JCC Author & Speaker Series

Past authors from the JCC Author & Speaker Series.

The JCC has hosted a wide range of authors and speakers, including Evan Handler, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Carol Leifer, Kinky Friedman, Cokie & Steve Roberts, David Javerbaum, David E. Kaufman, Andrea Lustig Pomerantz, and Professor Chad Spigel, among many others. These year-round author and speaker series events serve to educate, enlighten, and enrich all who attend.


Joanne Rocklin - I Say Shehechiyanu | Sun., March 20 | 1pm
Follow a little girl and her baby brother throughout the year as she says “Shehechiyanu”, the beautiful blessing for expressing thanks when something takes place for the first time, or when it happens again after a long time. I Say Shehechiyanu, written by Joanne Rocklin and illustrated by Monika Filipina, is a beautiful picture book suitable for all Jewish festivities, celebrations, and the proud “first times” of childhood.

Join us for a reading with the author, a book signing, and interactive activities for children of all ages. Books available for purchase at the event. Reserve your space online, or call 210-302-6820. This event is FREE and open to the community.

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Leslie A. Kimmelman - Everybody Says Shalom | Sun., May 1 | 1pm
A spirited picture-book tour of Israel takes readers to the Old City of Jerusalem and modern Tel Aviv, the desert and the sea, Roman ruins, the Biblical Zoo, a kibbutz, and much more. Lively, rhyming text and vibrant, colorful illustrations offer young readers a trip through this old-new land of many contrasts, cultures, and customs. Readers can also look for a mischievous gecko that plays hide-and-seek in the scenes. The end pages include interesting historical information and other facts about the places visited.

This author event is great for families. Check back soon for more information.

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