The JCC’s annual Jewish Book Fair & Author Series is one of central Ohio’s largest and most popular literary events, featuring nationally recognized author appearances and book signings. JCC Jewish Bookfair and Author Series presents a series of conversations exploring Jewish books and literature. Author events are scheduled during both daytime and evening hours, with tickets open to all community residents. Unable to attend our Bookfair?  You can still support us by purchasing a book using the links below for each individual author and book.

JANUARY 28, 2020 | 12PM

Naomi Nachman: Perfect Flavors

Nationally known cookbook author Naomi Nachman shares her creative kosher cooking in a luncheon cooking class.  Come sample traditional kosher foods with a modern twist with the Aussie Gourmet.

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March 5, 2020 | 12PM

Angela Himsel’s A River Could Be a Tree: A Memoir

Angela Himsel’s memoir, A River Could be A Tree explores, with warmth, humor and insight, the question “How does a woman who grew up in rural Indiana as a fundamentalist Christian end up a practicing Jew in New York City?” Told with a multitude of religious and philosophical views, A River Could Be A Tree, traces a seemingly impossible journey of faith, family, and friendship.

Presented in Partnership with Columbus Chapter of Hadassah

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APRIL 23, 2020 | 7PM

Dennis Ross: Be Strong and of Good Courage

Dennis Ross is an American diplomat and author having served under 3 presidents.  He examines how modern Israel’s founding fathers provided some of the most principled leadership of any nation.  Now Israel’s destiny is more uncertain than ever and its essential character is in jeopardy.  

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Presented in Partnership with Congregation Beth Tikvah and OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies

OCTOBER 17 | 7PM   

Allan Wexler: Ruts, Rites, and Rituals. The Absurd Thinking: Between Art and Design  

New York artist/architect Allan Wexler (born 1949) discusses his work that uses architecture, sculpture, photography, painting and drawing to explore relationships between human beings and the built and natural environments. The Museum’s Gardening Sukkahis on view in the upper level of the Walter Wing,

This program is presented by Columbus Museum of Art Friends of Jewish Art, the Melton Center for Jewish Studies at OSU, the JCC Jewish Book and Author Series and is made possible in part through the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation, A JewishColumbus Partner

Free with admission; reservations requested

OCTOBER 27  | 3-7PM                                                  

Ted Merwin: Pastrami on Rye

 3:00 | Make Your Own Deli Sandwich (children’s program)                          
5:30 | Deli Dinner
7:00 PM | Ted Merwin

The deli was a place where they could eat with their hands, talk with their mouths full, fill their bel­lies, and enjoy the plea­sure of each other’s com­pa­ny in a rau­cous and con­vivial set­ting.” Why did del­i­catessens go from favored food to occa­sion­al indul­gence in bare­ly three gen­er­a­tions? Ted Merwin provides much food for thought in his history of the Jewish delicatessen

Presented in partnership with the Columbus Jewish Historical Society


Pamela S. Nadell: America’s Jewish Women

What does it mean to be a Jewish woman in America?  Pamela Nadell’s research uncovered two threads binding the nation’s Jewish women: a strong sense of self and a resolute commitment to making the world a better place.


Rachel Simmons: Enough As She Is

Author Rachel Simmons’ book gives adults the tools to help girls reject “supergirl” pressure, overcome a toxic stress culture, and become resilient adults with healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.

Presented in Partnership with JewishColumbus

For more information regarding books, programs, sponsorships or volunteering please contact Bookfair Coordinator Cheryl Dritz at or (614) 559-6238. Visit our Facebook Page for updates throughout the year.


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