2011 Program

Marc Agronin:

How We Age: A Doctor’s Journey into the Heart of Growing Old

“A successful explication of how aging

equals vitality, wisdom, creativity, spirit and ultimately, hope.” – Kirkus Reviews

How We Age:

A Doctor’s Journey into

the Heart of Growing Old

His beat is a nursing home in Miami that some would dismiss as “God’s waiting Room.” Nothing in young Dr. Agronin’s medical training prepared him for what he was to discover…the true scales of aging aren’t one-sided. You can’t list the problems without also tallying the hopes and promises.

Agronin’s book conjures a spellbinding look at what aging means today: how our bodies and brains change over time, and how the very way we understand aging is contantly changing.

Marc E. Agronin, MD is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Medical School.

He serves as a psychiatrist at the Miami Jewish Health Systems.

• Sponsored by the Tanya Ganson Memorial Lecture Fund • Co-sponsored by the Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County New York, Maimonides Medical Society of WNY, and The Jewish Liberal Arts Club

Amos Oz at Kleinhans

(A Babel Series event, supported by the Jewish Community Book Fair. Please visit www.justbuffalo.org)


Be sure to attend the celebration of the JCC’s first gourmet kosher dinner (BVK) catered by our Myers Family Tel Aviv Café Tuesday, November 1 5:30 pm – hors d’oeuvres 6:00 pm – dinner served Venue: JCC Benderson In Concert :“Son of a Cantor Man” Robbie Hausmann – cello Alfred Frenning – piano Amrom Chodos – clarinet Cantor Irwin Gelman – vocals 8:00 pm – following dinner Venue: JCC Benderson Featuring the music of Jewish composers whose fathers were Cantors…who nu? Yiddishkeit at its very best. The concert is FREE to the community with or without the dinner Tickets are necessary as seating is limited. Please request only what you will use (4 ticket limit per order). • Concert sponsored by the Shuman Family Foundation


2nd Annual Global Day of Jewish Learning

Topic: The Shema. Keynote speaker Rabbi Barry Schwartz (former Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Amherst, NY)


A Global Day program was presented last season to coincide with the completion

of Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz’s translation and commentary on the Talmud. Jews from over 400 communities in 48 countries participated in over 600 events on the same day. The program was such a success that it’s happening again, with a new theme…the unity of the Jewish people through the words of the Shema!

Keynote talk: People of the E-Book, by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz.

Rabbi Schwartz, former Rabbi at Temple Sinai, is returning to Buffalo to take part in Global Day and to celebrate Temple Sinai’s 60th Anniversary. Mazel Tov!

Rabbi Schwartz is currently Director of the Jewish Publication Society in Philadelphia and Rabbi of Congregation Adas Emuno in Leonia, NJ.

Following the keynote talk will be a choice of workshops led by: Rabbi Heschel Greenberg, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Rabbi Perry Netter, Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum and Cantor Sharon Colbert.

FREE and open to the community (tickets necessary as seating for keynote speaker is limited) • Sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo in cooperation with local Synagogues and Jewish organizations Co-chairs – Jill Ginsburg (BJE) and Sandy Saada (JCC) For more information contact Jill at 923-0020, jill@bjebuffalo.org or Sandy at 688-4114, ext. 337, ssaada@jccbuffalo.org General Global Day information at www.1people1day.org

Priscilla Warner

Learning to Breathe (and The Faith Club)


“When I finished Priscilla’s book, a smile washed over my face and I let out a sigh. I promise you will do the same.” – Meredith Vieira Learning To Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

A Penn graduate, an accomplished art director, and co-author of the New York Times best seller, The Faith Club. She was happily married and the mother of two grown sons. But for forty years, she’d suffered from debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. When she read about Tibetan monks who had meditated so effectively that they were able to change their brains, Warner wanted in! Written with lively wit and humor, Learning To Breathe chronicles Warner’s mission to rewire her brain and her body in search of her own “inner monk.” Priscilla Warner has appeared on the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN and NPR. She writes for More Magazine and The Huffington Post. • Introduction from The Faith Club of Buffalo • Co-sponsored by area Temple Sisterhoods and others (as listed on www.jccbookfair.com) and The Faith Club of Buffalo

Alan Dowty Lectures about the Middle East

Presented by UB’s Institute of Jewish Thought & Heritage Google Alan Dowty


A Three Part Lecture Series: A Short Course on the Middle East

“The Middle East Today”
“Ancient and Modern Israel”
“The Arab-Israel Arena”

Alan Dowty is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.
In 2003-2006 Professor Dowty was the first holder of the Kahanoff Chair in Israeli Studies at the University of Calgary, and in 2005-2007 he was President of the Association for Israel Studies. He has published widely and lectured in over 20 countries on the Arab-Israel conflict, Israeli politics, and U.S. foreign policy.

• These lectures are made possible by a generous grant by Dr. Ron Dozoretz • Sponsored by the Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage of the University at Buffalo

Lucette Lagnado

The Arrogant Years (and The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit)

Ordinary family experiences are spun into enchanting fairy tales, complete with magical backdrops, nasty villains and dashing heroes Books & Brunch (kosher BVK)

In 2007, Lucette Lagnado, prize winning writer for the Wall Street Journal, wrote her moving autobiography The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit where she brilliantly described the troubled lives of her Egyptian Jewish family, a painful story of a little known defunct community. The Arrogant Years, the second volume of her autobiography provides a marvelous snapshot of the tumultuous ‘60s and ‘70s and the destabilizing effects of rapid change on young women grappling to find a place in the New World order. Born in Cairo, Lucette Lagnado and her family were forced to flee Egypt as refugees when she was a small child, eventually coming to New York.

• Co-sponsored by People of the Book and Buffalo Hadassah

Kathy Kacer

Restitution & To Hope and Back

Award winning young readers author presents two new books for adults and students Restitution: A family’s fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis

Restitution: A family’s fight for their heritage lost in the Holocaust is the true story of four paintings and one family’s enduring spirit. A story of strength and determination, told in compelling detail.

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis is the true story of Lisa Avedon (now living in Toronto) and Sol Messinger (well known in Buffalo!) Lisa and Sol were young children when they boarded the St. Louis – a ship full of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi-controlled Germany in 1939. After the ship was denied refuge in Cuba, the story alternates between the innocent views of the children and the ship’s Captain, frustrated by his desperate efforts to find safe harbor for his passengers.

Kathy Kacer, a child of Holocaust survivors, travels around the world speaking to young people about the importance of understanding the Holocaust.

• Special guest: Dr. Sol Messinger

• Co-sponsored by People of the Book, The Rubin & Luba Literman Fund of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, Kadimah School of Buffalo and supported by area middle schools

Joan Leegant

Wherever You Go

A debut novel by a writer who brings “matter and spirit together…with unsuspected, unquantifiable meaning.” New York Times Book Review

Leegant’s novel follows three Americans in Jerusalem and shines a light on one of the most pressing issues in Israeli society today: Jewish extremists and their threat to the modern democratic state. This is a stunningly timely book for Jews worldwide. Joan Leegant, an award winning author, formerly worked as an attorney. She also taught fiction writing at Harvard University for eight years. Since 2007, she has lived half the year in Tel Aviv, where she is the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University and lectures for the U.S. State Department. • Sponsored by The Samuel and Sophie Weinstein Memorial Lecture Fund

The Twins From France, Circus Entertainment and Hanukkah celebration for the entire family 

Young or young at heart – This is a show you won’t want to miss! The Acrobatic Twins From France!

Never before has there been a more entertaining acrobatic team than the Chassidic Twins from France! Yaacov and Yisroel will have you sitting on the edge of your seat! Their comedic routine will enthrall you! Their acrobatics will amaze you!

Opening Concert: Jewish Fusion with Soul Klezmer, Ladino and Israeli music featuring local musicians: Alex Gordon (percussion & clarinet) Moshe Ben Abraham (vocals,keyboard & guitar) Marty Kerker (vocals, keyboard & guitar)


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