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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$10.00 Member
$12.00 Public
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Sun, Dec 6
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Register
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$12.00 Public
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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)

Registration link to come soon.

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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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 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
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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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
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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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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Wed, Sep 30
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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