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Author Visits

SpotLight Speakers
A Night of Laughter and Comedy with Alan Zweibel, author of For This We Left Egypt?  A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

Tuesday, March 27 • 7:30 p.m.
This parody of the Passover Haggadah dishes up humorous explanations of Passover rituals accompanied by very funny anecdotes. 
Sponsored by Gitterman Wealth Management.
Price: $18, Member Price: $15
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Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer and has won five Emmy Awards for his work including Curb Your Enthusiasm.  He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays.

Conversations with Authors
We’ll Always Have Casablanca with author Noah Isenberg

Monday, April 16 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Casablanca’s premier, celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg will share a rich account of the life, legend and afterlife of Hollywood’s most beloved movie. Through extensive research and interviews, Isenberg explores the myths and realities behind the production. Isenberg focuses on the central role the refugees from Hitler’s Europe played in the production. (Nearly all the actors and actresses cast in Casablanca were immigrants.) Learn what made this movie so popular and why it continues to dazzle audiences.
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

SpotLight Speakers
Focus on Israel with Francine Klagsbrun author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

Monday, April 23 • 7:30 p.m.
Klagsbrun's definitive biography paints a portrait of Meir, an iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother, who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of our time.  Golda Meir was a world figure unlike any other. Born in tsarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation. Moving to mandatory Palestine in 1921 with her husband, the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz but soon left and was hired at a public works office by the man who would become the great love of her life. A series of public service jobs brought her to the attention of David Ben-Gurion, and her political career took off.  Golda brought fiery oratory, plainspoken appeals and shrewd deal-making to the cause to which she had dedicated her life — the welfare and security of the State of Israel and its inhabitants.  As prime minister, Golda negotiated arms agreements with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and had dozens of clandestine meetings with Jordan's King Hussein in the unsuccessful pursuit of a land-for-peace agreement with Israel's neighbors. But her time in office ended in tragedy, when Israel was caught off guard by Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973. Analyzing newly available documents from Israeli government archives, Francine Klagsbrun looks into whether Golda could have prevented that war and whether in its darkest days she contemplated using nuclear force. Resigning in the war's aftermath, she spent her final years keeping a hand in national affairs and bemusedly enjoying international acclaim. Klagsbrun's superbly researched and masterly recounted story of Israel's founding mother gives us a Golda for the ages.
Price: $18, Member Price: $15
Sponsored by Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC

Francine Klagsbrun is the author of more than a dozen books including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce. She was the editor of the best-selling Free to Be You and Me and is a regular columnist for The Jewish Week, a contributing editor to Lilith and on the editorial board of Hadassah Magazine.  Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek and Ms. Magazine.  She lives in New York City.

Conversations with Authors
Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism with authors Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos

Tuesday, April 24 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees who, in the 1930s, brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan and always more and more refugees. This book portrays Capa and Taro’s  riveting, tragic and inspiring story. 
Price: $7, Member Price: Free
Stay for lunch - Price: $8, Senior Price: $4.25 • reservations are needed three days in advance; contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org

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Fiction reads with authors in an intimate discussion setting!
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The Patriots with author Sana Krasikov

Wednesday, May 2 • 7:30 p.m.
When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves Brooklyn College for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow — and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Many years later, Florence’s son, Julian, will make the opposite journey, immigrating back to the United States. His work in the oil industry takes him on frequent visits to Moscow, and when he learns that Florence’s KGB file has been opened, he arranges a business trip to uncover the truth about his mother, and to convince his son, Lenny, who is trying to make his fortune in the new Russia, to return home. What he discovers is both chilling and heartbreaking: an untold story of what happened to a generation of Americans abandoned by their country.  The Patriots is a riveting evocation of the Cold War years, told with brilliant insight and extraordinary skill. Alternating between Florence’s and Julian’s perspectives, it is at once a mother-son story and a tale of two countries bound in a dialectic dance; a love story and a spy story; both a grand, old-fashioned epic and a contemporary novel of ideas. Through the history of one family moving back and forth between continents over three generations, The Patriots is a poignant tale of the power of love, the rewards and risks of friendship and the secrets parents and children keep from one another Wine and snacks included.
Price: $14, Member Price: $10