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Fall 2020 Arts & Culture

In partnership with the Rutgers Virtual Jewish Film Festival 
Latter Day Jew

This film may be streamed from Sunday, November 8 – Sunday, November 22
(You have 48 hours from the moment you start the film to finish watching.)

Director: Aliza Rosen
Language: English
Running Time: 113 minutes   

Q&A with H. Alan Scott, Documentary subject
Thursday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m.

With a poignant mix of hilarity and seriousness, Latter Day Jew follows H. Alan Scott, a gay writer-comedian, cancer survivor, and former Mormon who becomes a Jew by choice. His family embraces his new spiritual path as he visits Israel and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah.


Funding for this program is made available through the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts 


The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook with Authors Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner

Tuesday, December 1 • 730 p.m.
In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest
The Berkshires boasts an impressive number of family-run farms. These stories of the area's farmers and chefs are told through the language of food and the recipes extend well beyond the region. Join the Bildners’ as they paint a vivid portrait of the earth and what we eat. Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council.
Price: $10

Register in advance here

One Book. One Jewish Community.
Book Read with Nesting Dolls author Alina Adams

Tuesday, December 8 • 7:30 p.m.
The Nesting Dolls is about three gen­er­a­tions of a Sovi­et Jew­ish fam­i­ly in 1930s and 1970s Odessa USSR, and in present day Brighton Beach, Brook­lyn. Three women strug­gle to sur­vive through Stal­in’s purges, the Free Sovi­et Jewry move­ment and the bat­tle between roots and assim­i­la­tion in America.  Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council.
Price: $10

Register here in advance and receive an autographed bookplate

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the program. 

BookFest in Your Living Room 


Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality 
In Conversation with Harlan Coben, New York Times Bestselling Author

Thursday, November 19 | 8:00 p.m.  

Ticket: $36 for one virtual ticket (includes one copy of the book and domestic shippingonly, books will be shipped after the event)

Register for Michael J. Fox here

From renowned actor and advocate Michael J. Fox comes a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Rachel Bloom, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are 
Music and Multi-Media Presentation! 

Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.   

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)


From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

Rachel Bloom is best known as the star and co-creator of the CW musical dramedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance as "Rebecca Bunch" as well as an Emmy Award for the show's songwriting. As a live performer, she has sold out Radio City Music Hall and The London Palladium and recently had a residency at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In April, she starred in the movie Trolls World Tour as "Barb." She will be writing the music and lyrics for The Nanny on Broadway.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium

Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks 

Sunday, November 22 |1:00 p.m.   

Tickets: Free for one virtual ticket or $30 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

Register for Melissa Clark here

Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!

Clark, who has more range than any food writer today (and a young daughter to boot), marries the flavors beloved by adult fans of her bestselling cookbooks and her work in the New York Times with recipes that any kid, whether cooking-curious or already kitchen-puttering, can make and build on, including Brown Butter French Toast, Sweet or Savory Dutch Babies, Burgers with Kimchi Mayo, Gingerbread Snacking Cake, and No-Machine Ice Cream. These one hundred recipes (each with allergy and special diet info) are unmistakably Melissa, just simplified.

With seventy-five full-color photographs and helpful lessons on topics such as how to measure, the ingredients you really need (anchovies, guys!), stuff you can fudge (herbs), and how to clean up like nothing ever happened, this must-have resource is both friendly and authoritative.

Melissa Clark is the author of the New York Times bestseller Dinner in French, as well as Dinner, Dinner in an Instant, and Comfort in an Instant, and is a staff writer for the New York Times Food section, where she writes the wildly popular column "A Good Appetite." The winner of multiple James Beard and IACP awards, Melissa is the host of the Weeknight Kitchen podcast from The Splendid Table. Her work has been selected for the Best American Food Writing.

David Baldacci, Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller

Sunday, November 22 |8:00 p.m.   

Tickets: $36 (includes one copy of the book and domestic shipping, books will be shipped after the event)

Register for David Baldacci here

FBI Agent Atlee Pine's search for her sister Mercy clashes with military investigator John Puller's high-stakes case, leading them both deep into a global conspiracy – from which neither of them will escape unscathed.

For many long years, Atlee Pine was tormented by uncertainty after her twin sister, Mercy, was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Now, just as Atlee is pressured to end her investigation into Mercy's disappearance, she finally gets her most promising breakthrough yet: the identity of her sister's kidnapper, Ito Vincenzo.

With time running out, Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum race to Vincenzo's last known location in Trenton, New Jersey – and unknowingly stumble straight into John Puller's case, blowing his arrest during a drug ring investigation involving a military installation.

Stunningly, Pine and Puller's joint investigation uncovers a connection between Vincenzo's family and a breathtaking scheme that strikes at the very heart of global democracy. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Atlee finally discovers the truth about what happened to Mercy. And that truth will shock Pine to her very core.

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at 

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food 
In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, and Author

Wednesday, December 2 | 7:30 p.m.  

Ticket: $44 for one virtual ticket (includes one copy of the book and shipping) 

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicious conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort FoodA Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

Register for Ina Garten here

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium 

Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality 

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