Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2018

Arts and Entertainment

September 27, 2018

From: Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival

The Lee & Bernard Jaffe* Family Jewish Book Festival is an annual celebration of authors, books, and ideas which seeks to enrich Jewish culture throughout Tidewater by presenting themes that engage, educate, and inspire. The stories and ideas presented during the festival highlight and celebrate original and inventive philosophies on an array of facets which constitute the human experience.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

7:30 pm: Matt Goldman | Gone to Dust: A Novel

A rare murder in a tranquil suburban neighborhood in the dead of winter… the body and house littered with dirt from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags…  A conflicted Jewish private investigator named after a Swede who retains his sardonic wit while in search of a very sophisticated killer. It’s all there in Gone to Dust, the page-turning first murder mystery novel from Emmy award-winning TV writer and producer Matt Goldman. Goldman, whose television credits include Seinfeld, Ellen, and more, uses his talents to create a memorable, irreverent PI named Nils Shapiro who explores the cold winter landscape of Minnesota to solve a twisted tale in a sleepy, well-off suburb.

Matt Goldman is a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen, and others. Goldman brings his signature storytelling abilities and light touch to his debut novel Gone to Dust. He began his career as a stand-up comedian while attending the University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles to write full-time. His second novel in the Nils Shapiro series, Broken Ice: A Novel, was released in June 2018.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

7:30 pm: Avi Jorisch | Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World

Israel is playing a disproportionate role in helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges by tapping into the nation’s soul: the spirit of Tikkun Olam, the Jewish concept of repairing the world. Thou Shalt Innovate profiles 15 wondrous Israeli innovations that are collectively changing the lives of billions of people around the world and explores why Israeli innovators of all faiths feel compelled to make the world better. This is the story of how Israelis are helping to feed the hungry, cure the sick, protect the defenseless, and make the desert bloom.

A thought leader in exploring global innovation trends, the Arab world, counterterrorism, and illicit finance, Avi Jorisch previously served in the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and Middle East expert, Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, author of five books and has had articles published in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Forbes, and Al-Arabiya.

Friday, November 16, 2018

7:45 am: John Schwartz | This is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order

John Schwartz used to think that he’d grow up to be a financial maven. At 13, he put his bar mitzvah money into IBM. Soon after, the stock tanked, and John realized he was no money genius. Flash forward to his late 50s, and he hadn’t gotten much smarter; he had no idea whether he and his wife had enough saved for a comfortable retirement, or whether there was enough life insurance. They didn’t even have a will! Schwartz set out to finally learn about money, and realized that while many people avoid thinking about it, financial planning can be learned, like just about anything else. Part financial memoir and part research-based guide to attaining lifelong security, This is The Year I Put My Financial Life in Order is the book that everyone who has never wanted to read a preachy financial guide has been waiting for and a key resource for parents wanting to pass down financial knowledge to their children. No matter what your age, situation, or status, This is The Year I Put My Financial Life in Order will help you become your own best financial adviser.

John Schwartz is a reporter at The New York Times, where he has written about science, business, law and many other topics that have taken him from the Mojave Desert to Moscow to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He also writes a quarterly humor column on mutual funds and investing for the Times. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

12 pm: Jane Isay | Unconditional Love: A Guide to Navigating the Joys and Challenges of Being a Grandparent Today

$12 Lunch/$30 Lunch & Book

For many, having a grandchild is the chance to become the parent they didn’t have the time or energy to be with their own children. Wonderfully intimate, psychologically astute and often humorous, Isay’s Unconditional Love is an emotional guide to being a grandparent. Building on her personal experience, dozens of interviews, and extensive psychological research, Isay shows how a grandparent—though no longer in charge—can use his/her unique perspective and experience to find a way to keep the love flowing.

Jane is the author of three previous books: Secrets and Lies, about family secrets and revelations; Walking on Eggshells, about parents and their adult children; and Mom Still Likes You Best, about adult siblings. As an editor for more than forty years, she discovered Mary Pipher’s Reviving Ophelia, commissioned Patricia T. O’Conner’s bestselling Woe Is I and Rachel Simmons’ Odd Girl Out, and edited such nonfiction classics as Praying for Sheetrock and Friday Night Lights.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

7:30 pm: Jenna Blum | The Lost Family: A Novel

Set in 1965 Manhattan, The Lost Family follows Auschwitz survivor, Peter Rashkin’s life as a restaurant owner after the Holocaust. His work consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving Auschwitz while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished. Then exquisite June Bouquet, a young fashion model, pierces his guard. The two begin a passionate courtship and when June becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, hoping a new family will help him relinquish the past. But over the next twenty years, Peter’s indelible anguish haunts him, June, and their daughter Elisabeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking and unexpected ways.  The Lost Family features a husband devastated by grief he cannot voice, a frustrated wife competing with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of her family and another lost before she was born. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family is a charming, funny, elegantly bittersweet study of loss and love.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

12 pm: Sally Kohn | The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

$12 Lunch/$30 Lunch & Book

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people whose views she disagrees with passionately. She gave a TED Talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. She decided to look into the ugliness erupting all around us. In The Opposite of Hate, Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers, investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She traveled to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing her audience to terrorists, white supremacists, and others, drawing surprising lessons from these dramatic examples, including inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

Sally Kohn is a writer, activist, political commentator and host of the podcast, “State of Resistance.” Prior to that, she worked for over 15 years as a community organizer, and then as a Fox News contributor. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views.

In partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Holocaust Commission, Hands United Building Bridges (HUBB), and Advocates for Racial Justice.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm: PJ Library’s Latkepalooza and Camp Extravaganza with Rick Recht LIVE

1:00 pm - Jamie Korngold: Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah & Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat

In Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah, Sadie accidentally breaks the Hanukkah menorah she made her mother in school. Sadie is devastated about the menorah shattering until she realizes that the shammash candle remains unbroken after the fall, and a new family tradition is born.

In Sadie’s Snowy Tu B’Shevat, Sadie wants to plant a tree for Tu B’Shevat but it’s the middle of the winter! Her parents and grandfather assure her that a tree can’t take root in the frozen ground but with help from her brother Ori and Grandma, Sadie learns why the tree-planting holiday is celebrated in winter and finds her own special ways to celebrate.

Rabbi Jamie Korngold is the author of 11 books, including the beloved Sadie and Ori series. She is known as the “Adventure Rabbi” bringing her innovative take on Judaism to students around the world via AdventureRabbi.org, the online school she founded in 2003. Rabbi Korngold is a regular on the Jewish Book Council tour, known for her engaging style and enthusiastic presentations. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with the real Sadie and Ori and all of their stuffed animals.

1:30 pm - Carrie Jones | The Spy Who Played Baseball

Moe Berg is not a typical baseball player. He’s Jewish, which is unusual for the major leagues in the 1930s, has a law degree, speaks several languages, and loves traveling the world. He also happens to be a spy for the U.S. government, and when World War II begins, Moe trades his baseball career for a life of danger and secrecy. A picture book for both sports and spy lovers, The Spy Who Played Baseball is also about a Jewish immigrant’s son using brilliance and persistence to adapt to his new culture.

Carrie Jones is a quirky, internationally and New York Times bestselling author from Maine who longs to save the world, somehow. She’s been an award-winning editor, photographer, a Rotarian public image expert and on call firefighter, but her favorite thing is story. She’s fond of rescue dogs, gentle pets to the head, and people who do good in the world. Jones is the founder of the Bar Harbor Kids Book Festival, which brings authors and illustrators to the Mount Desert Island community for two full days of school visits, public appearances, contests, and interactions with both kids and adults.

Fest Date: November 7 - December 2, 2018

Location: Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus, 5000 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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