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Cultural Arts & Book Series (CABS)


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.

2021 Lineup

Tuesday, October 5 @ 7PM via Zoom

The History of Stand-Up

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Today’s top stand-up comedians sell out arenas, generate millions of dollars, tour the world, and help shape our social discourse. So, how did this all happen? The History of Stand-Up chronicles the evolution of this American art form – from its
earliest pre-vaudeville practitioners like Artemus Ward and Mark Twain to present-day comedians of HBO and Netflix. Drawing on his acclaimed History of Stand-up podcast and popular university lectures, veteran comedian and adjunct USC professor Wayne Federman guides us on this fascinating journey.

Thursday, October 7 @ 7PM via Zoom

Food Americana

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Food Americana is the inside story of how Americans have formed a national cuisine from a world of flavors—from lox and bagels to sushi, tacos to pizza, and on and on—and how that process continues today. Each chapter concludes with a classic recipe. It’s a riveting ride into every aspect of what we eat and why, filled with eye-opening information, revealing anecdotes, and a healthy serving of humor. It includes conversations with some of the most significant people in food.

Tuesday, October 12 @ 7PM via Zoom

Parenting with Sanity & Joy: 101 Simple Strategies

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In this collection of readily actionable tips, parenting mentor Sue Groner distills the best parenting wisdom into one easy-to-read book, providing simple, fun, and effective guidance. Parenting with Sanity and Joy will help parents feel more confident as they navigate one of the most important roles they will ever take on.

Monday, October 18 @ 7PM via Zoom

Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle East

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Daniel Levin was in his New York office when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. Could he? Would he? So begins a suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true story of one man’s search to find a missing person in Syria over twenty tense days. Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, chases leads throughout the Middle East, meeting with powerful sheikhs, drug lords, and sex traffickers in his pursuit of the truth.

In Proof of Life, Levin dives deep into the shadows—an underground industry of war where everything is for sale, including arms, drugs, and even people. He offers a fascinating study of how people use leverage to get what they want from one another and of a place where no one does a favor without wanting something in return, whether it’s immediately or years down the road.

Wednesday, October 20 @ 12:30PM via Zoom
DIRECT FROM ISRAEL

The Memory Monster

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Written as a report to the chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, our unnamed narrator recounts his own undoing. Hired as a promising young historian, he soon becomes a leading expert on Nazi methods of extermination at concentration camps in Poland during World War II and guides tours through the sites for students and visiting dignitaries. He hungrily devours every detail of life and death in the camps and takes pride in being able to recreate for his audience the excruciating last moments of the victims’ lives.

The job becomes a mission, and then an obsession. Spending so much time immersed in death, his connections with the living begin to deteriorate. He resents the students lost in their iPhones, singing sentimental songs, not expressing sufficient outrage at the genocide committed by the Nazis. In fact, he even begins to detect, in the students as well as himself, a hint of admiration for the murderers—their efficiency, audacity, and determination. Force is the only way to resist force, he comes to think, and one must be prepared to kill. The Memory Monster confronts difficult questions that are all too relevant to Israel and the world today: How do we process human brutality? What makes us choose sides in conflict? And how do we honor the memory of horror without becoming consumed by it?

Tuesday, October 26 @ 7PM via Zoom

The Upstander: How Surviving the Holocaust Sparked Max Glauben’s Mission to Dismantle Hate

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Holocaust survivor Max Glauben is on a mission—to outlast hate, to preserve memory, and to compel the world to embrace tolerance. The Nazis had destroyed the Glauben family’s business, upended their rights, and ultimately decimated their neighborhood. The deluge of questions would only intensify after the Nazis murdered Max’s mother, father, and brother. Max channeled grit, determination, and a fortuitous knack for manufacturing airplane parts to outlast six horrific concentration camps in his quest to survive.

This memoir explores Max’s mischievous childhood and teen years as a go-to ghetto smuggler. He reveals how he ached as he dared to court love and rear children. For decades, he bottled up his trauma. Then he realized: He could transform his pain into purpose. In the seventy-five years since his liberation, Max has ceased to ask himself, “Why me?” Instead, he reframes his focus, eager to partner with you and ask: “What can we do next?”

Monday, November 1 @ 7PM via Zoom

This Magnificent Dappled Sea

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Daniel Levin was in his New York office when he got a call from an acquaintance with an urgent, cryptic request to meet in Paris. A young man had gone missing in Syria. No government, embassy, or intelligence agency would help. Could he? Would he? So begins a suspenseful, shocking, and at times brutal true story of one man’s search to find a missing person in Syria over twenty tense days. Levin, a lawyer turned armed-conflict negotiator, chases leads throughout the Middle East, meeting with powerful sheikhs, drug lords, and sex traffickers in his pursuit of the truth.

In Proof of Life, Levin dives deep into the shadows—an underground industry of war where everything is for sale, including arms, drugs, and even people. He offers a fascinating study of how people use leverage to get what they want from one another and of a place where no one does a favor without wanting something in return, whether it’s immediately or years down the road.

Thursday, November 11 @ 7PM via Zoom

The Instant Pot® Kosher Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul

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traditional Jewish dishes are soups and stews—prepared before Friday night and kept warm throughout Shabbat, when observant Jews aren’t allowed to cook—and that’s the sweet spot of the Instant Pot® as it allows for vastly shorter cooking times without compromising flavor or texture. The Instant Pot® Kosher Cookbook includes timeless Jewish favorites tailored to this modern appliance along with kosher versions of international classics—all expertly and deliciously adapted to the Instant Pot®.

Tuesday, November 16 @ 7PM via Zoom

The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorist

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When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity. The Unexpected Spy is the riveting story of Walder’s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. In high-security, steelwalled rooms in Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. She created a chemical terror chart that someone in the White House altered to convey information she did not have or believe, leading to the Iraq invasion. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists—men who swore they’d never speak to a woman—until they gave her leads. She followed trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, shutting down multiple chemical attacks.

Then Walder moved to the FBI, where she worked in counterintelligence. In a single year, she helped take down one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught on American soil. Catching the bad guys wasn’t a problem in the FBI, but rampant sexism was. Walder left the FBI to teach young women, encouraging them to find a place in the FBI, CIA, State Department or the Senate—and thus change the world.

Thank you to our Donors

Patrons

Maggie Arment

Stanley & Connie Blum

Frieda Blum

Dena Briskin

Leslie Buerki

Linda Chernick

Judy & Alan Chesen

Amy & David Dolph

Libby & Ken Elbaum

Felix Garfunkel

Helene Gordon

Arlene Graham

Henry Guggenheimer

Clara Hochstein

Karen Jaffe

Paula Gessiness & Jay Holland

Kim & Candy Kwiatek

Ellen Lauber

Amy Margolin

Ruth Meadow

Linda Novak

Cantor Andrea Raizen

Cherie Rosenstein

David Rothchild

Nick & Bobbie Schmall

Felice Shane

Jeffrey & Julie Stoller

Audrey Tuck

Lawrence Wagenfeld

Diane & Ralph Williams

Pianist

James & Margaret Brooks

Adam & Tara Feiner

Art & Joan Greenfield

Robert Goldenberg

Jane & Gary Hochstein

Linda & Steve Horenstein

Joan Isaacson

Meredith & Jim Levinson

Wendy Lipp

Judy Lipton

Beverly Louis

Carolyn Rice

Burt & Alice Saidel

Joni & Ralph Watson

Donald & Caryl Weckstein

Poet

Maryann & Jack Bernstein

Marni Flagel

Lorraine Fortner

Neil Friedman

Gayle & Irvin Moscowitz

David & Jane Novick

Performer

Michael Goldstein

Publisher

Drs. Karen & Steve Arkin

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

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors

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