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Book Fest in Your Living Room!

 

We are pleased to join JCCs from all around the nation in offering this exciting book and author series of the MCJCC Atlanta and the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Purchase a ticket to these Live Zoom Webinar events. Programs will be recorded and made available to ticket holders for seven days following the event.

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COMING UP:

Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., A Funny Thing Happened…

Sun. Apr 25, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Ticket: $6

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

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MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents 

Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent

Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Book purchases include signed bookplate! A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.

A New York Times New and Noteworthy Book!

The rollicking memoir from Robert Lefkowitz, the cardiologist turned legendary scientist and winner of the Nobel Prize – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm: The Adrenaline-Fueled Adventures of an Accidental Scientist – is a narrative that revels in the joy of science and discovery, written in conjunction with Emory University Professor Randy Hall.

Like Richard Feynman in the field of physics, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz is known for being a larger-than-life character: a not-immodest, often self-deprecating, always-entertaining raconteur. Indeed, when he received the Nobel Prize, the press corps in Sweden covered him intensively, describing him as “the happiest Laureate.”

Dr. Lefkowitz describes being a “yellow beret” in the public health corps with Dr. Anthony Fauci, his time as a cardiologist, and his extraordinary transition to biochemistry which would lead to his Nobel Prize win, all while igniting passion and curiosity as a fabled mentor and teacher throughout his career. In addition to working as a cardiologist, Dr. Lefkowitz is also a cardiac patient himself, and has a strong personal connection to his research. But it’s all in a day’s work, as Lefkowitz reveals in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm, which is filled to the brim with anecdotes and energy and gives us a glimpse into the life of one of today’s leading scientists.

Robert J. Lefkowitz is a Nobel-Prize-winning scientist (Chemistry, 2012) who is best known for showing how adrenaline works via stimulation of specific receptors. He was trained at Columbia, the National Institutes of Health and Harvard before joining the faculty at Duke University
in 1973. In addition to being a researcher, Dr. Lefkowitz is a cardiologist as well as a cardiac patient.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped by our partner, A Cappella Books, after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

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Hadassah Lieberman, Hadassah: An American Story

Sun., May 2 | 8 pm

Ticket: $6

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

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Hadassah Lieberman, Hadassah: An American Story

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent

Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

In 1949, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated from the Czech Republic to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president.

In Hadassah, Lieberman shares the story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, and a working mother, Lieberman’s memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to anti-Semitism to gender politics. With an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it’s a true American story.

Hadassah Lieberman has had a rewarding career dedicated to health care issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding, with a particular focus on global women’s health.

Book purchases include signed bookplate. A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

EVENT RECORDINGS: Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email [email protected] if you would like a copy.
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Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel

Thur., May 6 | 8 pm

Ticket: $6

Ticket and paperback copy of book: $25  (includes tax and shipping)

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MJCCA Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents 

Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel

Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. The Orphan’s Tale sold hundreds of thousands of copies while earning weeks on bestseller lists and the follow-up, The Lost Girls of Paris, stayed on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, among others, for over 20 weeks, while selling well-over a half-million copies and counting. Her deep research and emotional storytelling have made her a favorite of readers and critics alike. Join us as she discusses her latest will-be blockbuster, The Woman with the Blue Star.

  1. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents amidst the horrors of the Krakow Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Krakow restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. As with all her books, Jenoff took a small, little-known nugget from history and created a gripping and powerful story of survival against unimaginable odds. Inspired by the harrowing true stories of people who hid in the sewers beneath the streets of Europe in order to escape the Nazis, Jenoff blends vivid historical detail with a riveting and emotional story, shedding new light on this dark time in history.

Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including many the bestsellers, She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and 3 children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium. All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

EVENT RECORDINGS: Event recording for ticket holders will be available 24 hours after the event for a limited time; please email [email protected] if you would like a copy.
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Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Mon., May 10 | 8 pm

Ticket:  FREE

Ticket and copy of book: $36   (includes tax and shipping)

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In Conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Lewis, Exec. Director, Museum of History and Holocaust Education and Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Zoom Author Talk & Q + A

Presented in partnership with Books & Books, Coral Gables. All books are shipped following the event. Please allow up to 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related postal delays.

One of the most important stories of World War II: A spectacular, searing history that brings to light the extraordinary accomplishments of the brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters, a group of unknown heroes whose exploits have never been chronicled

The Light of Days has been optioned by Steven Spielberg for a major motion picture

“A remarkable portrait of young Jewish women who fought in the Polish resistance during WWII   . . . pays vivid tribute to ‘the breadth and scope of female courage.’ ”
Publishers Weekly

Of the legions of stories of World War II and the Holocaust that shape our understanding of those history-changing events, one of the most extraordinary has remained hidden until now: the daring resistance efforts of Jewish women in the ghettos of the Nazi occupation. In The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, Judy Batalion shares the acts of defiance and rebellion of women who saw and acknowledged the truth of their time, worked together, and risked their lives in the fight for justice and liberty. The Light of Days is a meticulously researched and grippingly told David-and-Goliath history that sheds light on the invaluable role these unsung heroines played in fighting against and surviving Hitler’s Final Solution.

Batalion first learned of the “ghetto girls” and their achievements when she stumbled upon a Yiddish-language memoir in the British Library more than a decade ago. Delving deeply into myriad Jewish archives and making numerous research trips to Poland and Israel, she painstakingly uncovered their stories through long-overlooked memoirs as well as other surviving documents and personal interviews with their families. The rebellious acts Batalion discovered ran the gamut from spontaneous, simple acts of defiance to complex, planned initiatives. The ghetto girls tricked the Gestapo into carrying their luggage filled with contraband, hid revolvers in teddy bears, flung Molotov cocktails, and bombed German train lines. They flirted with Nazis; bought them off with wine, whiskey, and pastry; and then shot and killed them.

Batalion shares the hope and daring of these remarkable women, focusing on Renia Kukielka, a young Jewish woman who disguised herself as a Catholic girl and broke through ghetto borders with weapons and cash strapped to her torso. She smuggled sick youth, planned rescue operations, and masterminded her own escape from a Gestapo prison. She lived to 90, known by friends and family for her sense of humor, her love of fashion, and her kindness.

A gripping, poignant tale of extraordinary female agency, The Light of Days reminds us of the importance of recognizing the control we have over our own selves even during the darkest times.

Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the ForwardVogue, and many other publications. Judy has a BA in the History of Science from Harvard, and a PhD in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and has worked as a museum curator and university lecturer. Born in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish, she now lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Dr. Catherine M. Lewis is Assistant Vice President of Museums, Archives & Rare Books, Executive Director of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education, and Executive Director of Museums, Archives & Rare Books at Kennesaw State University. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fifteen books.

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Paula Shoyer, The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook

Thur., May 13 | 7:30 pm

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LIVE COOKING DEMO WITH PAULA SHOYER, “THE KOSHER BAKER”!

Ticket:  $6

Ticket and copy of book: $30   (includes tax and shipping)

Presented in partnership with the MJCCA Community Outreach Department, the National JCC Literary Consortium, and A Cappella Books!

Let’s cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it’s NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don’t need an Instant Pot to participate — all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own! Both recipes are below if you’d like to purchase your ingredients in advance and cook along with Paula!

About The Instant Pot® Kosher Cookbook

Welcome to the first Instant Pot® cookbook to feature kosher food. Paula Shoyer has expertly developed a robust array of both traditional and contemporary kosher recipes for the king of all kitchen appliances: the Instant Pot®!

Jewish food and the Instant Pot® are a natural fit. So many traditional Jewish dishes are soups and stews—prepared before Friday night and kept warm throughout Shabbat, when observant Jews aren’t allowed to cook—and that’s the sweet spot of the Instant Pot®. For decades, Jewish families have relied on slow cookers to achieve the soft, flavor-filled stews of their ancestors, but they lamented the time required. Now, the Instant Pot® allows for vastly shorter cooking times without compromising flavor or texture. The Instant Pot ® Kosher Cookbook includes timeless Jewish favorites tailored to this modern appliance: stuffed cabbage, Israeli cooked salads, corned beef, brisket, cholent, Yemenite and Persian beef and lamb stews, chicken soup, beet soup, kasha varnishkes, tzimmis, even apple cake. There are weeknight meals as well as recipes for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and Passover, along with kosher versions of international classics such as lasagna, sesame noodles, arroz con pollo, Asian noodle soups, and risotto—all expertly and deliciously adapted to the Instant Pot®.

 Paula Shoyer is the author of The Healthy Jewish KitchenThe Holiday Kosher BakerThe Kosher BakerThe New Passover Menu, and the new Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook, available in September 2020. She has a degree in French pastry from the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and does cooking classes and talks all around the world. Paula was honored by Jewish Women International as a “Woman to Watch.” More about Paula can be found on her website at thekosherbaker.com and on instagram @kosherbaker and on Facebook at The Kosher Baker.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Anti-Trust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

Wed., May 19 | 8:00 pm

Ticket:  $11

Ticket and copy of book: $36 (includes tax and shipping)

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Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Book purchases support your local JCCs!  A Cappella Books is the official bookseller of the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

ANTITRUST is important, urgently needed book from the much-admired senior senator from Minnesota, and former candidate for president of the United States–a fascinating exploration of antitrust in America and the way forward to protect all Americans from the dangers of curtailed competition, and from vast information gathering, through monopolies.

From Standard Oil, and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, to the Progressive Era’s trust-busters, Amy Klobuchar, in this large, compelling history, writes of the fight against monopolies in America.

She writes of the breakup of Ma Bell, the pricing monopoly of Big Pharma, and the future of the giant tech companies (Facebook, Amazon, Google).

She begins with the Gilded Age (1870s-1900), when builders of fortunes and rapacious robber barons such as J. P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were reaping vast fortunes as industrialization swept across the American landscape, with the rich getting vastly richer and the poor, poorer. She discusses President Theodore Roosevelt, who, during the Progressive Era (1890s-1920), “busted” the trusts (breaking up monopolies); the Clayton Act of 1914; the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914; and the Celler-Kefauver Act of 1950 (it strengthened the Clayton Act). She explores today’s Big Pharma and its price-gouging; and tech, television, content, and agriculture communities and how a marketplace with few players, or one in which one company dominates distribution, can hurt consumer prices and stifle innovation.

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar is at work on, among others, issues raised by giant tech companies, such as Facebook, Google (it reportedly controls 90 percent of the search engine market), and Amazon, and puts forth her plans, ideas, and legislative proposals designed to strengthen the antitrust laws and antitrust enforcement.

AMY KLOBUCHAR is the senior senator from Minnesota, the first woman from that state to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She was born in Plymouth, Minnesota, and graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 – 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays!

 

 

 

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