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Author Visits


A Night of Recipes and History
The German-Jewish Cookbook with authors Sonya and Gabrielle Gropman

Thursday, November 15 • 7:30 p.m.
While still honoring the 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. Take a trip back with us into the comforting world of German-Jewish food and culture with great stories and recipes. Enjoy a taste of delicious dessert too!  Register by Friday, November 9
Price: $18, Member Price: $15

The Many Deaths of Jew Suss: The Notorious Trial and Execution of an Eighteenth-Century Court Jew with author Yair Mintzker

Tuesday, November 27 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Joseph Süss Oppenheimer -"Jew Süss" - is one of the most iconic figures in the history of anti-Semitism. In 1733, Oppenheimer became the "court Jew" of Carl Alexander, the duke of the small German state of Württemberg. When Carl Alexander died unexpectedly, the Württemberg authorities arrested Oppenheimer, put him on trial and condemned him to death for unspecified "misdeeds." On February 4, 1738, Oppenheimer was hanged in front of a large crowd just outside Stuttgart.  The Many Deaths of Jew Süss is a compelling new account of Oppenheimer's notorious trial. Drawing on a wealth of rare archival evidence, Yair Mintzker investigates conflicting versions of Oppenheimer's life and death as told by four contemporaries. What emerges is a lurid tale of greed, sex, violence, and disgrace.  Meticulously reconstructing the social world in which they lived, and taking nothing they say at face value, Mintzker conjures an unforgettable picture of "Jew Süss" in his final days that is at once moving, disturbing, and profound. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - 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
Button Man with New York Times bestselling author, Andrew Gross

Tuesday, November 27 • 7:30 p.m.
This new novel is equal parts historical thriller, rich with the detail of a vibrant New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, and family saga, based on Andrew Gross's own family story and on the history of the era, complete with appearances by real-life characters like mobsters Louis Lepke and Dutch Schultz and special prosecutor Thomas Dewey. Button Man cements Gross's reputation as today's most atmospheric and original historical thriller writer.  Register by Wednesday, November 21.
Price: $20, wine and light snacks served

The Seven, A Family Holocaust Story with author Ellen Friedman

Monday, December 10 • 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ellen Friedman always knew that she was born to Polish-Jewish parents on the run from Hitler, but her family did not describe themselves as Holocaust survivors since that label seemed only to apply only to those who came out of the concentration camps with numbers tattooed on their arms. The title of the book comes from the closeness that set seven individuals apart from the hundreds of thousands of other refugees in the Gulags of the USSR. The Seven, a name given to them by their fellow refugees, were Polish Jews from Warsaw, most of them related. This story provides a glimpse into the repercussions of the Holocaust in one extended family who survived because they were loyal to one another, lucky, and endlessly enterprising. 
Price: $8, Member Price: Free,  Stay for lunch - Price: $4.50, reservations are needed three days in advance, contact Alison Rivlin at 908-889-8800 x260 or arivlin@jccnj.org