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Book Fair

Sponsored by Sandra Sisisky
Erin Mahone • 545-8644
Thursday, November 13 – Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chanukah Gift Shop information
For over 35 years the Weinstein JCC has celebrated Jewish books and authors at its annual Book Fair. Our goal is to educate the community about Jewish literature and to stimulate discussion and thought regarding current Jewish issues, history, philosophy, literature and poetry.

Gift Shop
The Weinstein JCC Gift Shop will be open in the Sisisky Family Community Room in conjunction with the Jewish Book Fair. We have the largest and best selection of new Chanukah and Judaic items! Everyone is invited to shop for all gift giving occasions – Chanukah, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries, birthdays, hostess gifts, new baby gifts, etc. Don’t forget your teacher gifts! We also have a large selection of Judaica for all your needs through out the year – Menorahs, Shabbat candlesticks, Mezzuzot, Kiddush cups, Tzedakah boxes, and a large selection of jewelry and housewares.

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In Partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre and James River Writers
Thursday, November 13 at 7PM
Patrons of the Arts private reception at 6PMVRT logo BLACK
$15M/$18NM/$10 seniors and students

Join us as we kick-off The Fife-Davis Family Annual Jewish Book Fair and Gift Shop with best-selling author David L. Robbins­—who just happens to be a native of Richmond! Robbins has adapted yet another of his novels, The End of War, for the stage. The play tells a compelling story of World War II “from the chaos of the eastern front, to the desperation of a single Jewish man hidden in a Berlin basement, to the burning ambition of an American photojournalist, Robbins animates the giants who shaped history and breathes life into the heartbreaking struggles of those who merely lived it.”

In Robbins’ second partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, he has joined forces once again with Va. Rep. and Artistic Director Bruce Miller for End of War. In an exclusive first look, cast members of the production—currently in workshop—will perform several scenes for the Weinstein JCC audience. Robbins will provide first-hand author insights into the process and motivation of adapting an original work for the stage. His commentary will be woven with several scenes from the play followed by a Q&A session with Robbins and the cast members and ending with a book signing and dessert reception.

David Robbins picFollowMeAddison ElmoCommunity Family Celebration!
Sunday, November 16
Preschool Event 10 AM: Puppet show with morning treats and furry characters
Members: $5 children/$8 adults/ $25 family max.
Non-Members: $7 children/$10 adults/ $30 family max.
Individual Tickets
Family Tickets

Teen Event 1PM: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story – FREE
This family event has something for everyone! The morning will be filled with light snacks and those loveable furry characters will be back along with a fun preschool Puppet Show with Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner. Jonathan is a “versatile, virtuoso ventriloquist with a captivating cast of puppet partners” that have entertained audiences of all ages throughout the USA! At 1:00, back by popular demand from last year’s Israeli Film Festival, a screening of Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story followed by readings from Netanyahu’s book by local teens and a discussion. This event is designed for teens and adults (ages 13+). Popcorn and drinks will be served.

About “Follow Me”: Yoni Nethanyahu led the seemingly impossible but successful Raid on Entebbe, but tragically became the only Israeli casualty. Told partly through his own letters and poetry, this compelling documentary unveils his complex character by allowing us to see beyond his tough exterior into a deep inner personality where heroism, duty, love, turmoil and doubt raged.

bengreenbergnatvirgBen Greenberg – Natural Virginia
Monday, November 17 at 1PM
Co-sponsored by the 5400 Men’s Club
Book Signing to Follow

Ben Greenberg’s first book, Natural Virginia, was published in March and celebrates the beauty and remarkable diversity of Virginia. It features the Commonwealth’s varied and breathtaking scenery with 122 dramatic panoramic landscape photographs from every corner of the state. Ben’s carefully crafted landscape photographs have won local and national awards and competitions, including the International Grand Prize for the KINSA photography contest. They have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows and are currently represented in galleries and shops in central Virginia. Ben also mentors aspiring photographers, teaches classes and leads workshops, and speaks to local groups.

book_americanbride-coverDr. Chesler Author PhotoPhyllis Chesler ­ – An American Bride in Kabul
Tuesday, November 18 at 1PM
FREE | Co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Club
Book Signing to Follow

Twenty years old and in love, Phyllis Chesler, a Jewish-American
girl from Brooklyn, embarked on an unexpected and often
harrowing adventure in 1961 when she arrived in Kabul with her
Afghan bridegroom. Upon arrival, authorities took away her
passport and she became the property of her husband’s family.
Once back in Afghanistan, her husband, a wealthy, westernized foreign college student with dreams of reforming his country, reverted to traditional and tribal customs. Chesler found herself unexpectedly trapped in a posh polygamous family, with no chance of escape. She fought against her seclusion and lack of freedom, her Afghan family’s attempts to convert her from Judaism to Islam, and her husband’s wish to permanently tie her to the country through childbirth. Drawing upon her personal diaries, Chesler recounts her ordeal, the nature of gender apartheid—and her longing to explore this beautiful, ancient, and exotic country and culture. Chesler nearly died there but she managed to escape, returned to her studies in America, and became an author and an ardent activist for women’s rights throughout the world. An American Bride in Kabul is the story of how a naïve American girl learned to see the world through eastern as well as western eyes and came to appreciate Enlightenment values. This dramatic tale recreates a time gone by, a place that is no more, and shares the way in which Chesler turned adversity into a passion for world-wide social, educational, and political reform.

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Standing Up – A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life

Thursday, November 20 at 7PM • Reception and Book Signing to Follow
$10M/$15NM/$8 seniors and students

Marion Grodin began her life as the daughter of comedian, actor, and
talk show host Charles Grodin. She has comedy in her blood and began her career as a writer for television and film. Yet, she soon realized that the stage was calling.

For the last decade, Marion has been one of the hottest comics in the country. She has toured with Linda Ronstadt, opened for Lewis Black, Judy Gold, and Robert Klein, as well as having shared the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Roseanne Barr and Robin Williams. Marion has also been seen on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and ABC’s The View.

Marion knows firsthand that laughter is truly the best medicine, having survived breast cancer, divorce, and various addictions – including an inappropriate relationship to Haagen Dazs. In the tradition of Carrie Fisher’s “Wishful Drinking” Marion’s hilarious and heartbreaking book – “Standing Up : A Memoir Of A Funny (Not Always) Life”, published in 2013, chronicles her fascinating life and incomparable ability to find humor in pain.