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The Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Literary Series is a series of literary events featuring an eclectic lineup of notable authors. Programs include panel discussions, readings and workshops by some of the best voices in Jewish literature—with time for Q&A.

Upcoming Programs

All events held at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street, Newton) unless otherwise noted.

Mitchell Zuckoff - 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi

In conversation with Charles Sennott, Executive Director and co-founder GlobalPost

  • Date

    Sunday, November 23 (11am)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $15; JCC member cost: $12 - Brunch included

Description

13 Hours presents, for the first time, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Their personal account sets the record straight on what happened during a night that has been shrouded in mystery and controversy.  Now optioned for a major motion picture.
 
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University, a New York Times bestselling author, and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Bravo's Andy Cohen - The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

In Conversation with Jonathan Soroff, Improper Bostonian

  • Date

    Thursday, December 4 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $18; JCC member cost: $15

Description

TV producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen talks about his newest book that is honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny.  Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. Nothing is off limits.

Q&A and book signing after the program.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Ripped from the Headlines

  • Date

    Tuesday, December 9 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $8; JCC member cost: $5

Description

Hank Phillippi Ryan - Truth Be Told
William Landay - Defending Jacob
Kate Flora - Death Dealer

The art of the crime novel. Three bestselling crime novelists talk about their newest books and give you an inside account of what it takes to write a suspenseful crime novel. Their books are full of suspense but we promise not to spoil any endings.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Beer and Books

  • Date

    Thursday, January 15 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $10; JCC member cost: $8

Description

Steve Almond - Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto

“…a brilliantly quotable, carefully constructed, emotionally vulnerable tract sure to anger as many as it convinces…” Booklist (starred review)
 
Steve Almond details why, after 40 years as a fan, he can no longer watch the game he still loves. Using a synthesis of memoir, reportage, and cultural critique, Almond steps back from the seductive din of the gridiron to ask a series of provocative questions.  He will be joined by a sports writer who will give an opposing argument.
 
After the talk, a craft beer tasting by Hopsters brewery and pub.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner - All Fall Down

  • Date

    Thursday, March 19 (7:30pm)

  • Location

    Leventhal-Sidman JCC

    333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

    Contact Phone Number: 617-965-5226

  • Age Groups

    Adult|Senior

  • Cost

    $22; JCC member cost: $20

Description

Jennifer Weiner, bestselling author of 11 books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes (made into a major motion picture), and The Next Best Thing, talks about her newest book All Fall Down, her writing process and her views on the publishing industry. 

Co-sponsored with Hadassah.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.


Special Reception with Jennifer Weiner (6pm)

Meet Jennifer in an intimate setting prior to her program at the JCC.  Includes light hors d’oeuvers, priority seating, and signed copy of her book.  Cost: $75

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