2010 Program

Joan Nathan

Quiche, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France

What is Jewish cooking in France?

In her search to unearth the secrets of this hidden cuisine, Joan Nathan takes us into kitchens in Paris, Alsace, and the Loire Valley and to the bustling Belleville market of Little Tunis in Paris.

This extraordinary book shares the fruits of Nathan’s quest; a treasure trove of delectable kosher recipes and the often moving stories behind them, interlaced with the tumultuous two-thousand-year history of the Jewish presence in France. Traditional dishes are honored, yet many have acquired a French finesse and reflect regional differences. You will enjoy a delicious taste of Sephardic influence on French cooking.


• Sponsored by the Women’s Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo


Surplus, gently used & new books, DVD’s… Plus the film Two Brothers

DVD Deals, Gifts & Gadgets (surplus, gently used and new)

• Film sponsored by the 26th Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival Committee (www.bijff.com)

Joel Chasnoff

The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah

Stand-up comedian and writer with stage and screen credits in eight countries!

A hilarious hour of laugh-out-loud comedy with a book presentation to follow!

What’s a nice American Jew doing in a place like this? So asks Joel Chasnoff – Ivy League-educated, suburban-born, stand-up comedian – as he sweats, grunts, and rolls his eyes through a military tour in the Israel Defense Forces. This unusual, humorous, touching, tough and insightful book boasts a cast of characters rarely seen outside the realm of fiction. A portion of all proceeds from Joel’s comedy performances and book sales are donated to his foundation, Project Elijah, which distributes money to organizations promoting humanitarian causes.


• Program and reception co-sponsored by People of the Book and the
Legacies Book of Life Program of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies


Rodger Kamenetz

Burnt Books: Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav & Franz Kafka

Author of The Jew in the Lotus and 8 other books of poetry and prose

Kamenetz reveals uncanny similarities in the inner lives of these two troubled and beloved figures.

A groundbreaking dual biography of Hasidic storyteller Rabbi Nachman and modern master Franz Kafka. The book reveals surprising parallels between the two authors. They had tragically abbreviated lives spent in search of spiritual meaning in an illogical, unjust world. Both gained prominence with the posthumous publication of their writings and both left strict instructions that their unpublished writings were to be burned after they died.


Follow this link to see book trailer: http://bit.ly/crvftq

• Program and reception sponsored by the Tanya Ganson Memorial Lecture Fund
• The Jewish Liberal Arts Club supports the memory of Tanya Ganson, past club president
and exemplary book reviewer

Global Day of Jewish Learning program

Honoring Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Join Jews from around the world as we learn together about our environment, love, Tzedakah and prayer… based on the teachings of a single volume of Talmud, tractate Ta’anit.

Explore and celebrate our shared culture, texts and history together with Jews from around the world! Inspired by the historic achievements of world renowned Jewish Scholar, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.

On this day he will complete a monumental Talmud translation and commentary, a work that has taken 45 years and 45 volumes to complete! Please visit www.1people1day.org to learn more about Rabbi Steinsaltz and about this global event.

Program Schedule: Presenters:
12:00-12:45 pm Kosher bagels & coffee for purchase Cantor Sharon Colbert Rabbi Heschel Greenberg
12:45-1:30 pm Welcome & Introduction Jill Ginsburg Rabbi Shay Mintz
1:30-2:20 pm First Period: The Environment Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld
2:30-3:30 pm Second Period: Love, Tzedakah, Prayer Rabbi Perry Netter Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum
3:30-4:00 pm Siyyum DVD & Closing Remarks Rabbi Drorah Setel Evie Weinstein
1:00-4:00 pm Special for teens – A hands on environmental program


FREE of Charge and Open to the Community • Babysitting Available
• RSVP to Mindy Ponivas: 923-0020 or mindy@bjebuffalo.org
• Sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo in cooperation with:
Hillel of Buffalo, Jewish Discovery Center, Kadimah School of Buffalo, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth El of Niagara Falls, Temple Beth Tzedek, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Sinai, Co-chairs – Sandy Saada & Evie Weinstein

Moshe Ben Abraham


Well known pianist, vocalist, guitarist and teacher in Havana, Cuba, Jamaica, Florida, Texas, Toronto…and now in Buffalo.

A program for all to enjoy.

Moshe Ben Abraham’s repertoire encompasses a broad range of styles and genres including classical, folk, jazz, and Latin to name just a few. For this program he will focus on Yiddish, Israeli and Ladino music.

$10, students $5
• Sponsored by the JCC Adult Department

Yoel Sharabi

Family Concert

Master of Modern Israeli, Classic Yemenite, and popular Chassidic melodies.

Bring your dancing shoes!

Yoel Sharabi, a native Sabra, delivers his songs in a variety of languages and styles. Along with his singing, Yoel is a skilled guitarist and dumbek musician. Yoel captivates audiences with his simultaneous playing of two flutes in perfect harmony. His musicianship and charisma promise a concert to remember.


$10, students $5, $40 family (parents and their children)
• Sponsored by the Fred H. Sales Music Fund
• Co-sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Rabbi Avrohom Meir & Chaya Shuman and the Bokobza family.

Additional donations from Rabbi and Mrs. Pinny Young, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gellman

Judith Viorst

Unexpectedly Eighty: and Other Adaptations & Lulu and the Brontosaurus

Millions have read Viorst’s award-winning poetry, nonfiction, and children’s books.

Good-to-know (although not necessarily mastered) life lessons.

Topic: Life Lessons from Under Eight Till Almost Eighty. The incomparable Judith Viorst shares life lessons from almost eight to about eighty with the publication of two new books.
Unexpectedly Eighty is the latest in her bestselling “decades” series where she describes the wonder of seeing the world with new eyes-not because of revelations, but because of a successful cataract operation! Lulu and the Brontosaurus with illustrations by Lane Smith is her new children’s book about a particularly feisty 8-year-old who wants a particularly large new pet for her birthday. Judith draws on her earlier writings, along with her newest, to share her views about growing and changing and standing on our own; about love and connection and friendship and guilt and control; about marriage, parenting, happiness, aging and death.


(This talk is for an adult audience. Viorst’s children’s books will be available for purchase)
• Sponsored by The Samuel and Sophie Weinstein Memorial Lecture Fund
• Co-sponsored by Buffalo Hadassah, and area Temple Sisterhood

Jake Ehrenreich

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: The Curious Reflections of a First-Generation American

Musician, actor, playwright, author, singer, comedian star in the stage show “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn.

Variety show entertainment.

Jake Ehrenreich’s program will include stories and anecdotes with Yiddish songs, comedy routines and dialogues from the show “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn.” It will be an evening to be remembered!
The book is a series of essays where Jake recounts memorable incidents from his childhood and his search for identity as an American born child of Holocaust survivors. It is a powerful tribute to the immigrant experience and to our common human experience as well.


FREE, no ticket necessary
• Program is sponsored by the Shuman Family Foundation
• Reception is provided by Hillel of Buffalo and the Rubin & Luba Literman Fund
of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Daniel Kotzin

Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Nonconformist

Assistant Professor in Social Science at Medaille College. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including Israel Studies.

“To read this biography is to see Magnes in a new light: as a man ahead of his time whose life and ideals can inspire Jews in our time.” – Jonathan D. Sarna. Judah L. Magnes (1877-1948) was an American Reform Rabbi, Jewish community leader, and active pacifist during World War I. Immersed in American Jewish life, Zionism and Jewish life in Mandatory Palestine, Magnes rebelled against the dominant strains of all three. His tireless efforts ensured that Jewish public life was vibrant and diverse and not controlled by any one faction within Jewry. His unique conception of Zionism influenced both the development of the Hebrew University and Zionist policy.


• Program sponsored by Medaille College • Reception sponsored by Ted & Lynn Kotzin

Judith Shulevitz

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time

Literary critic and a former columnist for The New York Times and Slate.

“Not merely riveting, wise, and at times breathtakingly beautiful – it just might change your life.” – Jonathan Safran Foer.

A Blackberry free day, a religious observance, a day spent with family, a 40 hour work week-what exactly does the Sabbath mean today?

Judith Shulevitz weaves together histories of the Jewish and Christian Sabbaths, speculations on the nature of time, and an account of her personal struggle with the day. Part history, part meditation, The Sabbath World explores the Sabbath as religious institution, legal concept for regulating time, cultural institution and political policy while invoking a wealth of nonreligious sources from William Wordsworth to Sigmund Freud.


• Program sponsored by The Samuel and Sophie Weinstein Memorial Lecture Fund
• Reception sponsored by Temple Sinai


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