JCC ROCKLAND’S 2020-2021 FESTIVAL OF
ARTS, BOOKS & CULTURE
IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

16TH ANNIVERSARY
Beginning September 23


     2020 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE       

WEDNESDAY, SEP 23 | 8PM

JODI PICOULT, The Book of Two Ways: A Novel

In Conversation with Judy Blume, New York Times Bestselling Author and Owner, Books & Books, Key West

Tickets: $36 includes one copy of The Book of Two Ways Includes shipping.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. Thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw 15 years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
Dawn survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

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WEDNESDAY, SEP 30 | 8PM

DEEPAK CHOPRA, Total Meditation: Practices In Living the Awakened Life

With guest host Nadia Bilchik, CNN Editorial Producer
Tickets: $31 includes one signed copy of book (includes shipping)

Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.”

For the last thirty years, Deepak Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution in the West. His new book Total Meditation offers a complete exploration and reinterpretation of the physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual benefits that this practice can bring.

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FOUR THURSDAYS, OCT 1-22 | 4PM

EXPLORING OPERA: ARIA READY?

Join opera appreciation instructor James Sokol & vocal coach Ron Valentino for a unique journey through opera history via the exploration of arias. Each live, online session focuses on different periods of opera history, from the Baroque & Classical through the Romantic & Bel Canto to the Verismo & Modern.

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MONDAY, OCT 5 | 8PM

Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg, The College Conversation: A Practical Companion for Parents to Guide Their Children Along the Path to Higher Education

Tickets: $6 one event ticket
$36 one event ticket and one copy of book (includes shipping)

From an Ivy League dean and a college admissions expert, a guide to help parents support their children as they navigate their way to college.

The College Conversation is a comprehensive resource for mapping the path through the college application process that provides practical advice and reassurance to keep both anxious parents and confused children sane and grounded. Rather than adding to the existing canon of “How to Get In” college guides or rankings, Eric Furda and Jacques Steinberg provide a step-by-step approach to having the tough conversations on this topic with less stress and more success

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TUESDAY, OCT 6 | 8PM

Casey Cep, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Tickets: $11
$24 for one event ticket and paperback copy of book (includes shipping)

One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019, a New York Times bestseller and named one of the best books of 2019 by Time, Glamour, O Magazine, Town and Country and more, Casey Cep brings to life a courtroom drama, a true-crime thriller and a miniature biography of Harper Lee. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim.

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TUESDAY, OCT 13 | 6:30PM

BRAD MELTZER AND CHRISTOPHER ELIOPOULOS (ILLUSTRATOR), I AM ANNE FRANK & I AM BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

For children ages 5 – 8
In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist

Tickets: $6 or $23 for one virtual ticket and copy of either book (includes shipping) or $40 for one virtual ticket and copy of both books (includes shipping)

In a time when heroes are in high demand, Book Festival fan favorite Brad Meltzer returns with his talented illustrator, Christopher Eliopoulos, to present two new books in his “Ordinary People Change the World Series: I Am Anne Frank & I Am Benjamin Franklin. These books are the 21st and 22nd books in Brad’s and Christopher’s series of biographies for kids that focuses on the traits that made these ordinary heroes great–the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. Each book includes an excellent timeline and photos.

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THURSDAY, OCT 15 | 8PM

Steve Madden, The Cobbler: How I Disrupted an Industry, Fell from Grace, and Came Back Stronger Than Ever

In conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

Everyone knows Steve Madden’s name and his shoes, but few are familiar with his story. Over the past thirty years Steve Madden has taken his eponymous shoe company from the fledgling start-up he founded with a mere $1,100 to a global, multi-billion-dollar brand. But Madden’s mistakes, from his battle with addiction to the financial shortcuts that landed him in prison, are as important to his story as his most iconic shoes. In this raw, intimate, and ultimately inspiring book, Madden holds nothing back as he shares what it took to get here and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

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THURSDAY, OCT 22 | 8PM

Judy Gold, Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All In Trouble

In Conversation with Mara Davis, Local Media Personality

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $30 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

No one makes me laugh harder than Judy Gold. If I had to pick one comedian to write a book about free speech, it would be Judy.” – Amy Schumer

In Yes I Can Say That, comedy veteran Judy Gold argues that “no one has the right to tell comics what they can or cannot joke about…. Laughter is a unifier. It’s the best medicine…” For Gold, nothing is more insidious than enforcing silence and repressing jokes—the job of a comedian is to expose society’s demons, and confront them head-on, no prisoners allowed. In ten impassioned polemics, she frames comedy as a tool of empowerment, a way to reclaim hateful rhetoric and battle the democracy-crushing plight of censorship.

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MONDAY, OCT 26 | 7PM

In Defense of Elitism. Humorist Joel Stein with Comedian Karen Bergreen

Tickets:
$10 – Members
$12 – Non-members

Laugh with Joel Stein as he discusses his book In Defense of Elitism, a hilarious take on America’s political divide.
According to Joel, “This is a call to arms for the elite. Not an actual call to arms, since we don’t think people should have those, but metaphoric arms, which are the type of arms that will be useless against the populists’ arms, which are real arms. Which is why I’m not standing up to the populists in person, but here in print, where none of them will know about it.”

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WEDNESDAY, OCT 28 | 1PM

Let’s Talk About Our Transgender Family. Part I

Tickets:
FREE

The Rockland County Pride Center will lead an interactive informational session introducing terminology, answering questions, and helping participants be better allies to their Transgender family, neighbors, and community members.

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SUNDAY, NOV 1 | 6PM

Jill Ross Nadler

Tickets:
FREE – JCC Members
$12 – Non-Members

Join Emmy award-winner, Jill Ross Nadler, for a fun-filled, storytelling adventure. Jill is the co-founder of Page Turner Adventures, a touring theater company that combines circus and storytelling. She performs at theaters, schools, and libraries around the world, inspiring kids to collect, tell, and write stories.
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TUESDAY, NOV 10 | 7PM

Let’s Talk About Our Transgender Family. Part II

Tickets:
$10 – JCC Members
$12 – Non-Members

Join authors Mimi Lemay and Jo Ivester (who both wrote books about their Transgender children) and a representative from the Rockland County Pride Center for a panel discussion about the challenges and joys that Transgender people experience. We will focus on how to be a better ally and supporter whether you know someone who is Transgender or not.
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SUNDAY, NOV 8 | 8PM

Joan Lunden, Why Did I Come Into This Room? A Candid Conversation About Aging

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist
Tickets: $11 for one event ticket or $36 for one event ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)
A funny “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for the aging woman, acclaimed journalist and Baby Boomer Joan Lunden delves into various phases of aging in her most candid and revealing book yet. Lunden takes the dull and depressing out of aging, replacing it with wit and humor. Whether you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or more, this book is full of helpful information.
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SUNDAY, NOV 22 | 1PM

Melissa Clark, Kid in the Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Tips for Young Home Cooks

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Journalist

Tickets: Free for one virtual ticket or $30 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

Melissa Clark, the New York Times food columnist and beloved home cooking authority, spins 100 all-new recipes for a robust new audience of home chefs: kids ages 8-14!
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Festival of Arts, Book & Culture

ABC calendar

Oct 01

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?

October 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Oct 05
Oct 08

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?

October 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Oct 15

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?

October 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Oct 15

Steve Madden, The Cobbler

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Oct 22

Exploring Opera: Aria Ready?

October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Oct 22

Judy Gold, Yes, I Can Say That

October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Oct 26

Joel Stein: In Defense of Elitism

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Oct 28

Let’s Talk About Our Transgender Family. Part I

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Nov 01

Jill Ross Nadler

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EST
Nov 07

Let’s Talk About Our Transgender Family. Part II

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Nov 08

Joan Lunden: Why Did I Come Into This Room?

November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Nov 22

Melissa Clark: Kid in the Kitchen

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Dec 06

The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia

December 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Jan 10

The Watergate Girl

January 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Jan 14

Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art

January 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
Feb 11

The Lives of Isaac Stern

February 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
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