Author Events and Lectures from the Center for Jewish Life and Learning
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 to attend one event, or $30 to attend two events.
Maggie Anton -- sold out!
Sunday, December 7th | 1:00pm
Maggie Anton, author of the Rashi’s Daughters series will be chatting about her new book, Enchantress, over lunch. Enchantress is the second novel in the Rav Hisda’s Daughter series.
Click here to learn more about her new book and to RSVP.
RSVP required by December 1st.
Wednesday, February 11th | 7:00pm
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 email@example.com.
Gail Sheehy, author of Passages
Daring: My Passages
Thursday, November 20th | 7:00pm
Daring: My Passages is the story of the unconventional life of a writer who dared to walk New York City streets with hooker and pimps to expose violent prostitution; to march with civil rights protesters in Northern Ireland as British paratroopers opened fire; to follow Hillary Clinton into the ladies' room to ask her questions about her husband's indiscretions; to seek out Egypt's president Anwar Sadat when he was targeted for death after making peace with Israel.
Sheehy reveals the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a "man's world." She reflects on desire and ambition and lays bare her major life passages: false starts and surprise successes, the shock of failures and inner crises; betrayal in a first marriage; life as a young single mother; flings of an ardent, liberated young woman; her adoption of a second daughter from a refugee camp; marriage to the love of her life and their ensuing years of happiness, even in the shadow of illness. Her fascinating story is a testament to resilience, smarts, and daring, and offers a bold perspective on all of life's passages.
Gail Sheehy is the author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Passages, named by the Library of Congress one of the ten most influential books of our time. Sheehy was a contributor to New York magazine and is seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.
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
Watch 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
In 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.