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Monday, October 18, 7:30 pm
Charles Lichtman, The Sword of David

at the Levis JCC Sandler Center
A high-action thriller set principally in Jerusalem. Chaim Klein, a fearless former IDF officer and now archeologist at the Wall is sent on an epic quest to find the Ten Commandments, after stumbling across the Ark of the Covenant inside the Temple Mount. On his journey to Ethiopia, London, Paris, and Rome, Klein becomes armed with the mystical sword of King David, while also working to stop a simultaneous orchestrated terrorist attack intended to obliterate Israel and major Western cities across the globe.

Chuck Lichtman has practiced complex business litigation for forty years. His first novel, The Last Inauguration featured the terrorist, Carlos the Jackal, who granted Lichtman his first ever interview. He lives in Florida and is active in the Jewish Federation, and serves on the national board of Secure Com-munity Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America.

$18, Gold and Gold Plus Members: $12, Platinum Members: Free


Wednesday, October 20, 12:30 pm
David Grossman, More Than I Love My Life

via Zoom
Join Jewish Book Council and internationally best-selling author David Grossman in a conversation about love, trauma, and healing. This is the story of three generations of women on an unlikely journey to a Croatian island and a secret that needs to be told. Grossman is a Booker Prize winner, Sapir Prize winner, and two-time National Jewish Book Award winner.

David Gross­man was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numer­ous works of fic­tion, non­fic­tion, and chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. His writ­ing has appeared in The New York­er and has been trans­lat­ed into more than forty lan­guages. He is the recip­i­ent of many prizes, includ­ing the French Cheva­lier de l’Or­dre des Arts et des Let­tres, the Bux­te­hud­er Bulle in Ger­many, Rome’s Pre­mio per la Pace e l’Azione Uman­i­taria, the Pre­mio Ischia Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal­ism Award, Israel’s EMET Prize, the Man Book­er Inter­na­tion­al Prize, and the Alba­tross Prize giv­en by the Gün­ter Grass Foun­da­tion. He lives in Jerusalem.

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Tuesday, January 25, 3:00 pm
Lisa Scottoline, Eternal

via Zoom
The culmination of a lifetime of #1 bestseller, Lisa Scottoline’s work. She has been researching the Holocaust since her undergraduate days when she took an intimate year-long seminar at the University of Pennsylvania led by Philip Roth called “The Literature of the Holocaust.” She was inspired to write about Fascism and the Holocaust in Italy someday especially as the Italian Holocaust remains untold in popular fiction.

Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels. She has thirty million copies of her books in print in the United States and has been published in thirty-five countries.

Free for all virtual members, $10 for non-virtual members


Tuesday, February 1, 3:00 pm
Ronit Plank, When She Comes Back; A Memoir

via Zoom
When She Comes Back
, her memoir about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is Ronit Plank’s first book. Ronit was six years old when her mother left her and her four-year-old sister for India to follow a guru. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, whose commune was responsible for the largest biological attack on U.S. soil, preached that children were hindrances and encouraged sterilizations among his followers. When She Comes Back is the story of a family trying to find itself, grownups who don’t know how to be adults, and what happens when the person your life revolves around can’t stay. It’s also a story of resilience and reconciliation, how rejection by the most important person in Ronit’s life ultimately led to an unflagging commitment to, and love for her own children.

Ronit Plank is a writer, teacher, and podcaster with work in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Lilith, The Iowa Review, and American Literary Review among others. She is the host & producer of the award-winning podcast And Then Everything Changed featuring interviews with survivors, authors, thought leaders, and people in recovery about pivotal moments in their lives & decisions that have defined them. Her short story collection, Home Is A Made-Up Place won Hidden River Arts’ 2020 Eludia Award and will be published in 2022.

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