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Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival


Cultural arts is bursting with excitement at the David Posnack JCC. For the last several years our Patrons have enthusiastically embraced our book, film and music festivals.  We are poised to once again make this season's cultural arts programming the best in our JCC history,  and we are pleased to offer our Patron of the Arts supporters wonderful benefits, recognition and exclusive swag and perks throughout our three festivals.  

Jewish Film FestivalJTalks SeriesIsraeli Programming

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Community Read with Jim Shepard

Thursday, December 17 • 7:30 p.m.

Set in the Warsaw ghetto, The Book of Aron unfolds through the eyes of 9-year-old Aron, an engaging but peculiar young boy, whose only friends are a rowdy bunch of young smugglers who steal to keep their families alive - a battle Aron ultimately loses. He finds refuge in an orphanage run by real-life hero and children's rights advocate, pediatrician Janusz Korczak, and this mesmerizing work of fiction intertwines with history to expose the catastrophic impact of war and genocide on children.

Jim Shepard is the author of six novels, including most recently Project X, and four story collections, including most recently the forthcoming You'd Think That's Bad. His third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won The Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in, among other magazines Harper's, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, DoubleTake, the New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope:All-Story, and he was a columnist on film for the magazine The Believer. Four of is stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, and one for a Pushcart Prize. He teaches at Williams College and in the Warren Wilson MFA program, and lives in Williamstown with his wife Karen, his three children and two beagles.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $10 • Community $12
(Includes author presentation & book signing)

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Additional Resources

'The Book of Aron,' by Jim Shepard, is a masterpiece (The Washington Post)

'The Book of Aron,' by Jim Shepard (SFGate)

Conversation with Barney Frank

Thursday, January 7 • 7:30 p.m.
VIP Meet & Greet • 6:00 p.m.

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time? In this feisty and often moving memoir, Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions. Through it all, he expertly analyzes the gifts a successful politician must bring to the job, and how even Congress can be made to work. Frank is the story of an extraordinary political life, an original argument for how to rebuild trust in government, and a guide to how political change really happens--composed by a master of the art.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $18 • Community $22
(Includes author presentation and book signing)

VIP Admission
DPJCC Members $50 • Community $55

(Includes meet & greet + book signing prior to presentation, & author presentation)


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Author: Thane Rosenbaum

Thursday, January 14 • 7:30 p.m.

Set in Miami Beach, Florida in 1972, the novel follows the Posner family--two Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adam--doing everything they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful diversions. In this year, Miami Beach was the site of both the Republican and Democratic political conventions, and saw the rise of the counterculture, the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. The novel is enriched by the presence of historical characters such as Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, I. B. Singer, Meyer Lansky and comical crew of fading gangsters. There is even a sighting of Fidel Castro. For these two Holocaust survivors and their son, Miami Beach was to be their salvation. Where better to blend in, regain one's sanity, and live their lives? Instead what they discover is that Miami Beach is not a place of camouflage--all that sunshine highlighted the very things they wished to forget, and the abundant sun turned their lives into a Disney World of funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides, giving them a front row seat through a transformational year in American culture, politics and world history.

General Admission
DPJCC Members $10 • Community $12

(Includes author presentation & book signing)

Women in Literature Luncheon
Tuesday, February 9 • Noon

Featuring Nicole Dweck, Nomi Eve & Sigal Sherman.
An appetizing event with three wonderful authors - sure to satisfy your literary cravings.

Tickets will go on sale soon. For additional information, please call 954.434.0499, ext. 336.