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- Thursday, September 23, 7:00–8:30 PM | "Alexandria—Through the Mirror of Peterhof" | For Russian Speakers
- Tuesdays, October 5–26, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM | Masters of Madrid's Prado
- Wednesday, October 6, 1:00–2:00 PM | Spanish Dances and Other Folk Music with Pianist Ian Scarfe
- Thursdays, October 7–28, 1:00–2:30 PM | Exploring Broadway with James Sokol: "I Want" Songs
- Thursday, October 21, 6:30–7:30 PM | True Colors
- Wednesday, October 27, 1:00–2:30 PM | Exploring Opera: Witches, Ghosts, Demons and Devils
- Tuesday, November 2, 4:30–5:30 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Michael Bar-Zohar, The Mossad Amazons
- Wednesday, November 3, 7:00–8:00 PM | Think You Might Want (More) Kids: How Does the Biological Clock Factor In?
- Sunday, November 7, 12:00–1:00 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Lucy Adlington, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz
- Tuesday, November 9, 5:00–6:00 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Dorie Greenspan, Baking with Dorie: A Cookbook
- Monday, November 15, 5:00–6:00 PM | Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Alice Hoffman, The Book of Magic: A Novel
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Virtual OFJCC programs for Community Conversations are made possible, in part, by a generous contribution from the John R. Schwabacher Family
Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Chris Wallace, Countdown bin Laden
Thursday, September 23, 5:00–6:00 PM
Published on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice is a historical thriller filled with intrigue, cinematic action and fresh reporting about the race to apprehend and bring to justice the mastermind of the most consequential terrorist attack in American history. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! "Alexandria—Through the Mirror of Peterhof"
For Russian-speaking adults
Thursday, September 23, 7:00–8:30 PM
Have you ever thought about the fact that the magnificent Peterhof was only the workplace of the Russian emperors: a demonstration of the wealth and greatness of the empire? The ceremonial life of the court was in full swing there, receiving foreign guests, declaring war and making peace. And the kings—somewhere they sleep, eat, love wives, raise children. The talk will discuss the private life of Russian emperors at their own dachas in Alexandria near Peterhof. For more information and to register, click here.
Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents David Rubenstein, The American Experiment
Sunday, October 3, 5:00–6:00 PM
American icons and historians explore the grand American experiment in democracy, culture, innovation and ideas, featuring essays by Ken Burns on war, Madeleine Albright on the American immigrant, Paul Simon on music, Billie Jean King on sports, Walter Isaacson on innovation, and many more—the capstone book in a trilogy from David Rubenstein, New York Times bestselling author of How to Lead and The American Story. For more information and the registration link, click here.
Still Traveling: Breathtaking Barcelona
Mondays, October 4–25, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
Let virtual trip leader James Sokol zoom you to the beautiful, vibrant, colorful city of Barcelona. There you will meet and "tour" with our very own fantastic, professional, local guide Marta. She will share her passion for and knowledge of different aspects of this exciting city. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Masters of Madrid's Prado
Tuesdays, October 5–26, 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
Enjoy our virtual tours showcasing the main works of five Spanish masters of painting with pieces hanging in one of the most important museums in the world: Madrid's Prado. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Spanish Dances and Other Folk Music with Pianist Ian Scarfe
Wednesday, October 6, 1:00–2:00 PM
In this unique program with a focus on Spain, pianist Ian Scarfe introduces classical composers who embraced the spirit of the dance. The live virtual program includes "Andaluzas" and more dances by Enrique Granados, Manuel De Falla and other Spanish composers. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Exploring Broadway with James Sokol: "I Want" Songs
Thursdays, October 7–28, 1:00–2:30 PM
Dancer, choreographer and director Bob Fosse (think "jazz hands") said that most songs fall into two categories: 1) "I Want" songs and 2) "I Am" songs.
Usually the second or third number in a musical, the "I Want" song is a way to engage the audience with the main character's hopes, dreams, goals or desires, which often propel him/her through the rest of the show.
Join James Sokol for a journey with audio and video performance clips of these compelling and propelling Broadway songs. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Exploring Opera Set in Spain
Wednesday, October 13, 1:00–2:30 PM
Spain's rich history, its constant struggle for power, clashes between church and state, lively dance rhythms and colorful characters have offered endless inspiration for opera composers to write splendid music and librettists to write riveting dramas. Join James Sokol for a discussion and journey through video performance clips of operas set in different regions of Spain. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! True Colors
Thursday, October 21, 6:30–7:30 PM
Join us for a unique online experience celebrating Jews of Color. From the hit show True Colors, hear a short excerpt of revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of Color that explore identity, community and being a Jew in modern times. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian
Monday, October 25, 5:00–6:00 PM
A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan's personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Exploring Opera: Witches, Ghosts, Demons and Devils
Wednesday, October 27, 1:00–2:30 PM
With the rise of the Romantic Period, 18th and especially 19th century operas are filled with characters and references to the supernatural. Keeping with the spirit of the season, join James Sokol for an eerie, magical and soaring musical journey through highlights of operas that include otherworldly figures. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Michael Bar-Zohar, The Mossad Amazons
Tuesday, November 2, 4:30–5:30 PM
From one of Israel's foremost experts on espionage comes the exciting stories recounting the turbulent lives, loves and perilous missions of the greatest Mossad lohamot, the female warriors of the Israeli Secret Service. The stunning feats of these strong, bold women prove that they are equal to men, and often even better. Beside the nation's enemies, they had to fight a painful solitude, an awkward attitude of their male colleagues, and often give up their dream of marriage and children. And still, they brilliantly carried out their missions. For many years, the activities of the Mossad lohamot were highly classified by the authorities. Today, the veil of secrecy has been lifted, and the Amazons' incredible exploits have been cleared for publication. At last. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Think You Might Want (More) Kids: How Does the Biological Clock Factor In?
Wednesday, November 3, 7:00–8:00 PM
Thinking of having (more) kids? Fertility can be a difficult discussion and seem harder to explore. In this highly engaging talk, Leslie Feingerts, Founder of Fertility Forward, is ready to help you have that conversation.
For more information and to register, click here. Early bird pricing ends on November 1.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Lucy Adlington, The Dressmakers of Auschwitz
Sunday, November 7, 12:00–1:00 PM
At the height of the Holocaust, twenty-five young inmates of the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp—mainly Jewish women and girls—were selected to design, cut and sew beautiful fashions for elite Nazi women in a dedicated salon. It was work that they hoped would spare them from the gas chambers. This fashion workshop—called the Upper Tailoring Studio—was established by Hedwig Höss, the camp commandant's wife, and patronized by the wives of SS guards and officers. Here, the dressmakers produced high-quality garments for SS social functions in Auschwitz, and for ladies from Nazi Berlin's upper crust. Drawing on diverse sources—including interviews with the last surviving seamstress—"The Dressmakers of Auschwitz" follows the fates of these brave women. For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Dorie Greenspan, Baking with Dorie: A Cookbook
In Conversation with Melissa Clark, New York Times Bestselling Cookbook Author and Columnist | ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A
Tuesday, November 9, 5:00–6:00 PM
Here's your chance to ask the experts why your souffle keeps falling! Say "Dorie Greenspan" and think baking. The renowned author of 13 cookbooks and winner of five James Beard and two IACP awards offers a collection that celebrates the sweet, the savory and the simple. Every recipe is signature Dorie: easy—beginners can ace every technique in this book—and accessible, made with everyday ingredients.
For more information and the registration link, click here.
NEW! Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents Alice Hoffman, The Book of Magic: A Novel
Zoom Author Talk and Q & A | In Conversation with Holly Firfer, Atlanta Media Personality
Monday, November 15,
Master storyteller Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of the "Practical Magic" series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel brimming with lyric beauty and vivid characters. For more information and the registration link, click here.
Men's Morning Club
Tuesdays, Ongoing, 9:00–10:00 AM
This is a free, ongoing, drop-in, social group for men to discuss a wide variety of issues of interest to them. The emphasis of the meetings is generally current events, or any other topic of interest and importance. COVID has forced them to meet virtually on Zoom for now, Until the pandemic allows for in-person meetings again, they meet virtually on Zoom. For more information and to get the Zoom link, click here.
Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection
Theater J's Israeli Theater Collection is the exclusive North American home for filmed productions from many of Israel's leading theater companies. Filmed pre-COVID, these productions—from classic tales to contemporary stories, moving dramas to amusing comedies—represent some of the breadth and diversity in both content and aesthetics of contemporary Israeli theater. For more information, click here.
Big Jewish Ideas Video Series
The Big Jewish Ideas series, co-produced by the Z3 Project and Unpacked for Educators, shines a light on seven of the most important issues facing Jews currently. Each video strips down and examines some of the fundamental issues that define Judaism, like community, culture, rituals and identity. Blending insight and observation, each episode raises crucial questions about what it means to be Jewish in today's world. To watch, click here.
Missed an event? Catch the recording:
- Clorofil Micro-Sanctuary Tour (October 20, 2020)
- Dr. Ron Rosenfeld's One-Act Play, So Help Me God (December 8, 2020)
- Birth of the Birth Control Pill with Dr. Martin Katz (December 22, 2020)
- Community Conversations Presents Journey Home for the Olomouc Torah (January 5, 2021)
- Tu B'Shvat in Israel: World Food Security, Tikkun Olam and Innovation with Oren Hefetz (January 19, 2021)
- World Water Crisis: How Israel Turned a Problem into a Success (March 2, 2021)
- Wine History in California with Dr Patrick Hunt (March 30, 2021)
- "Housework, Housewives and Advertising" with Diane Claerbout (March 23, 2021)
- Kurdistan Revisited with Margaret Kahn (April 20, 2021)