Jewish Book Fair

Book Store Hours

Wednesday, November 2: 5-10 p.m.
Thursday, November 3: 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, November 4: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, November 5: 6-10 p.m.
Sunday, November 6: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Monday, November 7: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10: 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday, November 11: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 6:30-10 p.m.
Sunday, November 13: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Event Tickets

Book Fair events are free unless otherwise noted. Advance registration is recommended for all ticketed events. To purchase tickets online, click the Purchase Tickets button that appears underneath each event description. You may also purchase tickets via phone by calling 248.661.1900 or in person at The Berman Ticket Office

Save with a Book Fair Discount Pass! Pass includes all eight non-food speaker events and movies for just $85! ($70 for JCC members)

Wednesday, November 2 (Opening Night)
Day Underwritten by Nancy & James Grosfeld

6 p.m. | The Berman - Howard Blum - The Last Goodnight

She was the “Blonde Bomb,” the “Mata Hari from Minnesota,” a woman who, according to her obituary in Time, “used the boudoir as Ian Fleming's character [James Bond] used the Beretta."

Betty Pack was an American debutante whose bravery, sense of adventure and fluid morality knew virtually no bounds. Born in Minneapolis, she became “Cynthia”, a WWII spy whose work was essential to helping break the Enigma code.

Howard Blum's book is a riveting and revealing portrait of a dazzling woman who OSS Chief "Wild" Bill Donovan called “the greatest unsung heroine” of the war.

Howard Blum is the author of New York Times best sellers Dark Invasion and American Lightning, along with Wanted! The Gold Exodus, Gangland and The Floor of Heaven. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair, he previously worked as an investigative reporter at The New York Times, where he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Co-sponsored by ORT America - Michigan Region

8 p.m. | The Berman - Robert P. Watson, Ph.D. - The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II

The SS Cap Arcona began as a German luxury liner. When the Nazis came to power, she became the star of a propaganda film. When the film was a failure, the Cap Arcona was stripped down and used to transport soldiers. The Cap Arcona took on yet another role after she was packed with thousands of concentration camp prisoners. The British Royal Air Force mistakenly destroyed the ship, and nearly all of the prisoners were killed.

Robert P. Watson has unearthed forgotten records, conducted interviews and accessed diaries and oral histories to expose the story of one of history’s worst maritime disasters.

$12 ($10 for JCC members)

Co-sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

Thursday, November 3
Day Underwritten by Barbara & Douglas Bloom

10 a.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Book Fair Preview Panel (with Tara Hayes, Ph.D. Sharon Schwartz and Connie Silver)

Too many books to choose from? Hear our local book experts rave about their hot picks. Recommended books will be available with a special discount on this day only.

Light breakfast will be provided by the Anti-Defamation League.

Noon | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Rabbi David Fohrman - The Exodus You Almost Passed Over (Lunch and Learn)

Each year at Passover we read the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It seems like something we already know. But do we?

Rabbi Fohrman invites readers to look at this story with fresh eyes - to join him on a guided adventure as he reveals a side of the Exodus that illuminates not just the past but the future.

$22 ($18 for JCC members), includes buffet lunch
Reservations required by Thursday, October 27

Co-sponsored by Melton Detroit & FedEd, Partners in Torah, SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)

2 p.m. | Henry & Delia Meyers Library - People of the Coloring Book

Please join us for a relaxing and fun afternoon with coloring, snacks and conversation. Art therapist Kathy Shnurr from Henry Ford Hospital will speak about the health value of coloring.

$12 ($10 for JCC members), includes a coloring book to keep
Reservations required by Thursday, October 27

4 p.m. | The Berman - Jonathan Safran Foer Event - Everything is Illuminated (Film)

Written and directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood, Everything Is Illuminated is a charming and thoughtful film based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. The story focuses on a young Jewish man who goes in search of the woman who saved his father during the Holocaust.

"Profound in the way that life is profound in hindsight, its view of the past both fixed in history and mutable in the telling. And it’s exquisitely tender." – The Houston Chronicle

Sponsored by Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival

6 p.m. | The Berman - Jonathan Safran Foer Book Talk - Here I Am

Here I Am is Jonathan Safran Foer’s searching, hard-hitting and entertaining novel that recalls one of the most powerful scenes in the Torah. (When God calls, “Abraham!” before ordering him to sacrifice his son, Abraham responds, “Here I am.”) Unfolding over four weeks in Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a family in crisis. Jacob and Julia Bloch and their three sons confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are truly living when an earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the meaning of home ― and the fundamental question of how much aliveness one can bear.

$12 ($10 for JCC members) Movie and Author Talk

Co-sponsored by Adat Shalom Synagogue, Sisterhood of Adat Shalom

8 p.m. | The Berman - Louis Grumet - The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State

Twenty years ago, in the middle of the night and on the last day of session, the New York State Legislature created a publicly funded school district to cater to the small village of Kiryas Joel. Virtually everyone who lives there is a Satmar Jew, and the village exerts extraordinary pressure over both political parties.

Marking the first time in American history that a governmental unit was established for a religious group, the legislature’s action prompted years of litigation.

The case, Board of Education of the Village of Kiryas Joel v. Grumet, eventually went to the U.S. Supreme Court and became the most important legal precedent in the fight to uphold the separation of church and state.

The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel details the inside story of this fight for the First Amendment and against New York’s most powerful politicians.

$12 ($10 for JCC members)

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Bar Association of Michigan (JBAM)

Friday, November 4 (Health Awareness Day)
Day Underwritten by Sallyjo and H. Barry Levine

10 a.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Mache Seibel, M.D. - The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced - Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond 

When to take it. How much. Whether to take it at all. Estrogen has baffled women and physicians alike after a national study reported that it could lead to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

Now, one of America’s leading experts on women’s wellness and menopause unveils the results of his groundbreaking research on hormone therapy.

The Estrogen Window provides much-needed, comprehensive information about why estrogen therapy is valuable, the health benefits it provides, the best types of therapy and when it should be taken.

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Maimonides Society

11:30 a.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Lisa F. Smith - Girl Walks Out of a Bar: A Memoir

Instead of a cup of coffee, Lisa F. Smith began her day with a bottle of wine and three lines of cocaine. Only then could she head off to work at the high-pressure, international firm where she practiced corporate law.

How had it come to this? Smith was born into a middle-class Jewish family, was an excellent student in college and was recruited right out of school. Yet by the time she was 25 she was drinking all day.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar is a witty, honest account of a smart woman who hid her alcohol and cocaine addiction from her co-workers and friends.

Lisa will present her story with Lisa Kaplan of the Henry Ford Maplegrove Center for substance abuse.

Co-sponsored by Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House

1 p.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Larry Olmsted - Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating & What You Can Do About It

Fish reeking with chemicals and drugs (many of which, for health reasons, are illegal in the United States), topped with fake oil and wood pulp. Sound tasty?

That’s exactly what you may be ingesting when you eat your next meal of “wild caught” salmon topped with extra-virgin olive oil and a shaving of Parmesan cheese.

Fish, wine, beef, cheese, honey and even coffee are only a few of the foods that are regularly mislabeled, adulterated and swapped for cheaper products every day in this country. Real Food/Fake Food invites readers into the seedy underbelly of food fakery, revealing the truth about favorite foods and the deceptive practices behind them.

Co-sponsored by Congregation B’nai Moshe, JCC Women’s Executive Health Club, Sisterhood of Congregation B’nai Moshe

Saturday, November 5 (Patron Night)
Generously sponsored by DeRoy Testamentary Foundation

6:45 p.m. | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Patron Reception 

7:30 p.m. | The Berman - Ben Mezrich (Author Talk) - Once Upon a Time in Russia

Boris Berezovsky was a mathematician who managed a car-reselling business. Roman Abramovich was a mechanic who sold imported rubber ducks from his home. Together, the two men built a multi-billion-dollar oil and aluminum empire as they battled their way through the chaos of post-Soviet Russia.

Once Upon a Time is a true story of wealth, rivalry and betrayal among mega-wealthy Russians - and its international repercussions. Ben Mezrich goes behind the scenes of the metioric rise of the Russian oligarchs and of Vladimir Putin.

$12 ($10 for JCC members) - Author Talk is open to the public.

8:30 p.m. | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Patron Dinner

The Patron Reception and Dinner are reserved for Book Fair patrons. To become a patron, please contact Linda Levy: 248.432.5652 or [email protected].

Sunday, November 6
Day Underwritten by Andi & Larry Wolfe

SPORTS MORNING AT THE J, with bagels and coffee with Michael Rosenbaum and Gary Belsky

10 a.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Michael Rosenbaum - Wolverine: A Photographic History of Michigan Football, Vol. I

Tom Brady, Charles Woodson, Denard Robinson, Bo Schembechler: The might and majesty of Michigan football is captured in more than 1,000 rare and unpublished photographs from five thrilling seasons: 1925, 1947, 1969, 1997 and 2011. You’ve never seen the story of the Wolverine gridiron told like this. Fans include U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh, who called it “a great book!”

10:45 a.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Gary Belsky - On the Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games

The world’s passion for sports has started wars, emptied treasuries, ended marriages and set cities aflame. Fans spend hundreds of dollars on tickets, devote entire weekends to watching games and argue with colleagues over the greatest athlete of all time. For the first time, the original rules, history and miscellany of the world’s 21 most popular sports are presented in a single volume, written in an engaging style and filled with fascinating facts and trivia (Who introduced dribbling in basketball? How long have concessions been part of football?). This is the ultimate book for the thinking fan and for anyone who wants more ammo for one-upping family and co-workers!

Co-sponsored by JCC Men’s Executive Health Club

Ann Arbor!

11:30 a.m. | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Ari Weinzweig - Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business

In 1982, Ari Weinzweig – with a $20,000 bank loan, a Russian history degree and four years of experience washing dishes, cooking and managing restaurant kitchens – co-founded a small deli in Ann Arbor. Today, Zingerman’s is a nationally known icon that includes 10 businesses with more than 750 employees and $55 million in annual revenue.

At the same time, Zingerman’s is an active part of the community, donating 10% of its annual income to local organizations and non-profits. In his latest Guide to Good Leading, Weinzweig draws on his own experience, plus ideas from figures like Anais Nin and Viktor Frankel, to provide a guide with creative, thoughtful and fresh ideas for anyone in business.

12:15 p.m. | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Jon Milan and Gail Offen - Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor

From Pizza Bob’s to Krazy Jim’s to Zingerman’s, Ann Arbor has some of the most iconic restaurants in Michigan. And whether it’s pizza or beer, the city’s residents have definite ideas about which eatery serves the best.

Come along on a delicious journey into the city’s favorite dining spots, some of which have been around for many years. Along the way, learn fascinating information about Ann Arbor, food and drinks, and hear the story of one of the most unusual series of laws related to the campus district and prohibition.

Co-sponsored by Bookstock, Hazon, David-Horodoker Organization and JCC Center Travel

Book Fair at Shalom Street!

1 p.m. | Shalom Street Museum - Lisa Rose - Shmulik Paints the Town

Book reading with PJ Library author Lisa Rose, plus a fun Shalom Street painting project!

Israeli Independence Day is coming up, and the mayor is planning a spectacular celebration. To prepare for the festivities, he asks Shmulik to paint a mural.

Shmulik agrees, but then he can’t decide what to paint. Instead, he looks for inspiration in the clouds, the trees and his own dreams. Meanwhile, Shmulik’s dog Ezra takes the painting job into his own hands (or paws) and gets the park ready for Yom Ha’aztmaut (Israel Independence Day)! Shmulik Paints the Town is a delightful story about friendship, cooperation and doing your best. (Ages 5-10)

1:45 p.m. | Shalom Street Museum - Darcee Hope Matlen - Moshe & Asa

Asa is a Holocaust survivor who made a beautiful life for himself and his family in Detroit. At 91 years old, he met a sweet 2-year old named Sacha, and the two instantly became best pals. This is the story of their friendship, with valuable lessons on kindness and overcoming hardship. (Ages 8-12)

Proceeds from the book are donated to autism-based charities.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit

2:30 p.m. | Marion & David Handleman Hall - Rabbi Benjamin Shalva - Spiritual Cross-Training: Searching Through Silence, Stretch, and Song

On a quest for enlightenment, Rabbi Benjamin Shalva journeyed through the wilds of Tibet, took a pilgrimage to a monastery, wrestled with demons, danced with temptresses and sang with hundreds of voices under the stars. Using lessons gained through years of religious exploration, Rabbi Shalva offers simple, powerful ways to help others connect with their spiritual selves - whether in a house of worship, a yoga studio, sitting in traffic or even working late at the office. In this honest and funny memoir, he discusses “spiritual cross-training in three simple steps”: silence, stretch and song.

Join us for an hour of celebration, learning and self-exploration. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement.

4 p.m. | Janice Charach Gallery - Adina Hoffman - Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City

Jerusalem would not be the city it is today were it not for three architects: Erich Mendelsohn, who had daring visions in design and politics; the mysterious Spyro Houris, who left behind stately structures but little evidence that he existed; and Austin St. Barbe Harrison, the reserved but quietly inspired British expat.

As she traces these three remarkable lives, Adina Hoffman also paints a rich and compelling picture of Jerusalem, a city where layers of history and meaning are piled atop each other hiding in plain sight, where identity is dynamic and complex, where the streets hold stories of passion, intrigue and surprise.

Sponsored by Development Corporation for Israel/Israel Bonds Co-sponsored by Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University, WISDOM, Young Israel of Oak Park

6 p.m. | The Berman - Kenneth L. Marcus - The Definition of Anti-Semitism

College students who say that they have nothing against Jews; Zionism is the problem.

A Jewish presidential candidate who labels Israel “an apartheid state.”

Henry Ford – who chronicled the “Jewish menace” in his newspaper but admired his neighbor Rabbi Leo Franklin and sent him a new car every year.

What did it mean to be anti-Semitic 1,000 years ago, 100 years ago – and what does it mean today?

After exploring how the definition of the term has evolved throughout history, Kenneth Marcus’s important work considers a legal analysis of the meaning of the word, current debate about what it means to be anti-Semitic and the delicate line that separates anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism.

Co-sponsored by StandWithUs-Michigan

8 p.m. | The Berman - Chanan Tigay - The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible

In 1883, a bearded man with luxurious hair walked into the British Museum and announced that he had an extraordinary item for sale.

Moses Shapira was a convert to Christianity who had once been a leading antiquities dealer in Jerusalem. But a terrible scandal had destroyed his business, and now Shapira was left with no choice but to sell, for one million pounds, his greatest find: the world’s oldest copy of the Bible. So begins a fascinating true account that reads like a classic detective story. At its heart is a curious, devious, tragic man and a mysterious document that was denounced as a fake - but may have been exactly what Shapira said it was.

$12 ($10 for JCC members)

Co-sponsored by Melton Detroit & FedEd, SAJE






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