This year’s festival features a first responder at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a former US congresswoman, journalists, doctors, novelists, and more.
Whether it’s the intersection of basketball and the Holocaust, the history of Italy’s Jewish cuisine, the secrets our families keep, or solutions for ending bias in our community, everyone can find something to connect with at this year’s festival.
Attend events in person or from the comfort of your home or office. Get inspired at lunch with thought-provoking speakers, join us for free evening programs, or explore moving illustrations in the Leon Family Gallery.
By purchasing books through BookShop.org, you can receive 10% off the regular retail price. In turn, UJFT and indie bookstores nationwide each receive 10% of the proceeds.
The Arts + Ideas Book of the Month is a collection of books with intriguing topics, characters, and stories for book-club-style conversations that will allow the community to engage personally with some of this season’s most exciting authors.
Whether joining us at the Simon Family JCC for Dr. Alla Shapiro’s discussion about her experience being dispatched to Chernobyl, at the Chrysler Museum of Art with New York Times bestselling author Lisa Barr to discuss the international art scandal in her novel Woman on Fire, or online with one of our other five Book of the Month authors, we hope you can find a book that speaks to you.
Have questions? Feel free to reach out for more information!
Hunter Thomas Director, Arts + Ideas HThomas@UJFT.org 757-965-6137
Unless otherwise noted, all events are FREE and open to the community and take place at the Simon Family Jewish Community Center on the Reba & Sam Sandler Family Campus of the Tidewater Jewish Community. Pre-registration is required for all events.
The Lee & Bernard Jaffe Family Jewish Book Festival is held in coordination with the Jewish Book Council, the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.
Wendy Juren Auerbach, Chair
Helen Goldsticker Sissel
Sandra Porter Leon
Nikki Shapiro Roth
Marilyn and Michel Ashe
Wendy Jo and Ronald Brodsky
Stephanie Calliot and Don London
Armond and Rose Caplan Foundation
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer
Susan and Andrew H. Cohen
Shari Friedman and Andrew King
Susan and Jim Eilberg
Lois and Barry Einhorn
Mona and Jeffrey Flax
Alan and Esther Fleder Foundation
Anne and Lawrence Fleder Alicia and Robert Friedman
Jeri Jo and William Halprin
Hyatt Place Virginia Beach Town Center
Jodi and Jay Klebanoff
Anne and Edward Kramer
Ruth and Edward Legum
Karen and Richard Lombart
Marcia and Burt Moss
Stacie and Marc Moss
Lisa and Howard Roesen
Sharon and Gene Ross
Shikma and Danny Rubin
Sara Jo and Joel Rubin
S. L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
Beth Scharlop and Roger Schultz
Patty and Herman Shelanski
Sandy and Norman Sher
Leslie and Larry Siegel
Renee and John Strelitz
Tidewater Jewish Foundation
Jody and Alan Wagner
Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer
Wilks, Alper, Harwood & McIntyre, PC
Amy and Frank Zelenka
Jennifer and Rabbi Israel Zoberman