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Author Visits

Spotlight Speaker
A Father's Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror with author Stephen Flatow

Tuesday, March 26 • 7:30 p.m.
This is the story of one brave father’s determination to bring his daughter’s murderers to justice through the American justice system. Stephen Flatow says he was “just a real estate lawyer in New Jersey” until April 9, 1995. Flatow’s life changed that day when he learned his daughter Alisa, a 20-year-old college student traveling in Israel, had been the victim of a terrorist bus bombing. After he discovered the Iranian government had directly sponsored the bomber, Flatow decided to sue the terror state. Working with a superb Washington lawyer and an astute forensic researcher, Stephen Flatow not only won a dramatic verdict against Iran, but also collected a huge judgment. In A Father’s Story: My Fight for Justice Against Iranian Terror, Flatow recalls the events surrounding his successful lawsuit.
Price: $18, Member Price: $15, register by Friday, March 22

Conversations with Authors: He Could Make Words Sing  with author David Greene

Thursday, March 28  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Walk through the extraordinarily tumultuous 20th century with Harry Greissman. His story recounts the issues so many Americans faced then and now as we are well into the 21st century. Immigration. Economic deprivation. Lost love. War. Discrimination at work. The transition from urban to suburban life. A working couple raising a family. His story should resonate with most Americans - his story is America’s story. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org      

Conservations with Authors
When History is Personal with author Mimi Schwartz

Monday, April 8 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
This book contains the stories of twenty-five moments in Mimi Schwartz’s life, each heightened by its connection to historical, political, and social issues. Schwartz invites readers to consider her personal take alongside official histories and offers readers fresh assessments of our collective past.
Price: $8, Member Price: Free, Stay for lunch - Price: $6.50, Recommended Senior Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org 

One Book. One Jewish Community
The Lost Family with author Jenna Blum

Wednesday, April 10 • 7:30 p.m.
The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s.  In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. He has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished.  Then exquisitely beautiful June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard. Though she is twenty years his junior, the two begin a passionate, whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing that beginning a new family with the woman he loves will allow him to let go of the horror of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of those memories will overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.  Jenna Blum artfully brings to the page a husband devastated by a grief he cannot name, a frustrated wife struggling to compete with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both her own family and another lost before she was born. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love.
Price: $20, wine and light snacks served

In partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, Temple Sholom, Westfield Hadassah and Temple Beth O'r Beth Torah 

"The Lost Family is an extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope…. It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary."
—Tatiana de Rosnay, bestselling author of Sarah’s Key

Brunch, Recipes and Stories with The German-Jewish Cookbook authors Sonya and Gabrielle Gropman

Sunday, May 5 • 11:00 a.m.
Honoring original recipes passed down from German family members, this mother-daughter team introduces us to elegant and easy-to-make meals with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients.  Enjoy delicious brunch too!  Register by Tuesday, April 30.
Price: $28, Member Price: $20