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Author Visits

Mindful is the New Skinny with author Jodi Baretz and Yoga Instructor Adam Schultz

Sunday, November 10 • 12:00 p.m.
Open to the community
Stressed?  Burned out?  Drowning in family obligations?  With hard-won wisdom that life is less about "to-do"ing and more about "be"ing, Jodi will have you loving life, your body and yourself!  Adam will lead us in a session of Mindful Yoga.  You will leave with tools, tips and techniques on how to change your mindset, combat stress and lose your emotional weight.
Price: $12, Register by Wednesday, November 6 

A Girl Raised by Wolves with author Lockey Maisonneuve

Thursday, November 14 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     
An inspiring memoir of one women’s journey through sex trafficking, cancer, murder and more. Maisonneuve is a modern-day heroine who remains standing under unimaginable circumstances. Sponsored by Unicity Elder Care. 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  

Sababa: Fresh, Sunny Flavors From My Israeli Kitchen with author Adeena Sussman

Thursday, November 14 • 7:30 p.m.
This personal yet global cookbook celebrates the tableau of flavors the Israeli region has to offer in all its staggering and delicious variety.  Adeena, cookbook author, food writer, recipe and product developer and consultant based in Tel Aviv has collaborated on Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More with Chrissy Teigen and The Sprinkles Baking Book with Candace Nelson – both New York Times best sellers.  Register by Friday, November 8.  Price: $18 Member Price $15, wine and snacks included
Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council 

"The pages of this book ooze with [Adeena's] passion for the romance and beauty of Israeli cuisine. The recipes are soulful, elemental, and stunningly delicious." - from the foreword by Michael Solomonov

The Accusation Blood Libel with author Edward Berenson

Wednesday, November 27 • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
A chilling investigation of America’s only alleged case of blood libel, and what it reveals about anti-semitism in the United States and Europe.  On Saturday, September 22, 1928, Barbara Griffiths, aged 4, strayed into the woods surrounding the upstate village of Massena, New York. Hundreds of people looked everywhere for the child but could not find her. At one point, someone suggested that Barbara had been kidnapped and killed by Jews, and as the search continued, policemen and townspeople alike gave credence to the quickly-spreading rumors. The allegation of ritual murder, known to Jews as “blood libel,” took hold.  To believe in the accusation seems bizarre at first glance—blood libel was essentially unknown in the United States. But a great many of Massena’s inhabitants, both Christians and Jews, had emigrated recently from Central and Eastern Europe, where it was all too common. Historian Edward Berenson, himself a native of Massena, sheds light on the cross-cultural forces that ignited America’s only known instance of blood libel, and traces its roots in old-world prejudice, homegrown antisemitism, and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. Residues of all three have persisted until the present day.
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 
Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council 

One Book, One Jewish Community
Wunderland with author Jennifer Cody Epstein

Wednesday, December 11 • 7:30 p.m.
East Village, 1989
Things had never been easy between Ava Fisher and her estranged mother Ilse. Too many questions hovered between them: Who was Ava's father? Where had Ilse been during the war? Why had she left her only child in a German orphanage during the war’s final months? But now Ilse’s ashes have arrived from Germany, and with them, a trove of unsent letters addressed to someone else unknown to Ava: Renate Bauer, a childhood friend. As her mother’s letters unfurl a dark past, Ava spirals deep into the shocking history of a woman she never truly knew. 
Berlin, 1933
As the Nazi party tightens its grip on the city, Ilse and Renate find their friendship under siege—and Ilse’s increasing involvement in the Hitler Youth movement leaves them on opposing sides of the gathering storm. Then the Nuremburg Laws force Renate to confront a long-buried past, and a catastrophic betrayal is set in motion...
An unflinching exploration of Nazi Germany and its legacy, Wunderland is at once a powerful portrait of an unspeakable crime history and a page-turning contemplation of womanhood, wartime, and just how far we might go in order to belong.  Jennifer Cody Eptein is the author of the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai and The Gods of Heavenly Punishment.  Register by Friday, December 6.
Price: $20, wine and snacks included 
Proud partner of the Jewish Book Council 

“Searing…a heartbreaking page-turner.” - People (Book of the Week) 

“A vividly written and stark chronicle of Nazism and its legacies." - Kirkus Reviews