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

 

 All events, unless otherwise noted, are free with RSVP or tickets required, 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.

Can Robots Be Jewish: Inspirational Rabbis Answer Pressing Questions of Modern Life with editor Amy Schwartz

Wednesday, December 2, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

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The Last Kings of Shanghai with author Jonathan Kaufman

Monday, December 7, 2020  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

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Going Rogue (At Hebrew School) with author Casey Breton

Sunday, December 13, 2020  |  11:30 am
Via Zoom
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LATKEPALOOZA!

The Ninth Night of Hanukkah with author Erica Perl

Tuesday, December 15, 2020  |  6 pm
Via Zoom
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Saving Free Speech... From Itself with author Thane Rosenbaum

Wednesday, December 16, 2020  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech For All with author Suzanne Nossel

Tuesday, January 12, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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In Case You Get Hit By A Bus with authors Abby Schneiderman, Adam Seifer, and Gene Newman

Wednesday, January 13, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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What To Eat When Cookbook with author Dr. Michael Roizen

Wednesday, January 20, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Getting Good at Getting Older with author Rabbi Laura Geller

Monday, January 25, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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The A-Z of Intermarriage with author Rabbi Denise Handlarski

Thursday, February 4, 2021  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
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Nobody Will Tell You This But Me with author Bess Kalb

Monday, February 8, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Becoming Brianna with author Terri Libenson

Thursday, February 11, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine with author Yousef Bashir

Thursday, February 25, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Why Jews Do That: Or 30 Questions Your Rabbi Never Answered with author Avram Mlotek

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space with author Brianna Caplan Sayres

Thursday, March 11, 2021  |  6 pm
Via Zoom
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Citizen 865: The Hunt for Hitler's Hidden Soldiers in America with author Debbie Cenziper

Monday, March 15, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Crushing The Red Flowers with author Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

Monday, March 22, 2021  |  7 pm
Via Zoom
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Newark Minutemen with author Leslie Barry

Monday, April 12, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory and Meaning with author Naomi Baum, Ph.D.

Monday, May 3, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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What We Will Become: A Mother, A Son, and a Journey of Transformation with author Mimi Lemay

Wednesday, May 12, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Careful What You Wish For with author Hallie Ephron

Thursday, May 13, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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#QuietingtheSilence with The Blue Dove Foundation

Thursday, May 20, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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Sadie's Shabbat Stories with author Melissa Stoller

Thursday, June 3, 2021  |  6 pm
Via Zoom
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Faster with author Neal Bascomb

Wednesday, June 9, 2021  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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The Apple and the Shady Tree with author Lisa Goldberg

Monday, June 14, 2021  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
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Previous Events

Daylight: An Atlee Pine Thriller with author David Baldacci

Sunday, November 22, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $36 with book (includes shipping).

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Kid in the Kitchen with author Melissa Clark
For parents with kid chefs!

Sunday, November 22, 2020  |  1 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: Free or $30 with book (includes shipping).

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No Time Like the Future with author Michael J. Fox

Thursday, November 19, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $36 with book (includes shipping).

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Israel Story in conversation with world-renowned author Etgar Keret

Thursday, November 19, 2020  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

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Wandering Dixie: Dispatches from the Lost Jewish South with author Sue Eisenfeld in conversation with Dr. Amy K. Milligan

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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As Needed For Pain: A Memoir of Addiction with author Dan Peres

Monday, November 16, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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The Way Back with author Gavriel Savit

Sunday, November 15, 2020  |  6 pm
Via Zoom
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The Night Archer and Other Stories with author Michael Oren

Thursday, November 12, 2020  |  2 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $6 or $36 with book (includes shipping).

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My Dad, Yogi with author Dale Berra

Tuesday, November 10, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $24 with book (includes shipping).

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The Boys' Club with author Erica Katz

Monday, November 9, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
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Why Did I Come Into This Room with author Joan Lunden in conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN journalist

Sunday, November 8, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $36 with book (includes shipping).

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Never Alone with authors Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy in conversation with Nadia Bilchik, local media personality, author, and noted speaker

Sunday, November 8, 2020  |  1 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $6 or $36 with book (includes shipping).

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A Better Man with author Michael Ian Black in conversation with Meredith Jacobs, author of Just Between Us: Mother & Son

Wednesday, November 4, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

 

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Can't Do It Yourself: How Commitment to Others Leads to Personal Prosperity with author Mike Leven

Thursday, October 29, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $36 with book (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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Don't be a Victim: Fighting Back against America's Crime Wave with author Nancy Grace in conversation with John Lemley, Sirius Radio Host

Tuesday, October 27, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.

Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $36 with book (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All In Trouble with author Judy Gold in conversation with Mara Davis, Atlanta Media Personality

Thursday, October 22, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $30 with book (includes shipping). 

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The Firsts: The Inside Story of Women Reshaping Congress with author Jennifer Steinhauer

Tuesday, October 20, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
FREE

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We are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins Before Breakfast with author Jonathan Safran Foer

Monday, October 19, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $25 with book (includes shipping). 

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The Book of V.: A Novel with author Anna Solomon

Monday, October 19, 2020  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
FREE

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Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook with author Yotam Ottolenghi

Friday, October 16, 2020  |  12:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $45 with book (includes shipping).

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The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell From Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever with author Steve Madden in conversation with CNN journalist Holly Firfer

Thursday, October 15, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $36 with book (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort with author Raffi Berg in conversation with Daniel Limor, the Mossad commander who carried out the mission, found the famed resort and recruited the team involved

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020  |  12 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
FREE

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I Am Anne Frank & I Am Benjamin Franklin (Ordinary People Change the World Series) with author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos in conversation with CNN journalist Holly Firfer
For children ages 5-8

 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020  |  6:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $6 or $23 with either book or $40 with both books (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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Overstated: A Coast to Coast Roast of the 50 States with author Colin Quinn in conversation with CNN Journalist Holly Firfer

 

Thursday, October 8, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $11 or $36 with book (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guiude Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education with co-authors Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg

 

Monday, October 5, 2020  |  8 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 
Tickets for this virtual event: $6 or $36 with book (includes shipping). A limited number of signed copies are available.

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Politics is for Power: Take Action and Make Real Change with author Eitan Hersh

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020  |  7:30 pm
Via Zoom
Pre-registration required. 

 

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Florence Adler Swims Forever with author Rachel Beanland

 

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

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.