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November is Jewish Book Month!

10 Authors Headline ‘Literatour’

By Stacey Dresner

SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Jewish Community Center will celebrate Jewish Book Month with “Literatour,” the Jewish Book Festival, from Nov. 7 through Dec. 4.
This year Literatour features appearances by 10 authors and book signings after each event. The authors include two with local connections – Northampton resident Elaine Wolf and Harry Getzov who was raised in Springfield and attended Temple Beth El.
The author events will take place at the Springfield JCC as well as Sinai Temple, Temple Beth El, Jewish Family Service at the JCC and the Longmeadow Library. A book store selling children’s books and the newest from the Jewish book world with a special section dedicated to Jewish and Kosher cooking will be located off the lobby at the Springfield JCC Neal Webber building.
For more information about “Literatour,” call (413) 739-4715.

Look Whose Coming to Literatour
Thursday, Nov., 7 p.m.
Andrew Goldstein, author of “The Bookie’s Son”
A 12-year-old boy living in Brooklyn during the 1960s is forced to take over his father’s bookie business, while his mother is embezzling funds from a famous client (Elizabeth Taylor).
Location: Springfield JCC
Cost: JCC Members – Free; General Public – $5

Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. Books & Bagels
Laurie Jacobs, “Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie”
Grandma Tillie makes everything special in her silly extraordinary way. We will serve bagels and you can participate in a craft project.
Location: Springfield JCC
Cost: JCC Members and JCC Preschool Families – Free; General Public – $5 per Family
RSVP: Deb Cohen by Nov. 7th, (413) 739-4715 x311

Monday, Nov. 12, noon luncheon
Rachelle Bergstein, “Women From the Ankle Down: The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us”
This fashion aficionado explores the history and culture of shoes and those who love them from Italy to Hollywood and Manhattan.
Location: Springfield JCC
Cost: JCC Members – $18; General Public – $23; (includes lunch)
RSVP: By Nov. 7th, (413) 739-4715
Shoe donations accepted for Dress For Success.

Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Matti Friedman, “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible”
An investigation of the greed, state cover-ups and formation of a national identity involved in the Aleppo Codex. Friedman answers questions about how the bible could go from Syria to Jerusalem and why 200 pages are missing.
Location: Sinai Temple
Sponsor: Sinai Temple, through a gift in memory of Ruth Webber and the Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts
Cost: JCC and Sinai Temple Members – Free; General Public – $5

Wednesday, Nov. 14, noon
Harry J. Getzov, “gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversation”
Explores aging as an exciting part of life where  people tell stories as they age. Retired Cantor Shames is featured in the book.
Sponsor & Location: Temple Beth El
Cost: JCC and Temple Beth El Members; General Public – $5
Bring a dairy lunch

Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Karen Bergreen & Dan Zevin, “Perfect is Overrated” & “Dan Gets A Minivan: Life at the Intersection of Dude and Dad”
Join us for a wine reception & fun night out! A night of comedy with two funny and slightly twisted comedians! Bergreen’s main character, Kate, is a needy mom with a gorgeous ex-husband and Zevin is the least hip citizen of Brooklyn with a minivan.
Location: Springfield JCC
Sponsor: Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts
Cost: JCC and YAD Members – $8; General Public – $10; (includes 2 drink tickets)

Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
Zoe Fishman, “Saving Ruth”
A mother/daughter book club event, join us for an author presentation and panel discussion. Struggling with self-esteem, a Jewish teen
is forced to confront her issues when tragedy strikes at her life-guarding job.
Location: Storrs Library, Longmeadow
Cost: Free (Recommended for ages 15 and up) Books available in advance at the JCC.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m.
Itzhak Brook, “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War”
Personal account of the author’s experience in the Yom Kippur war as a battalion physician, where he must address psychological trauma as well as physical wounds.
Location: Springfield JCC
Sponsor: Maimonides Medical Club and the Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts
Cost: JCC and Maimonides Members – Free; General Public – $5

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. {Camp: A Novel}
Elaine Wolf
A girl in search of her mother’s love is sent to Camp Takawanda where she deals with bullying and hazing and learns secrets about her mother’s past. A Northampton resident, Wolf is often called “The Anti-Bullying Novelist.”
Location: Jewish Family Service at the Springfield JCC
Sponsor: Jewish Family Service & Change in Action
Cost: Free

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