Sunday, November 10

Day underwritten by Barbara & Douglas Bloom
10 a.m. – Noon
The 62nd Annual Jewish Book Fair and the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan present...
Local Authors Event – Hosted by Sarah Gottlieb and emceed by Sid Simon

Please join us as we pay tribute to our local authors:

Rich Adler Cholera in Detroit, A History
Ryan Beale Forty Days of Facebook
Todd Brockdorf Better than Average
Carolyn Daitch Anxious in Love
Joy Gaines-Friedler Dutiful Heart
Ken Gross Dump Your Debt
Daniel Hodges Shabbat Sparkles
Steven Hartman My Funny Old Soul Mate
Robert Kass The Executor’s Companion
Stacy Keywell Forbidden Sky
Cindy Ludwig Reading in the Raw
Geraldine Markel Actions Against Distractions: Managing Your Scattered, Disorganized and Forgetful Mind
John Redfield The Genius of Moses

10 a.m.
Bubbies, Bagels & Books, with storyteller Helayne Shaw
Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts
Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Stemple

Don’t miss this chance to listen to master storyteller Helayne Shaw read rich Jewish tales from around the around world, relating each story to a traditional Jewish dish! Children will delight in learning why certain foods are often associated with specific holidays and they will have the chance to make their own culinary creations. Author Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple teamed up to bring the magic of their acclaimed Fairy Tale Feasts to the delicious traditions of Jewish storytelling and cuisine. Yolen’s dynamic, enchanting retellings of Jewish tales from around the world are paired with Stemple’s recipes for everything from challah to matzo brei to pomegranate couscous.

They also share fun facts and anecdotes about the creation of the stories and the history of the dishes, designed to encourage future cooks and storytellers to make up their own versions. Readers of all ages will learn about Jewish folktales, culture and cooking.

Co-sponsored by Charles & Frances Driker Library, PJ Library, Federation’s Jewish Experience for Families

Free, no reservations required. For ages 3-8.

1 p.m.
Kids Can Be Authors, Too!
Voices: The Past is Always Present

with guest moderator Stephen Goldman, executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Center

Showcasing the writing talents of students from Akiva Hebrew Day School in grades 3-8. These writers spent time with Holocaust survivors, interviewing, writing and telling their stories so we may never forget. Under the guidance of Dr. Charles Silow, director of the Holocaust Program of Jewish Senior Life, the stories became a published work to be treasured now and always. Join us as the students present their work to our community with moderator, Stephen Goldman.

Co-sponsored by Jewish Senior Life, Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus

Free and open to the public.

1 p.m.
Dr. Barry Franklin
One Heart, Two Feet

Barry Franklin, Ph.D. and Robert Sweetgall Join co-author Dr. Barry Franklin as he gives straight, easy-to-follow facts for living a hearthealthy life.

A renowned leader in cardiovascular rehabilitation, Dr. Franklin is director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise laboratories at William Beaumont Hospital.

Physical activity is the heart’s best medicine, and walking is something almost everyone can do. Find out how you can reduce your risk for disease and obesity by putting sound advice into practice.

“This book is a must-read for all patients with a history of heart disease, and I certainly recommend it to those I care for.” – Robert Sallis, M.D., associate clinical professor of family medicine, Kaiser Permanente

Co-sponsored by Beaumont Health System, JCC Membership Department

2 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

& Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring

4 p.m.
Richard Breitman
FDR and the Jews

Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman God was first, of course. But for many Jews in early 20th-century America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt came a very close second.

The consummate politician, FDR was the 32nd U.S. president – the man behind the New Deal, a man who was close friends with Jews like Felix Frankfurter and Henry Morgenthau, Jr. He also was a man whose decisions would affect the lives of millions during World War II. He was dearly loved - and he was deeply reviled. Almost 75 years after the war’s end, scholars continue to debate whether Roosevelt was, as leader of the United States in its battle against Hitler, responsible for saving thousands of Jews from certain death – or an indifferent and selfish (helping the Jews likely would have made him deeply unpopular in wartime America) figure who turned his back on European Jewry.

Following a comprehensive study and after considering surprising new sources, authors Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman present a picture of a complex man who was sympathetic but also driven by popular opinion and political realities.

“Breitman and Lichtman pursue several telling currents in FDR’s record, namely the president’s ability to keep the private separate from the public, his reliance on Jewish leaders and his evolving enlightenment toward Jewish issues as he neared the end of his life.” – Kirkus Reviews

Co-sponsored by Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus, IRP (Institute for Retired Professionals)

Free and open to the public.
4 p.m.
Tevi Troy
What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House

“I cannot live without books.’ –Thomas Jefferson

From Jefferson and his books to Obama and his use of social media, the White House is no stranger to the influence of pop culture. Tevi Davis Troy shines light on how our Presidents,like the rest of America, keep up with the popular books, T.V., music and all sorts of entertaining current events. Some Presidents have used media influence as a testimony to their character, others as means to connect with the people

Troy is the former Deputy Secretary of United States Department of Health and Human Services in the administration of George W. Bush. He is an Orthodox Jew and "a member of the Kemp Mill Synagogue," in Silver Spring, Maryland and a graduate of Ramaz Upper School, where he lives with his wife, Kami and their four children. Reviews

Co-sponsored by Friendship Circle, Partners in Torah

6 p.m.
Joshua Safran
Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid

When Joshua Safran was 4 years old, his mother - determined to protect him from threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan - took to the open road. Together, they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home.

Encountering a cast of strange and humorous characters along the way, Joshua spent his early years living in a series of makeshift homes, including shacks and teepees. Then his colorful youth darkened when his mother married an alcoholic and abusive guerrilla/poet.

More than just a coming-of age story, Free Spirit is a journey of the spirit, as the author reconnects with his Jewish roots in his tale of overcoming adversity, and a childhood unlike any other.

Joshua Safran is an attorney, writer and occasional rabbi who was featured in the award-winning documentary “Crime After Crime,” a highlight at the 2011 Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival. He is a nationally recognized champion of women’s rights and a zealous advocate for survivors of domestic violence and the wrongfully imprisoned.

“[A] beautiful, powerful memoir. This assured debut is reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking.” – Publishers Weekly (starred)

Co-sponsored by the Kindness Project, an initiative of the JCC and Partners in Torah, Oakland University - Judaic Studies Program

“Crime After Crime” will be shown Monday, November 11 at 2 p.m., followed by a film discussion led by Joshua Safran.

7:30 p.m.
Richard Breitman
FDR and the Jews

Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman God was first, of course. But for many Jews in early 20th-century America, Franklin Delano Roosevelt came a very close second.

The consummate politician, FDR was the 32nd U.S. president – the man behind the New Deal, a man who was close friends with Jews like Felix Frankfurter and Henry Morgenthau, Jr. He also was a man whose decisions would affect the lives of millions during World War II. He was dearly loved - and he was deeply reviled. Almost 75 years after the war’s end, scholars continue to debate whether Roosevelt was, as leader of the United States in its battle against Hitler, responsible for saving thousands of Jews from certain death – or an indifferent and selfish (helping the Jews likely would have made him deeply unpopular in wartime America) figure who turned his back on European Jewry.

Following a comprehensive study and after considering surprising new sources, authors Richard Breitman and Allan J. Lichtman present a picture of a complex man who was sympathetic but also driven by popular opinion and political realities.

“Breitman and Lichtman pursue several telling currents in FDR’s record, namely the president’s ability to keep the private separate from the public, his reliance on Jewish leaders and his evolving enlightenment toward Jewish issues as he neared the end of his life.” – Kirkus Reviews

Co-sponsored by Holocaust Memorial Center, Zekelman Family Campus, IRP (Institute for Retired Professionals)

JCC members $10/non-members $12

Use your ticket for this program as a coupon at our bookstore!
$5 off of any $25 or more purchase, excluding speaker books.