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33rd Annual 

beyond the book:

2016 Austin jewish book fair

Oct 26 - Nov 6

BOOK END EVENTS ON January 28th and 29th, 2017!

All Events Unless Otherwise Noted | JCC | 7300 Hart Lane

 

USE THESE LINKS AND SHALOM AUSTIN RECEIVES A REFERRAL BONUS

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2016 Schedule of Authors & Events

If you are a Spotlight Patron, your sponsorship includes entry!

 
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 | 7PM

SPOTLIGHT PATRON RECEPTION  + Q & A WITH AUTHOR AT 7PM

AT BOOK PEOPLE | 603 N LAMAR BLVD.

FREE

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HERE I AM

Unfolding over three tumultuous weeks in present-day Washington, DC, Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a pan-Arab invasion of Israel. At stake is the very meaning of home – and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 | 7PM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH KESHET AUSTIN

FREE

MARK SEGAL

AND THEN I DANCED: TRAVELING THE ROAD TO LGBT EQUALITY

On December 11, 1973, Mark Segal disrupted a live broadcast of the CBS Evening News when he sat on the desk directly between the camera and news anchor Walter Cronkite, yelling, “Gays protest CBS prejudice!” He was wrestled to the studio floor by the stagehands on live national television, thus ending LGBT invisibility. But this one victory left many more battles to fight, and creativity was required to find a way to challenge stereotypes surrounding the LGBT community. Mark Segal’s job, as he saw it, was to show the nation who gay people are: our sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers.

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THE LESLIE BRITTMAN LITERARY SELECTION

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 8PM

AT CHEZ ZEE - THE GALLERY

SPOTLIGHT PATRONS RECEIVE PRIVATE DESSERT RECEPTION WITH THE AUTHOR AT 7:15PM

FREE

LISA SMITH

GIRL WALKS OUT OF A BAR

Lisa Smith is a writer and a lawyer in New York City. Sober for more than ten years, she is passionate about breaking the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction. Lisa formerly practiced corporate finance law at a leading international law firm. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rutgers School of Law. “The morning before I got sober, my breakfast consisted of nearly a bottle of red wine and a few thick lines of cocaine. I got dressed, checked my teeth for lipstick and my nose for stray coke, put my laptop in its case and picked up the paper on the way out to work at my law firm. I felt sick, afraid and completely alone. I know now that I was wrong about the alone part.”

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 | 11AM

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JCC ADULT PROGRAMMING

Transportation available. RSVP by  calling  512-735-8024

FREE

RABBI STEVEN & SENATOR JOYCE FOSTER

THE RABBI AND SENATOR SLEEP TOGETHER

For 50 years, Rabbi Steven and Senator Joyce Foster have been leaders in Denver, CO, nationally and internationally through their work on issues of civil rights, gay rights, mental illness awareness, and more. They have traveled to Israel more than 30 times, helping emigrants resettle, bringing Christian ministers and their congregations on trips, and raising money for the Jewish Federations of North America. Through topics as diverse as interfaith marriage, legalized marijuana, handling the backlash when speaking out on controversial issues, and maintaining a strong marriage and family in the public spotlight, their story chronicles how religion and politics can successfully marry for the greater good.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 | 7PM

COMMUNITY READ AND BOOK CLUB NIGHT

FREE

JENNIFER S. BROWN

MODERN GIRLS

In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl. So when after a single careless night, she is “in a family way” by a charismatic but unsuitable man, she is desperate – unwed, unsure, and running out of options. After twenty years as a housewife and the birth of five children, Dottie’s immigrant mother, Rose, is itching to return to the social activism of her youth. Yet when she realizes that she, too, is pregnant, she struggles to reconcile her longings with her faith. Mother and daughter must confront their beliefs, the changing world, and the fact that their lives will never again be the same.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | 11AM

BOOK LOVERS LUNCHEON: PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER AUSTIN WOMEN'S DIVISION

$35 | MEMBERS, SENIORS / $40 NON-MEMBERS

INCLUDES CATERED LUNCH

If you are a Spotlight Patron, your sponsorship includes entry to Book Lovers Luncheon. 
Contact Jackie Mintz at jackie.mintz@shalomaustin.org to Register or if you have questions.

FELICE COHEN

90 LESSONS FOR LIVING LARGE IN 90 SQUARE FEET (...OR MORE)

Histapkut bamuat, being content with less, is considered a virtue in Jewish law. Living in 90 square feet, Felice Cohen would say that makes her pretty virtuous. 90 Lessons for Living Large in 90 Square Feet (...or more) is an inspirational self-help book that shows how living small for five years made her life big. It also offers lessons to help others downsize, organize, and realize the life they want to live, in whatever size space they choose.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | 7PM

PRESENTED WITH NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN

FREE

ALAN ROBERT GINSBERG

THE SALOME ENSEMBLE

The four women ofThe Salome Ensemble – all immigrants born in the late nineteenth century who freed themselves from poverty and what were for them the stultifying demands of Orthodox Jewish women. Alan Robert Ginsberg is a visiting scholar and board member at the Center for American Studies at Columbia University and served as in-house counsel and program director at a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations in New York promoting women’s rights in developing countries.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | 8PM

INCLUDES A ONE WOMAN PERFORMANCE

$5 MEMBERS & SENIORS / $10 NON-MEMBERS

Entry to this event is included if you are a Spotlight Patron

NOA BAUM

A LAND TWICE PROMISED

Israeli storyteller Noa Baum grew up in Jerusalem in the shadow of ancestral traumas of the Holocaust an ongoing wars. Stories of the past and fear of annihilation in the wars of the 1960s through the ‘80s shaped her perceptions and identity. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who had grown up under Israeli Occupation, and as they shared memories of war years in Jerusalem an unlikely friendship blossomed. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller performing internationally. She acted with Jerusalem Khan Theater and studied theater at NYU and with Uta Hagen. Voted by the Washington Jewish Week as one of ten most interesting local Jews, she has lived in America since 1990.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 11AM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

AT THE STATE CAPITAL | 1300 N. CONGRESS AVE.

FREE

BARBARA SHOICHET

DON'T THINK TWICE, ADVENTURES AND HEALING AT 100 MILES PER HOUR

A late-in-life coming-of-age escapade told with humor and heart, Don’t Think Twiceis a moving and irreverent account of grief, growing up, and the healing power of adventure. Within six months, Barbara Schoichet lost everything: her job, her girlfriend of six years, and her mother—to pancreatic cancer. Her life stripped bare and armed with nothing but a death wish and a ton of attitude, Barbara pursued an unlikely method of coping.  Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Barbara Schoichet holds a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University in England and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. An avid biker, she’s owned (and wrecked) several motorcycles and logged more than ten thousand miles, including the 3,988-mile journey chronicled in Don’t Think Twice.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6 | 4:00PM

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AUSTIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

INCLUDES DOCUMENTARY FILM AND AUTHOR Q & A

AT ARBOR CINEMA, GREAT HILLS $8

Entry to this event is included if you are a Spotlight Patron

JOSH ARONSON

ORCHESTRA OF EXILES, THE STORY OF BRONISLAW HUBERMAN, THE ISRAEL PHILHARMONC, AND THE ONE THOUSAND JEWS HE SAVED FROM NAZI HORRORS

In the 1930s Hitler came to power in Germany, promising a bright future to the despondent people. This promised feat would be accomplished, in part, by ridding Germany of its Jews and taking their often valuable property. Bronislaw Huberman, a world-famous violinist hearing that over 8,000 Jewish musicians have been fired from their jobs, is deeply disturbed. He takes a trip to British Mandate Palestine and is impressed by the rigor and love of music he finds in the settlements. Deeply moved, he lights upon the idea of creating a world-class orchestra of Jewish musicians in the Holy Land. He begins to audition players, raises money, reconstructs a concert hall, and secures permission for his group to enter Palestine. Though a large number of gifted Jewish musicians refused to leave Germany with their families to go to Palestine, certain that the terrifying anti-Semitism of the Nazis would soon blow over, Huberman did eventually triumph with a grand opening concert – conducted by the great Toscanini – of what would become the Israel Philharmonic, one of the greatest ensembles of the world.

Josh Aronson is an Academy Award-nominated writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries, includingOrchestra of Exiles, documentary about Bronislaw Huberman released in 2012. He has worked with Showtime, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and others, and his films have won awards at festivals all over the world.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017

Held at Texas Hillel.  College Students with ID and JCC YAD members are FREE.  Refreshments will be served.

$5 JCC Members/$10 Non Members

Entry to this event is included if you are a Spotlight Patron

kate siegel

Kate Siegel, New York Times bestselling author, and spawn of the most neurotic mother on the planet, Kim Friedman, started posting hilarious screenshot s of texts with her crazy (but lovable) mother on Instagram in November of 2014.  In a flash, the account featuring their funny  conversations skyrocketed to a size of over 800,000 followers and has been featured in Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and on The Ellen Degeneres Show, to name a few! Plus, Kate and her mom have appeared on The Today Show , Hollywood, Today Live, ABC Nightline, and the Emmy award winning Steve Harvey Show! 

Her mother, Kim, is an Emmy-nominated director of prime time television . Just a few of Ms. Friedman ’ s impressive credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and , Lizzie McGuire.

Be on the look out for their television pilot!

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017

RABBI DAVID ELIEZRIE

WILL PRESENT A KEY NOTE ON: THE SECRET OF CHABAD at 

TAPESTRY: A DAY OF JEWISH LEARNING. TO REGISTER WWW.SHALOMAUSTIN.ORG/TAPESTRY 

For more information contact: lisa.quay@shalomaustin.org or 512-735-8086

Entry to this event is included if you are a Spotlight Patron

 
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ABOUT US

 

Our mission is to enrich Jewish Culture in Central Texas by presenting Jewish Authors and themes that engage, educate, and inspire.


beyond the book coordinator

Crystal Connally, Director Arts & Culture/Special Projects:  Holds a BFA in Directing from Texas State University,  Crystal has worked at the Austin JCC assisting the Executive Director in special projects as well as initially creating the youth theater program.  Crystal collaborates with all the cultural areas of the JCC and oversee Maccabi Arts Fest for Team Austin.  She created Spotlight on Arts & Ideas Subscription season which supports, in part, Shalom Austin’s mission by providing cultural opportunities for the community while also supporting Jewish artists, performers, writers, and heritage. 


Book fair committee

Denise Shade

Gayle Cannon

Eileen Ladd

Del Garcia

Judy Gressel

Ruth Deitch

Davie Lou Solka

Susie Stix

Linda Aronovsky Cox

Zoe Miller

Patty Tauber

Leone Lain

Ken Nordhauser

Linda Stein

Davida Bilgrad

Gail Ellenbogen

Bertha Miller

Rowena Chodorow

Deborah Pardo-Kaplan

Rochelle Krause

Sarita Rosen

 

 
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