2015-2016 Bookfair Event Schedule

Journeys to Jewish Identity: A Year Long Discussion About Who We are As Individuals and Communities



October 19th  @ 7 pm        

Linda Hirshman

Sisters In Law 
How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
The relationship between Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher’s daughter and Brook-lyn girl—transcends party, religion, region, and culture. Strengthened by each other’s presence, these groundbreaking judges, the first and second women to serve on the highest court in the land, have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women.

Sisters in Law combines legal detail with warm personal anecdotes, bringing these very different women into focus as never before. Meticulously researched and compellingly told, it is an authoritative account of our changing law and culture, and a moving story of a remarkable friendship.

Sponsored by:  OSU Hillel, NCJW, Charles and Betty Talis Endowment

Click here to learn more about Linda Hirshman.

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


October 21st @ 7 pm  - Book Club Night!

Pam Jenoff

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach
Young Adelia Monteforte begins the summer of 1941 aboard a crowded ship bound for America, utterly alone yet free of Fascist Italy. Whisked away to the seaside by her well-meaning aunt and uncle, she slowly begins to adapt to her new life. That summer, she basks in the noisy affection of the boisterous Irish-Catholic boys next door, and although she adores all four of the Connally brothers, it’s the eldest, Charlie, she pines for. But all hopes for a future together are throttled by the creep of war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home.

Visit  www.pamjenoff.com to learn more about the author.

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

pj-lib-logoOctober 25th @ 10-11:30 AM

PJ Library’s Sunday Funday

Stories, Crafts and Music with Angelo Dunlop

This is a FREE event for all preschool families!

Click here to learn more about PJ Library.


October 25th - Be a Mighty Girl! @ 4 PM

Tea for Two (or more)

Michelle Herman

A Girl’s Guide to Life 
A timeless book of warm and sensible advice for young girls, originally written by a mother for her own eight-year-old daughter. Designed for girls 7 – 11 years old, the author will also conduct a writing workshop to help develop self-expression.

Visit www.michelleherman.com to learn more about the author.

$5 JCC Members, $8 Non-Members; Children under 12 are Free.


November 18th @ 7 PM, Temple Beth Shalom

Mike Kelly

The Bus on Jaffa Road   
A story of Middle East terrorism and the search for justice.
After their children are killed in a terrorist bombing, three American families attempt to find out who was responsible.  After winning a judgment in a U.S. court, the families encountered an unforeseen enemy—their own government.

Visit www.mikekellywriter.com to learn more about the author.

Sponsored by:  The Spigner Fund in Memory of Andrew Ethan Stern

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



December 3rd – Be a Mighty Girl! Part 2 @ 7 pm, Bexley Public Library

Stacey Radin

Brave Girls 
An empowering guide to cultivating confident, passionate, and powerful young leaders during the most formative stage of life: the middle school years. Women who become successful leaders learn how to do so in the middle grades. Drawing on her own experience with Unleashed, an after-school program dedicated to empowering girls through puppy rescue, Radin has written Brave Girls­—the ultimate guidebook for parents and educators who want to learn how to help their girls become confident, passionate, and powerful leaders.

Click here to learn more about Stacey Radin’s Unleashed Program.

This event is FREE and open to the public!


January 24, 2016 @ 11 am – TO BE RESCHEDULED

Shulem Deen

All Who Go Do Not Return 
Shulem Deen was raised to believe that questions are dangerous. As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, he knows little about the outside world—only that it is to be shunned. Deen’s first transgression—turning on the radio—is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. Now a heretic, he fears being discovered and ostracized from the only world he knows. His relationship with his family at stake, he is forced into a life of deception, and begins a long struggle to hold on to those he loves most: his five children.

In Partnership with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University

Visit www.shulemdeen.com to learn more about the author.

Tickets: $10 JCC Members, $12 Non-Members and $8 Seniors – This event includes a light brunch.



February 4, 2016 @ 7 PM - Girls Night Out!

An Evening with Sally Fingerett

The Mental Yentl
After 25 years of touring in the highly acclaimed musical comedy troupe The Four B**chin’ Babes, Columbus’ own free spirited musician Sally Fingerett, is now an author!  In these forty+ hilarious and heartwarming tales, Sally documents the real-life stories behind her best loved songs, and offers us a view from the bridge between living life and creating art from it. As a working mother, step-mother, wife, and dutiful daughter, Sally celebrates her personal goofs and flaws while holding her contemporary Jewish, artistic and professional lives up to the light with love, humor and heart. She writes with honor of her endearing Medicated Matriarchs who handed down their love of family, big thighs, and wack-a-doodle DNA. (The rumors are true, she’ll be doing a song or two!!!)

Sponsored by Columbus Chapter of Hadassah 

Visit www.sallyfinerett.com to learn more about the author and musician.

Tickets: $7 Program Only, $20 – Dinner and Program



March 7, 2016 @ 11:30, JCC College Ave. AND @ 7 pm, JCC New Albany

Karen Gooen

Searching for Bubbe Fischer: The Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom
Part mah jongg manual/part memoir, “Searching for Bubbe Fischer” tells the story of a novice player’s quest for the ultimate mentor. Author Karen Gooen hoped that, by meeting the mythical Bubbe Fischer and learning all of her tricks, she might become a better mah jongg player, and ultimately a tournament champion. What she found along the way was far more enlightening than just how to play the game. The book includes lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players, as well as information on tournaments, etiquette and how to play a three-man game. Play along as the author guides you through her love of the game.

To learn more about the book and the author click here.

Tickets for the 11:30 Event:  $8 JCC Members, $10 Non-Members and $5 Seniors




Tickets for the 7:00 pm Event:  $8 JCC Members, $10 Non-Members and $5 Seniors




May 2, 2016 @ 7 pm, Beth Tikvah 

Lee Mandel

Unlikely Warrior
A Pacifist Rabbi’s Journey from the Pulpit to Iwo Jima
Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn , an outspoken social activist and pacifist, joins the Navy when the US enters World War II and becomes the first Jewish chaplain with the Marine Corps where his efforts to care for the wounded earned him three service ribbons.

Visit www.leemandelmd.com to learn more about the author.

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



Date and Time to Be Determined

Cantor Matt Axelrod

Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays 
Enjoy an evening of music and song along with Cantor Jack Chomsky as we learn more about the meaning and rituals of our Jewish holidays.

Axelrod’s book takes a humorous, light-hearted look at the 11 most important Jewish holidays. Instead of simply explaining that Jews are obligated to observe in a certain way because of a biblical text, Axelrod shows where each holiday, along with its rituals, came from in a historical context. He provides a humorous retelling of the biblical passages relating to the holiday, explorations of rituals associated with each holiday, and descriptions of traditional foods.

Visit www.mattaxelrod.com to learn more about the author.

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



JBC logo

Our Membership in the Jewish Book Council allows us to bring in the authors with no speaking fee.

About the JCC

The JCC is a place that nurtures a passion for Jewish learning and living. Through its programs and services, the JCC provides an inviting Jewish Neighborhood and comfortable place to thrive. Hours: M-Th 5:30 am - 10 pm; Fri 5:30 am - 6 pm; Sat 1:30 - 6 pm; Sun 7 am - 7 pm

facebook LinkedIn twitter YouTubeInstagram

Get Our Newsletter



Enter characters to match the two fields: