Oliver Lapin Family Day

Sunday, Nov 6 | 9:30 AM-12:00 PM

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Barry Deutsch 
Pamela Mayer 
PJ Library 
Local Literati for Kids! 
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins 
Karen Rostoker-Gruber 

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All Nov 6 Family Day events are FREE and open to the public with the exception of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. 

 Barry Deutsch
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish

Hereville9:30 AM–10:00 AM | Ages 6–7
10:40 AM–11:10 AM | Workshop Ages 3–5
11:30 AM–12:00 PM | Ages 8–Tweens
(Tweens are invited to join!)
In the Hereville graphic novel series, spunky and strong willed Mirka Hirschberg , an 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, isn’t interested in knitting lessons from her step-mother or you-better-not warnings from her brother; she wants adventure! In the latest installment of the series, Mirka faces her greatest challenge yet: babysitting! Instead of adventures, she’s stuck babysitting her disapproving little sister. When Mirka pushes her sister into a stream, they encounter an angry magic fish. A delightful mix of fantasy, adventure, cultural traditions and preteen commotion, Hereville will captivate children and grown-ups alike.

11:30 AM
Barry's presentation is designed for ages 8–tween and includes a live caricature drawing segment and reading featuring kids playing parts along with general audience participation.
Barry will lead a discussion on how he became a cartoonist, where his ideas come from and his creative process.

12:15 PM | EXCLUSIVE for 6-8 Graders
Get the inside scoop at a “Lunch & Chat” with Barry. Experience a live drawing demonstration and learn how Barry brings his characters to life. RSVP to nbarancik@erjcchouston.org by Nov 2 to reserve your spot! Lunch provided.


 Pamela Mayer
Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup Chicken Soup9:30 AM–10:00 AM | Ages 8–9
11:30 AM–12:00 PM | Ages 4–5
Two grandmas. Two delicious recipes. One granddaughter caught in the middle! Sophie loves Bubbe's Jewish chicken soup made with kreplach. She also loves Nai Nai's Chinese chicken soup, with wonton. But don't tell Bubbe and Nai Nai that their soups are the same! Can Sophie bring her family together for a warm and tasty surprise? Pamela Mayer is a native Californian and works as a children’s librarian. Writing children’s stories is her favorite thing to do. Be sure to visit the bookstore for some Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup art projects.

PJ Library Event

9:30 AM-10:30 AM | Ages 2-5
Featuring an abbreviated age-appropriate theatre presentation of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins and special Hanukkah fun with author Karen Rostoker-Gruber and her puppet sidekick Maria! Hanukkah crafts included.

PJ Library  Jewish Federation of Greater Houston  Braun Enterprises

Local Literati for Kids!

10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Book signing in the bookstore! Local authors include: Lynn Abrams, Jonathan Aizenstat, Christina Mattison Ebert, Salvo Lavis and James Munn, Ellen Leventhal, Judith and Haskel Rosenthal, Randi Rubenstein, Marlene Rubin and William Clifford Heinze and Lauri Sack.


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins10:30 AM-11:15 AM | Live Theatre Performance | Ages 6-10
Beloved Houston actor, writer and director Steve Garfinkel has adapted the delightful Caldecott Medal winning children's book, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, for the stage. Follow the adventures of legendary Jewish trickster, Hershel of Ostropol, as he outsmarts a host of Hanukkah hating goblins, saving the holiday and becoming a hero to the town’s inhabitants. Traditional Hanukkah tunes accompany Hershel’s exploits in this new family-friendly play.

Individual Tickets: $8 Member | $12 Public per person
Families 5+: $6 Member | $9 Public per person
Paid ticket required for all children

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Supported by the Goldye M. and Samuel W. Spain Children's Performing Arts Fund

Braun Enterprises

Karen Rostoker-Gruber
Farmer Kobi’s Hanukkah Match

Farmer Kobi11:30 AM-12:00 PM | Ages 6–7
Join Farmer Kobi and his animals for a hilarious Hanukkah dinner. Kobi's animals know just how to play host, and give Polly, Kobi's Hanukkah guest, a gracious welcome. Polly isn't sure animals belong in a house! What will happen? Find out with laugh-out-loud pictures and puns sure to entertain all readers. Karen Rostoker-Gruber is an award-winning children’s book author, ventriloquist, and humorist who will introduce her puppet friend, Maria to Houston’s young audiences and share her experiences as an author with the older ones.


Oliver Lapin Family Day is endowed in loving memory of Oliver Lapin by his family. All events take place at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. 



Additional Children's Book Events

Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library Go to the Book Fair!

Surprise guest readers for each event

  • Tuesday, Nov 1 | 11:00 AM-11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, Nov 2 | 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
  • Thursday, Nov 3 | 3:45 PM-4:15 PM
  • Tuesday, Nov 8 | 11:00 AM-11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, Nov 9 | 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
  • Thursday, Nov 10 | 3:45 PM-4:15 PM

Shabbatify Book Fair Event

Saturday, Nov 5 | 3:30 PM–5:30 PM
For families with kids in K-5th grades
Join us for an afternoon of family fun! First, kids will participate in a Comic Book Workshop with Hereville author and artist Barry Deutsch, while parents discuss how to teach sexuality to their children with educator and social worker Meryl Cohen. Families will then come back together for campfire songs and Havdalah led by Jon Swann.

Free & open to the public. RSVP online. For more information, please contact Rachel Teichman 832.408.3510, ext. 3259 or rteichman@erjcchouston.org.

Book Fair Goes to Wonderwild!

Monday, Nov 7 | 10:00 AM-10:30 AM
Ages 0–5

Wonderwild | 767 N. Shepherd Drive, #400

Looking for some fun on a day off? Come for “wild” play and story time. Soft play sculptures, slides, jumping pillows and more will follow author Pamela Mayer’s presentation of Chicken Soup, Chicken Soup