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Cultural Arts & Book Series (CABS)


The Cultural Arts & Book Series (CABS) 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.

2019 Line Up

Opening Night: Sally Fingerett

Stories from a Life Long Student of Crazy

Thursday, October 24, 7PM @ Wiley’s Comedy Club
Special thanks to Wiley’s Comedy Club

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Sally Fingerett, contemporary award-winning songwriter and performer and a founding member of the musical comedy group, The Four Bitchin’ Babes, joins us for an evening of laughter and song for our opening night event. With her personal life steeped in Judaism, Sally’s one-woman show The Mental Yentl Revue, debuted at The New York Jewish and Music Heritage Festival. As a 1990 Kerrville New Folk Award Winner for songwriting, Sally’s composition “Home Is Where the Heart Is” has been recorded by folk legends Peter, Paul, and Mary for their 1995 LifeLines CD/PBS special, and published in “Contemporary Cabaret,” a songbook that includes Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber.

As a 1990 Kerrville New Folk Award Winner for songwriting, Sally’s composition “Home Is Where the Heart Is” has been recorded by folk legends, Peter, Paul, and Mary for their 1995 LifeLines CD/PBS special, and published in “Contemporary Cabaret,” a songbook that includes Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber. She has appeared in Putamayo’s Songwriter Festival at NY’s Carnegie Hall, and was a featured musical guest on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya KnowNPR’s Mountain Stage, and CBS Sunday Morning. Singing for radio and TV, Sally has been the voice for Butterfinger, Hallmark, Sears, and A Star for Jeremy NBC. As an actress, she’s performed with the National Touring Company of the Vagina Monologues.

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Matthew Goodman

The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

Wednesday, November 6, 7PM @ Carillon Brewing Co.

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The City Game tells the thrilling and heartbreaking story of the City College Beavers, which in 1950 became the only team ever to win the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year. The double-championship team was, by every measure, extraordinary. The City College of New York was known for intellectual achievement, not athletic prowess. Moreover, every single player as well as the coach was either Jewish or African-American. In 1951, the team’s five starting players were arrested for conspiring with gamblers to “shave points.” They were expelled from college and banned from the NBA for life. Overnight they turned from heroes to pariahs. Informed by interviews with every surviving member of the team, The City Game tells a complicated story: of scapegoats, corruption, and how at least one other college – protected by police and powerful religious and political leaders — managed to escape a shared scandal unscathed.

Matthew Goodman is the New York Times-bestselling author of four books of nonfiction: The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team (Ballantine Books, 2019); Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World (Ballantine Books, 2013); The Sun and the Moon: Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York (Basic Books, 2008); and Jewish Food: The World at Table (HarperCollins, 2005). Matthew has taught writing and literature at Vermont College, Tufts University, and Emerson College, and has been a visiting writer at the University of Missouri and the Fashion Institute of Techology in New York City. He has also taught at writers’ conferences including the Antioch Writers Workshop, the Cape Cod Writers Conference, and the Chautauqua Institution. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony (twice) and the Corporation of Yaddo. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

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Marra Gad

The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl

Wednesday, November 20, 7PM @ Wright Memorial Public Library

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Join us as Marra Gad is interviewed by local author, Martha Moody Jacobs. Three days after her birth, Marra was adopted by a white Jewish family in Chicago. For her parents, it was love at first sight—but it was 1970, and they soon came to realize that not everyone loved so freely. Since her adoption, Marra has always had trouble finding a community that would accept her. She is not “black enough” for black spaces and, in the Jewish community, she has often been cast aside or disrespected. Marra’s family cut out those relatives who could not tolerate the color of her skin— including her beloved, glamorous, worldly Great-Aunt Nette. But after an estrangement of fifteen years, Marra discovers that Nette has Alzheimer’s, and that only she is in a position to get Nette back to the family she has left. Marra watches as the disease erases her aunt’s racism, making space for a relationship that was never possible before.

Marra B. Gad was born in New York, raised in Chicago and now calls Los Angeles home. She is an independent film and television producer. Ms. Gad’s first book, THE YERUSHA: A Love Story in Black and White, will be a lead title for Agate Publishing in September 2019. Ms. Gad is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew University

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Andrew Ridker

The Altruists

Tuesday, December 10, 7PM @ Washington Centerville Public Library, Woodbourne

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The death of family matriarch, Francine, disrupts the precarious bonds between her children and her husband, Arthur, whose life has reached a breaking point. Unable to continue making payments on the mortgage of the family home, Arthur writes his millennial children, Ethan and Maggie, inviting them back to St. Louis. Arthur’s connection with his kids has always been strained. His invitation unleashes a flurry of lifelong resentment, pain, and (maybe) a little pity, as both children are struggling to reckon with the loss of their mother, the disappointment of their father, and the unexpected inheritance Francine left for them. With a dark, funny tone, The Altruists explores the friction between the baby boomers who resent the “entitlement” of younger generations, and millennials disenchanted by an American dream.

Andrew Ridker was born in 1991. His writing has appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review DailyGuernicaBoston ReviewThe Believer, and St. Louis Magazine; and he is the editor of Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics. He is the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. The Altruists is his first novel.

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Myla Goldberg

Feast your Eyes

Wednesday, December 11, 7PM @ the Boonshoft CJCE

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The first novel in a decade from the award winning, New York Times bestselling author Myla Goldberg, Feast Your Eyes is framed as the catalogue notes from a fictional photography show at the Museum of Modern Art. It tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.

Myla Goldberg is a bestselling novelist, winner of the Borders New Voices Prize, a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN award, the NYPL Young Lions award, and the Barnes & Noble Discover award, and recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant.  She writes and teaches in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Jason Little and their two daughters.

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Naomi Nachman

Perfect Flavors: Creative, easy-to-prepare recipes inspired by my family and travels

Tuesday, December 17, 6PM @ the Boonshoft CJCE

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Cooking has always been Naomi Nachman’s passion. In 2004, she started her own kosher personal chef business, The Aussie Gourmet. She catered weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within her community, neighboring communities and beyond. Her second cookbook, Perfect Flavors, has more than 130 creative recipes, including tips and variations. Naomi is often sought after throughout the country to give cooking demonstrations and produce kosher “Chopped” competitions.

Naomi has her own cooking show on Kosher.com called Sunny Side Up. Naomi also hosts her own weekly show, “Table for Two with Naomi Nachman” on The Nachum Segal Network – which covers all food-related topics.  In addition, Naomi writes a monthly column for the Mishpacha magazine covering food trends, and is also a contributing editor to The Jewish Home newspaper distributed in Long Island, Baltimore and California writing weekly articles and recipes.

This event includes dinner prepared by Rochel Simon and a cooking demonstration by Naomi Nachman.

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Lev Golinkin

A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka
* COMMUNITY READ

Wednesday, January 19, 2020, 7PM @ The Dayton Art Institute
Corporate Event Partner: The Dayton Art Institute

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A compelling true story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past. In the twilight of the Cold War (the late 1980s), nine-year old Lev Golinkin and his family cross the Soviet border with only ten suitcases, $600, and the vague promise of help awaiting in Vienna. Years later, Lev, now an American adult, sets out to retrace his family’s long trek, locate the strangers who fought for his freedom, and in the process, gain a future by understanding his past. Lev Golinkin’s memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union.

Lev Golinkin is the author of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka.  Mr. Golinkin, a graduate of Boston College, came to the US as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv) in 1990.  His op-eds and essays on the Ukraine crisis have appeared in The New York TimesLos Angeles TimesThe Boston Globe, and Time.com, among others; he has been interviewed by WSJ Live and HuffPost Live.

*Book Clubs are eligible for a special discount when purchasing this book through the JCC. Contact Karen Jaffe at (937) 401-1553 by October 28 with the quantity you wish to order.

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Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

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
Bonnie & Sandy Mendelson
Gayle & Irvin Moscowitz
Alice & Burt Saidel

POET $250+

Andrea Klein
Ed & Marcia Kress
Todd & Gabriele Leventhal
David London

PIANIST $100+

Niraj Antani
Lori Appel
Jack & Maryann Bernstein

Julie & Robert Bloom
Tara & Adam Feiner
Marni Flagel
Neil Friedman
Felix & Erika Garfunkel
Dr. Ron & Shirlee Gilbert
Kim & Shelley Goldenberg
Lynn & David Goldenberg
Art & Joan Greenfield
Jane & Gary Hochstein
Linda & Steve Horenstein
Martin Jacobs & Martha Moody Jacobs
Beverly Louis
Jim & Carol Nathanson
Marci & Joel Vandersluis
Donald & Caryl Weckstein

PATRON $18-$99

Frieda Blum
Dena Briskin
Judy & Alan Chesen

Lynn Foster
Bella Freeman
Chuck & Dee Fried
Deborah & Gary Froelich
Helene Gordon
Arlene Graham
Henry Guggenheimer
Joel & Judi Guggenheimer
Meryl Hattenbach
Clara Hochstein
Karen Jaffe & Skip Gridley
Janice Kohn
Kim & Candy Kwiatek
Meredith & Jim Levinson
Janice Maharam
Ruthe Meadow
Edie Pequinot
Cantor Andrea Raizen
Cherie Rosenstein
David Rothschild
Ruth Schumacher
Judy Schwartzman
Dan & Kim Shaffer
The Wagenfeld Family

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

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Hotel Sponsor

Upcoming Events

Wed 25

Canasta Lessons

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Oct 02

Canasta Lessons

October 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Oct 03

Keeping it Reel

October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Woodburne Public Library
6060 Far Hills Avenue
Dayton OH
Oct 20

Children’s Theatre Auditions

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Oct 23

Children’s Theatre Auditions

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH

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