United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival 2020-2021

 

 All events are open to the community with RSVP or tickets required and unless noted, and will take place virtually until further notice. For more information about the Festival, to sponsor, or volunteer, contact Patty Shelanski at 757.452.3184 or Pshelanski@ujft.org.



Florence Adler Swims Forever
Book Discussion with local Virginia author Rachel Beanland as part of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival, in partnership with the Weinstein JCC of Richmond

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020  |  2 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

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In the early 1930’s, Atlantic City was the Jewish Riviera.  Families flocked to “America’s Playground” every summer, looking to enjoy lazy days at the beach and weekly Sabbaths spent together under one roof.  Even the looming threat of war across the Atlantic wasn’t yet interfering with the fun.  The Adler family is one such family, settling in to enjoy another wonderful summer.  When tragedy strikes, the family must come to terms with the truth in their own way.  Based on a true story, Beanland’s family saga is a breath-taking portrait of just how far we will go in order to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure, and even thrive, after a tragedy.

Rachel Beanland writes fiction and essays and is the author of her debut novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever.  She has an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds bachelor’s degrees in art history and journalism from the University of South Carolina.  She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and three children.


Previous Events



THURSDAY, May 14 | 7:30 PM
DARE TO MATTER: YOUR PATH TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE NOW
With Hip Rabbi Jennifer Krause and Visionary Optometrist Jordan Kassalow
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It’s not every day a female rabbi gets a chance to collaborate on a ‘big idea’ book project with her optometrist.


VisionSpring Founder and “NY’s Hippest Rabbi” bring their complementary ideas and perspectives to a modern template for living in service to others and making a real difference, without losing sight of personal, family, and financial commitments.


In the book’s Forward, Warby Parker, co-CEO and co-founder Neil Blumenthal, refers to Kassalow as his boss, mentor, and friend, and writes about the many ways his work has been inspired by Kassalow.


Presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund’s Tidewater Together series in partnership with United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals and the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula. 


THURSDAY, February 6 | 12:00 PM – Leon Family Gallery Opening & Discussion with the Author
Renegade Women in Film and TV
With Film Critic and Journalist
Elizabeth Weitzman
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In Renegade Women in Film and TV, Elizabeth Weitzman does more than honor remarkable women in film and television. With charming illustrations and a storytelling twist, she brings icons and overlooked pioneers to life, and shows what it really means to be a renegade in the business.


The book features recognizable faces and names such as Amy Poehler, Oprah, Ellen, Shonda Rhimes and Nora Ephron, among others.


Expect Weitzman to surprise and enlighten you with truths about a brilliant cast of women who chose to rock their industry with bold moves, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.


Illustrations on exhibit in the Simon family JCC’s Leon Family Gallery throughout January and February, leading up to the 27th annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, which begins on February 20, 2020.


MONDAY, January 27 | 7:30 PM
WITNESS: LESSONS FROM ELIE WIESEL’S CLASSROOM
With Author, Artist, and Teacher Ariel Burger
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Elie Wiesel was a master of thought, words, and deeds in equal measure. His powerful presence inspired lifelong student, rabbi, and artist Ariel Burger to apply those teachings to urgent questions of the day.

 

Presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund’s Tidewater Together series in partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission, in honor of international Holocaust Remembrance Day.


THURSDAY, January 16 | 12:00 PM
WHAT TO EAT WHEN: A STRATEGIC PLAN TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH & LIFE THROUGH FOOD    
With Chief Wellness Officer Michael Roizen
SOLD OUT


LIVE STREAM: Catch a live stream of the event on the UJFT Facebook page at 12 PM, Thursday.

 

Michael Roizen will empower you, A NEW VERSION OF YOU, to make food the best weapon to live better, longer. Whether its eating meals that help you look and feel younger, or snacks that prevent disease, there’s a science governing the wisdom behind these choices.


Dr. Michael Roizen is the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the co-author of five New York Times bestsellers, including You: The Owners Manual.


In partnership with Simon Family JCC’s JFit, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals, and Jewish Family Service of Tidewater.


WEDNESDAY, January 8, 2020 | 7:30 PM
UNLOCKING GREATNESS
With Investor, Speaker, and CEO Charlie Harary

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Author, attorney, and CEO, Charlie Harary presents a unique combination of science, self, emotion, spirituality, and practical tools to manifest greatness.


Harary doesn’t believe that MIT grads working in Silicon Valley or entrepreneurs are the only people born to innovate. ‘Everyday innovator’ reflects Harary’s belief that anyone can innovate—they just need a few tools and tips.


Harary is a best-selling author and is regarded internationally for his charismatic and forward-thinking lectures, seminars, and keynotes.


Presented by the Milton “Mickey” Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund’s Tidewater Together series in partnership with the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Society of Professionals.




The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater & the Simon Family JCC’s Lee and Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, the only organization in the organized American Jewish community whose sole purpose is the promotion of Jewish books.

 

** Register a community book club and receive the following exclusive perks: discounts on group tickets, reserved seating with book club at author events, book club mention during program welcome remarks, and a special book clubs only reception with a book club author. Please contact Patty Shelanski at pshelanski@ujft.org for more information or to register a book club.