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Sunday, October 13th  -  10 am

Bill Rabinowitz  -  Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, an Inspired Team, and a New Era at Ohio State

Buckeye Rebirth by Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch takes readers inside this historic season and the beginning of a new era at Ohio State. Readers are given an all-access pass, from Meyer’s “pink contract” with his family and the hiring of a top-notch coaching staff to the players’ grueling off-season workouts and spring practices. Readers will experience the stirring moment when the team came together before the Michigan State game and the locker room in Columbus after the Buckeyes beat Michigan. Rabinowitz also details Meyer’s early life and coaching career—providing a full picture of the man expected to lead the Buckeyes to new heights in years to come.

A sports writer at the Columbus Dispatch since 1999, Bill Rabinowitz has covered the Ohio State football beat since 2011. He previously covered the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals for 12 years. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Rabinowitz has earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Northwestern University. He has won numerous state and national awards, including the 2011 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists award for best sports writing.


Monday, October 14th  -  5:30 pm Dinner; 7 pm Event

Sponsored by Hadassah.  Dinner reservations required

B.A. Shapiro  -  The Art Forger 

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show at his renowned gallery.

But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing— the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

B. A. Shapiro lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University and sociology at Tufts University. She lives in Boston.


October 18th at 10 a.m.  -  Free!

It’s a Mitzvah, Grover – Preschool Mitzvah Day!

Singing, story time, mitzvah projects; join Marc Rossio and Beth Muncy, Columbus Public Librarian, for a fun filled morning. Listen to a reading of the book as Grover and his friends on Sesame Street spruce up the neighborhood playground. Even Moishe Oofnik comes out of his trash can to help, eating up all the trash, and separating the cans for recycling.

It’s a Mitzvah, Grover! and your children can bring it home the same day.


October 20th  -  11 am – Brunch included (RSVP Required)

Sponsored by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University

David Nirenberg  -  Anti Judaism

A powerful history that shows anti-Judaism to be a central way of thinking in the Western tradition.

This incisive history upends the complacency that confines anti-Judaism to the ideological extremes in the Western tradition. With deep learning and elegance, David Nirenberg shows how foundational anti-Judaism is to the history of the West.

Questions of how we are Jewish and, more critically, how and why we are not have been churning within the Western imagination throughout it’s’ history. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans; Christians and Muslims of every period; even the secularists of modernity have used Judaism in constructing their visions of the world.

David Nirenberg is the Jannotta Professor of History and Social Thought at the University of Chicago. An expert on relations between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, he is also a frequent contributor to the New Republic, The Nation, Dissent, and The London Review of Books, and appears occasionally on the History Channel and PBS.


October 22nd  –  7 pm at the JCC New Albany

4th Annual JCC Jewish Bookfair BOOKCLUB Night

Sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom

Francesca Segal  -  The Innocents

Funny, romantic, gently satiric and sharply observed, The Innocents is an irresistible novel of manners for the 21st century and heralds the arrival of a major new literary talent.

A dazzling contemporary recasting of Edith Wharton’s classic novel The Age of Innocence, Segal’s debut portrays modern-day Jewish life with both wit and empathy, guiding us effortlessly through a contemporary cultural milieu whose social rules, both spoken and unspoken, are just as claustrophobic as those of 19th-century New York.

Francesca was born in London in 1980. Brought up between the UK and America, she studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist and wrtier. Her work has appeared in Granta, Newsweek, the Guardian and the Financial Times and Vogue UK, and US amongst many others.  She has been a features writer at Tatler, and for three years wrote the Debut Fiction Column in the Observer. The Innocents won the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction in 2013, as well as the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.


October 24th  –  5:30 pm Dinner; 7 pm Event

Sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women and The Temple Israel Sisterhood

Dinner reservations required.

Nicki Bloch  -  Women of the Metro Ballet

Women of the Metro Ballet tells the story of four young women who are struggling to raise their children, form meaningful relations and run their often-hectic households.  Central to the story is a mother’s struggle to instill a Jewish identity in her young children, despite intermarriage and assimilation.  Written in the first person from five different perspectives, the book explores the complex relationships women have with their children, their husbands and themselves.

Nicki is an IT professional who spent many years studying dance.  She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, spent a decade living in New Orleans and now resides in Bexley, Ohio and is co-President of the Columbus Section of the National Council of Jewish Women.


October 27th  -  11 am – Free!

Bookapalooza 2013 – Local Author Day

A day filled with activities for the whole family!  Meet local authors and learn about their work; attend a poetry workshop led by Mim Chenfeld; listen to a PJ Library story.  For more information click here.


October 29th  -  7 pm

Sponsored by Jewish Family Services

Ed Farber  -  Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate

Conflicts inevitably arise from living in two households. You don’t have to like your ex, but, if you are going to co-parent successfully, you will still have to deal with your ex. Dr. Farber helps you navigate the upheaval with practical advice based on real-world families. His book shows you how to reduce conflict and protect your children’s well-being while co-parenting.

Dr. Farber, a clinical child psychologist who’s been in practice for 30+ years  writes compassionately and insightfully about the concrete, doable steps one can take to avoid letting differences with your ex get in the way of being the best mom or the best dad you can be.

Dr. Edward Farber is a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and Maryland. He is on the faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine and is the former chair of psychology at the Ohio State University Pediatrics Department and Columbus Children’s Hospital.

Recognizing the need for specialized services for families in transition or conflict, Dr. Farber founded Reston Family Center to provide pre-divorce counseling, custody evaluation, visitation mediation, and parent coordination interventions. Dr. Farber has published professionally, lectured nationally, and received multiple research grants, and has served on several national and local community boards.

Panel discussion to follow.


February 6, 2014  -  7 pm

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig  -  How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank

Sponsored by Hillel at The Ohio State University Wexner Jewish Student Center

THINK: Look gorgeous on any salary.

WHAT IT IS: Andrea Pomerantz Lustig distilled twenty years of industry experience into How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor’s Secrets To Getting Gorgeous Without Breaking the Bank to bridge the gap between what women want to look like and what they can afford. Since its debut, How to Look Expensive has become the must-have beauty encyclopedia for anyone looking to stage her own personal “celebrity makeover.”

This invaluable book makes high-end, A-list level beauty as attainable as it is aspirational Andrea covers hair, (your wearable status symbol), beautiful skin (the ultimate affordable extravagance), expensive looking makeup tips, plus personal grooming advice so you can look professionally primped every day, for less. Unlike generic beauty guides, How To Look Expensive gives readers specific product recommendations and actionable tricks to look enviably polished on a realistic income.

With wisdom from celebrity makeup artists, stylists, and dermatologists translated into relevant, wallet-friendly beauty regimes.

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig is known around the offices of Glamour as the “Beauty Sleuth,” thanks to the popular beauty column and articles she wrote for the magazine for h the last decade. She is cherished by readers for her original tips, ideas, and solutions. Prior to Glamour, she was editor in chief at and spent ten years as beauty and fitness director at Cosmopolitan.


April 24, 2014  -  7 pm

June Hersh  -  Recipes Remembered

In its heart it is a cookbook, in its soul it is a storybook…

Recipes Remembered is a remarkable collection of inspiring stories and authentic recipes as told to the author by more than 80 Holocaust survivors or their families. The book was written in association with the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and has remained a charitable project since its inception. The stories are uplifting and life-affirming, focus on hope, faith and “bashert”. The fully tested recipes are easy to follow, with both classic and unexpected dishes representing Jewish cuisine from the Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions.

June Hersh is a passionate home cook and twice published cookbook author.  She contributes content to many websites and food publications, conducts book talks, holds cooking demonstrations, and has been featured in many mainstream media outlets as well as morning TV and QVC.


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