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Jewish Book Celebration


MJCC Author Series

Janis Cooke Newman
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
A Master Plan for Rescue

A historical novel set in Berlin and New York highlights America’s anti-Semitism during WWII. A young Jewish man who can fix anything — except his lover’s damaged heart — flees Berlin and Hitler’s rise to power, traveling across the Atlantic aboard the famed refugee ship the SS St. Louis. In New York, a young German-American man crippled by asthma spends summers at Camp Siegfried, a Nazi camp run by the German Bund in Yaphank, Long Island. Also in New York, a 12-year-old Irish boy who has lost the person he loved most in the world dreams up an improbable rescue to save 23 Jewish children trapped in France. Each of these characters and their stories draw closer and closer together, forcing surprising acts of heroism inspired by the idea that people’s lives do not necessarily end with their deaths.

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either — “Too Jewish,” they said — but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, and nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. Seinfeldia celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind the scenes of the show while it was on the air, showing the ways it brought the Jewish culture of modern New Yorkers to a nationwide audience.

Joan Nathan + Andrew Fortgang
Thursday, April 13, 7:00 pm
An Evening About Food
Joan Nathan is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. She is the author of eleven books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won both James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.

Andrew Fortgang is Co-Owner, Manager and Sommelier of Le Pigeon and Little Bird. Andrew feels truly blessed that his passions are his profession; he surrounds himself with good food, great wine (“Life is too short to drink anything else” is a motto he lives by), and good people.

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