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November 2019

Isaac Mizrahi with the Jewish Book Festival

November 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center, 2 millstone campus dr
saint louis, MO 63146 United States
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$45

Isaac Mizrahi will be the Keynote Speaker for Opening Night of the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival. Mizrahi will speak about his new book, I.M.: A Memoir, in which the fashion industry leader offers a poignant, candid and touching look back on his life so far. From growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family to his partnership with Target that brought his high-end collection to the masses, Mizrahi will share not only the glamour of his years,…

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Susan Angel Miller with the Jewish Book Festival

November 4 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

In Permission to Thrive, Susan Angel Miller shares an intensely personal story of faith and hope, addressing the unnerving and universal topics of death, illness, and trauma while conveying a hopeful mes¬sage: even though it’s impossible to predict when adversity will strike, we can choose how to respond to trauma, ultimately achieving post traumatic (PTG) growth. This memorable book traces Susan’s extraordinary journey, which begins when her healthy four¬teen-year-old daughter dies suddenly from a brain tumor, and the family’s decision…

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Pam Jenoff with Jewish Book Festival

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II. In The Lost Girls of Paris, Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

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Marra B. Gad with Jewish Book Festival

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

An unforgettable debut memoir about a mixed-race Jew­ish woman who, after fifteen years of estrange­ment from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes. The Col­or of Love explores the idea of yerusha, which means​ “inher­i­tance” in Yid­dish. At turns heart-wrench­ing and heart­warm­ing, this is a sto­ry about what you inher­it from your fam­i­ly — iden­ti­ty, dis­ease, melanin, hate, and most pow­er­ful of all, love. With hon­esty, insight, and warmth, Mar­ra B. Gad has writ­ten an inspirational, mov­ing, chron­i­cle prov­ing…

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Dawn Raffel with the Jewish Book Festival

November 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies Dr. Mar­tin Arthur Couney (née Michael Cohn) was one of the most improb­a­ble heroes of the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. For more than 40 years, he saved tiny pre­ma­ture babies by plac­ing them in incubator sideshows at Coney Island and world’s fairs, right out on the mid­way, next to the sword swal­low­ers and strip­pers. Rather than charge his patients’ par­ents, he fund­ed his prac­tice by…

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Yousef Bashir at the Jewish Book Festival

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

In The Words of My Father, a Pales­tin­ian-Amer­i­can activist recalls his ado­les­cence in Gaza dur­ing the Sec­ond Intifa­da. Still suf­fer­ing the effects of a near cat­a­stroph­ic injury at the hands of an anony­mous IDF sol­dier, it was Israeli doc­tors who saved Yousef and helped him even­tu­al­ly learn to walk again. In the wake of that expe­ri­ence, Yousef was forced to reck­on with the words of his father, whose belief in coex­ist­ing peace­ful­ly with his Israeli neigh­bors was unshake­able, and whose…

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Sports Night at the Jewish Book Festival

November 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$25

Featuring Art Shamsky After the Miracle is the inside account of an iconic team in baseball history: the 1969 New York Mets—a consistently last-place team that turned it all around in just one season—told by ’69 Mets outfielder Art Shamsky and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened then and where they are today. Art Shamsky was a Major League baseball player for eight years, and an integral part of the World Championship team in 1969. Since his retirement…

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Jack J. Hersch at the Jewish Book Festival

November 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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Free

Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust In June 1944, the Nazis locked eighteen-year-old Dave Hersch into a railroad boxcar and shipped him to Mauthausen Concentration Camp. After ten months, Dave was forced to join a death march to Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, over thirty miles away. Miraculously, Dave escaped, but was quickly recaptured and put on another death march a few days later, where he achieved the impossible: he escaped again. Dave…

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Margalit Fox with the Jewish Book Festival

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Conan Doyle for Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this story – in which Conan Doyle serves as detective on an actual murder case. In this book, former New York Times obit writer Margalit Fox takes us step…

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Women’s Night at the Jewish Book Festival

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis , MO 63146 United States
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$25

Featuring Elizabeth Weitzman Renegade Women in Film and TV blends stunning illustrations, fascinating bio¬graph¬i¬cal pro¬files, and exclusive inter¬views with icons like Bar¬bra Streisand, Rita Moreno, and Sigourney Weaver to celebrate the accomplishments of 50 extraordinary women through¬out the history of entertainment. This book honors the women who succeeded against all odds, changing their industry in front of the cam¬era and behind the scenes. Elizabeth Weitzman is a journalist, film critic, and the author of more than two dozen books for…

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Elana Horwich at the Jewish Book Festival

November 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Writ­ten by a for­mer come­di­enne and high school his­to­ry teacher who lived for 5 years in Italy and earned a grad­u­ate degree in Jew­ish Ital­ian his­to­ry, Elana Horwich start­ed a cook­ing school which empow­ers peo­ple across the coun­try to pas­sion­ate­ly cook with con­fi­dence and love as a form of tikkun olam. Meal and a Spiel uses humor and wis­dom to teach intu­itive cook­ing. It fea­tures unabashed mem­oir, essays on life and “class­room cor­ners” that explain how and why recipes work…

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Sarah Hurwitz at the Jewish Book Festival

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Here All Along: A Reintroduction to Judaism After a decade as a political speechwriter—serving for First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton on her 2008 presidential campaign—Sarah Hurwitz decided to apply her skills as a communicator to writing a book . . . about Judaism. And no one is more surprised than she is. Hurwitz was the quintessential lapsed Jew—until, at age thirty-six, after a tough breakup, she happened upon an advertisement for an introductory class on…

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Dave Itzkoff at the Jewish Book Festival

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis , MO 63146 United States
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$25

From New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff comes the definitive biography of Robin Williams – a compelling portrait of one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood entertainers. From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in Robin, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt, which…

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Alana Newhouse at the Jewish Book Festival

November 10 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Mirowitz Center, Covenant Place
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$25

To para­phrase an old cliché, put any two Jews togeth­er and you’ll have three opin­ions about Jew­ish food. Ask them to name the most Jew­ish Food and the list turns high­ly debat­able — exact­ly the best way to describe The 100 Most Jew­ish Foods, edit­ed by Alana New­house of Tablet mag­a­zine, a dai­ly online mag­a­zine of Jew­ish news ideas and cul­ture which she found­ed in 2009. Infor­ma­tive, unex­pect­ed, pas­sion­ate, quirky, and rich with lay­ers of tra­di­tion and his­to­ry, like an edi­ble time­line…

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An Enchanted Evening with the Jewish Book Festival

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis , MO 63146 United States
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$36

Featuring Todd S. Purdum They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of classic Broadway musicals whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of…

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Josh Samuel Frank at the Jewish Book Festival

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Giraffes on Horse­back Sal­ad was a Marx Broth­ers film, writ­ten by mod­ern art icon Sal­vador Dali who’d befriend­ed Har­po. Reject­ed by MGM, the script was thought lost for­ev­er. But author Josh Frank found it, and, with come­di­an Tim Hei­deck­er and Span­ish comics cre­ator Manuela Perte­ga, he’s re-cre­at­ed the film as a graph­ic nov­el in all its gor­geous, full-col­or, cin­e­mat­ic, sur­re­al glo­ry. It is the sto­ry of two unlike­ly friends, a Jew­ish super star film icon, and Span­ish painter, and the…

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Dr. Michael Roizen at the Jewish Book Festival

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$25

What if eat­ing two cups of blue­ber­ries a day could pre­vent can­cer? If drink­ing a kale-infused smooth­ie could coun­ter­act miss­ing an hour’s worth of sleep? And would you actu­al­ly drink that glass of water if it meant skip­ping the gym? This rev­o­lu­tion­ary guide reveals how to use food to enhance our per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al lives – and increase longevi­ty to boot. What to Eat When is not a diet book. Instead acclaimed internist Michael Roizen and cer­ti­fied physi­cian Michael Cru­pain offer read­ers…

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Missouri’s Own at the Jewish Book Festival

November 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$25

Hear short presentations from three headlining authors, plus meet five additional local talents who will share a sneak peak of their diverse books. Following the presentations, audience members will have the opportunity to meet each author “exhibition style” at tables around the room, to ask questions and have their books signed. Michael A. Kahn The Art of Conflict: Tales from the Courtroom The Art of Conflict pairs each of five previously published articles on practical lawyering advice by an esteemed…

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Michael Coles with the Jewish Book Festival

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Co-founder of Great American Cookie Company and former CEO of Caribou Coffee, Michael J. Coles is a business expert, serial entrepreneur, education advocate, transformational leader and well-known public speaker. In his new memoir, Time to Get Tough, Coles reflects on his notable life and shares a wealth of knowledge and tips that he has gathered over the years as a community and business leader. He recounts the failures and successes that led him from poverty and a near-fatal motorcycle accident…

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Robert Matzen at the Jewish Book Festival

November 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

Twenty-five years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. Audrey had to contend with the fact that her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first two years…

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Julie Satow with the Jewish Book Festival

November 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jewish Community Center-Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

From the moment in 1907, when Alfred Van­der­bilt strode through the Plaza’s doors to become its first guest to the day in 2007, when a mys­te­ri­ous Russ­ian oli­garch bought the hotel’s largest pent­house, the white tow­er at the cor­ner of Cen­tral Park has radi­at­ed wealth and lux­u­ry. For some, the Plaza evokes images of F. Scott Fitzger­ald frol­ick­ing in the Pulitzer Foun­tain or Eloise pour­ing water down the mail chute. But there are also dark hid­den secrets: the mur­der per­pe­trat­ed…

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Lori Gottlieb with the Jewish Book Festival

November 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20

From New York Times best-sell­ing author, psy­chother­a­pist, and nation­al advice colum­nist Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone is a hilar­i­ous, thought-pro­vok­ing, and sur­pris­ing new book that takes us behind the scenes of a therapist’s world — where her patients are look­ing for answers (and so is she). One day, Lori Got­tlieb is a ther­a­pist who helps patients in her Los Ange­les prac­tice. The next, a cri­sis caus­es her world to come crash­ing down. With star­tling wis­dom and humor, Got­tlieb invites…

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William Groner & Tom Teicholz at the Jewish Book Festival

November 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$20

9/12 is the saga of the epic nine-year legal battle against the City of New York and its contractors on behalf of the more than ten thousand first responders who became ill from the toxic stew of chemicals present in the dust and debris as a result of working on the Ground Zero cleanup. Told by Groner, a lead attorney in the mass tort litigation, and journalist Tom Teicholz, 9/12 is the story of the brave public servants who showed…

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Kirsten Fermaglich

November 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
$20

Our think­ing about Jew­ish name chang­ing tends to focus on clichés: ambi­tious movie stars who adopt­ed glam­orous new names or insen­si­tive Ellis Island offi­cials who changed immi­grants’ names for them. But as Kirsten Fer­maglich ele­gant­ly reveals in A Rosenberg by Any Other Name, in twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry New York City, Jew­ish name chang­ing was actu­al­ly a vol­un­tary behav­ior as thousands of Jews legal­ly changed their names in order to respond to an upsurge of anti­semitism. This first his­to­ry of name chang­ing in…

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Kristallnacht Program with Jack Fairweather

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewish Community Center Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis , MO 63146 United States
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$20

To uncover the fate of the thousands being interred at a mysterious Nazi camp on the border of the Reich, a thirty-nine-year-old Polish resistance fighter named Witold Pilecki volunteered for an audacious mission: assume a fake identity, intentionally get captured and sent to the new camp, and then report back on what had happened to his compatriots there. But gathering information was not his only task: he was to execute an attack from inside—where the Germans would least expect it.…

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Barbara J. Ostfeld with the Jewish Book Festival

November 15 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

In Cat­bird: The Bal­lad of Bar­bi Prim, the world meets an insight­ful, opin­ion­at­ed 8-year-old who’s already tak­en a few steps toward becom­ing a pio­neer — but also a shad­ow of her quirky self. Although she’s cor­rod­ed — some­times lit­er­al­ly — by a tox­ic, but famil­iar social atmos­phere, her love of singing pro­pels her to accomplish something extraordinary. A fam­i­ly cri­sis expos­es old and endur­ing wounds, but she begins to res­cue her­self — by dili­gent­ly going to ther­a­py — and embarks on an imper­fect but per­pet­u­al meta­mor­pho­sis becom­ing the well-coiffed hero­ine…

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December 2019

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

December 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146 United States
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$20

From the hosts of Tablet magazine’s wild­ly pop­u­lar Unortho­dox pod­cast, The Newish Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia is an edi­fy­ing, enter­tain­ing, and thor­ough­ly mod­ern intro­duc­tion to Judaism. The book is an alpha­bet­i­cal ency­clo­pe­dia of short entries — some pro­fane, some pro­found, and some both — heavy on the graph­ics and, like con­tem­po­rary Judaism itself, fea­tur­ing a panoply of diver­gent voic­es, all amus­ing and well-informed and none in per­fect agreement. By weav­ing togeth­er the essen­tial and the eso­teric, the snarky, and the earnest, the Jew­ish and the Jew-ish,…

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