Rosh Hashanah Holiday Hours: Sunday, October 2 - Sports & Wellness closes at 2:00 p.m. • Monday, October 3 - DPJCC Closed • Tuesday, October 4 - DPJCC Closed


Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival

Our 2016-2017 Diane & Barry Wilen jewish book festival is here!

We are excited to present the 29th year of the Diane & Barry Wilen Jewish Book Festival! This year, we are bringing authors to the J from all over the country for your enjoyment. Reserve your seat today! Become a Patron of the Arts to receive special discounts & perks for all of the incredible parts of our 2016-2017 Cultural Arts season!


What Are You Reading 2.0

What Are You Reading?
hosted virtually by author Geraldine Brooks
Thursday, October 20, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.

Geraldine BrooksThrough the wonders of modern technology, you are invited to be transported “screen to screen” with the Australian-born, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March and People of the Book. Geraldine Brooks has sold more than two million copies of her novels and has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. In her latest novel, The Secret Chord, Brooks once again brings history to life when she takes on the enigmatic figure of King David.  

Cost: DPJCC Members & Community - $15 per person

Listen to author Gerladine Brooks talk about The Secret Chord on the Diane Rehm Show.

An Evening for the mind, body & soul
Knowledge women need and women need to share.
Wear your workout gear, and get ready to get energized!
Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m. - light warm-up exercise
7:45 p.m. - author breakout sessions - featuring Dr. Romy Block & Dr. Arielle Levitan, Dr. Mache Seibel, Benjamin Shalva
8:45 p.m. - light yoga cool-down

The pathway to a healthy life can be a winding road with detours and wrong turns.  Our guest authors will help us navigate the road to better health with sage advice on vitamins, the estrogen controversy and spiritual cross-training.

Romy Block and Arielle Levitan, Chicago-based medical doctors and authors of The Vitamin Solution, will unravel the conflicting information surrounding the use of vitamins and minerals and provide a concise, medically-sound approach to using supplements.

Mache Seibel, M.D.,
one of America’s leading experts on women’s wellness and menopause and author of The Estrogen Window, unveils groundbreaking research that describes that specific period of time in which a woman may safely begin estrogen (hormone replacement) therapy to minimize the risks and reduce menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, sleep issues, brain fog and weight gain.

Benjamin Shalva, author of Spiritual Cross-Training, journeyed through the wilds of Tibet on a quest for enlightenment. Using the lessons and techniques he gained, Shalva reveals that by cross-training in three simple exercises — silence, stretch and song — you may connect with your spiritual self in a yoga studio, sitting in traffic, working late or in a place of worship.

Cost: DPJCC Members & Community - $18 per person

Style with Carson Kressley
Thursday, November 17, 2016 • 7:00 p.m.

Does this Book Make My Butt Look Big? by Carson KressleyFrom the Emmy-winning TV star of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy comes Does This Book Make My Butt Look Big?, Carson Kressley’s  hilariously cheeky style guide for women.  As “your fairy godstylist” Kressley shares his secrets to help any woman feel sexier in her own skin, build unshakable body confidence and unleash her personal style.

Cost: DPJCC Members & Community - $25 per person

Brad Meltzer
Keynote Author Event
Thursday, December 8, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.

Brad MeltzerFor his latest thriller, The House of Secrets, New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer joins forces with award-winning author Tod Goldberg to launch a new series. Featuring a fantastic female protagonist, Hazel Nash, the story has all the hallmarks from both authors — a quick-moving plot, compelling historical mysteries and fascinating, complex characters.  

Hazel Nash’s father is the host of America’s favorite conspiracy TV show. When he is murdered, Hazel has to solve the crime. She quickly realizes that all the secret stories her father told her as a child were real.  The novel is full of secret history and the coolest story ever about George Washington and Benedict Arnold.

Cost: DPJCC Members - $15 • Community - $18

Robert P. Watson
Thursday, January 19, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

The Nazi Titanic by Robert P. WatsonIt was one of the world’s worst maritime disasters, claiming more than three times as many lives as the Titanic catastrophe.  But the story of the sinking of the Cap Arcona has practically been lost from history. From 1927 and for years thereafter, the German luxury liner, sailed with over 1,300 affluent travelers per voyage. With the advent of World War II, the Cap Arcona was converted into a floating Nazi barracks then transformed again into a floating concentration camp. In 1945 The Royal Air Force performed a general air strike off Germany’s coast, attacking ships believed carrying SS leadership. The strike sunk several ships including the Cap Arcona, which was carrying close to 4,500 concentration camp prisoners. Only 350 survived. 

In The Nazi Titanic, Robert P. Watson, a prominent historian, political commentator and author of 36 books, gives this tragic episode in Holocaust history the attention it has always deserved. 

Cost: DPJCC Members - $12 • Community - $15

Betsy Lerner
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy LernerFor over 50 years, these five octogenarians gathered for lunch and bridge every Monday. As a child, Betsy Lerner was fascinated by their outfits, hairdos and accessories.  When circumstances take Lerner back to her hometown, she hopes to lessen the rift between her and her mother. She decides to learn bridge and get to know the ladies better—all women who came of age in the 1940s and ‘50s.  The Bridge Ladies is ultimately a heartwarming, funny memoir about the generational divide and “bridging” the gaps.  Betsy Lerner is an award-winning writer, poet, literary agent and blogger.

Cost: DPJCC Members - $12 • Community - $15