Thursday, November 7

Day Underwritten by Nancy & James Grosfeld
11 a.m.
Weight WatchersFlorine Mark presents...
Weight Watchers 50th Anniversary Cookbook:
280 Delicious Recipes for Every Meal

Join Florine Mark as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weight Watchers. We’re having a celebration of food for anyone who loves to eat well – and eat smart!

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner, in search of a quick-fix dinner for tonight or planning a week of healthy meals, Weight Watchers cookbooks are a great resource. The 50th anniversary collection includes favorites that have been updated, great ideas for meals with fresh ingredients, how-to tips, Weight Watchers lore, nutritional info and PointsPlus® values for the newest program, Weight Watchers 360˚.

Florine Mark is president and CEO of The WW Group, Inc., the leading U.S. franchise holder of Weight Watchers International. The president of the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, she is seen each week on the popular “Ask Florine” segment on Local 4 News (WDIV-Channel 4 in Detroit).

Co-sponsored by JCC Membership Department, JCC Women’s Executive Health Club

11 a.m.
Theres a fly in my soupStory time, with author Karin Jill Katz
There’s a Fly in My Soup

Don’t miss your chance to meet author Karin Jill Katz as she reads her latest book, a short, rhyming story that teaches tolerance, manners and respect. There’s a Fly in My Soup is a tale about restraint and forgiveness that eventually lead to friendship. Karin Jill Katz graduated from Michigan State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in psychology, emphasizing early childhood development. Her passion is creating short stories that nurture the soul of children while teaching them life lessons through entertaining narration.

A fun activity to follow the author presentation. For children ages 3 - 6.

Co-sponsored by Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center, Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center, Shalom Street

1 p.m.
Jeannette Olson
Maybe One Day

How could the sophisticated, cultured citizens of Vienna become vicious, bigoted, violent Nazi followers determined to destroy the Jews? An estimated 65,000 persished as a consequence of Austria’s annexation of Hitler’s Nazi Germany in 1938. Jeannette Olson’s parents, were able to flee, exiled from their homeland, imprisoned in detention camps, starved and hidden, fearing for their lives and separated from their young child.

Olson’s mother managed to save every letter and document relating to the war years, letters between family members, letters from their rescuers, photographs - all relating to her parents’ lives during WWII.

Maybe One Day is a narration of the interviews that Olson conducted with her parents detailing the saga of their flight from the Nazis and miraculous survival as a result of their courage, luck and the aid of the Christian families who protected and risked their lives to save her family.

Jeannette Gerstl Olson was a child during WWII. Born in Nice, France, in 1940, she survived the war hidden by a Christian French couple and was reunited with her parents after the liberation in 1944.

2 p.m.
Tea & Fiction, with Jillian Cantor and Jessica Soffer

Don’t miss our first Tea & Fiction event, showcasing two up-and-coming authors whose new novels have received critical acclaim.

Jillian Cantor

“Anne Frank has long been a symbol of bravery and hope, but there were two sisters hidden in the annex, two young Jewish girls, one a cultural icon made famous by her published diary and the other, nearly forgotten.” – Jillian Cantor

Margot imagines Anne Frank’s sister and her experience in a post-war America while Anne’s growing status as a cultural icon dramatically influences her world. A smart, thoughtful novel telling a story of identity, love and life from a unique perspective.

Jillian Cantor is the recipient of the national Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship and the author of several books for teens and adults.

“Inventive… Cantor’s ‘what-if’ story combines historical fiction with mounting suspense and romance, but above all, it is an ode to the adoration and competition between sisters.” – O, the Oprah Magazine

Jessica Soffer
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots

A story of two women in New York, a widow and an almost orphan, who realize that even in moments of despair and grief there can be joy waiting nearby.

Lorca spends all her time looking through cookbooks and creating delicacies to earn her distracted mother’s love. As she prepares to head off to boarding school, she makes one last effort to master her mother’s ideal meal.

Victoria, an Iraqi Jewish immigrant, is coping with her husband’s death while dreaming of a child she gave up for adoption many years ago. Lorca decides to sign up for cooking classes – taught by Victoria.

Through their love of cooking and traditional recipes, they connect and realize that their lives are intertwined. The Arabic saying, Bukra fil mish mish means “Tomorrow, apricots may bloom.”

Jessica Soffer is a Hertog Fellow and recipient of the Bernard Cohen Prize. She teaches fiction at Connecticut College and is the daughter of an Iraqi-Jewish painter and sculptor who immigrated to the U.S. This is her debut novel.

“Told in Victoria and Lorca’s alternating first-person voices, the characterdriven novel… offers fully realized, multidimensional characters who invite empathy and compassion.” – Booklist

Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Ahm Sisterhood, Congregation Beth Shalom Sisterhood, ORT America, Temple Israel Sisterhood, West Bloomfield Township Public Library

Tickets are $15.
Reservations required by October 29 to 248.432.5462.

6 p.m.
Spotlight on Business, with Ari Weinzweig, co-founder and CEO of Zingerman’s Deli
Underwritten by Credit Union ONE

Ari Weinzweig
Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader

Join us for Happy Hour with Zingerman’s Deli CEO and co-founder Ari Weinzweig as he shares the secrets that have helped take a 25-seat deli, four-person start-up to a nationally known, $40,000,000 organization employing more than 500 people!

This second book in the “Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach” series looks at the leadership style that has helped make Zingerman’s such a unique place to work and to eat. Booming business and loyal customers are proof enough that the team knows a thing or two about running a successful business. While everything in the book draws on what Ari and others have learned at Zingerman’s, it is applicable to organizations of all sizes and scopes – it is, as Ari says in the introduction, “leading towards a new way to work.”

Zingerman’s, in Ann Arbor, is a beloved deli with some of the most loyal clientele around. It has been praised for its products and service in media outlets far and wide. And what started out as a small deli has grown to a flourishing restaurant, catering service, bakery, mail-order operation, creamery, publishing house and training business.

Co-sponsored by the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Tickets are $12 (includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)
Reservations requested by November 1 to 248.432.5462

7:30 p.m.
Marianne Szegedy-Maszák
I Kiss Your Hands Many Times

Aladar was serving in Hungary’s foreign ministry offices when the Nazis took him to Dachau. Hanna was the granddaughter of one of the country’s leading Jewish industrialists and supporter of the arts; her life was saved when the family made a deal with Heinrich Himmler. The two were in love but separated throughout the war and would not reunite until 1945.

I Kiss Your Hands Many Times is the true story of Aladar and Hanna, based on their wartime letters and written by their daughter, Marianne Szegedy-Maszák. It is also an invitation to a forgotten world of elegance and honor, of terrible intrigue and of families lost and found, as well as an insightful look at the complex relationship between Hungary and its Jewish population.

Marianne Szegedy-Maszák is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the New Republic, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Psychology Today.
This is her first book.

Co-sponsored by Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies

8 p.m.
Eric A. Goldman
The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

Using film clips and research from his book, Eric Goldman will explore the complex relationship between Jewish filmmakers, the Jews who helped found Hollywood and the onscreen images of American Jewry, past and present.

In the beginning, Hollywood’s Jewish moviemakers were careful not to represent the American Jewish experience for fear of alienating the greater majority. Today’s movies often feature Jewish characters or tell a distinctly Jewish story. What were the influences, the personalities, the historical events that brought about such changes? Eric A. Goldman is an adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

He is an expert on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish cinema.

Sponsored by the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival
Co-sponsored by Congregation Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood, IRP (Institute for Retired Professionals), The Berman Center for the Performing Arts

JCC members $8/non-members $10

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