Monday, November 11

Day Underwritten by Rona Rones
1 p.m.
Seth Lipsky
The Rise of Abraham Cahan

Abraham Cahan was one of the most influential – and fascinating – characters in 20th century Jewish life. Born in Lithuania, he was under investigation for publishing material linked to a revolutionary socialist group when he escaped to the United States.

In New York, Cahan quickly learned English, formally joined the Socialist Labor Party and began writing articles about socialism and science. In 1887, he co-founded his own Yiddish newspaper,

the Jewish Daily Forward, which came to play a key role in teaching new immigrants about life in America. With contributors including Isaac Bashevis Singer and Leon Trotsky, the Jewish Daily Forward quickly achieved extraordinary circulation and tremendous political influence.

Seth Lipsky tells the dramatic story of a remarkable man who shaped the lives of thousands at the turn of the century and whose words helped define the American Jewish community. Seth Lipsky is founding editor of the Jewish Daily Forward’s successor, the Forward, and of The New York Sun.

Sponsored by the Detroit Jewish News

2 p.m.
Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival presents
“Crime After Crime”
USA, 2011, 95 minutes, English

Don’t miss this critically acclaimed movie from the 2011 Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival, featuring a post-film discussion with Joshua Safran, co-counsel on the case. The winner of 25 awards, “Crime After Crime” was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival.

Oliver Wilson was a monster. He repeatedly beat Debbie Peagler and forced her into prostitution and then molested her daughters. When two members of the Crips gang killed Wilson, Peagler was among those arrested and charged with his murder.

In 2002, lawyers – including Joshua Safran – began working, at no cost, on the Peagler case. Their key: a little-known California law that allows imprisoned battered women the chance for a new hearing if the original court never heard evidence relating to abuse.

“Crime After Crime” is a true story that provides viewers with a compelling, intimate look at the Peagler case: the victim, the crime, the attorneys. No one will leave the theatre unchanged. Mature subject matter.

Co-sponsored by the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival and The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

All tickets are $12.
To order, call 248.661.1900.

5:30 p.m.
Eric Kahn Gale
The Bully Book

There’s nothing extraordinary in the life of Eric Haskins – until he starts sixth grade. That’s when the school bully and his pals decide their classmate needs a new name: Eric the Grunt.

Soon, everyone – even his best friend – is convinced that Eric is just one big loser.

Then Eric learns about the curious Bully Book, a guide that teaches readers how to “make trouble without getting in trouble, rule the school and be the man.” It also reveals the secret of choosing the “grunt” – the poor, unsuspecting kid who will become the one person everyone loathes.

Will this odd book give Eric the tools he needs to finally get out from the bottom of the classroom heap?

Eric Kahn Gale, an West Bloomfield native, is an actor, writer and producer.

The Bully Book is his first novel and is based on incidents from his own experiences in sixth grade.

“[A] gripping debut novel...a layered and attention- grabbing mystery.

Gale’s accounts of bullying are subtle and chilling, but readers will finish the book believing that the humiliations Eric suffers can be conquered.”
– Publishers Weekly

Co-sponsored by Beaumont Health System, Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education - Opening the Doors Partnership Program, Jewish Community Relations Council

7:30 p.m.
Wine, Cheese and Good Conversation

Join us for our Annual Book Club Night, with author Elizabeth L. Silver

The Execution of Noa P. Singleton: A Novel An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment and the stories we tell ourselves to survive.

Throughout her brief trial, Noa never spoke a single word in her own defense. A jury found her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, Noa sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date.

Suddenly, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney named Marlene – who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing – comes to the prison. Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa’s sentence; she promises to do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison. Her only request is the one thing Noa is unwilling to reveal: her story.

“Silver has written a darkly witty, acerbic jigsaw puzzle of a first novel about legal versus moral culpability…[and] explores convolutions of guilt and innocence beyond the law’s narrow scope with a sharpness and attention to detail that can be unnerving but demands attention.”
– Kirkus (starred review)

Co-sponsored by Annual Jewish Book Fair Book Club, Book Friends Book Club

Tickets required to attend.
Book Lover’s package (book, lecture and wine & cheese reception): $35
Lecture with wine and cheese reception: $20
Reservations required by November 3 to 248.432.5462