11 a.m. Brunch & Learn,with author,
Rabbi Sidney Schwarz
Jewish Megatrends: Charting the
Course of the American Jewish Future
Fear of assimilation and anti-Semitism are no
longer concerns for GenXers and Millenials.
Traditional organizations don't resonate with
younger generations of Jews who are more
interested in Jewish ethics and human rights than
donating to the traditional Jewish community's
annual campaign. Enjoy a brunch buffet and explore with
Schwartz some of the visionary solutions to a new approach
life in the 21st century.
Sid Schwartz, a Reconstructionist rabbi, presents what he
“my prescription for a Jewish renaissance in America,” and
commentary from Jewish leaders from throughout the
$18 for brunch and author program.
Reservations required by November 8 to 248.432.5462
1 p.m. Frankel Scholars Forum featuring moderator,
Professor Deborah Dash Moore along with authors
from the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center
for Judaic Studies
Join Deborah Dash Moore, director of the Frankel Center
Studies at the University of Michigan, for our Frankel
Featured are current Frankel Center professors who have
published books, both fiction and non-fiction, on a wide
Jewish topics. We invite you to this unique opportunity to
scholars share their writings and create a dynamic Judaic
Presenting authors include:
Deborah Dash Moore, City of Promises
Zvi Gitelman, Jewish Identities in Post Communist Russia
Eileen Pollack, Breaking and Entering
Ryan Szpiech, Conversion and Narrative: Reading and
in Medieval Polemic
Jeffrey Veidlinger, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small
Town Jewish Life in
Soviet Ukraine, 1919-1953
3 p.m. Rabbi Evan Moffic
Wisdom for People of All Faiths
Rabbi Evan Moffic addresses the
fundamental questions each of us faces:
How can we live with fewer regrets? How can we
find greater satisfaction and success as parents,
siblings, children and friends? How can we find
meaning and insight amidst endless distraction
and information overload? To answer these questions, Rabbi
turns to the Torah, offering timeless advice that is
Rabbi Evan Moffic is one of the country's most charismatic
thoughtful young leaders. He lectures and teaches at both
interfaith institutions around the world and writes for
the largest multi-faith website in the world, where his
blog is among its
most popular and widely shared.
Oak Park Reunion Day!
Remember when Oak Park was the center of it all?
Take a trip down memory lane! Best of all, you don’t need
passport to enjoy our Oak Park reunion! Whether you once
in Oak Park or call it your home today, join us for an
afternoon among friends, family, neighbors and familiar
Let’s celebrate all things Oak Park including two authors
embody the spirit of our community.
Come enjoy a coney and popcorn!
Free and open to the public.
noon Irwin Cohen
Jewish History in the Time of
Baseball’s Jews: Life on Both Sides
of the Ocean
They were baseball stars with unforgettable stories.
One was a spy for America.
One had plans for Hitler’s top atomic scientist.
One was set to make his major league start –
but instead went home to sit shiva.
Jewish History in the Time of Baseball’s Jews: Life on
Both Sides of the
Ocean, by Oak Park’s own Irwin Cohen, is filled with true
the lives of some of baseball’s Jewish stars.
A longtime devotee of the game, Cohen interviewed some of
biggest baseball heroes ever, including Hank Greenberg,
who also is
featured in the book.
This is a must for every sports fan, of course, but also
great reading for
anyone interested in Jewish life, history and fun facts.
With 130 photos.
2 p.m. Gerald Naftaly
Oak Park (Images of America)
When it was founded in 1945, Oak Park
was connected to Detroit by one paved road.
Just 11 years later, it was the nation’s fastest
In the decades to follow, Oak Park would be
featured in leading national newspapers for
everything from its ethnic diversity to its ubiquitous
Filled with memorable photos and written by longtime Mayor
Naftaly, Oak Park tells the full and fascinating story of
“The Family City,”
which also continues to be home to one of the area’s
populations and whose famous one-time residents include
Ettinger, the founder of cryonics; Detroit Tigers legends
Al Kaline and
Norm Cash; rapper Ryan “Royce da 5'9"”; music greats David
(David Was) and Don Fagenson (Don Was); and economist
2 p.m. Presented in partnership
with Temple Israel
Children’s Tea, with author Amy Meltzer
Bring your bubbie, mom, aunt and friends to our
children’s tea party with author Amy Meltzer!
Dress up like a princess (or prince) and enjoy a fancy
tea, complete with
treats and fun for all!
In the Talmud, a metaphoric Shabbat queen always welcomes
of the day of rest. Rosie wonders if there can also be a
Her parents have never heard of one, but they invite Rosie
to be their
Shabbat princess for the evening. So Rosie dresses up, and
make the occasion festive with crystal candlesticks and
Meltzer’s tale presents a lovely way to honor the Sabbath
with all the glitz
and glamour it deserves.
Co-sponsored by Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media
Center, P. J. Library,
Temple Israel Libraries and Media Center
For ages 3–9. Tickets are required and cost $10 for tea
and author program.
Reservations required by November 7 to 248.432.5462.
3 p.m. Joel Derfner
Lawfully Wedded Husband:
How My Gay Marriage Will Save
the American Family
When Joel Derfner’s boyfriend proposed, there was
nowhere in America the two could legally marry. That
changed quickly, however, and before long the two
were on what they expected to be a rollicking journey
to married bliss. What they didn’t realize was that they
would confront not just the dilemmas every couple faces on
the way to the
altar (What kind of ceremony would they have? What would
Did they have to invite Great Aunt Sophie?) but also
questions about what
a relationship can and can’t do, the definition of
marriage, and, ultimately,
what makes a family.
Add to the mix a reality show whose director forces them
to keep signing
and notarizing applications for a wedding license until
gets a shot she likes; a family marriage history that
arms smugglers and poisoners; and discussions of civil
racism, grammar and homemade Ouija boards. The result is a
story not just
of gay marriage and the American family but of what it
means to be human.
Joel Derfner is or has been an aerobics instructor,
knitter, go-go boy, math
teacher, cheerleader and author. Musicals for which he has
score have played in London, New York and several cities
in between (going
the long route). He is from Charleston, S.C., and now
lives in New York City.
Co-sponsored by Jewish Gay Network of Michigan, ACLU
6 p.m. Jonathan M. Katz
The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came To
Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the
the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to
Jonathan Katz, the only full-time American news
correspondent in Haiti,
was inside his house when it buckled – along with hundreds
of others. His first-hand account takes readers into the
terror of that day –
and the difficulties that followed. More than half of
American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a global
response that reached $16.3 billion in pledges. Yet only
three years later, the most important needs – safer
dealing with severe poverty and establishing sanitary
conditions – remain unfulfilled. How did so much
generosity amount to so little?
Reporting at the side of Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, Sean
Penn, Haiti’s leaders and people, Katz also creates a
complex, darkly funny and unexpected portrait of one of
the world’s most
“A top-notch account of Haiti’s recent history, including
the January 2010
earthquake…An eye-opening, trailblazing exposé.” – Kirkus
Co-sponsored by the Kindness Project, a joint initiative
of the Jewish Community
Center and Partners in Torah, Temple Kol Ami Sisterhood
Closing Night at Book Fair presents...
An intimate conversation with celebrated
entertainer and author, Michael Feinstein
The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History
in Twelve Songs
Join us for an unforgettable evening of conversation, with
songs sprinkled into the program, as Michael Feinstein
personal stories of Ira Gershwin and their time together,
an employer and later as a dear friend.
The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,”
Michael Feinstein was just 20 when he got the chance
of a lifetime: a job with his hero, Ira Gershwin. During
their six-year partnership, the two became close
friends. Feinstein blossomed under Gershwin’s
mentorship and Gershwin was reinvigorated by the
younger man’s zeal for his and his brother George’s
legacy. Now, in The Gershwins and Me, the only book of its
Feinstein shares stories and discusses the music that
American popular song, along with rare Gershwin
collected through the years.
From “Strike Up the Band” to “Love Is Here to Stay,”
each of the 12 chapters highlights one of the
Gershwins’ classic songs, exploring the brothers’
lives, illuminating what the music meant to them,
and telling the stories of how their iconic tunes
came to life. In this star-studded narrative, Feinstein
unfolds the moving chronicle of his own life with
the Gershwins, describing his vision for their
enduring presence today. No other writer could give such
inside perspective on these titans of American culture –
other writer could include such a soulful collection of
music as the
accompanying CD packed with Feinstein’s original
Michael Feinstein is an entertainer and educator known as
the leading experts on classic American popular music. A
Grammy nominee, he performs, records, and lectures
and has been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees.