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Author Events and Lectures from the Center for Jewish Life and Learning

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On this page you will find information about all of our visiting authors and distinguished speakers. If you'd like more information about any of these events, please contact Jenessa Schwartz, the JCC's Director of Jewish Life, at 408.357.7411 or jenessa@svjcc.org.


The JCC's Visiting Authors and Distinguished Speakers Series

The Distinguished Speakers Series is back for another year of incredible discussions. Each month, come and hear from some of the most amazing minds of our times. We've lined up a season of one-of-a-kind events featuring big names and buzzed-about newcomers. New this year, we're also offering a "Let's Do Lunch" Literary Circle.

Let’s Do Lunch (or dinner) Literary Circle

Read a fabulous book, eat a fabulous meal, and meet a fabulous author. The price of each event includes a copy of the book and a meal.

Cost is $18 or $15 if you've attended one of our previous Let's Do Lunch events.

Then Came LifeGeralyn Lucas
Wednesday, February 11th | 7:00pm (note the time!)

Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy, will be discussing over dinner how humor helped her survive breast cancer and her new memoir, Then Came Life.

Click here to learn more about her new book and to RSVP.
RSVP required by February 4th.


Distinguished Speakers Series

These lectures are $5 for JCC members and $7 for non-members.
To RSVP, contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or jenessa@svjcc.org.

Film screening and discussion with Steven Pressman
Fifty Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany
Wednesday, April 8th | 7:00pm

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50 ChildrenWatch the film Fifty Children and engage in discussion with filmmaker and author Steven Pressman.

The astonishing story of these unsung heroes and the children they rescued from certain death is finally brought fully to light by journalist and documentary filmmaker Steven Pressman.

One and half million children perished in the Holocaust while fewer than 1,200 unaccompanied Jewish refugee children were allowed into the United States, where pre-war isolationism and anti-Semitism were rampant. Of that shamefully small number, fifty boys and girls--the single largest group of the entire period--were saved through the daring efforts of of one Philadelphia couple, Gil and Eleanor Kraus. Making the dangerous trip to Nazi-controlled Vienna just months before the outbreak of the war, the American Jewish couple worked tirelessly to bring these children out of the Third Reich and to the United States. The astonishing story of these unsung heroes and the children they rescued from certain death is finally brought fully to light.

A journalist with over 30 years' experience, Steven Pressman is the writer, director, and producer of the HBO documentary film Fifty Children. He is married to former New York publisher Liz Perle, who is the granddaughter of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus. They live in an Francisco.

Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy
Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History
Thursday, May 21st | 7:00pm

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RebbeIn this enlightening and authoritative biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a figure unprecedented in Jewish history who defies conventional boundaries and turned his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into the most dynamic and widespread Jewish organization today. Readers will learn how the Rebbe became, in effect, the world's first ambassador for Judaism, influencing American-Israeli policies, leading clandestine operations to rescue Jews in the Soviet Union, and pioneering Jewish outreach. At once 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 and intriguing figures of the last centuries.

Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author of eighteen books, among them the widest selling book on Judaism, Jewish Literacy. He is a senior associate of CLAL (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), and a board member of the Jewish Book Council. He lives with his wife Dvorah in New York City.

This lecture is made possible in part by a generous gift from Bonnie Slavitt Moore and Jack Moore.


Financial assistance is available to attend these lectures, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

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