Winner will receive a signed copy of all 2013 speaker books and a Patron Pass for the 2014 Book Fair. Need not be present to win. All proceeds to benefit The JCC Jewish Book Fair and are tax deductable as allowed by law. Tickets will be mailed.
The existence of the judicial system in the United States has origins in Judaism: Tzedek, tzedek tirdof (“Justice, justice, shall you pursue,” 16:20 Deuteronomy).
We all have a perception of the process of justice in our country, but the distinct workings of the legal system, court structure and basis of a judgment remain elusive.
Here is your opportunity to learn from the leading legal expert of our time as Jeffrey Toobin opens our Book Fair with his book The Oath, highlighting contemporary issues at the Supreme Court. Last Chance for Justice by T.K. Thorne reveals a Civil Rights’ era crime, the struggle for justice and the legacy of racism in Birmingham, Alabama. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, by attorney Elizabeth L. Silver, is our Book Club Night speaker. Attorney Joshua Safran will speak on his book Free Spirit and film “Crime after Crime.” Finally, one of the foremost constitutional legal issues of our time, gay marriage, will be explored by speaker Joel Derfner, author of Lawfully Wedded Husband.
Embracing the art world, we host extraordinary Patron Night speaker, Peter Max, along with an art exhibit! His book The Universe of Peter Max is a must-have for every home. Did we know his story as a Shanghai Jew? Join us to hear the remarkable story that is Peter Max on Patron Night. I Kiss Your Hands Many Times is Marianne Szegedy-Maszák’s memoir of her wealthy industrialist Hungarian family, their conversion to Catholicism and their ultimate escape from the clutches of the Nazis - an epic saga. For foodies we have kosher cooking with Kim Kushner in Modern Menu. The Book Fair shelves will include the newest and best cookbooks from gluten-free to vegetarian. Let us be your cooking guides. T.V. Food Network enthusiasts will delight in journalist Allen Salkin and his book From Scratch as he dishes the behind-the-scenes, real stories of the network’s personalities!
The best affordable health care act is to listen to our health-care professionals speak: Paul Offit will discuss his experience with the perils of alternative medicine and mega-vitamin supplements. Many families suffer silently through a loved one with mental illness; Dr. Lloyd Sederer offers an invaluable resource for all touched by this affliction when he speaks on his book The Family Guide to Mental Health Care. How To Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick? - Let’s listen to Letty Cottin Pogrebin to find out!
A Jewish Day of Learning will be headlined by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, who will speak at a brunch and learn. The day will progress with Deborah Dash Moore and her panel of University of Michigan Frankel Scholar authors, followed by the gifted speaker Rabbi Evan Moffic. This is an educational opportunity for advanced learning, right here at the JCC! Ari Shavit will discuss his book, My Promised Land. This remarkable evening will reveal the history, necessity and challenges of his beloved country, Israel.
Do not miss the 2nd Annual Jewish Book Fair Comedy Club! Laugh, laugh, laugh with stand-up comedians Fred Stoller, Marion Grodin and Mindy Raf, along with Detroit’s own Alan Muskovitz!
The JCC in Oak Park also will host many authors and again present its signature programs, Bubbies, Bagels & Books and Kids Can Be Authors, Too! In addition, take a trip down memory lane for our Oak Park Reunion! Stay tuned for information on this unforgettable afternoon among friends. Closing our Book Fair, we are thrilled to announce that world famous entertainer, Michael Feinstein will close with an intimate conversation about his book, The Gershwins & Me: a Personal History in Twelve Songs. Expect a little music sprinkled in, to add to this special program. We invite you to enjoy this phenomenon that is the 62nd Annual Jewish Book Fair of Metropolitan Detroit!Terry Hollander and Sue Lutz
Co-Chairs, Annual Jewish Book Fair