Austin Jewish Book Fair 

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The Austin Jewish Book Fair is part of the Spotlight on Arts & Ideas 2014-15 season. 

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  Refreshments Served
 $5 JCC Members
 $10 Non-members
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. This war posed the most serious threat to the existence of Israel in modern history. Even though Israel was eventually able to achieve a military victory, the country paid a steep price. Join us for an informative evening with Dr Itzhak Brook who served as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur War and authored the book "In the Sands of Sinai: a Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War."    
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  Info. & Tickets through Texas Book Festival
Rebecca Alexander with Sascha Alper, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found. The inspiring memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet she continues to live each day with grace and purpose.  Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete.  She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing.    
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Refreshments &     Knishes Served.
$5 JCC Members
$10 Non-members

Allen Salkin:  America has come a long way from the handful of “dump and stir” cooking shows of the 1970s and 80s to the vast and vibrant television food scene of today, when most of the population seems to be on a first-name basis with the likes of Bobby (Flay), Ina (Garten, the Barefoot Contessa) and Mario (Batali). This is the first book about the network that covers the whole story from the beginning. It includes a brand new afterword with behind-the-scenes revelations about a bullying Robert Irvine as he confronts a rising rival, a never-say-die Paula Deen trying to rebuild her brand against all odds, and a not-ready-for-her-close-up Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, as she struggles to adapt to being a TV star. 

Laura Silver: The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knishWhen Laura Silver’s favorite knish shop went out of business, the native New Yorker sank into mourning, but then she sprang into action. She embarked on a round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish.  The iconic potato pie leads the author from Mrs. Stahl’s bakery in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey—and on to a hunt across three continents for the pastry that shaped her identity.
   
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  Refreshments Served
$5 JCC members
$10 Non-members
For decades, much of the attention devoted to the Middle East has focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Conventional wisdom dictates that territory, politics, and the issue of Palestinian statehood are the root causes of this conflict, but Mitchell Bard argues that the journalists, commentators and experts that follow this line of thinking are missing the real crux of the dispute.  In DEATH TO THE INFIDELS:  Radical Islam's War Against the Jews he makes the case that radical Islam has transformed the conflict into an all-out religious war, making the prospects for peace even more precarious.    
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   Free Event.
Don’t miss out on this as we Read Love and Treasure as a community in anticipation for Ayelet’s talk. Everyone is welcome to join us on this journey as we read this together across Austin.  We will provide discussion questions and a free copy to each book club that signs up. LOVE AND TREASURE ingeniously weaves a surprising tale in triptych around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War.In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train loaded with riches: piles of gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, carpets, jewels, and heirloom Shabbat candlesticks. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure—a responsibility that grows more complicated when he falls in love with Ilona, a damaged, compelling Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust.  Ayelet Waldman is the bestselling author of the novels Red Hook Road and Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, as well as the essay collection Bad Mother.    
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Wednesday, November 5, 10:30 AM: Annual Book Lovers Luncheon.  
Steven Pressman: 50 Children.
In partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Austin’s Women’s Division

This year’s Annual Book Lovers Luncheon will feature Steven Pressman:  In this stirring account of determination against overwhelming odds, journalist Pressman (Outrageous Betrayal) expands on his eponymous HBO documentary wherein his wife’s grandparents, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, worked to rescue 50 Viennese Jewish children from occupied territory during the early years of WWII. 

  $36/ JCC members Students & Seniors
$40 Non-member
Catered Luncheon.
 
RSVP by 11/4.

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  Refreshments Served
$5 JCC Members
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Don’t miss this rare appearance by one of American's best known crime/thriller writers! Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman will be discussing their latest joint novel.  A burned-out L.A. detective, a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems: a grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born. The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a six-teenth-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer.     
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  Free Event
Pepper, Silk, and Ivory.  In partnership with the Asian American Center. Location: Asian American Cultural Center. 11713 Jollyville Road.  Traditional Asian and Jewish refreshments served.  This event featuring amazing stories about Jews and the Far East is sure to fascinate.    



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$5 JCC Members
$10 Non-members


Fletcher is a special correspondent with NBC and PBS and has won numerous broadcasting awards including five Emmies.  In his new novel, NBC News correspondent and National Jewish Book Award-winner Martin Fletcher, has taken the deepest lesson he learned in his career as a foreign correspondent and has applied it to fiction. In JACOB’S OATH, he follows two people emerging from one of history’s greatest tragedies, and examines the challenges they face in coping with the rest of their lives.  It is a dilemma Fletcher is familiar with after decades of reporting on wars and disasters, in which he always focused on individuals and their struggles.  The lesson he says he has learned is that the human spirit survives tragedy not by any great achievement but by one laborious step at a time. “It is a lesson obvious with hindsight,” says Fletcher, “but unimaginable in the pain of the moment.”  In JACOB’S OATH, Fletcher takes that pain and weaves a thrilling tale of love and revenge as two Holocaust survivors come to terms with the past and set out to build a future.