Thursday, November 14

Day Underwritten by Andrea & Lawrence Wolfe Family Foundation in memory of Betty & D. Dan Kahn
10 a.m.
Eileen Rockefeller
Being A Rockefeller, Becoming Myself: A Memoir

The daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller and a great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, Eileen Rockefeller understood at an early age that her name was synonymous with American royalty. She learned in childhood that wealth and fame could open any door, but as the youngest of six children and one of 22 cousins in one of the world’s most famous families, she began to realize that they could not buy a sense of personal worth.

Eileen Rockefeller is the founding chair of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers and the Growald Family Fund. She lives in Vermont with her husband.

Co-sponsored by the Association of American Jewish Libraries, Michigan Chapter, Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center

noon
Fashion and Philanthropy
Luncheon with Jane Weitzman
Art & Sole: A Spectacular Selection of More Than 150 Fantasy Art Shoes from the Stuart Weitzman Collection

Join us for an unforgettable afternoon of artistic fashion, the history of an iconic brand and the philanthropic philosophy of Jane Weitzman!

When Stuart Weitzman opened its first boutique on Madison Avenue, its displays of specially commissioned fantasy shoes quickly became a destination, drawing crowds from all over the world. With its inventive and beautifully crafted footwear in a vast range of materials-from watercolor paper to playing cards, from fresh flowers to frosting-this stunning showcase where fashion and fantasy meet thrilled shoe and art lovers alike.

Jane Weitzman was executive vice president of Stuart Weitzman designs and the first vice president of Stuart Weitzman retail. She spearheaded philanthropy for the company by generating funds to support breast and ovarian cancer research and awareness. Her efforts were brought to life through innovative charity events, including the Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction, on its website.

Co-sponsored by Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah, JCC’s Arts, Culture & Education Department, Southfield Public Library Tickets are required for this event.

Lunch and author program: $30
Book, lunch and author program: $50
Reservations required by November 4 to 248.432.5462

1 p.m.
Matthew Levitt
Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

The name means “Party of God,” and it is a political entity, a social movement and a militia. It’s also a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Among its platforms: Jews have too much power and want to control the world; Jews and Israel have spread HIV among the Arabs; the Holocaust never happened.

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God is a compelling and thorough study of this powerful group’s covert activities, its complex financial dealings and its criminal actions not only in the Middle East but, increasingly, everywhere. Matthew Levitt, who has served as a counterterrorism analyst for the FBI and U.S. State Department, researched recently declassified government documents and court records, and interviewed leading intelligence experts for this book, which traces Hezbollah from its beginnings to its toxic role in today’s world. Levitt is a senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad.

Co-sponsored by StandWithUs - MI, Zionist Organization of America - Michigan Region

7:30 p.m.
Paul Glaser
Dancing With the Enemy

Author Paul Glaser was raised in a devout Catholic family in the Netherlands and didn't learn of his father's Jewish heritage until he was an adult. Grappling with his newfound identity and stunned by his father's secrecy, Paul set out to discover what happened to his family during World War II, particularly to his aunt, a woman who used her wits and wiles to survive against impossible odds, but never spoke to her brother after the war. Born in 1914, Rosie Glaser was a magnetic force - hopeful, exuberant, and cunning. An emancipated woman who defied convention, she toured Western Europe teaching ballroom dancing to high acclaim, falling in love hard and often. By the age of twenty-five she had lost the great love of her life in an aviation accident, married the wrong man, and sought consolation in the arms of yet another. Then the Nazis seized power. Undeterred, Rosie, a non-practicing Jew, opened an illegal dance school in her parents' attic, an act that marked the beginning of a dangerous ordeal. Based on Rosie's diaries, letters, and photos, Dancing with the Enemy is as chilling as it is uplifting, celebrating a woman whose enthusiasm for life was never extinguished.

"A compelling story about how one prisoner charmed and danced her way to survival. A fascinating read that also exposes the calumnies of the Dutch people and government both during the war and after it." -Deborah E. Lipstadt

6:30 p.m.
Matthew Levitt
Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

The name means “Party of God,” and it is a political entity, a social movement and a militia. It’s also a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Among its platforms: Jews have too much power and want to control the world; Jews and Israel have spread HIV among the Arabs; the Holocaust never happened.

Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God is a compelling and thorough study of this powerful group’s covert activities, its complex financial dealings and its criminal actions not only in the Middle East but, increasingly, everywhere. Matthew Levitt, who has served as a counterterrorism analyst for the FBI and U.S. State Department, researched recently declassified government documents and court records, and interviewed leading intelligence experts for this book, which traces Hezbollah from its beginnings to its toxic role in today’s world. Levitt is a senior fellow and director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and author of Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad.

Co-sponsored by StandWithUs - MI, Zionist Organization of America - Michigan Region

8 p.m.
Avi Shavit
My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Israeli journalist Avi Shavit, a columnist for Haaretz and commentator on Israeli public television, believes that Israel is at a moment of existential crisis.

So he went back to the beginning - both of his own history and that of the state itself - to consider modern-day Israel and its future. Focusing on historical documents, private diaries and letters, and after numerous interviews, he tells the story of Zionism through different lives: his own great-grandfather; a young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor to grow Jaffa oranges; a youth group leader who helped transform Masada; a Palestinian driven from his home in Lydda; immigrant orphans of the Holocaust; an engineer who played a key role in developing Israel’s nuclear program; religious Zionists who started the “settler” movement; the young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran.

“A beautiful, mesmerizing, morally serious, and vexing book. I’ve been waiting most of my adult life for an Israeli to plumb the deepest mysteries of his country’s existence and share his discoveries, and Ari Shavit does so brilliantly, writing simultaneously like a poet and a prophet. My Promised Land is a remarkable achievement.” – Jeffrey Goldberg, the Atlantic

Co-sponsored by Ameinu Detroit, Israel Bonds, Jewish Community Relations Council, Michigan Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, StandWithUs - MI, Zionist Organization of America - Michigan Region

The cost for both the Matthew Levitt and Avi Shavit programs together:
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.