Jewish Book Month


James H. Grossmann Memorial
Jewish Book Month Celebration

Jewish Book Month speaks to the mission of our Center; to heighten awareness of one's Jewish identity and enrich our Jewish lives. We have always been "the people of the book," and the celebration of Jewish Book Month gives us a wonderful opportunity to transmit our values to the entire community as well as to future generations. The celebration continues throughout the year with programs featuring Jewish authors and books of Jewish interest.

Book Sale and Signing after Each presentation

Jewish Book Month programs are supported in part by the James H. Grossmann Memorial Endowment Fund for the Celebration of Jewish Book Month and the Kurt & Henry Mahler Fund for Jewish Book Month.

The JCC is a member of the Jewish Book Fair Network coordinated
by the Jewish Book Council.

For more information contact:
Kathy Graff, 201.408.1454 | kgraff@jccotp.org

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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
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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room Presents Ina Garten

Modern Comfort Food

In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicous conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you’ll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina’s dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining—it’s like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way.

Ina Garten is a New York Times bestselling author and the James Beard Award-winning host of Barefoot Contessa, which has won three Emmy Awards and airs on the Food Network. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her twelfth book.

Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, and writer. He is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning, I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried. His books for adults include the memoirs, You’re Not Doing It Right, Navel Gazing, and the new, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country, and he has released several comedy albums. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $45 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

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Wed, Dec 2
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Wed, Dec 2
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room Presents Rachel Bloom

Celebrity Authors 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: $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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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room: Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

In Conversation with Harlan Coben, New York Times Bestselling Author

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A


From renowned actor and advocate Michael J. Fox comes a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

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

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Thu, Nov 19
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Thu, Nov 19
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room Presents John Grisham

A Time for Mercy

Zoom Author Talk + Q & A

Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time,  returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.

Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet.

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $37 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

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Wed, Nov 11
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Wed, Nov 11
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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Parents of Transgender Kids Share Their Experiences

A Conversation for Everyone

There are over two million trans people in the United States. Whether or not you have a personal connection to anyone who is trans, please come learn more. Authors Mimi Lemay and Jo Ivester (who both wrote books about their transgender children) and a representative from the Rockland County Pride Center will talk about the different ways trans people experience their gender identities, the process of transitioning, the emotional journey and the struggle for acceptance.

We will also talk about how we can be better allies and supporters regardless of whether we know someone who is transgender.

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

You can purchase What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation by Mimi Lemay on Bookshop here or on Amazon here
You can purchase Once a Girl, Always a Boy: A Family Memoir of a Transgender Journey by Jo Ivester on Bookshop here or on Amazon here.

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades and JCC Rockland are partnering to bring you this event along with The Rockland County Pride Center. 

Tue, Nov 10
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Tue, Nov 10
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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Celebrity Authors: Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy

Celebrity Authors 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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Celebrity Authors In Your Living Room Presents Harlan Coben

Celebrity Authors 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
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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For information, please email kgraff@jccotp.org