2016-2017 Jewish Bookfair


Book coverSeptember 18  @2pm
JCC College Avenue

Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays

Cantor Matt Axelrod

A light-hearted look at the most important Jewish Festivals.  Cantor Axelrod gives a retelling of the relevant biblical passages and explores the rituals and traditional foods associated with each holiday. Cantor Axelrod’s visit is a part of the Jewish Music Festival.

Click here to learn more about Matt Axelrod


This event is FREE and open to the public





Book coverSeptember 20  @7pm
JCC College Avenue

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

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 and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” and fans dress up in Jerry’s famous puffy shirt, dance like Elaine, and imagine plotlines for Seinfeld if it were still on TV.

Click here to learn more about Jennifer Keishin Armstrong


Tickets: $8 JCC Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Seniors




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JCC College Avenue

Truth to Imagination, A Historical Journey

Linda Kass author of Tasa’s Song

Linda Kass and Suzuki Music Columbus partner in the telling of the story of a young violin prodigy growing up in eastern Poland during World War II. Presented in Cooperation with the Columbus Jewish Historical Society; contact CJHS for additional ticket information: call 614-238-6977 or send an email.

Click here to learn more about Linda Kass


Tickets: $18





Book coverOctober 20  @7pm
JCC College Avenue

My Son Wears Heels

Julie Tarney

When Julie Tarney’s 2-year-old told her “Inside my head I’m a girl,” she embarked on an unexpected parenting path. Tarney does an exceptional job of tracing the zigzagging line of Harry’s self-identity and recalling the inevitable questions asked along the way. Join us for a lively discussion of this timely topic.

Click here to learn more about Julie Tarney


Tickets: $8 JCC Members, $10 Non-Members, $5 Seniors






Introducing new books for every age

October 30
JCC College Avenue


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Challah Days

Tracy Genshaft, Illustrated by Carole Genshaft

Written for preschoolers by Tracy Genshaft and Illustrated by Carole Genshaft, this counting book and poem is about having challah on Shabbat and then using it all week long. Includes a wonderful family challah recipe!




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Rosanne Rosen

Rosanne Rosen, author and life coach, focuses on family and love relationships. Her new book offers practical solutions and advice to help parents who feel marginalized, disregarded or disrespected by their adult children.




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The First Book of Ore

Benny Zelcowicz

The Book of Ore introduces the readers to the imaginative and futuristic world of Mekh. Filled lots of action and very cool characters, the story takes its characters on a quest of adventure and self discovery. This middle grades book is written for readers aged 9-12 years old.




Book coverDecember 7  @2pm
Columbus Museum of Art

Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow

Laurie Wilson

Art historian and biographer Laurie Wilson discusses the remarkable life and art of one of the great sculptors of the twentieth century in a presentation that considers the key elements of Nevelson’s work, the major influences on her evolving style, and the challenges she faced to be taken seriously as a female artist. Presented in cooperation with the Friends of Jewish Art.




Tickets: $5 JCC Members, $20 Non-Members




Book coverFebruary 2  @7pm
JCC College Avenue

A Taste of Torah: Recipes, Divrei Torah and Stories to Enrich Every Shabbat

Aviv Harkov

Sponsored by the Columbus Chapter of Hadassah

Cook up quality time with your kids and celebrate Shabbat together as a family with gourmet recipes for your Shabbat table. Each recipe is followed by a dvar Torah for the older children and a bedtime story for the younger ones.

Click here to learn more about Aviv Harkov


Tickets: $12 JCC Members, $15 Non-Members, $10 Seniors
6pm Dinner, featuring some of the Author’s recipes: $15




Or Join Aviv Harkov earlier in the day…

February 2  @11am
Congregation Beth Tikvah




Book coverApril 27  @7pm
Congregation Beth Tikvah

The Bible Doesn’t Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman

Exploring what the Bible meant before it was misinterpreted over the past 2,000 years.

Acclaimed translator and biblical scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman walks the reader through dozens of mistranslations, misconceptions, and other misunderstandings about the Bible. In forty short, straightforward chapters, he covers morality, life-style, theology, and biblical imagery.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Joel M. Hoffman


Tickets: $8 JCC Members, $20 Non-Members, $5 Seniors



Book coverMarch 8  @12pm
JCC College Avenue, Room 218

J-Talks Lunch & Learn: Maman

Moris Niknam

The life story of an Iranian Jewish mother

Enjoy a light lunch and learn more about members of our community.


Tickets: $5, includes lunch



Book coverApril 5  @12pm
JCC College Avenue, Room 218

J-Talks Lunch & Learn: I Sang to Survive

Judith Schneiderman

One woman’s story of surviving the Holocaust through music, hope and human kindness

Enjoy a light lunch and learn more about members of our community.


Tickets: $5, includes lunch


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