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Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex

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2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
314-442-3420 jccstl.org

March 2019

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Screening

March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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Celebrate with your neighbors Mr. Rogers' incredible legacy as we create a space for conversation and reflection around the tragic shooting at Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, Mr. Rogers' real-life neighborhood. Panel discussion to follow with JCRC and ADL. Suggested donation: $10 but RSVP required. FREE for Jewish Film Society members RSVP: npiper@jccstl.org; 314.442.3299

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November 2019

Susan Angel Miller with the Jewish Book Festival

November 4, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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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, 2019 @ 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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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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Elana Horwich at the Jewish Book Festival

November 8, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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Josh Samuel Frank at the Jewish Book Festival

November 11, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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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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Jewish Arts & Soul – Felting

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Jewish Community Center – Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146 United States
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Join teacher Melissa Burgess as we needle felt. Create a beautiful challah cover with wool roving on felt.

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Barbara J. Ostfeld with the Jewish Book Festival

November 15, 2019 @ 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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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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