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Festival Events & Schedule

Event Schedule & Tickets

2024 authors will be released in Summer 2024.

Bookend Events

Sari Kopitnikoff - Only Kidding!

Sunday, January 14 at 9:30am | Free | PAC

Tucked somewhere between your kishkes (intestines) is an important part of your body that doesn’t always get the attention it needs: your funny bone. It’s time you strengthened it! Only Kidding! Is a one-of-a-kind Jewish joke book for kids and families to laugh about all things Jewish: Jewish holidays, Jewish food, Hebrew letters, Jewish celebrations, and even some holy things (no, not socks). A helpful glossary is included with the 50+ original jokes, so everyone can understand and appreciate the humor!

In partnership with the J’s Early Childhood Centers and Family Center.

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Rachel Beanland - The House Is on Fire

Tuesday, January 16 at 7pm | Free | Jewish Federation of St. Louis

The House Is on Fire tells the story of the 1811 Richmond Theater Fire from the perspective of four integrous characters—two Black and enslaved, two white and imminently more protected—none
of whom experience the world from a place of institutional authority. Set on the night after Christmas, the place was packed as Placide & Green Company, a touring ensemble with more than 30 members, put on a play when a fire broke out backstage thanks to an oversight and some malfunctioning equipment. With more than 600 people in attendance, chaos ensued. Families and friends lost track of those they were with and many people died. Some members of the Placide & Green Company decided to hide their role in the accident and instead spread lies about rebelling slaves with torches being responsible. A hunt for those responsible and, thankfully, for the truth, followed.

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day program is in partnership with the Newmark Institute for Human Relations at the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. Registration is required by purchasing a $0 ticket.

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Fayne Frey - The Skincare Hoax

Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm | $36 | PAC

The Skincare Hoax is an expose on the marketing tactics used that get us all to buy over-the-counter skincare. It will make you rethink everything you know about skincare. You’ll learn about the well-kept secrets of the skincare industry, how media ads influence our buying decisions and get recommendations for effective products and simple skincare regimens that are easy and affordable.

In partnership with Nishmah and JNext.

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Dini Klien - Prep + Rally

Thursday, February 22 at 7pm | $40 | PAC

From rising Instagram star and founder of the popular meal-prep service Prep + Rally, comes a guide to delicious, family-friendly meals with less stress, less expense, and minimal time. Family home-cooked dinners and Shabbat/Holiday menus are seemingly always at the forefront of a Jewish mother’s mind. Prep + Rally takes all the thought out of the process and allows you to sail through while saving time, money, and sanity.

Light refreshments will be served. In partnership with Nishmah.

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SLCL Authors @ The J

St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival are pleased to announce SLCL Authors @ the J – a joint event series for readers throughout the St. Louis metro area. Additional information about St. Louis County Library’s author series is available online. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. All events are held at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex (2 Millstone Campus Drive).

For more information, contact Hannah Dinkel, Director of Literary Arts, 314-442-3294.