Upcoming Jewish Bookfair and Author Series



The 2017 JCC Jewish Bookfair, in its 54th year, has undergone a transformation, expanding from a few weeks of jam-packed excitement in the fall to hosting author events from October through April. With the style and content of the traditional Bookfair that has become a cherished program at the JCC with a 50+ year history at the JCC, the new expansion promises to bring broader topics, deeper discussion, and something for everyone.

The display of tables stacked high with books that lined the walls of the lobby has been turned into a sleek bookstore, stocked year-round with books by Jewish authors, ranging from local stories to international best sellers. Expanding outside the walls of the JCC, the author series is partnering with local synagogues and other local Jewish organizations to bring authors into the community. Plenty of programs are planned for the JCC location, including the opening lecture on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. with Columbus author Victor Levenstein on his book Thirteen Nasty Little Snakes which focuses on Levenstein’s involvement in a plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin in 1940s Russia.

Another highlight is the January 20 event in collaboration with Gallery Players, presenting An Evening with Alexandra Silber. Silber, often called “the fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre,” will discuss her book After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ as the audience enjoys her songs and stories.

On March 5, 2018, join Paula Shoyer and enjoy dinner while learning secrets of healthy eating. Shoyer will share recipes from her book The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, which is a collection of more than 60 Sephardic and Ashkenazy Jewish classic recipes.

Other authors featured this year are Stacy Middleman and her book Dear Cancer, love Stacy (October 26); Michael F. Roizen, MD and his book AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running out of Money or Breaking a Hip (October 30); Ron Balson and his book The Trust (November 1); Gail Saltz, M.D. discussing The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius (February 12); David G Dalin and his book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court (February 26); and Evan Moffic discussing The Happiness Prayer: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for the Best Way to Live Today (April 25).


For more details on any of the programs, or to purchase books or tickets, visit columbusjcc.org contact Cheryl Dritz at cdritz@columbusjcc.org or 614-559-6238.

The 2017 JCC Jewish Bookfair and Author Series is generously underwritten by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community Jewish Arts Fund of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.