Jewish Book and Arts Fair 2014

Arts and Entertainment

August 26, 2014

From: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

Schedule of Events:

November 1, 2014

8:00 PM: Opening Night - Alan Zweibel

Laughing at Me: Rebounding from the "Misses" Sandwiched Between the Hits

For decades, Alan Zweibel's comedy writing and signature offbeat humor have delighted millions. An original Saturday Night Live writer, Zweibel is famous for writing most of the Samurai sketches for John Belushi and the complaining Emily Litella and busy-body broadcaster, Roseanne Roseannadana for Gilda Radner.

November 2, 2014

11:00 AM: Roberta Newman

Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl: Yiddish Letter Manuals from Russia and America

At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish families dispersed by migration, stayed in touch only through letters. For many, communicating in writing was a challenge. How could they make sure their spelling was correct, their thoughts properly organized? The solution? Brivnshtelers Yiddish-language books of model letters. Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl is a magic window into the daily lives of a scattered people sharing a common language and culture. Roberta Newman is the Director of Digital Initiatives, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and co-authored the book with Alice Nakhimovsky, professor of Russian and Jewish studies at Colgate University.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

2:00 PM Gary Rosenblatt

Between the Lines: Reflections on the American Jewish Experience

Gary Rosenblatt has been the editor and publisher of The New York Jewish Week for over 20 years. Here, for the first time, is a curated collection of his most thoughtful columns, selected from the more than 1000 he has written since 1993. The book features 80 columns ranging from prescient analyses of the Mideast situation to warm remembrances of his childhood as the Jewish rabbi's son in Annapolis, Maryland. "A discerning observer, a serious reporter and an elegant essayist.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

4:00 PM Film: Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

Directed by Barry Avrich
Canada, 2013, 75 min, English, Documentary

At the height of his popularity, David Steinberg was one of the world's best known stand-up comics. Leaving behind his Yeshiva studies to join Chicago's legendary Second City, he never looked back. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson dozens of times; yet, his irreverent take on religion caused CBS to cancel The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Priceless performance clips and TV directing credits (i.e. Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) are paired with backstage stories from Alan Zweibel, Larry David and others, illuminating Steinberg's place in the pantheon of comedy.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $8 Member, $10 Public

7:30 PM Ofir Touché Gafla

The World of the End

As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. More than his life partner, Miriam was the fiber that held together all that he is. And, Ben is willing to do anything, even enter the unknown beyond, if it means a chance to be with her again. Award winning Israeli author Ofir Touché Gafla teaches creative writing in the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Cinema in Jerusalem. He was recently named by The Forward one of the "8 New Israeli Writers you need to Read Right Now.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 3, 2014

6:15 PM: Sheana Ochoa

Stella! The Mother of Modern Acting

Stella Adler began her career in Yiddish theatre on Manhattan's lower east side and from there went on to revolutionize modern day acting. She devoted her life to the craft of acting, igniting the talents of Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and beyond. An imperialistic grande dame who was a member of the democratic depression-era Group Theatre, Stella covertly secured passage for 700 displaced Jews during and after WWII. The FBI and the Department of Army kept records of her every move during the 1940s and 1950s. Stella! Mother of Modern Acting chronicles the life and times of a luminary described as a force of nature.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Joel Hoffman

The Bible's Cutting Room Floor

Acclaimed author and translator Joel Hoffman gives us the stories that didn't make it into the Bible despite their penetrating insights. Deftly bringing these ancient scriptural texts to life, Hoffman reveals what's missing, who left it out and why it is so important. A Ph.D. linguist, and returning JBAF author, Hoffman has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 4, 2014

10:00 AM: Ruchama King Feuerman

In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

The unlikely friendship of an intellectual New York Jew and a working class Jerusalem Arab drives Ruchama King Feuerman's evocative second novel. Jerusalem emerges as a character, depicted with a lyricism that contrasts with the area's political tension. The characters - immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and lost souls - move through their world, uncertain if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.

Location: Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

6:15 PM Rebecca Alexander

Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

By turns harrowing, funny and inspiring, the author meditates on what she's lost the sound of a whisper, seeing a sky full of stars. And, on what she has found an exquisite intimacy with those she is closest to, a love of silence, a profound gratitude for everything she still has and a joy in simple pleasures that most of us forget to notice.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Samantha Baskind

Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America

In our secular age, the idea that the Bible could shape a modern Jewish and American artist seems odd. Samantha Baskind brilliantly shows how the Bible both the Jewish Bible (Tanach) and the American Bible of the Puritans echoes in Jewish American art. Looking at Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers and R. B. Kitaj, Baskind provides a sophisticated and critical reading of how religious imagery survives and flourishes in our secular world.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 5, 2014

12:00 PM Book Lovers Lunch

Jessica Soffer, Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

Marilyn Hassid Emerging Author

What makes a family? Where do we find our sustenance? These often-debated questions are examined with artful storytelling. All of our senses are called upon to consider the age-old issue of nature vs. nurture. Food, the legendary path to the heart, laden with history and culture, is the medium. With a very needy cast of characters, the recipe for a good tale is perfected.

Nomi Eve, Henna House

Henna House is an evocative and stirring coming of age story about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews in the mid-twentieth century.

Lunch and a Book $25

6:15 PM Oliver Horovitz

An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course

Hilarious, irresistible, behind-the-scenes peek at the world's most celebrated golf course and its equally famous caddie shack. It is certain to entertain golfers and fans of St. Andrews, and anyone who dares to remember stumbling into adulthood and finding one's place in the world.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Liel Leibovitz

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

More than just an account of Leonard Cohen's life, A Broken Hallelujah is an intimate look at the artist emotionally astute as it is philosophically observant. Delving into the sources and meaning of Cohen's work, Liel Leibovitz beautifully illuminates what Cohen is telling us and why we listen so intensely.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 6, 2014

12:00 PM & 7:30 PM Rabbi Edward Feinstein

The Chutzpah Imperative: Empowering Today's Jews for a Life That Matters

In this clarion call for a new way to "do Judaism," award-winning spiritual leader Rabbi Edward Feinstein urges us to recover the message of chutzpah Jewish self-empowerment to repair the world. From its beginnings in Genesis to medieval mysticism to Kabbalah, the author explores empowerment as the centerpiece for today's modern Judaism. Rabbi Feinstein is senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and teaches at American Jewish University.

12:00 PM, Melton Lunch & Learn
At Merfish Teen Center, 9000 S. Rice Blvd.
Optional Lunch at 11:45 AM
$10 Prepaid. Reservations Required by Nov. 4. RSVP to Nomi Barancik 713.729.3200 ext. 3288

7:30 PM
At Congregation Or Ami, 3443 Wilcrest Dr.
$36 Includes Book and Reserved Seating (Advanced Purchase Only)

6:15 PM Nora Gold

Fields of Exile

For the ten years Judith lived in Israel, she defined herself as a "left-wing, peace activist." In graduate school back in Canada, she discovers that vilification of Israel is the expected norm. Fields of Exile is a timely, moving novel about love, betrayal and the courage to stand up for what one believes; it is a searing indictment of the hypocrisy and intellectual sloth threatening the integrity of our society.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Inside the Author's Studio: David Sax

The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed up with Fondue
Exclusively for Ages 21 to Thirty-Something
7:00 PM Reception in the Bookstore

In this eye-opening, witty work of reportage, David Sax (Save the Deli) uncovers the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow and where they end up. From fondue in Florida to food trucks in D.C., Sax goes in search of the farmers, chefs and even data analysts who help decide what you're having for dinner.

November 7, 2014

12:00 PM: Joan Alexander

Writing your Own History

In the collage of her life, Joan Alexander wanted to create a written legacy for her children, grandchildren and future generations. The process itself was hard, healing and ultimately empowering, leading to new discoveries about her life's purpose. Moreover, she came to understand just what is lost if we leave our stories unwritten. Joan may just inspire you to wonder what writing your story will mean for your life and those you love.

Program and Lunch $10

November 9, 2014

9:00 AM-12:30 PM Oliver Lapin Family Day

Reading is a Tradition at the J!

The Jewish Book & Arts Fair is for kids too! Join us on this special day for book readings and literary fun  projects, lively music, crafts, and guest author appearances.

2:00 PM Film: Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along

Directed by Norman Jewison
USA, 1971, 180 min, English, Musical

Fifty years ago, Fiddler on the Roof hit the Broadway stage and to celebrate, we are presenting a special sing-along edition of the film! Special guests in the audience will be JCCS the Children's Performing Arts Group as they prepare for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. in December. Dress up as your favorite Fiddler character and come ready to sing and maybe even dance a bit!

7:30 PM Joseph Telushkin

Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History

This enlightening biography offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a towering figure who saw beyond conventional boundaries to turn his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into one of the most dynamic organizations in the Jewish world. An incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital, intriguing figures of the last centuries.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 10, 2014

7:30 PM Carla Naumburg

Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters

Donna Frankoff Memorial Lecture

Parenting is a constantly challenging, ongoing journey. Mindful parenting is about paying attention to your children and yourself without judgment. What truly matters is connecting in meaningful ways, staying grounded and present amid the craziness of parenting.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Stephen D. Smith

Testimony: The Legacy of Schindler's List and the USC Shoah Foundation

Steven Spielberg and Universal Pictures opened their archives to create this fascinating volume commemorating the 20th anniversary of Schindler's List and the creation of the USC Shoah Foundation. Part I shares riveting insights into the making of the film.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 11, 2014

6:15 PM Local Literati

Continuing our tradition of meeting our recently published hometown authors, come hear first-hand about their new works at a reception and book signing in the Bookstore. Join us to celebrate Houston authors. Free

8:00 PM Community Read

Visible City

Visible City is an intimate and provocative novel about three couples whose paths intersect in their New York City neighborhood, forcing them all to weigh the comfort of stability against the costs of change. Their lives are masterfully woven together through random encounters and circumstances: twenty-somethings unsure about commitments they haven't yet made; thirty-somethings unsure about the ones they have; and sixty-somethings whose empty nest causes much doubt.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 12, 2014

6:00 PM Lori Rotskoff

When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference it Made
In Collaboration with Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
At Rice University, 6100 Main St

Debuting in 1972, Free To Be…You and Me was a groundbreaking children's record, book and television special that captured the spirit of the growing women's movement, inspiring girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation and respect diversity. Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, When We Were…gives an unprecedented insiders' account by the creators, activists and educators who changed the landscape of childhood, while addressing how Free to Be still speaks to families today. Lori Rotskoff teaches at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and is the author of Love on the Rocks: Men, Women, and Alcohol in Post-World War Two America. Free

6:15 PM Gidi Grinstein

Flexigidity: The Secret of Jewish Adaptability

Emphasizing the last 130 years of transformations the result of the repetitive disasters in Europe, and the dramatic successes of Zionism and Americanism the author demonstrates the existing and necessary interconnectedness of all factions of the Jewish people.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

8:00 PM Everett Fox

The Early Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings

The stories of the early prophets are deeply etched into Western culture because of their ability to beautifully encapsulate the human experience. They encompass tribal rivalries, dramatic changes in leadership and the intrusions of empires through the prism of a Divine-human relationship.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

November 13, 2014

11:00 AM Laura Silver

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
At Kenny & Ziggy's, 2327 Post Oak Blvd

After her favorite knish shop went out of business in Brooklyn, Laura Silver embarked on a round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish. In a series of funny, moving and touching episodes, Silver takes us on a knish-eye tour of worlds past and present, laying the foundation for a global knish renaissance. Silver teaches in the Department of Food Studies at the New School. An award-winning journalist, her writings appear in journals and on NPR. She is the world's leading expert on the knish.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

5:00 PM Film: Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

Directed by Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak
USA, 2014, 57 min, English, Documentary

In 1930s Berlin, as the civil rights of Jews were systematically stripped away, a young rabbi continued to preach the values of Judaism. Expelled from Germany in 1937, Joachim Prinz arrived in America, where he soon realized bigotry was the reality. As a rabbi in New Jersey and President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz was a prominent organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. He famously declared "the most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence." Throughout his career, Prinz spoke out for justice.

Cost: $5 Per Person

November 14, 2014

1:00 PM: Film: The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Directed by William Gazecki
USA, 2014, 96 min English, Documentary

Before Mae West, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Midler, Madonna and Lady Gaga, Sophie Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy, and brassy style unlike any other previous performer. Using "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas" re-discovered personal scrapbooks, producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven year journey retracing Tucker's 60-year show business career, focusing on the tumultuous early days of this iconic vaudeville superstar who ruled the 1920s Flapper Era in the United States.

Lunch and a Movie for Adults 60+
Shabbat Lunch at 12:00 PM
Reservations Required by Nov. 12. RSVP to Esther Bethke 713.595.8186.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $8 Member, $10 Public
Optional Lunch $6 Member, $8 Public

November 15, 2014

7:30 PM: Yemen Blues

Passionate and magnetic Yemeni-born Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani leads a roaring group of improvising brass, string and percussion players creating intoxicating music that merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemenite melodies, mambo and funk.

The group has been making huge waves, appearing in Paste Magazine's list of 10 International Acts to Watch and performing a captivating, star-making set at globalFEST, America's most prestigious world music festival. With musicians hailing from Israel, Finland, Uruguay and the U.S., Yemen Blues captures a myriad of global influences, blending them into a highly danceable, soulful and raucous stew.

At Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Dr.

November 16, 2014

11:00 AM Alice Medrich

Flavor Flours

In this monumental new work, beloved dessert queen Alice Medrich applies her baking precision and impeccable palate to flavor flours wheat-flour alternatives including rice, oat, corn, sorghum, teff and more. The resulting (gluten-free!) recipes show that baking with alternate flours adds an extra dimension of flavor. Winner of multiple cookbook, dessert and baking awards, Medrich trained at Êcole Lenôtre in France.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

2:00 PM Zeruya Shalev

The Remains of Love

Nearing the end of her life, Hemda Horovitz's memories flood her thoughts: her childhood in the kibbutz spent under the gaze of her stern, pioneer father; the lake which was her only solace; her two children one she could never love enough, the other whom she loved too much.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

4:00 PM Film: Glickman

Directed by James L. Freedman
USA, 2012, 83 min, English, Documentary
Audience Choice Winner, 2014 Houston Jewish Film Festival

Marty Glickman spent his career calling games for the New York Knicks, Giants, Jets and other teams. In a Hall of Fame career that spanned over fifty years, Marty became a broadcasting institution. Prior to his sports-casting career, however, Marty was a record-setting sprinter, dropped from the American relay team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics to appease Hitler.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $8 Member, $10 Public

7:30 PM Closing Night: Ari Shavit

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Ari Shavit, one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today, discusses his authoritative and deeply personal history of Israel. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel is at a moment of existential crisis. In My Promised Land, the author captures this essence with feeling, foreboding and ratiocination.

FREE to Series Pass Holders, $10 Member, $15 Public

Date: November 1 - 16, 2014

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096

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