Oliver Lapin Family Day

Sunday, Nov 10

Endowed in loving memory of Oliver Lapin by his family

Join us for a special day of family fun at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival! All events take place at the J. Family events are FREE and open to the public.

10:00 AM | Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library Event with Sheryl Haft

Goodnight Bubbala

“In the small blue room there was a bubbala, and a little shmatta, and then— oy vey!—came the whole mishpacha!” Instead of whispers, this bedtime parody of Goodnight Moon includes dancing, kvelling, noshing, and celebrating the Jewish values of cherishing your loved ones and expressing gratitude.

Included are fun Yiddish words and an exclusive latke recipe by Ina Garten! Come dressed in your PJs and enjoy music and bedtime themed activities during the event.

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2:00 PM | Family Performing Arts Series

Layer the Walls

Layer the Walls
Ages 7-12 | Kaplan Theatre at the J

The walls of a building often contain traces and impressions of lives once lived. This stage production is set within a tenement that is about to be torn down. The interior walls reveal a rich history plastered with over 40 layers, each layer is examined through the use of masks, toy-theater techniques and puppets to imagine the histories of the building’s Italian, Jewish and Irish occupants.

Layer the Walls is underwritten by Taryn & Dan Braun/Marian & Gaby Braun/Braun Enterprises

The Family Performing Arts Series is supported by a grant from The Yako Nesim Polikar Fund for Jewish Youth of the Houston Jewish Community Foundation.

Local Children's Authors

Children's Authors

Local authors Amy Brazda (Jesse Unleashed), Ellen Leventhal (Lola Can’t Leap) and Bettina Elias Siegel (Kid Food) will be signing books in the bookstore during Oliver Lapin Family Day. Books will be available for purchase. 

Check out author Bettina Elias Siegel in the New York Times: "How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap"

New this Year for Bertha Alyce School Families!

Bertha Alyce School Pop-Up Children's Bookstore
Open Nov 4-8 | 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Shop in a convenient way and purchase books for your child or their classroom.

Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library Go to the Book Festival

Nov 5 | 9:30 AM–10:00 AM | Bertha Alyce Bookstore
Nov 7 | 4:00 PM | Main J Bookstore
Nov 12 | 10:00 AM | Main J Bookstore
Ages 0-5
Join Mishpacha & Me and PJ Library for story time during the Festival with celebrity guest readers, music, and crafts in the Bookstore.