Cultural Arts & Book Festival (CABF)


The Cultural Arts & Book Festival (CABF) provides the Dayton community with Jewish literary and cultural events throughout the fall programming season. Through the JCC’s partnership with the Jewish Book Council (JBC) we are able to bring in a colorful array of nationally recognized authors and journalists, alongside Dayton’s local literary talent.

Sunday, October 7 @ Boonshoft CJCE

Joshua Nelson

You may have never heard of “kosher gospel” music before, but the inspirational performances of Joshua Nelson, the creator of this style, will surely call out to your soul.  Gospel music is rooted musically, culturally and historically in the Spiritual which was created by enslaved Africans on North American plantations as a tool for and commentary on issues of social injustice. The term “gospel,” a Greek word meaning good news, is usually associated with African American Christian churches. Joshua Nelson marries Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of African American gospel performance practices to create Kosher gospel. These same sounds have been retained in the musical cultures of Black African Muslims and Jews, and such soul-inflected vocalizations filled the Black Hebrew synagogue Joshua Nelson attended as a child with his family. Joining us will be the Dayton Jewish Chorale and the University of Dayton Ebony Heritage Singers.

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Artwork by Victoria Kisel Carman will be on display at the Boonshoft CJCE for the duration of the festival.

Opening Night: Kosher Gospel with Joshua Nelson

Sunday, October 7 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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You may have never heard of “kosher gospel” music before, but the inspirational performances of Joshua Nelson, the creator of this style, will surely call out to your soul.  Gospel music is rooted musically, culturally and historically in the Spiritual which was created by enslaved Africans on North American plantations as a tool for and commentary on issues of social injustice. The term “gospel,” a Greek word meaning good news, is usually associated with African American Christian churches. Joshua Nelson marries Jewish religious lyrics and meanings with the soulful sounds of African American gospel performance practices to create Kosher gospel. These same sounds have been retained in the musical cultures of Black African Muslims and Jews, and such soul-inflected vocalizations filled the Black Hebrew synagogue Joshua Nelson attended as a child with his family. Joining us will be the Dayton Jewish Chorale and the University of Dayton Ebony Heritage Singers.

Angela Himsel, author of A River Could Be A Tree

Tuesday, October 9 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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Angela Himsel grew up the seventh of eleven children in rural Indiana in a fundamentalist, doomsday Christian faith. Trying to strengthen her beliefs, Himsel enrolled in The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Instead of reaffirmation of what she’d been taught, she was introduced to an entirely different world of people and perspectives. Himsel’s memoir chronicles her unlikely journey to observant Judaism.

Emunah Murray, author of From Rose Bowl to Rashi, with Calvin Murray

Tuesday, October 9 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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Yosef (Calvin) Murray lettered in football at Ohio State and played two seasons in the NFL before an injury ended his football career. He and his wife were committed Evangelical Christians, raising six children in the church where they served as youth pastors. As they questioned and were not content with the answers given, they decided to convert to Orthodox Judaism. The discipline he acquired from football laid the foundation for the conversion process and for leading a meaningful Jewish life. From Rose Bowl to Rashi speaks of their challenges, frustrations, joys, and eventual fulfillment in becoming their true selves.

Izzy Ezagui, author of Disarmed

Monday, October 15 @ Carillon Brewing Co.

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On January 8, 2009, Izzy Ezagui, an American who had enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at 19, lost his arm in a mortar attack on the border of the Gaza Strip. Izzy recounts his tortuous trek through rehabilitation to becoming the world’s only one-armed Special Forces sharpshooter. In the midst of disaster, Izzy discovered a deep well at his core from which he could draw strength. While he continues to serve in an elite unit in the reserves, Izzy delivers inspirational talks across the United States and internationally, encouraging people to seek their own power and to face whatever adversity life throws at them.

Dr. Elisha Waldman, author of This Narrow Space

Thursday, October 18 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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Dr. Elisha Waldman spent seven years in Jerusalem treating children—Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and Palestinian Arabs—who had all been diagnosed with cancer. Waldman spent time in Israel as a teen and medical student, and was thrilled for the opportunity to serve at Hadassah Medical Center to give back to the country he loved. This Narrow Space details both his accomplishments as well as his frustration when politics and cultural differences got in the way of his patients’ care. Waldman shares his experiences in Israel with the constant threat of war, his own questions of identity and belief, and the brave young patients he cared for.

Renate Frydman, author of Anschel’s Story

Monday, October 22 @ Beth Jacob Congregation
Thursday, October 24 @ Wright Memorial Public Library

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His mother had to make a quick decision that no parent would ever want to make: which of her children had the best chance to survive? Anschel’s Story is a heart-stopping journey told in first person based on Renate Frydman’s transcription of tapes her husband recorded during their 51 years of marriage. The true story of a young teenager who lost everyone and everything during the Holocaust, it is a story of courage and uncanny luck. Author, Renate Frydman, Ph.D., has been involved with Holocaust education and remembrance since the 1960’s. Anschel’s Story is her tribute to her beloved late husband.

Marshall Weiss, Author of Jewish Community of Dayton

Thursday, November 1 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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The story begins with the arrival of approximately a dozen German-Jewish immigrants in the1840’s and shares how the Jewish community of Dayton has actively contributed to the betterment and welfare of the “Gem City.” Marshall will share new stories of old Dayton.

Through the generosity of the Rose Family Philanthropic Fund, community members attending the event will receive a complimentary copy of the book.

Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite of Hate

Monday, November 5 @ Boonshoft CJCE

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As a progressive commentator on Fox News and now CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging intractable political differences and learning how to talk respectfully with people whose views she passionately disagrees with. Kohn talks to leading scientists and researchers and investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how incivility can be a gateway to much worse. She travels to Rwanda, the Middle East, and across the United States, introducing us to former terrorists and white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls, drawing surprising lessons from dramatic and inspiring stories of those who left hate behind.

Seth Siegel, author of Let There Be Water

Wednesday, November 7 @ Wittenberg University

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Activist, speaker and entrepreneur, Seth Siegel has been recognized for his thought leadership and advocacy on water scarcity and quality concerns. He has spoken about water issues before hundreds of audiences and has appeared in Congress, the United Nations and the World Bank. Siegel’s award-winning, international bestseller seeks to end global water scarcity by detailing how one nation transformed itself into a global leader in water technology.

Seth Siegel joins us as part of the Fred R. Leventhal Family Lecture series.

Victoria Kisel Carman, artist and author

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Victoria Kisel Carman was born in Kiev, USSR, now the Ukraine. In 1981 she received her Master’s degree in architecture and degree in Art from the College of Civil Engineers and Architects in Kiev. In Ukraine she worked as an architect, and taught art in schools and children’s art studios. Victoria also wrote poems and articles on literature, that were first published in the mid-1980s. In 1986 Victoria started working at the Ukrainian Animation Studio as an assistant to the Art Director and received a degree in animation.

Victoria immigrated to the United States in 1988. She wrote short stories in Russian under the penname V. LeGeza. In her stories, the reader encounters a surprising and extraordinary perspective on life in a foreign land, where new impressions are colored by glimmers of magical childhood memories, imagination, curiosity and joie de vivre. V. LeGeza’s short stories have become very popular and more than 50 have been published in the Russian press in America, Russia, Ukraine, Canada and Germany.

Victoria illustrated most of her books. She took classes in oil painting and printing at Evanston Art Center in Illinois. She has displayed her art at many festivals and exhibitions.

In Dayton, Victoria worked at the Printers Coop and exhibited her prints there. Her work was on display in The Fine Art Center in Centerville as well as her book – fairy tale about a Jewish girl in a shtetel. Around the same time, her book Emma 2000, a modern reflection on the Jane Austin novel Emma, was published in English.

Some of Victoria’s other books include Koshkin’s Tales 2005 by Hermitage Publishers, Zhaba (The Toad) first published in Germany in 2008 by Edita Publishing, Tigress Motia, Medicine for Stupidity, novels Fog on Apple Blossom and Birds’ Shadows. These and other books in Russian are available on Amazon.

Victoria has lived in Oakwood for six years. She is currently painting, working on a novel and writing short stories.

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The Fred R. Leventhal Family Lecture was established in 1981 by Fred and Maxine Leventhal to continue the “town and gown” relationship with Wittenberg and to strengthen it through access to stimulating speakers available to both Wittenberg students and the Springfield community.

 

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Thank you to our Sponsors

The JCC Cultural Arts & Book Festival sincerely thanks the following for their support

PUBLISHER $1,000+

Bernard & Carole Rabinowitz Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton

PERFORMER $500+

Rochelle & Michael Goldstein Cultural Arts Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton

POET $250+

Julie & Robert Bloom
Felix Garfunkel
Barb & Jack Gerbs
Martin & Martha Jacobs
David London
Norm & Mary Rita Weissman

PIANIST $100+

Ann & Skip Becker
Jack & Maryann Bernstein
Dr. Robert & Leslie S. Buerki

Tara & Adam Feiner
Marni Flagel
Neil D. Friedman
Ron & Shirlee Gilbert
Debby & Bob Goldenberg
Kim & Shelley Goldenberg
Lynn & David Goldenberg
Jane & Gary Hochstein
Linda & Steve Horenstein
Donald & Harriet Klass
Jerome J. Krochmal & Family
Kim & Candy Kwiatek
Sarah Moore Leventhal
Beverly Louis
Jim & Carol Nathanson

PATRON $18-$99

Joe & Elaine Bettman
Frieda Blum
Dena Briskin
Dr. Judy & Alan Chesen
Libby & Ken Elbaum

Cissy Ellison
Dorothy Engelhardt
Dee & Chuck Fried
Harry & Barbara Gerla
Helene Gordon
Arlene Graham
Sharon & Izzy Guterman
Bea Harris
Lois Harris
Meryl Hattenbach
Clara & David Hochstein
Bob & Gert Kahn
Meredith & Jim Levinson
Jan Maharam
Ruth Meadow
Edie Pequignot
Andrea Raizen
Patricia A. Riley
Cherie Rosenstein
David Rothschild
Judy Schwartzman
Dan and Kim Shaffer
Don & Sue Zulanch

Past Events

PUBLISHER $1,000+
Bernard Rabinowitz, in memory of Carole Rabinowitz
Ryan Levin of the Levin Family Foundation

PERFORMER $500+
Michael & Rochelle Goldstein
Robert & Vicky Heuman

POET $250+
Mindy & Garry Greene

PIANIST $100+
Joyce & Jim Anderson
Joseph & Elaine Bettman
Julie & Rob Bloom
Marni Flagel
Felix & Erika Garfunkel
David & Lynn Goldenberg
Debby & Bob Goldenberg
Kim & Shelley Goldenberg Fund
Jane & Gary Hochstein
Linda & Steven Horenstein
Marti & Marty Jacobs
Harriet & Donald Klass
Kim & Candy Kwiatek
Sarah, Daniel, Micah and Eli Leventhal
Sis & Joseph Litvin
Beverly Louis
Janice Maharam
Dr. David & Joan Marcus
L. David Mirkin
Alan & Myrnie Moscowitz
Jim & Carol Nathanson
Cherie Rosenstein
Suzanne & Phil Rubin
Ron Bernard & Judy Woll
Ed & Roberta Zawatsky

Corporate Sponsors

 

Hotel Sponsor

 

PRODUCER $2,500+
Bernard Rabinowitz

PERFORMER $500+
Michael & Rochelle Goldstein

POET $250+
Robert & Vicky Heuman

PIANIST $100+
Bernard Barsky
Dr. Jack & Maryann Bernstein
Joe & Elaine Bettman
Marni Flagel
Neil Friedman
Felix Garfunkel
David & Lynn Goldenberg
Debby Goldenberg
Kim Goldenberg
Gary & Jane Hochstein
Linda & Steve Horenstein
Marti &Marty Jacobs
Michael Jaffe
Beverly Louis
Dr. David & Joan Marcus
Jim & Carol Nathanson
Russell Remick
Donald & Caryl Weckstein
Ron Bernard & Judith Woll

Corporate Sponsors

 

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Upcoming Events

Sun 21

JCC & PJ Library Night @ the Drive In: Coco

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 N Dixie Dr
Dayton OH
Mon 22

CABF: Anschel’s Story with author Renate Frydman

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Jacob
7020 N. Main Street
Dayton OH
Tue 23

Big & Little Yoga Class

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr
Centerville OH
Tue 23

Tuesdays @ the J: Israeli Dancing with instructor Janifer Tsou

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr
Centerville OH
Wed 24

CABF: Anschel’s Story with author Renate Frydman

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wright Memorial Public Library
1776 Far Hills Ave.
Oakwood OH

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