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2017 St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Schedule

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2017 Keynote Speakers

October 15: Zac Posen

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Sunday, October 15, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $45
Interviewed by Susan Sherman of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund

Most people know Zac Posen as the world-renowned fashion designer and judge on the Emmy Award-winning show Project Runway. But recently, his mouthwatering, beautifully plated dishes on Instagram introduced his fans to another one of his passions: food. For Zac, food and fashion are both sensory experiences, and the process is the same whether you’re planning a meal or a fashion collection. Cooking with Zac brings together these passions. When it comes to creating his meals, Zac believes in a balance between healthy, fresh, local ingredients and decadently sweet desserts. Think chic daywear followed by a striking evening gown.

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Please bring donations of new or lightly used clothing to help support the National Council of Jewish Women or canned food donations to help support the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry.

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November 5: Senator Barbara Boxer

Boxer_CAA Speakers_PhotoSenator Barbara Boxer
Sunday, November 5, 7pm
Tickets: $45
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium

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Throughout her dynamic career, Senator Barbara Boxer of California (1993-2016) advocated for public education, improved physical and mental services for veterans and military families, reaffirmed our country’s important relationship with Israel, protected our environment, and defended women’s rights.

A champion of quality public education, Senator Boxer wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs. Her law now covers 1.6 million children. She continues to work to expand afterschool programs nationwide as chair of the Senate Afterschool Caucus.

Boxer_The Art of Tough_Book1In 2010, she founded the Senate Military Family Caucus to help address the challenges faced by families of U.S. service members. She worked to establish the West Coast Combat Care Center in San Diego and helped create the Defense Task Force on Mental Health.

Senator Boxer wrote the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which President Obama signed into law in July 2012, strengthening economic and security cooperation between the two nations. She is also the author of the Syria Accountability Act, which strengthened sanctions against Syria over the country’s support for terrorism.

Senator Boxer has won numerous awards for her environmental efforts. She has fought to ensure that drinking water standards protect children, has led efforts in Congress to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling, and fought to end the unethical use of human subjects in pesticide testing.

A leading defender of a woman’s right to choose, Senator Boxer helped lead the floor fight for passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In the Senate, she has fought back against repeated attacks on women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy.

Fall Bookend Events

October 23: Alice Hoffman

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Monday, October 23, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $20
Interviewed by Wendy Jaffe, Representing Booksource

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Marriage of OppositesPractical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on EarthThe Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. Hoffman’s new novel, The Rules of Magic, takes place at the cusp of the sixties in New York City, hundreds of years after Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Here live three Owens children who are taught never to fall in love but who cannot escape the human heart, nor their family curse, no matter how hard they try.

Sponsored by Booksource, Debbi Grebler in Memory of David M. Grebler, Todd Siwak & Gianna Jacobson

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October 24: Stephen Tobolowsky

tobolowsky-stephen-2017Stephen Tobolowsky
Tuesday, October 24, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Tickets: $20

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in more than 100 movies and 200 television shows, including unforgettable roles in Mississippi BurningGroundhog Day, and Memento. Tobolowsky currently appears in the hit series’ The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time.

BibleIn his new book My Adventures with God, Tobolowsky explores the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. We all have powerful creation myths. We wander in the wilderness. At some point, we stop and proclaim to the universe who we are. We bear the loss of family and friends and finally, we retell our stories to our children hoping to make sense of the journey.

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October 29: Abigail Pogrebin
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Pogrebin-my-jewish-yearAbigail Pogrebin
Sunday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Takes place at United Hebrew Congregation
Millstone Sanctuary

In her most recent book, My Jewish Year 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew Abigail Pogrebin explores the traditions and rituals behind many Jewish holidays. After a Pew Research Center study revealed that most Jews don’t find their connection in Judaism, Abigail set out to discover the reason why. My Jewish Year provides a relatable insight and a trove of information as readers move through milestones in the Jewish calendar.

This program is free and open to the community.

Sponsored by the Ruzena and Fred Levy Speaker Fund at United Hebrew Congregation in partnership with the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival.

November 2: Hallie Ephron

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Thursday, November 2, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building

New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, Edgar Award finalist and four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, writes suspense fiction, mysteries, and nonfiction books on the writing process. Her latest suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear is set in South Carolina and tells the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to her fate. Sister to Nora and Delia Ephron, Hallie lives near Boston, Massachusetts and teaches writing at workshops and writing conferences across the country.

This event is open to the public as part of the Mitzvah Authors Program.

Sponsored by Margie Horowitz, Ann S. Lux

Festival Lineup: November 5 – 19

November 5

7pm: Senator Barbara Boxer

Boxer_CAA Speakers_PhotoSenator Barbara Boxer
Sunday, November 5, 7pm
Tickets: $45
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium

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Throughout her dynamic career, Senator Barbara Boxer of California (1993-2016) advocated for public education, improved physical and mental services for veterans and military families, reaffirmed our country’s important relationship with Israel, protected our environment, and defended women’s rights.

A champion of quality public education, Senator Boxer wrote landmark legislation establishing the first-ever federal funding for afterschool programs. Her law now covers 1.6 million children. She continues to work to expand afterschool programs nationwide as chair of the Senate Afterschool Caucus.

In 2010, she founded the Senate Military Family Caucus to help address the challenges faced by families of U.S. service members. She worked to establish the West Coast Combat Care Center in San Diego and helped create the Defense Task Force on Mental Health.

Boxer_The Art of Tough_Book1Senator Boxer wrote the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act, which President Obama signed into law in July 2012, strengthening economic and security cooperation between the two nations. She is also the author of the Syria Accountability Act, which strengthened sanctions against Syria over the country’s support for terrorism.

Senator Boxer has won numerous awards for her environmental efforts. She has fought to ensure that drinking water standards protect children, has led efforts in Congress to protect California’s coast from offshore oil drilling, and fought to end the unethical use of human subjects in pesticide testing.

A leading defender of a woman’s right to choose, Senator Boxer helped lead the floor fight for passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In the Senate, she has fought back against repeated attacks on women’s health and a woman’s right to privacy.

November 6

10:30am: Home-Grown Talent - Missouri's Own

Missouri’s Own
Monday, November 6, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Tickets: $18
Moderator: Jane Henderson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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LEONARD ADREON
As a Marine corpsman, Leonard Adreon saw some of the worst of the Korean War’s carnage and the best of its humanity. His gripping description in Hilltop Doc, brings to life the war between the Chinese army and the U.S. Marines as they battled to take the high ground. With no medical background, Adreon was thrown into the role of saving lives amid the war’s brutal violence. The grim, emotional, and sometimes ironic battlefield scenes are mixed with Adreon’s background story – of how his own mistakes and the military’s bumbling landed him at Korea’s 38th Parallel.

JOEL GOLDSTEIN
Joel Goldstein’s book presents a comprehensive account of the vice presidency as the office has developed from Mondale to Biden. But The White House Vice Presidency is more than that; it also shows how a constitutional office can evolve through the repetition of accumulated precedents and demonstrates the critical role of political leadership in institutional development. In doing so, the book offers lessons that go far beyond the nation’s second office, important as it now has become.

RABBI JEFFREY STIFFMAN
In 150 Years of Temple Shaare Emeth, Rabbi Emeritus Jeff Stiffman describes the ups-and-downs, and the sometimes controversial, yet always amazing rabbinic and lay leaders. Founded as the  first Reform synagogue in the area, it has been a lively and sometimes contentious community. This honest history of the largest Jewish congregation in the State of Missouri is of interest to all members and friends of our community.

Sponsored by Lee Bohm, Sidney Guller, Lois C. Levin, Gloria & Sanford Spitzer Foundation

1pm: Laurie Gelman

Laurie Gelman
Monday, November 6 at 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Tickets: $18

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Laurie Gelman spent 25 years as a broadcaster with the BBC and also as a producer at CBS TV before writing full time. She lives in Manhattan, New York, with her husband, TV producer Michael Gelman (“LIVE with Kelly”) and their two teenage daughters.

Gelman’s debut novel, Class Mom, is set just outside of Kansas City, MO and is praised as “uproariously funny.” The protagonist, Jen Dixon, is fully committed to her husband and college-aged daughters, but also to her young son Max and her newfound duties in Room 147 at Taft Elementary School. The missives throughout the novel are in fact replicas of the ones Gelman herself wrote, imploring parents to sign up for the endless succession of class treats, school supplies and chaperoning duties for field trips

“Gelman’s debut is a literary stand-up routine, and you might as well just give in: this woman is going to get a laugh out of you.”
–Kirkus Reviews

7pm: Sports Night

Sports Night
Monday, November 6, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building
Tickets: $20

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RON KAPLAN
“Hammerin’” Hank Greenberg was coming off a stellar season where he’d hit 40 home runs and 184 RBIs, becoming only the thirteenth player to ever hit 40 or more homers. Kaplan’s Hank Greenberg in 1938 chronicles the events of 1938, both on the baseball diamond and the streets of Europe. As Greenberg’s bat had him on course for Babe Ruth’s home run record, Hitler’s  Final Solution” was beginning to take shape. Though normally hesitant to speak about the anti-Semitism he dealt with, the slugger knew the role he was playing for so many of his people, saying “I came to feel that if I, as a Jew, hit a home run, I was hitting one against Hitler.”

JOHN FLORIO AND OUISIE SHAPIRO
One Nation Under Baseball highlights the intersection between American society and America’s pastime during the 1960s, when the hallmarks of the sport—fairness, competition, and mythology—came under scrutiny. John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro examine the events of the era that reshaped the game: the Koufax and Drysdale million-dollar holdout, the encroachment of television on newspaper coverage, the changing perception of ballplayers from mythic figures to overgrown boys, the arrival of the everyman Mets and their free-spirited fans, and the lawsuit brought against team owners by Curt Flood.

Sponsored by Busey Bank, Judith Gall, Diane & Paul Gallant, Gail & Louis Glaser, Howard N. Lesser

November 7

10:30am: Lisa Smartt

Words at the ThresholdLisa Smartt
Tuesday, November 7, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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A person’s end-of-life words often provide tantalizing clues about the ultimate fate of the human soul. Until now, however, no author has systematically studied end-of-life communication by using examples from ordinary people.  Lisa Smartt, MA, collected more than one hundred case studies through interviews and transcripts. In this groundbreaking and insightful book, Smartt shows how the language of the dying can point the way to a transcendent world beyond our own. Smartt is a linguist, educator, and poet and is founder of the Final Words Project.

1pm: Adam Piore

Adam Piore
Tuesday, November 7, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Piore-body-builders resizedFor millennia, humans have tried to master nature and transcend our limits. In Adam Piore’s new book, The Body Builders, he explores how bioengineering is allowing researchers to unlock untapped resilience in the human body and mind and even enhance human performance. Real characters include a double amputee who has built bionic limbs that allow him to walk again, a blind woman who can “see” with her ears, and many others. Piore is a contributing editor at Popular Science and Discover Magazine and a former Newsweek Magazine correspondent.

Piore will be interviewed on stage by Christian Greer of the Saint Louis Science Center.

Sponsored by Saint Louis Science Center

7pm: Comedy Night with Sarge

Sarge-black-boychickComedy Night with Sarge
Tuesday, November 7, at 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20

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Born black and Jewish in Miami Beach Florida “Sarge” (as he’s known nationwide) is one of the most hilarious, high-energy, triple threat entertainers working anywhere in the country today. Not only is he a top-notch comedian, he’s a piano virtuoso since the age of 5 (you’ll hear him perform as part of this program) and an excellent singer. As though these gifts were not enough, Sarge is 26 years clean and sober and he works as a clinician in treatment centers and prisons from Miami Florida to Malibu. His new book is Black Boychik.

Sponsored by Stuart & Marie Block

November 8

1pm: Alexandra Silber

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Wednesday, November 8, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Alexandra Silber starred in the 2015 Muny production of My Fair Lady and most recently as Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof as well as the role of Hodel in London’s West End. These roles inspired After Anatevka, Silber’s sweeping historical novel that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after Hodel leaves the stage and the curtain falls. After Anatevka is a love story for the ages set against a backdrop of some of the greatest violence in European history.

Sponsored by Judy & Leslie Berger

6:30pm: Women's Event with Leslie Bennetts

Bennetts-last-girl-before-freeway-2017Women’s Event with Leslie Bennetts
Wednesday, November 8
6:30pm: Reception and Fashion Show
7:30pm: Author Presentation
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $25

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Leslie Bennetts is the author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake as well as a longtime Vanity Fair writer and former New York Times reporter. At Vanity Fair she wrote many movie star cover stories and she was the first woman ever to cover a presidential campaign at the New York Times. Her new book, Last Girl Before Freeway, is a juicy, intimate biography of Joan Rivers. Rivers was one of the greatest comedians ever, whose sixty-year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh.

*Before the author presentation, enjoy a reception and a fashion show featuring local models wearing clothes from LAUNCH Clothing & Accessories.

Please bring donations of new or gently used clothing to help support the NCJW Resale Shop.

Sponsored by Karin Blinder Gubin Foundation, Betty (z”l) & Howard Hearsh

November 9

10:30am: Steven J. Ross

Ross-hitler-in-los-angelesSteven J. Ross
Thursday, November 9, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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No American city was more important to the Nazis than Los Angeles, home to Hollywood, the greatest propaganda machine in the world. The Nazis plotted to kill the city’s Jews and to sabotage the nation’s military installations. U.S. law enforcement agencies were not paying close attention–preferring to monitor Reds rather than Nazis–and only attorney Leon Lewis and his daring ring of spies stood in the Nazis’ way. Hitler in Los Angeles is the newest book by eminent historian Steven J. Ross. He is recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Film Scholars Award.

1pm: Sidney Blumenthal

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Thursday, November 9, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Wrestling with His Angel: 1849-1856 is volume II of Sidney Blumenthal’s acclaimed biography, The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln. Blumenthal reveals how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti-immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party—a party that will ultimately launch him to the presidency. Sidney Blumenthal is the former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, and senior adviser to Hillary Clinton. He has been a national staff reporter for The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and senior writer for The New Republic.

Sponsored by Dana & Barry Sandweiss, Webster University

7pm: Kristallnacht Program with Dina Gold

Kristallnacht Program with Dina Gold
Thursday, November 9, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $10

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When Dina Gold was a little girl, her grandmother told her how she dreamed of one day reclaiming the building that had housed the family business in pre-war Berlin. The six-story office building had been one of the most successful Jewish fashion firms in Germany until ownership was transferred to the Deutsche Reichsbahn, Hitler’s railways. Later, these same railways transported millions of Jews to death camps. In 1990, Gold marched into a German government ministry, just two blocks from Checkpoint Charlie, and declared: “I’ve come to claim my family’s building.” Stolen Legacy is journalist Dina Gold’s inspiring story.

In partnership with the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center – in memory of Gloria M. Goldstein.

Sponsored by The Delmar Gardens Family, Paul & Betty Mendelson

November 10

10:30am: Yael Shy

Yael Shy
Friday, November 10, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: FREE

Yael Shy’s newest publication shares mindfulness practices and meditation guides that can help people at all stages of life, from post-college twentysomethings to seniors. What Now? encourages readers to embrace themselves exactly as they are: whole, worthy, and loveable. From Buddhist teachings to discussions of Shabbat as a time of reflection, Shy will share her experiences that have led her to teach meditation workshops, classes and retreats all over the world. She is the Senior Director of the NYU Global Spiritual Life Center as well as the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU.

This event is open to the public as part of the Mitzvah Authors Program.

Sponsored by Maxine & Steven Mirowitz, Rabbi Carnie & Mrs. Paulie Rose

1pm: Peter Gethers

Peter Gethers
Friday, November 10, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Peter Gethers, author of My Mother’s Kitchen, wants to give his aging mother a very personal and perhaps final gift: a spectacular feast featuring all her favorite dishes. The problem is, although he
was raised to love food he doesn’t really know how to cook. So he embarks upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey to honor his mother, Judy Gethers, who discovered a passion for cooking in her 50s and whose own parents owned the Jewish dairy restaurant, Ratner’s. Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor and film and television producer.

Sponsored by Jerry & Rosalie Brasch, Harvey Kornblum Foundation

November 11

7pm: TV Time with Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz

TV Time with Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz
Saturday, November 11, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20

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Ever since they shared a TV column 20 years ago, newspaper critics Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz have been debating one thing: What is the greatest TV show ever? That discussion reaches an epic conclusion in TV (THE BOOK), where Sepinwall and Seitz have identified and ranked the 100 greatest scripted shows in American TV history, accompanied by essays delving into what made these shows great. From vintage classics like The Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy to modern masterpieces like Mad Men and Friday Night Lights, this compendium is TV trivia at its finest.

Sponsored by Gallop Family Foundation

November 12

7pm: Jewish Justices with David G. Dalin

Jewish Justices with David G. Dalin
Sunday, November 12, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20

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Barely more than a century ago, a Jew took a seat on the Supreme Court under highly contentious circumstances, with half a dozen past presidents of the American Bar Association declaring Louis  D. Brandeis to be unfit for so consequential a post. He nevertheless served with distinction. In Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court, Dalin reveals the peculiarities of each path that the eight Jewish Justices took to reach the highest court. Dalin is an ordained rabbi and author with more than eleven previous books to his credit.

Sponsored by Frankel, Rubin, Klein, Dubin, Siegel & Payne, P.C., Goldstein & Pressman, Judith & Ted Isaacs, Myrtle & Bernard Kornblum’s Changing World Fund

November 13

10:30am: Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat
Monday, November 13, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: FREE

In 1945, in a now-famous piece of World War II archival footage, four-year-old Michael Bornstein was filmed by Soviet soldiers as he was carried out of Auschwitz in his grandmother’s arms. Survivors Club tells the unforgettable story of how a father’s courageous wit, a mother’s fierce love and one perfectly timed illness saved his life. Working from his own recollections as well as extensive interviews with relatives and survivors who knew the family, Bornstein relates his inspirational Holocaust survival story with the help of his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat.

This event is open to the public as part of the Mitzvah Authors Program.

RSVPs required by November 1 to 314.442.3299, including Premier Pass holders. Sponsored by Gloria Feldman & Family in Loving

Sponsored by Gloria Feldman & Family in Loving Memory of Rubin Feldman, Stan & Jean Margul

1pm: Michael Bar-Zohar

Michael Bar-Zohar
Monday, November 13, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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David Ben-Gurion once said, “The Jewish people doesn’t know what it owes to Shimon Peres.” Indeed, the young Peres, operating in secrecy, was the builder of Israel’s military might. In Israel’s Independence War, he acquired weapons from all over the world. But in this expanded biography, Phoenix, Bar-Zohar not only illuminates Peres as Mr. Security, but also Peres’ transformation into Mr. Peace. Michael Bar-Zohar is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books. Bar-Zohar, himself, has been very active in Israel’s political life and has served two terms in the Knesset. He knew Shimon Peres for more than fifty years.

Sponsored by Fox Family Foundation, The Rubin Family Foundation

7pm: Michael Roizen

Michael Roizen
Monday, November 13, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20

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Michael F. Roizen, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and internist served as the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and has been awarded an Emmy, an Elle and the Paul G. Rogers Best Medical Communicator award. He became famous for changing the way Americans think about aging by developing the “RealAge” concept and website. Roizen’s new book, co-authored with financial expert Jean Chatzky is, Age-Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip. These leading world experts explain the vital link between health and wealth, sharing an actionable plan to add years to your life and dollars to your bank account.

Sponsored by Nancy & Al Siwak, Smith Moore

November 14

10:30am: Sherry Amatenstein

Sherry Amatenstein
Tuesday, November 14, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW, is a therapist and author who has offered relationship advice on Today and NPR. She runs workshops around the country and at retreat centers such as Omega. Amatenstein’s new book, How Does That Make You Feel? obliterates the boundaries between the shrink and the one being shrunk. In this no-punches-pulled collection of riveting stories, therapists and clients open up and tell all, revealing both sides of the relationship dynamic between therapist and client.

1pm: Howard Markel

Howard Markel
Tuesday, November 14, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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The Kelloggs is a fascinating biography of the two Kellogg brothers: one who became America’s most beloved physician between the mid-nineteenth century and World War II and founder of the worldfamous Battle Creek Sanitarium in 1876; the other, his younger brother, who founded in 1906 the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. The lifelong competition between these two brothers changed America’s notion of health and wellness. Medical historian Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Sponsored by Barnes Jewish Hospital

November 15

10:30am: Ellen Umansky

Ellen Umansky
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30am
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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One very special work of art—a Chaim Soutine painting—will connect the lives and fates of two different women, generations apart, in this enthralling debut novel The Fortunate Ones. Ellen Umanksy seamlessly transports readers from World War II Vienna to contemporary Los Angeles. Umansky has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues and has worked in the editorial departments of several publications including the Forward, Tablet, and The New Yorker. She grew up in Los Angeles, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

1pm: Marilyn S. Rothstein

Marilyn S. Rothstein
Wednesday, November 15, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Lift and Separate is the story of a contemporary Jewish woman forced to restart her life after her husband—the owner of a brassiere empire—leaves her for a younger, perkier fit. Rothstein’s debut novel is one of renewal, love and, yes, humor. Readers watch Marcy as she pulls herself up by her lacy straps and finds a way to begin again. Rothstein earned a degree in journalism from NYU and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. She holds a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies from the University of Connecticut.

7pm: Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher
Wednesday, November 15, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20
Fletcher will be interviewed on stage by TV journalist, Christine Buck.

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Winner of a Jewish National Book Award and author of The List and Jacob’s Oath, both of which achieved outstanding critical acclaim, NBC Special Correspondent Martin Fletcher delivers another breathtaking tale of love, war, and redemption. The War Reporter features Tom Layne who was a world-class television correspondent until his life collapsed in Sarajevo. Beaten and humiliated, he fell into a hole diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Eleven years later, he returns to the Balkans to film a documentary on the man who caused his downfall.

Sponsored by Berger Memorial Chapel / Richard and Linda Stein & Emily Stein MacDonald, Eidelman & Traub DDS, Inc., Gail & Charles Eisenkramer, Marsha & David Soshnik

November 16

1pm: Jason Fagone

Jason Fagone
Thursday, November 16, 1pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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In The Woman Who Smashed Codes, Jason Fagone tells the incredible true story of the greatest codebreaking duo that ever lived: an American woman and her husband who invented the modern science of cryptology. Together, they used it to confront the evils of their time, solving puzzles that unmasked Nazi spies and helped win World War II. Fagone is a journalist who was named one of the “Ten Young Writers on the Rise.” His work appears in The Atlantic, GQ, The New York Times and many other outlets.

Sponsored by Terry & Harvey Hieken

7pm: Mel Goodman

Goodman-BookCoverMel Goodman
Thursday, November 16, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $18

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Melvin Goodman’s long career as a respected intelligence analyst at the CIA, specializing in US/ Soviet relations, ended abruptly. In 1990, after 24 years of service, Goodman resigned when he could no longer tolerate the corruption he witnessed at the highest levels of the Agency. In 1991 he went public, blowing the whistle on top-level officials and leading the opposition against the appointment of Robert Gates as CIA director. In the widely covered Senate hearings, Goodman charged that Gates and others had subverted “the process and the ethics of intelligence” by deliberately misinforming the White House about major world events and covert operations. Whistleblower at the CIA is Goodman’s breathtaking expose.

November 17

11am: Game Day

Game Day
Friday, November 17, 11am-3pm
Staenberg Family Complex
Tickets: $12

Back by popular demand, partake in a relaxing day with your friends and favorite games — Mah Jongg, Bridge, Scrabble or whatever you prefer. Enjoy lunch, four hours of game time and game-themed raffles.

Paid reservations of $12 per person required by November 1 to 314.442.3299 for tables of four, including Premier Pass holders. One person from the group should make the reservation and provide all players’ names and lunch choices: Egg Salad, Cobb Salad or Turkey Sandwich.

Sponsored by J Associates

November 18

7pm: Jeff Rossen

Jeff Rossen
Saturday, November 18, 7pm
Staenberg Family Complex, Gymnasium
Tickets: $20

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Every morning, five million Americans tune in to watch the Today Show and Jeff Rossen deliver the Rossen Reports. He handles everything from identity theft to gas explosions in your home. Rossen to the Rescue is the much-needed accompanying guide to this newscast, an essential handbook for everything from getting through each day without mundane misfortunes like missing your flight to enduring larger catastrophes like being stranded at sea until rescue arrives. Rossen earned an Emmy Award for Deadline News Writing, and has also received an award from the U.S. Justice Department for his special report on crime victims. He contributes to all NBC News programs and platforms including Today, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC.

Sponsored by Brown, Smith, Wallace, Eileen Schneider Edelman, S. M. Wilson & Co.

November 19

1:30pm: The Saint Louis Ballet

The Saint Louis Ballet
A Program Made Possible by Carole C. Levin
Sunday, November 19, 1:30pm
Touhill Performing Arts Center – Lee Theatre
Tickets: $20

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The Saint Louis Ballet presents work by choreographers including Tom Gold, whom the Wall Street Journal called “a force for good in the ballet world.” Gold, a longtime member of the New York City Ballet, where he danced numerous principal roles, is in demand internationally as an instructor, choreographer and guest artist. The intimacy of the Lee Theater affords ballet enthusiasts an experience in an informal setting and an opportunity to speak with the dancers through a Q&A after the performance.

Enjoy a light reception immediately before the performance.

Spring Bookend Events

March 18: A Passover Program with Alan Zweibel

A Passover Program with Alan Zweibel
Sunday, March 18, 7pm
Tickets: $20

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If you’ve ever suffered through a Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can last as long as the exodus from Egypt itself. With this hilarious parody Haggadah from the comedic minds of Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel and Adam Mansbach, good Jews everywhere will no longer have to sit (and sleep) through a lengthy and boring Seder. For This We Left Egypt? is a hilarious journey towards the Promised Land. Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer and has won numerous Emmys for his work in television, including Late Show with David Letterman and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

April 29: Family Game Day

Family Game Day
Sunday, April 29, 1pm
Tickets: $15 per table

Join us for a day of family fun where you can choose from hundreds of games made available. When you’re done with one game, swap it for another. Also enjoy raffles, a coffee bar, and light snacks (you may also bring your own food for your table). Reserve your table of four by calling 314.442.3299.