There’s Something About this Place! and that includes the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival
The last few weeks have been a challenging and difficult time in Houston and especially in our Jewish community with so many individuals and institutions suffering significant damages that will take a long time to repair. There is a silver lining… as a community, we are resilient. We have strapped on our boots and resolved to rebuild - not only our homes and our beloved J, but our emotional well-being. One way forward is participating together in important community gatherings and events.
It just so happens that at the end of October, the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC hosts one of the biggest community events of the year, the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival. Yes, you read that right... it’s not just a “Fair” anymore. This multi-week event has evolved over the years to encompass so much more than just books. The Festival has grown into a world class showcase for theatre, music and film, in addition to top notch authors.
I invite you to join me and our outstandingly creative volunteers and tireless professional staff beginning Saturday, October 28 through Sunday, November 12 as we continue the tradition of high quality arts and culture programming at the J!
Get ready for an amazing array of authors who include Stephen Tobolowsky who will open the Festival discussing his new book My Adventures with God.
Other primetime highlights include Dorit Rabinyan, All the Rivers: A Novel on October 29; Stacy Middleman, Dear Cancer, Love Stacy on October 30; Stephane Gerson, Disaster Falls: A Family Story on October 31; Lou Cove, Man of the Year on November 2; Alexandra Zapruder, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film on November 5; Amy Kritzer, Sweet Noshings:New Twists on Traditional Jewish Desserts on November 7; Glenn Frankel, High Noon:The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic on November 9, and the Festival closes November 12 with successful songwriter Steve Dorff who will tell stories from his new book, I Wrote That One, Too... A Life in Songwriting from Willie to Whitney.
Our exciting line up includes a wide array of topics, new programs in new venues, including a docent-led tour of Jewish artists at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a children’s book reading by local celebrities at Levy Park, a food event tailored to Middle School students called Chopped: Matzo Wars, and a movie/author pairing for “High Noon.”
Looking forward to coming together to celebrate community at the J!
Chair of the 45th Annual Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival