashert. Their book will help you understand all the major and minor holidays and remind you why you need to read Hannah Arendt, watch Seinfeld, and listen to Leonard Cohen. It’s a lot. And it’s also a really fun Chanukah gift!

Stephanie Butnick is the deputy editor of Tablet and has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She lives in New York with her husband and their cat, Cat Stephens. Liel Leibovitz is a senior writer for Tablet and the author of several books, including A Broken Hallelujah, a spiritual biography of Leonard Cohen. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children. Mark Oppenheimer is the former Beliefs columnist for The New York Times and the author of The Bar Mitzvah Crasher: Road-Tripping Through Jewish America. He has a Ph.D. in American religion from Yale and lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife and five children.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and JCC Rockland are partnering to bring you this event.

Publicity Partner: Temple Kol Dorot

You can purchase the book in advance on Bookshop here or on Amazon here

We will email you the Zoom link prior to the event.

Sun, Dec 6
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Sun, Dec 6
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


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