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Reader's Choice - Adults

LSJCC, Start Date: 10/14/2014, End Date: 05/26/2015, Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Monthly facilitated Book Group meets on Tuesday nights. Ranging from fiction, memoir, nonfiction and more, participants choose the books that they will be reading. Special Skype sessions with authors will be planned. Join anytime. Call 617-558-6480. Please come to first session having read "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of The New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year. Cost: $10 per session; $60/All sessions JCC member cost: $8 per session; $50/All sessions Facilitated by Talya Sokoll, Master Library Science, MA, English Education

Beer and Books

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, January 15 (7:30pm)

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 Boston Globe NFL/Patriots writer Ben Volin, 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.

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Four Part Book Discussion Group

Renaissance Patriot Place Hotel, Tuesdays January 27 and February 3, 10, and 24, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teaching and values as a starting point, the discussion focuses on the issues that arise in families of Jewish or interfaith partnerships who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children. 

$30 per person for the series (includes light appetizers and dessert) Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and the first reading assignment upon registration.

This group will meet on Tuesdays, January 27, February 3, 10, 24 | 7:30-9pm.

For more informationa, contact south@jccgb.org or 781-795-0510.

PJ Library Book Swap with the JCC

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Sunday, February 1, 2015 (9:30-11am)

For families with children 0- 6 years
Bring your children and your PJ Library books for a chance to hear a story and trade books your children have loved and outgrown.  Decorate your own fabric book bag.

Everyone welcome.

For more information about this event or PJ Library, contact pjlibrary@jccgb.org or 617-558-6587.

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Three Part Book Discussion Group

Restaurant Olivio, Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion group based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teaching and values as a starting point, we will focus on the issues that arise in families built on Jewish or interfaith partnerships who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children.

Participants will receive complimentary copy of book and  first reading assignment upon registration. Includes light appetizers and dessert

Snow date: March 25, 2015

For more information, contact: ifhappenings@jccgb.org or 617-558-6414.

JCC Interfaith Connections: The Blessing of a Skinned Knee

A Four Part Book Discussion Group

Joe’s American Bar & Grill, Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015 (7:30-9pm)

For parents of children under the age of 8
Join other parents for a facilitated discussion group based on the popular book by Wendy Mogel, PhD. Using Jewish teachings and values, discussion will focus on issues that arise in Jewish or interfaith families who share goals of raising self-reliant, responsible and compassionate children. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the book and first reading assignment upon registration. Light appetizers and dessert included.

For more information, contact metrowest@jccgb.org or call 508-879-3300.

Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner - All Fall Down

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, March 19 (7:30pm)

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

FOURTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY READ

Randy Susan Meyers - Accidents of Marriage

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, April 9 (7:30pm)

For Madeline Illica, the love of her husband Ben is her blessing and curse. Brilliant and charming when he chooses to be, Ben turns into a raging bull when crossed—and despite her training as a social worker Maddy is never sure what will cross him. She kept a fragile peace until Ben’s temper gets the best of him and the consequences leave Maddy in the hospital, fighting for her life. Exploring emotional abuse, traumatic injury, and children lost in the shuffle of recovery with unblinking honesty, Accidents of Marriage is an account of life inside of a marriage and how the unexpected gift of clarity can make the difference between living in hell and salvation.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts.
 
Facilitated discussion prior to Meyers’ program on April 9
Tuesday, March 31 (7pm)
With Talya Sokoll
No cost. Registration required. Contact arts@jccgb.org or 617-558-6480.