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The Cultural Arts & Book Series educates and entertains every year, offering outstanding programming that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people and community.

CABS 2023 – Check out this year’s stellar line up!

KAREN FINE
The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. DETAILS TO FOLLOW AT A LATER TIME.

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Beyond Pets. The Other Family Doctor is a heartwarming memoir about one woman’s career as a vet and the unique role pets play in our lives. Woven into Dr. Fine’s story are the stories of her own pets who have taught her the most valuable lessons-how caring for the animals in our lives can teach us to better care for ourselves. Don’t miss at 6:00 p.m. the animal services resource fair!!

MARTIN FLETCHER
Teachers: The Ones I Can’t Forget

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: University of Dayton Science Center (114-300 College Park Avenue, Dayton, OH 45469)

Cost: $7/person

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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Circumstances.
Through intimate profiles, Martin Fletcher’s Teachers details the struggles of everyday people in extraordinary circumstances—war, revolution, natural disasters, and life. Teachers are the people Fletcher met throughout his work as a news correspondent, often on the worst day of their lives. He watched as they picked up the pieces following personal tragedy and discovered the invaluable lesson of carrying on, no matter the circumstances.

SPECIAL EVENT
Adventures in Parenting
(in partnership with PJ Library and PJ Our Way)

Date: Sunday, November 5, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education (525 Versailles Drive, Centerville, OH 45459)

Cost: No charge 

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Community Moderators will lead small group conversations on topics on every parent’s mind including getting involved in Jewish Dayton, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah planning, bringing Shabbat into your home, managing stress, ways to approach difficult conversations, and an introduction to the Wendy Mogel books.

Attendees will leave with a copy of each book.

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Timeless Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children ~ This now classic book is a beloved resource for a generation of parents. Internationally known clinical psychologist Wendy Mogel’s sage reflections on parenting in a world where entitlement and competition abound have struck a chord with readers across the globe. With warmth and humor, Mogel distills the wisdom of the Torah, the Talmud, and important Jewish teachings, as well as contemporary psychological insights, into nine “blessings” that address key parenting issues.

The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers ~ Dr. Wendy Mogel shows parents how to navigate the teenage years, when a child’s sense of entitlement and independence grows, the pressure to compete skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles. Mogel emphasizes empathy and guidance over micromanaging teens’ lives and overreacting to missteps. She reveals that emotional outbursts, rudeness, rule-breaking, staying up late, and other worrisome teen behaviors are in fact normal and necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with thoughtful care, not anxiety.

CHANIE APFELBAUM
Totally Kosher
(in partnership with Chabad’s Women’s Circle)

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Chabad of Greater Dayton (2001 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45419)

Cost: $36/person

Featuring dinner and a cooking demonstration!

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Contemporary and Uncomplicated. Known for bringing a trendy edge to kosher meals, Chanie’s recipes are approachable, playful, and tasty, and introduce exciting global flavors to the kosher canon of Jewish-inspired dishes. She shares her secrets here, from kitchen hacks to favorite pantry ingredients that will transform your kosher cooking.

GIOIA DILIBERTO
Coco at the Ritz

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Cost:
No charge

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Cocotte, Couturier, Collaborator. In late August of 1944, Coco Chanel is arrested in her suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris on charges of treason to France, stemming from her romance with a Nazi spy. Her two-hour interrogation offers a gripping battle of wits between the famously acerbic designer and a hostile soldier of the Resistance. At its heart, this novel is about the choices one woman makes when the stakes are the highest and the resulting perilous, even deadly, consequences to those around her.

DAVID ABROMOWITZ
The Foxtail Legacy

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Livestreamed at Woodbourne Library (6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville, OH 45459)

Cost:
No charge

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Three Continents, Three Generations, One American Dream.
The Foxtail Legacy is a multigenerational saga spanning from the shtetls of Russia, to South African mining fields during the 1890s gold rush, to the Jewish immigrant experience in America of the early 20th century. The central character in this mishpocha tale is Jacob Itzkowitz, whose drive to be a “big man” propels him to overcome antisemitism and rise from peddler to business mogul at the Jersey Shore. Yet the very strength enabling Jacob to stare down a resurgent KKK in the 1920s also fuels the dark side of his ambition, his plotting and double-dealing, which threaten to destroy his growing empire and the legacy he’s built for his family.

BENYAMIN COHEN
The Einstein Effect: How the World’s Famous Genius Got Into Our Cars, Our Bathrooms, and Our Minds

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: No charge

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Physicist to Pop Culture Icon. Almost 70 years after his death, Albert Einstein’s genius continues to define our everyday lives, and his enduring legacy has shaped him into a modern-day pop culture icon. His face is still one of the most recognizable in the world and he’s widely considered to be the first modern-day celebrity. But it’s not just his genius that continues to shape our world. The Einstein Effect shows all the ways his influence is still with us today—in our systems and our culture.

​NATASHA LANCE ROGOFF
Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Livestreamed at Wright Memorial Public Library (1776 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood, OH 45419)

Cost: No charge

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Muppet Ambassadors? After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the timing appeared perfect to bring Sesame Street to post-communist Russia. The Muppets were seen as ambassadors to model idealistic values, and Natasha Lance Rogoff was tasked to produce the series in Moscow. She faced bombings, assassinations, and the takeover of the production office. And yet, the TV series became a huge hit, broadcasting messages of tolerance and inclusion well into Putin’s era to millions of children across the former USSR.

RABBI DIANA FERSKO
We Need to Talk About Antisemitism

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: No charge

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Stopping It Starts With Understanding It. Antisemitism is on the rise in America, in cities and rural areas, in red states and blue states, and in guises both subtle and terrifyingly overt. Exploring topics like vile myths about Jewish people and the intersection of antisemitism with other forms of discrimination, We Need to Talk About Antisemitism gives readers the tools they need to understand the state of antisemitism today. A millennial rabbi explores why we’re reluctant to discuss antisemitism—and empowers us to fight against it. She gives all of us the ultimate guide to modern antisemitism.

BENEDETTA GUETTA
Cooking Alla Guidia: A Celebration of the Jewish Food of Italy

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Livestreamed at Beth Abraham Synagogue (305 Sugar Camp Circle, Dayton, OH 45409)

Cost: $18/person

Featuring the author’s appetizers, salads, and desserts at 6:00 p.m.!

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Jews Inspired Eggplant Parmigiana?! Cooking Alla Giudia is the ultimate tribute to the wonderfully rich, yet still largely unknown, culinary heritage of the Jews of Italy. With a collection of kosher recipes from all regions of Italy, including plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, author Benedetta Jasmine Guetta is on a mission to tell the story of how the Jews changed Italian food to preserve these recipes and share with home cooks the extraordinary dishes prepared in the Jewish communities of Italy.

JONATHAN FREEDLAND
The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World
In partnership with JCC Book Club

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: No charge

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Breakout to Broadcast. The Escape Artist tells the story of Rudolf Vrba who, in April 1944, became one of the very first Jews to escape Auschwitz—and who did it to warn the world. Vrba and his fellow escapee Fred Wetzler smuggled out the first full account of Auschwitz the world had ever seen—a forensically detailed report that would eventually reach Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the Pope. And yet too few heeded the warning that Vrba had risked everything to deliver.

TOM DUGAN
Wiesenthal

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024 

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Location: Dayton Metro Library (215 E. Third Street, Dayton, OH 45402)

Cost: No charge

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The Jewish James Bond. Simon Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who became internationally famous for relentlessly pursuing and bringing nearly 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. He is best known for his role in capturing Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Final Solution.

In the award-winning one-man play, Wiesenthal, now available in book form, the famed “Nazi Hunter” looks back at his life on the day of his retirement. With warmth, wit, and surprising humor, he recounts how he tracked down history’s most notorious killers, but offers a warning that, although progress has been made, the human savage still lurks beneath the wafer-thin surface of civilization. It this program, author Tom Dugan will explore the life and legacy of Wiesenthal in the context of Holocaust history
and modern times, highlighted by short scenes from the play itself.

RICK RICHMAN
And None Shall Make Them Afraid: Eight Stories of the Modern State of Israel
In partnership with Hadassah

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2024

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Via Zoom

Cost: No charge

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Our Tribute to Israel at 75. This is the story of how Zionism, supported by Americanism, created a modern miracle—told through the little-known stories of eight individuals who collectively changed history. Four were from Europe, the other four from America, which reflects the intellectual and social revolutions that Zionism and Americanism brought to the world. The stories are central to the miraculous recovery of the Jewish people in the 20th century. Taken together, they reflect both a people’s return to its place among the nations and the impact on history a single individual can make.

JOE POSNANSKI
Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments
Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton LogoIn partnership with Men’s Philanthropy

Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Location: Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education (525 Versailles Drive, Centerville, OH 45459)

Cost: $10/person

Featuring a ballpark supper with hot dogs, chips, dessert, and beer. Vegetarian option available.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Why We Love Baseball is a love letter to baseball, a fresh look at the game’s greatest moments and how they continue to grab at our hearts. Baseball has always drawn Jewish attention, whether it was players like Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, writers like Roger Kahn, Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig, or executives like Theo Epstein and Bud Selig. For Jews, baseball has always been seen as the ultimate symbol of being American. Joe Posnanski is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books and has been named National Sportswriter of the Year by five different organizations. Bring your baseball memorabilia to display.

Thank you to our 2023 CABS Donors:

PUBLISHER ($1,000 +)
Bernard & Carole Rabinowitz Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton

EDITOR ($500 +)
Rochelle (z”l) & Michael Goldstein
Robert & Vicky Heuman
Kim & Candy Kwiatek
Mary Rita & Norman Weissman

POET ($250 +)
Gary & Irene Fishbein
Marni Flagel
Dr. Felix Garfunkel
Gary Holstine – Stifel Investments
Linda & Steve Horenstein
Joseph & Marsha Johnston
Mark & Helen Jones
Ann Laderman
Barbara Mendelson

 

WRITER ($100 +)
Beth Adelman
Anonymous
Maryann & Jack Bernstein
Margaret & James Brooks
Leslie S. Buerki
Marcia Cox
Adam & Tara Feiner
Bella Freeman
Neil Friedman
Charlotte Golden
Lynn & David Goldenberg
Shelley & Kim Goldenberg
Dr. Franklin and Renee Handel
Gary and Jane Hochstein
Drs. Martin Jacobs &
Martha Moody Jacobs
Andrea Klein
Meredith Moss Levinson
Cheryl & Franklin Lewis
Wendy Lipp
Judy Lipton
Beverly A. Louis
Gayle & Irvin Moscowitz
Linda Novak
Ann V. Paddock
Alice & Burt Saidel
Joni & Ralph Watson

PATRON ($18 +)
Frieda Blum
Kenneth & Lisa Blum
Stanley & Connie Blum
Eva Clair
Judy & Alan Chesen
Louisa & Phil Dreety
Lenora & Ken Elbaum
Alan & Becky Elovitz
Lynn Foster
Chuck & Dee Fried
Paula Gessiness & Jay Holland
Helene Gordon
Arlene Graham
Meryl Hattenbach &
Joe Beringer
Mike Jaffe & Judy Schwartzman
Ruth B. Meadow
Edie Pequignot
Cantor Andrea Raizen
Audrey P. Tuck
Lawrence Wagenfeld
Donald & Caryl Weckstein

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