Cultural Arts & Book Series (CABS)

October 22 – May 4, 2021 • Join us for our first Virtual Cultural Arts & Book Series! Register for any CABS event and be entered in a raffle to win a special Meet & Greet with one of our featured authors. All Author events are free, register today by clicking the links below!

2020 Line Up

Opening Night: Steven Levy

Facebook: The Inside Story

Thursday, October 22 @ 7PM
You can purchase Facebook: The Inside Story through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion), and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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What started as a simple website to serve as a college social network, Facebook is nearly unrecognizable from Zuckerberg’s first, modest iteration. It has grown into a tech giant, the largest social media platform and one of the most gargantuan companies in the world. Renowned tech writer Steven Levy has had unprecedented access to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for the past three years. Based on hundreds of interviews inside and outside the company, Levy’s sweeping narrative digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences. 

Steven Levy is Wired’s editor at large. The Washington Post has called him “America’s premier technology journalist.” His previous positions include founder of Backchannel and chief technology writer and senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has written seven previous books and his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The New Yorker, and Premiere. Levy has also won several awards during his thirty-plus years of writing about technology, including for his book Hackers, which PC Magazine named the best sci-tech book written in the last twenty years; and for Crypto, which won the grand e-book prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book Fair. 

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Amy Fish

I Wanted Fries With That: How to Ask for What You Want and Get What You Need

Thursday, November 5 @ 7PM
You can purchase I Wanted Fries With That through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble), and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.

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Jews expe­ri­ence injus­tices large and small — the restau­rant botch­ing our bagel shmear, car deal­er­ship not return­ing our calls, or find­ing bacon in the syn­a­gogue fridge. Often, we suf­fer in silence for fear of offend­ing any­one, or we kvetch too loud­ly and risk being ignored. In I Want­ed Fries with That, Jew­ish author Amy Fish encour­ages read­ers to com­plain effec­tive­ly. In her career as a uni­ver­si­ty ombuds­man, Fish has dealt with thou­sands of com­plaints — some triv­ial some seri­ous — and gained action­able insights about what works. Her sug­ges­tions will appeal to any­one who likes to com­plain or wish­es they could speak up, but aren’t sure where to start, includ­ing man­agers nav­i­gat­ing work­place dis­putes, cou­ples who argue about the same things over and over, and even com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers on com­mit­tees that aren’t work­ing. Illus­trat­ing her points with fun­ny real-life sto­ries, Fish reveals prag­mat­ic meth­ods to redress griev­ances with civil­i­ty, hon­esty, and fair­ness for every­one involved — whether you’re try­ing to right the wrongs of the world, or just claim the French fries you ordered. 

Amy Fish is the Chief Complaints Officer, also known as the Ombudsperson at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is responsible for promoting fairness and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. Amy regularly teaches, speaks and writes about how complain effectively (i.e., stand up for yourself and ask for what you need.) Amy teaches writing workshops at the Quebec Writing Federation, Hippocamp Conference for Creative Non-Fiction and at her kitchen table. She specializes in humor writing and memoir. Amy’s work has been published in Hippocampus Magazine, Readers’ Digest, Huffington Post and several other journals.  

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Yousef Bashir

Words of My Father: Love And Pain in Palestine 

Tuesday, November 10 @ 7PM
You can purchase Words of My Father through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.

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When the soccer-mad Yousef was eleven, the Second Intifada exploded. First came the shooting, then the occupation. Ordered to leave their family home, Yousef’s father refused, even when the Israeli soldiers moved in, seizing the top two floors. For five long years, three generations of the Bashir family were virtual prisoners in their own home. Despite this, Yousef’s father—a respected Palestinian schoolteacher whose belief in coexisting peacefully with his Israeli neighbors was unshakeable—treated the soldiers as honored guests. His commitment to peace was absolute. The Words of My Father is a powerful tale of moral awakening and a fraught, ferocious, and profound relationship between a son and his father. Bashir’s story and the ideals of peace and empathy it upholds are a soothing balm for these dangerous and troubled times, and a reminder that love and compassion are a gift—and a choice. 

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, the son of Khalil Bashir, a highly respected educator. Still suffering the effects of a near catastrophic injury at the hands of an anonymous IDF soldier, Yousef made his way to the United States where he earned a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Co-existence and Conflict from Brandeis University. Now living in Washington DC, Bashir has worked on Capitol Hill, and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. Yousef is an accomplished author, a vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace, and much sought-after public speaker.

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Janice Kaplan

It’s the Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World 

Thursday, November 12 @ 7PM
This CABS program is a collaboration between Dayton’s JCC, Jacksonville JCA, Toledo JCC, and Worcester JCC

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You can purchase It’s the Genius of Women through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.

We tell girls that they can be anything, so why do 90 percent of Americans believe that geniuses are almost always men? New York Times bestselling author Janice Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system—and celebrates the women geniuses past and present who have triumphed anyway. Writer and Magazine Editor Janice Kaplan set out to determine why the extraordinary work of so many women has been brushed aside. Using her unique mix of memoir, narrative, and inspiration, she makes surprising discoveries about women geniuses now and throughout history, in fields from music to robotics. Through interviews with neuroscientists, psychologists, and dozens of women geniuses at work in the world today—including Nobel Prize winner Frances Arnold and AI expert Fei-Fei Li—she proves that genius isn’t just about talent. It’s about having that talent recognized, nurtured, and celebrated. 

Widely known as a writer, magazine editor, and keynote speaker, Janice is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller The Gratitude Diaries. Her new book The Genius of Women will change how you think of women’s achievements. As the Editor-in-Chief of Parade, the most widely read publication in America, Janice worked with major political figures including President Barack Obama and interviewed stars including Barbra Streisand, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig. Janice was deputy editor of TV Guide magazine and executive producer of the TV Guide Television Group, where she created more than 30 television shows that aired primetime on major networks. She began her career as an award-winning producer at ABC-TV’s Good Morning America. Janice has appeared dozens of times on TV shows including Today, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight and CBS This Morning. She is a popular speaker at conferences, conventions, and events around the country where her inspiring, funny, and energetic talks win raves. Janice graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and won Yale’s Murray Fellowship for writing.

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Alan Zweibel

Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier 

Saturday, November 14 @ 7PM
You can purchase Laugh Lines through online retailers (Amazon) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.

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Alan Zweibel started his comedy career selling jokes for seven dollars apiece to the last of the Borscht Belt standups. Then one night, despite bombing on stage, he caught the attention of Lorne Michaels and became one of the first writers at Saturday Night Live, where he penned classic material for Gilda Radner, John Belushi, and all of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players. From SNL, he went on to have a hand in a series of landmark shows—from It’s Garry Shandling’s Show to Curb Your Enthusiasm. Throughout the pages of Laugh Lines Zweibel weaves together his own stories and interviews with his friends and contemporaries, including Richard Lewis, Eric Idle, Bob Saget, Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, Dave Barry, Carl Reiner, and more. The book also features a charming foreword from his friend of forty-five years Billy Crystal, with whom he co-wrote and co-produced the upcoming film Here Today that stars Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. Laugh Lines is a warmhearted cultural memoir of American comedy. 

An original “Saturday Night Live” writer whom the New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture”… Alan has won multiple Emmys and awards from the Writers Guild of America and The TV Critics Association for his work in television which includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created & produced), “Curb Your Enthusiasm”and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” A frequent guest on late night talk shows, Alan is also an ensemble performer at New York’s Triad Theater in Celebrity Autobiography.

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Talia Carner

The Third Daughter 

Thursday, November 19 @ 7PM
You can purchase The Third Daughter through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.  

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Even those who con­sid­er them­selves well-versed in Jew­ish his­to­ry will feel sur­prised — even hor­ri­fied — by the sto­ry told in Talia Carner’s new nov­el, The Third Daugh­ter. Set in the late nine­teenth cen­tu­ry, it tells of a Jew­ish-run syn­di­cate who sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly kid­napped young women from East­ern Europe for the pur­pose of sell­ing them as pros­ti­tutes in Buenos Aires. Care­ful­ly researched and metic­u­lous­ly nov­el­ized, Carn­er tells the sto­ry of Batya, the third of many daugh­ters of a strug­gling Russ­ian milk­man. Batya’s two old­er sis­ters have already gone astray — one mar­ried a rev­o­lu­tion­ary and the oth­er, a gen­tile. Exis­tence is uncer­tain, and pogroms reg­u­lar­ly dec­i­mate entire shtetls. Echoes of “Fid­dler on the Roof” are unavoid­able, but the par­al­lels stop when Batya, at four­teen, catch­es the eye of what seems to be a rich, eli­gi­ble man from “Amer­i­ca.” Smooth and redo­lent with cologne, he promis­es Batya’s father that he will mar­ry her when she is six­teen — mean­while keep­ing her safe with his sis­ter. The patri­arch imag­ines a gild­ed world in which his daugh­ter will ride in car­riages and dine on fine chi­na. Lit­tle does he know that there are will be no mar­riages or car­riages.  

Talia Carner is formerly the publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women’s economic forums. An award-winning author of five novels and numerous stories, essays, and articles, she is also a committed supporter of global human rights. Carner has spearheaded ground-breaking projects centered on female plight and women’s activism.  She is a committed supporter of global human rights and has spearheaded projects centered on the subjects of female plight and women’s activism. Her five novels have been hailed for exposing society’s ills, the latest of which is The Third Daughter (HarperCollins, September 2019.)  Set in Buenos Aires in the late 1800s, it is the story of a Jewish girl caught in sex trafficking. Talia Carner has given over 300 keynote speeches and presentations about the social issues behind her novels to civic, educational and religious organizations. She lives in New York and Florida.

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Libby Copeland

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are 

Wednesday, December 2 @ 7PM
Support for this event is provided in memory of Marcia Jaffe.

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You can purchase The Lost Family through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.
The Lost Family delves into the many lives that have been irrevocably changed by home DNA tests – a technology that represents the end of family secrets. There are the adoptees who’ve used the test to find their birth parents; donor-conceived adults who suddenly discover they have more than fifty siblings; hundreds of thousands of Americans who discover their fathers aren’t biologically related to them, a phenomenon so common it is known as a “non-paternity event”; and individuals who are left to grapple with their conceptions of race and ethnicity when their true ancestral histories are discovered. Throughout these accounts, Copeland explores the impulse toward genetic essentialism and raises the question of how much our genes should get to tell us about who we are. With more than thirty million people having undergone home DNA, the answer to that question is more important than ever. 

Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist who writes about culture, science and human behavior. Her book, The Lost Family, published March 3, 2020, looks at the impact of home DNA testing on the American family (sign up here for updates and events). A staff reporter and editor for The Washington Post for over a decade, she now writes from New York for publications including The Atlantic,Slate, New York Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, The New Republic,Esquire.com, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company,Glamour and more.

Partners:  Miami Valley Jewish Genealogy & History

Support for this event is provided in memory of Marcia Jaffe

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Jan Eliasberg

Hannah’s War 

Tuesday, December 8 @ 12PM
You can purchase Hannah’s War through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion, IndieBound) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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A vivid, page-turning, and inspiring re-imagination of the final months of World War II, and the brilliant researchers behind the first atomic bomb, Hannah’s War is an unforgettable love story about an exceptional woman, and the dangerous power of her greatest discovery. in 1945, Dr. Hannah Weiss, an Austrian-Jewish physicist, is removed from her essential work with the Critical Assemblies Team at the Los Alamos National Laboratories and is taken for interrogation. Major Jack Delaney, a rising star in the shadowy world of military intelligence, is convinced that someone in the Top Secret Manhattan Project is a spy; the captivating, brilliant and mysterious female scientist soon becomes his primary suspect.

A glass ceiling-shattering writer/director, Jan’s film and television career began when she was hand-picked by Michael Mann to be the first female director on Miami Vice and Crime Story. Wiseguy, and 21 Jump Street soon followed, establishing her at the top of the field. Michael Mann remains Jan’s mentor and collaborator to this day, godfathering her film and television career. 

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Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia 

Tuesday, December 8 @ 7PM
You can purchase The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksAMillion) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.   

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Deeply knowing, highly entertaining, beautifully illustrated, and just a little bit irreverent, this unputdownable encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish covers culture, religion, history, habits, language, and more. Readers will refresh their knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords, the meaning of words like balaboosta, balagan, bashert, and bageling. Understand all the major and minor holidays. Learn how the Jews invented Hollywood. Remind themselves why they need to read Hannah Arendt, watch Seinfeld, listen to Leonard Cohen. Even discover the secret of happiness (see “Latkes”).

Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer are the hosts of Unorthodox, the most popular Jewish podcast on iTunes. 

Stephanie Butnick is the deputy editor of Tablet and has written for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has a bachelor’s degree in religion from Duke and a master’s in religious studies from NYU. She lives in New York with her husband and their cat, Cat Stevens.

Mark Oppen­heimer is the for­mer Beliefs colum­nist for The New York Times and the author of The Bar Mitz­vah Crash­er: Road-Trip­ping Through Jew­ish Amer­i­ca. He has a Ph.D. in Amer­i­can reli­gion from Yale and lives in New Haven, Con­necti­cut, with his wife and five children.

Liel Lei­bovitz is a senior writer for Tablet and the author of sev­er­al books, includ­ing, most recent­ly, A Bro­ken Hal­lelu­jah, a spir­i­tu­al biog­ra­phy of Leonard Cohen. He has a Ph.D. in video games from Colum­bia, a fact that makes his sev­en-year-old self very hap­py. He lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Live Virtual Exhibition Tour with the Illinois Holocaust Museum

Monday, December 14 @ 7PM

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Cost: $10

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. This exhibition was developed by Associate Curator at Los Angeles Skirball Cultural Center, Cate Thurston, in partnership with Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Exhibition highlights:

  • A robe and jabot from RBG’s Supreme Court wardrobe.
  • Home videos of RBG with her husband, Martin “Marty” Ginsburg, on their honeymoon and in the early years of their marriage.
  • The official portraits of RBG and Sandra Day O’Connor, the first two women to serve on the Supreme Court, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.
  • 3D re-imaginations of key places in RBG’s life, including: 
    • Her childhood Brooklyn apartment, where visitors can flip through the Nancy Drew books Ruth Bader loved as a girl, among other items, and get a feel for her Jewish upbringing
    • The kitchen in RBG and Marty’s home, featuring some of Marty’s favorite recipes and cooking utensils
    • The Supreme Court bench, where visitors can dress up in a robe and jabot and imagine making their own opinions heard
    • The desk in her chambers, where visitors can view the 2018–2019 Supreme Court calendar and grasp cases to be decided in the current term.


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Amy E. Schwartz

Can Robots Be Jewish and Other Pressing Matters of Modern Life

Sunday, January 10, 2021 @ 12PM
You can purchase Can Robots Be Jewish through online retailers (Amazon) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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When Moment Mag­a­zine arrives every oth­er month, loy­al read­ers turn to its long-run­ning “Ask the Rab­bis” fea­ture. In this col­umn rab­bis of dif­fer­ent denom­i­na­tions — Inde­pen­dent, Human­ist, Jew­ish Renew­al, Recon­struc­tion­ist, Reform, Con­ser­v­a­tive, Ortho­dox, Sephardic, and Chabad — con­sid­er some of the most provoca­tive ques­tions of the day. Their respons­es span the range of mod­ern Jew­ish thought. Some­times they agree but not often. In these Solomon-like delib­er­a­tions, the rab­bis answer some of modernity’s press­ing ques­tions: Does Jew­ish anx­i­ety have a the­o­log­i­cal basis? Do sci­ence and Judaism con­flict? Is whistle­blow­ing a Jew­ish oblig­a­tion? Are there things that can­not be for­giv­en? Is Judaism good for women? Is there a Jew­ish way to par­ent? Is it kosher to tell a white lie? Should we edit our children’s genes? Can a robot be Jew­ish? Is democ­ra­cy Jew­ish? Does Jew­ish law for­bid racism? Do Jews believe in an after­life? Should there be an eleventh com­mand­ment and if so what should it be? Are Jews still expect­ing a Mes­si­ah?

Amy E. Schwartz, a long­time edi­to­r­i­al writer and op-ed colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Post, is edi­tor of Moment Mag­a­zine’s “Ask the Rab­bis” sec­tion. Schwartz, who has worked at Harper’s, The New Repub­lic, and The Wil­son Quar­ter­ly is also the pres­i­dent of the mul­ti-denom­i­na­tion­al Jew­ish Stud­ies Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton, DC. 

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Howard Blum

Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin

Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 7PM
You can purchase Night of the Assassins through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall.  

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TheNew York Times bestselling author Howard Blum returns with a tale as riveting and suspenseful as any thriller: the true story of the Nazi plot to kill the leaders of the United States, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. during World War II. Filled with eight pages of black-and-white photographs, The Night of the Assassins is a suspenseful true-life tale about an impossible mission, a ticking clock, and one man who stepped up to the challenge and prevented a world catastrophe. 

Howard Blum is an American author and journalist. Formerly a reporter for the The Village Voice and The New York Times, Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of several non-fiction books, including the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century. Learn more about New York Times bestselling author Howard Blum.

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Anna Solomon

The Book of V

Monday, March 1 @ 6PM
Partnering with Hadassah, Dayton Chapter

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You can purchase The Book of V through online retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible Audio Book) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 
The sto­ry of Esther is often told as the tri­umph of a Jew­ish minor­i­ty over one man’s blind­ing hatred, through the courage and self­less­ness of one woman. Anna Solomon’s The Book of V. chal­lenges this sim­ple nar­ra­tive — ask­ing, what is Vashti’s sto­ry? And how do we choose to rep­re­sent women’s lives, both in the past and today? The nar­ra­tive alter­nates between the his­tor­i­cal Esther’s per­spec­tive, Vivian, known as Vee, a 1970s wife of a sen­a­tor, and Lily, a mod­ern-day Brook­lynite, sec­ond wife, and moth­er of two. Each of these women’s lives is con­strained by the expec­ta­tions of a patri­ar­chal soci­ety. Vee enjoys her socialite life but is plagued by her husband’s past and her own inse­cu­ri­ties when she com­pares her­self to her peers; Lily is haunt­ed by the mem­o­ry of her husband’s first wife, and can­not relin­quish feel­ings of inep­ti­tude towards her domes­tic duties and her marriage. 

Anna Solomon is the author of three novels—The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride—and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, One Story, The Boston Globe, Tablet, and elsewhere. Anna is the recipient of awards from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and The Missouri Review, among others, and her short story “The Lobster Mafia Story” was chosen as Boston’s One City One Story read. Anna is co-editor with Eleanor Henderson of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers. Previously, she worked as an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio’s Living on Earth. Anna is a graduate of Brown University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches writing at Barnard College, Warren Wilson’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, and the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center. Anna was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children.

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Leslie K. Barry

Newark Minutemen 

Wednesday, April 13 @ 7PM
You can purchase Newark Minutemen through online retailers (Amazon) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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Based on a true 1930s story, Newark Minutemen tells an unforgettable tale about forbidden love, intrigue and a courageous man’s search for avenge. During the heart of the Great Depression, Yael Newman fatefully meets Krista Brecht, daughter of the German-American Nazi high command. When his affections turn real, his friends warn him against crossing the line. When Krista leaves for American Nazi summer camp in Long Island, New York, he swears to rescue her. But his mission becomes much more when he’s recruited by the Jewish mob and FBI to go undercover and fight the American Nazis who are taking over America.

Amazon best selling author, Leslie K. Barry is most recently a screenwriter, author, and executive producer. Her previous professional work includes executive positions with major entertainment companies including Turner Broadcasting, Hasbro/Parker Brothers, Mattel, and Mindscape Video Games. Other areas of business include executive for the first e-shopping platform called eShop and marketing for Lotus Development, the US Post Office, and AOL. She was an Alpha Sigma Tau at JMU (James Madison University) in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and attended a grad program at Harvard. She has spent the last twenty-five years with her husband, Doug Barry, in Tiburon, CA raising their four kids, Zachary, Brittany, Shaya, and Jackson, and their dog, Kona. 

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Katherine Ester Ellison

Mothers & Murderers: A True Story of Love, Lies, Obsession … And Second Chances 

Thursday, April 22 @ 12PM
You can purchase Mothers & Murderers through online retailers (Amazon, Audible Audio Book) and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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Mothers & Murderers: A True Story of Love, Lies, Obsession … and Second Chances takes readers on a wild tragicomic ride from the criminal courtrooms of California’s Silicon Valley to the Himalayan mountains of Pakistan to the deserts of Ethiopia. In delightful, insightful prose, Ellison reflects on her mistakes and her triumphs as she weaves together the stories of how her Pulitzer Prize-winning career almost ended before it began, how she nearly missed marrying the love of her life, and how she unwittingly got drawn into a stranger-than-fiction murder case. Rich in drama and self-reflection, replete with unique characters –including two bumbling hitmen, a rodeo-riding prosecutor, a flamboyant Beverly Hills defense attorney, and a charismatic stay-at-home mother-of-three who is keeping outrageous secrets– Mothers & Murderers is a mashup of Fargo, Body Heat, and Eat, Pray, Love. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry – and think. 

Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize-winning former foreign correspondent and the author of ten non-fiction books, on topics ranging from Imelda Marcos to environmental conservation to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Her numerous awards for journalism include The George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Overseas Press Club of America’s award for human rights reporting. 

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Jeremy Benstein

Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 7PM
You can purchase Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes through online retailers (Amazon, IndieBound, and in person at Barnes and Noble on 725, across from the Dayton Mall. 

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In an eloquent and charming answer to this question, Hebrew Roots, Jewish Routes addresses the many ways engagement with Hebrew enriches Jewishness – culturally, religiously, ethnically. Whether you know Hebrew or not, linguist and cultural anthropologist Jeremy Benstein takes us on a journey into the deeper significance of Hebrew in the life of Jews and Judaism. Since fluency is such a distant goal for so many, Benstein shows us another approach: engaging with Hebrew by focusing on the three-letter Hebrew roots that are the building blocks of the language, seeing these “nuggets of knowledge” as a vehicle to enriching our connection to Judaism and its values.

Dr. Jeremy Benstein is an educator, author and Hebrew lover. He holds a BA in linguistics from Harvard, a master’s degree in Judaic studies from the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem, and a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the Hebrew University. He grew up in the Midwest, and moved to Israel over 35 years ago. Along the way, he helped found the Heschel Center for Sustainability in Tel Aviv. He is currently the managing editor of 929-English (Tanakh: Age-Old Text, New Perspectives – www.929.org.il), and lives in Zichron Yaakov with his wife, Prof. Annabel Herzog, five children, two cats, and many books. 

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Jewish Observer

69 years later, DP camp friends reconnect

By Marshall Weiss, The Dayton Jewish Observer “Ruth, I’m going to call you Regina,” Ira Segalewitz said from his home in Kettering when he saw his childhood sweetheart for the first time in 69 years, via Zoom on Nov. 8. “Call me whatever you want, just call me!” Ruth Brandspiegel The post 69 years later, DP camp friends reconnect appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Learning from our ‘precedential’ election

By Rabbi Benjamin G. Azriel, Temple Beth Or Electing a “precedent” is never an easy time for a community. Evaluating values, learning about the history of the concepts, incorporating morality into our lives are all parts of determining the precedent that we will elect. At Makor, Temple Beth Or’s Sunday The post Learning from our ‘precedential’ election appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

Libby Copeland: DNA testing reveals family secrets, complicates identity

By Sophie Panzer , Jewish Exponent In 2012, a woman named Alice took a DNA test and expected it to reveal that her entire family hailed from Irish American and British ancestry. Instead, the test revealed that half her DNA was Ashkenazi Jewish. Her attempts to understand the results and The post Libby Copeland: DNA testing reveals family secrets, complicates identity appeared first on The Dayton Jewish Observer. [...]

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