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Authors discuss new releases


NOV 22

3 PM

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Amy E. Schwartz

Can Robots Be Jewish?
Inspirational Rabbis Answer Pressing Questions of Modern Life


Does Jew­ish anx­i­ety have a the­o­log­i­cal basis?

Is whistle­blow­ing a Jew­ish oblig­a­tion?

Is Judaism good for women?

Should we edit our children’s genes?

Is democ­ra­cy Jew­ish?

Does Jew­ish law for­bid racism?


Join Amy Schwartz, editor of Moment Magazine’s "Ask the Rabbi" column, for a lively discussion about how rabbis of different denominations  — Inde­pen­dent, Human­ist, Jew­ish Renew­al, Recon­struc­tion­ist, Reform, Con­ser­v­a­tive, Ortho­dox, Sephardic, and Chabad — con­sid­er some of the most provoca­tive ques­tions of the day.

Partner: Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties


DEC 14

7:30 PM

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Bess Kalb in Conversation with Dale Atkins

Nobody Will Tell You This But Me


In this acclaimed memoir, Bess Kalb conjures the ghost of her beloved Grandma Bobby, who seems to have breezed right past death and kept on talking. Kalb tells  the story of four generations of women: Bess’s great-grandmother, a refugee from Russian pogroms; her mother, a '70s rebel; and Bess herself—but most of all, her grandmother, the irrepressible, fun-loving, stubborn, and glamorous love of her life.  


Join the author in conversation with psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Dale Atkins, and listen in on two women who understand and cherish the fierce relationships that cross generations.

Partners: Jewish Book Council, The Westport Library, and UJA-JCC Greenwich


JAN 13

7:30 PM

Jason Rosenthal

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me


An inspir­ing mem­oir of life, love, loss, and new begin­nings by the wid­ow­er of best­selling author and film­mak­er, Amy Krouse Rosen­thal, whose last of act of love before her death was set­ting the stage for her husband’s life with­out her in a column in The New York Times. Her "Modern Love" column, “You May Want to Mar­ry My Hus­band,” appeared 10 days before her death from ovar­i­an can­cer and quick­ly went viral, reach­ing more than five mil­lion peo­ple world­wide.


Jason Rosenthal kicks off the 9th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke Jewish Family Service Lecture Series.

Partner: Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County



7:30 PM


Rachel Levy Lesser

Life's Accessories

A Memoir and Fashion Guide

Rachel Levy Less­er can relive almost every sig­nif­i­cant life event through an acces­so­ry. A scarf, a pair of ear­rings, a bag, even a pair of fleece socks — each con­tains the ele­ments that put togeth­er the sto­ry of a life. 


In Life’s Acces­sories, Less­er tack­les sen­si­tive issues like anx­i­ety, ill­ness, and loss in a way that feels a bit like hav­ing a chat with a good friend.


Join the author as she relates how her memoir and fashion guide opens a window into the many ways in which she has come to under­stand life — in all of its beau­ty, its joys, its
sor­rows, its heartaches, its chal­lenges, and its absurdity.

Partner: Congregation Shir Shalom of Westchester and Fairfield Counties


FEB 10

7:30 PM

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Tiffany Shlain

24 / 6

The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

Join Internet pioneer Tiffany Shlain on a provocative and entertaining journey through the past, present, and future of ideas about time and technology. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Shlain reveals how going offline one day a week with her husband and two daughters has transformed her family’s life. 


Continuing the 9th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke Jewish Family Service Lecture Series, Shlain will offer lessons learned, as she explores the shifting role of technology in our lives, looking at what it amplifies and what it amputates. Along the way, she examines the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making a case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

Partner: Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County

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