Two-Week Showcase of Authors and Performers Opens this Weekend
Saturday, October 1, 2016
by M Groogan

Two-Week Showcase of Authors and Performers Opens this Weekend

 Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston celebrates a 44 year tradition of authors, music, theatre and films during the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair opening this weekend October 29 – November 13, 2016. The two-week mega event offers a daily opportunity to be inspired, informed and entertained through literature, culture and performing arts.

Opening night is free and open to the public and promises to be a literary and culinary feast with Michael Wex (Rhapsody in Schmaltz: Yiddish Food and Why We Can’t Stop Eating It) and Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz (The Gefilte Manifesto). In his book, Wex traces the history and impact of the cuisine that Yiddish-speaking Jews brought to North America. Alpern and Yoskowitz reveal how they’ve revitalized these beloved old-world foods with ingenious new approaches. Moderator Ziggy Gruber, pre-show music and noshes guarantee a delicious opening event.

 “We’re thrilled about our remarkable lineup this year,” said Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Assistant Executive Director Marilyn Hassid. “Unlike many book fairs, ours is not a fundraiser. It is a cultural and literary event for all ages and all members of the Houston and surrounding communities.”

A few of the authors presenting during the fair include Chanan Tigay, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible; Robert P. Watson, The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II; celebrated Israeli writer, Meir Shalev, Two She-Bears: A Novel; Matti Friedman, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story and Guy Bavli—Master of the Mind closes the Fair with his mind-blowing, interactive evening of telekinesis and ESP. 

The Fair also features a staged reading of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, five films including Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness and In Search of Israeli Cuisine with director Roger Sherman in attendance.  Blazing hot and tight as a drum, Zion80 brings the New York City Downtown music scene to Houston in a live concert that explores Jewish music from Shlomo Carlebach to John Zorn through the lens of Afrobeat funk.  “…a truly soulful experience” is how the New York Times  describes their music.

Oliver Lapin Family Day on Sunday, November 6 presents several authors who will talk about their works and their process of writing.  Additionally, a live theatre performance by Houston professional actors of a new adaptation of the Caldecott Medal winning children’s book, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Eric Kimmel) takes the stage that day as well.

The Book & Arts Fair is designed to educate, enlighten and enrich the Houston community with high quality programs.  Author signings in the bookstore follow all presentations. Visit for a complete schedule and ticket information. The purchase of a series pass guarantees reserved seating at opening and closing nights. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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