Jewish Festival of the Book November 2-17

One of the most pleasant and surprisingly powerful things in life is opening a book and your mind by beginning the journey to another time, another place and another perspective. The Jewish Community Center of Louisville fosters this experience and cultural exploration with its annual Jewish Festival of the Book held November 2-17.

During this time five or more authors come to our community to give presentations about their recently published works and are available to do book signings. 

Our authors range from world-famous to first-time authors, including local writers. This event is usually held at the JCC where a new and used book sale provides you with an opportunity to purchase the books.


— FOR TICKETS CALL 459-0660 —


Wednesday, November 2 • 7 p.m.
Jewish Community Center • $8.00

Life of the Party: A Political Press Tart Bares All

Lisa Baron’s dirty, laugh-out-loud memoir documents the life of one woman, one gigantic lobbying scandal (Jack Abramoff), a nationally watched political campaign (Ralph Reed’s run for Lt. Governor) and the resulting disorganization of the religious right.  With the unerring candor of George Stephanopoulos and the uncensored wit of Chelsea Handler, Baron recounts anecdotes about the world where Godaphiles and Press Tarts work together to keep their politicos from imploding … and reveals how a not-so-nice Jewish girl became spokeswoman for the (now former) head of the Christian Coalition until she had to kiss that career and its perks – a drunken night with Wayne Newton and a seemingly endless supply of narcotics – good-bye.



Sunday, November 6 • 2 p.m.
A PRIVATE HOME • $25.00 (50 Tickets Available)

A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods

Written by ex-Louisvillians Jane Portnoy and former Adath Jeshurun Cantor Marshall Portnoy, and illustrated by Louisvillian Robin Reikes, this unique volume presents not only treasured holiday recipes but also a delightful exploration of the Jewish calendar. Wonderful illustrations of a Shtetl family accent the book with charm and nostalgia. The old favorites – from soup to schnecken – are here, but so are new journeys that are scrumptiously surprising and just plain delicious. With A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods, you can become the complete Jewish cook. Some of the books’ recipes will be available for tasting at the event.

An Illustration from A Jewish Calendar of Festive Foods
Visit the JCC Front Desk or Call 459-0660


Tuesday, November 8 • 7 p.m.
Jewish Community Center • $8.00  
No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

As their closest friends cross over into the empty-nest years, Atlanta Jewish journalist Melissa Greene and husband Don Samuel, both in their 50’s, continue to wrangle with science fair projects, teenage curfews and gerbils. In this well-written book, Greene and her husband go from a family of four, to adopting five more children from Bulgaria and Ethiopia within 8 years. Today, the children range in age from 13-29. From this wealth of time spent parenting comes a path to family happiness, unmapped by experts and unknown to outsiders. This warm and funny book is a must read for any adoptive parent or anyone who needs to be reminded of the shared delight in individual differences.



Wednesday, November 9 • 7 p.m.
Jewish Community Center • $8.00

The False Friend

The author of Bee Season is back with her next work of fiction. In False Friend, Celia wavers between the remembered past and the living present and must come to grips with a tragic event that happened 20 years earlier. While in middle school, Celia and Djuana were best friends, but after a terrible event occurs along the edge of a forest, Djuana disappears. Now Celia is beginning to remember more about the events of the fateful day. She sets out to research her own childhood only to find out it was very different than what she had once thought.




Thursday, Nov. 17 • 7 p.m.
The Bard’s Town • FREE

Local short story writers will share a recent work in a dramatic storytelling reading. Audience members will have a chance for a Question and Answer session with each of the authors after the reading. Contributing authors include Michael Jackman, Bob Sachs, Michele Ruby, Beth Adler and Kay Gill. Co-sponsored by the Writers Workshop Project.


— FOR TICKETS CALL 459-0660 —

Tickets can be bought in advance by phone or in the JCC lobby.
Jewish Community of Louisville 
3600 Dutchmans Lane

Sponsored in part by the Mayer and Frances Shaikun Lecture Fund

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