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Below you will find information about all of our visiting authors and distinguished speakers. Click here to jump to information about our Schmooze with the Author series. If you'd like more information about any of these events, please contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or jenessa@svjcc.org.


The JCC's Visiting Authors and Distinguished Speakers Series

The Distinguished Scholars 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.

All lectures listed below are $5 for JCC members and $7 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Jenessa Schwartz, the JCC's Director of Jewish Life and Learning, at jenessa@svjcc.org or 408.357.7411.

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

Making Light in TerezinFilm Screening and Discussion
Making Light in Terezin by Richard Krevolin
Saturday, April 19th | 7:00pm

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If you have ever been touched, or had your life changed, by a song, film, book or performance, you inherently understand the transformative power of the arts. In Making Light in Terezin, a new film and book, Richard Krevolin reveals the true story of how, in WWII’s darkest days, prisoners in the Terezin ghetto (outside of Prague) maintained their humanity, made light, and found a mechanism for survival through theater, song, dance and laughter. Making Light in Terezin follows a modern day Minnesota theater group as they travel to Terezin to perform a cabaret piece originally created and enacted there during WWII. Weaving together interviews with performers, Holocaust survivors and scholars discussing Jewish humor, Jewish history and more, it tells a story not only of survival but also the triumph of a culture, artistic expression, and the human spirit. Both the film and the book, co-written with Nancy Cohen, celebrate the indomitable creative spirit that was alive—and helped save lives—in 1943.

Richard Krevolin (Film Writer/Director/Producer & Book Co-Author) – In addition to creating Making Light in Terezin, his first documentary, and its companion book, Making Light in Terezin: The Show Helps Us Go On, he is also the author of several best-selling non-fiction books on writing and novels. He lectures on storytelling, film and writing around the world.

Nancy Cohen (Co-Author) – Editor of Natural Awakenings magazine in Connecticut, Nancy Cohen is also a freelance writer and editor and a member of the Journalism & Women Symposium. 

From Kristallnacht to Watergate

Harry Rosenfeld

Renowned Journalist Harry Rosenfeld
Thursday, May 22nd | 7:00pm

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How does one boy from a Polish family of furriers and tailors become an editor at two of the greatest American newspapers in the twentieth century and a key figure in overseeing the breaking of the Watergate scandal?

In From Kristallnacht to Watergate, Harry Rosenfeld traces his ambition to become a journalist back to his childhood in Hitler’s Berlin. He saw his father taken away by the Gestapo in the middle of the night and witnessed the burning of his synagogue on Kristallnacht. When his family escaped to America, Rosenfeld felt a responsibility to ensure that what had happened in Nazi Germany could not happen here. “Looking back,” he writes, “I discerned a theme underpinning much of my journalistic labors: holding to account the accountable, the more powerful the better.” 

It was this lifelong endeavor for accountability that led Rosenfeld to demand standard-setting coverage during his years as an editor at the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post, earning the Post the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Rosenfeld reminds us why journalism matters, and why good journalism is essential to our democracy.

Harry Rosenfeld is Editor-at-Large and a consultant at the Albany Times Union. He is also a member of the newspaper’s editorial board. He lives in Albany, New York.


Schmooze with the Author: the JCC's Book Club . . . with a twist

Are you left with burning questions after finishing a good book? Ever wish you could pick the author's brain? Now is your chance! Read these amazing new books and then come and schmooze with the author! All our authors for 2013-14 were local to the Bay Area: Michael Lavigne, author of The WantingJason Friedman, author of Fire Year, and Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni.

All Schmooze events are at the APJCC unless otherwise noted. Events are FREE! For more info or to RSVP, please contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or cjll@svjcc.org

Check back this summer for information about our 2014-15 Schmooze series!

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