Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada Presents Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival – 2011


Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada Presents Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival – 2011

JCC of Southern Nevada to Partner with Las Vegas Valley Book Festival


The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada (JCCSN) presents its Fourth Annual Jewish Book & Arts Festival, Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 20, as well as a selection of featured authors continuing to come throughout 2012.  This year’s Festival will partner with the Vegas Valley Book Festival and will take place at several locations throughout Las Vegas and Henderson.
“We are incredibly pleased to join forces with Vegas Valley Book Festival and bring this prestigious group of Jewish authors to Las Vegas.  It’s exciting to know that this event has found a niche in our local literary scene,” said Richard Frankoff, JCCSN Board President.
Festival authors’ books run the gamut from cookbooks and Israeli dancing to a real- life Jewish James Bond. All lectures are free to attend and are open to the public. Signed books are available for purchase after each lecture/discussion.
Festival Schedule
Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM
Max Brooks – How to Survive a Zombie Attack
Clark County Library, Main Theater (1401 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas)
Presented by: Vegas Valley Book Festival (Opening Keynote Speaker)
The son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, Brooks began his career writing for “Saturday Night Live.” He has written “The Zombie Survival Guide,” a book explaining how to survive an impending zombie apocalypse and “The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks,” a graphic novel depicting several Zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. Brooks also authored the “New York Times” bestseller, “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War.” Paramount Pictures has acquired the movie rights and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, will produce the film, which will star Pitt. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.  
Sunday, November 6 at 12:15 PM
Avrom Honig – Feed Me Bubbe: Recipes and Wisdom from America’s Favorite Online Grandmother
Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St., Las Vegas)
Co-Presented by: Dr. Saul & Juli-Ann Ruben and Vegas Valley Book Festival’s Feasting on Words Literature and Food Fair
Join Avrom Honig as he shares his heartwarming stories about growing up in an Orthodox household, life lessons and memories- all told through his Bubbe’s famous kosher recipes.  Honig, a broadcast journalism graduate, is the creator of the most popular kosher cooking show on the Internet and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ABC world News, The Boston Globe, PBS’ FRONTLINE, “digital-nation” and a weekly show on JLTV.
Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 PM
Judith Brin Ingber – Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance
Adelson Educational Campus (9700 West Hillpointe Road, Las Vegas)
Also morning sessions with UNLV Dance Department Students
Choreographer, dancer and scholar Judith Brin Ingber takes readers on a journey through the evolution of Israeli and Jewish dance over 2,000 years. Showcasing a range of essays, photographs, illustrations, and film stills featuring a variety of traditions and communities Israel and the Diaspora, she shows how religious ritual, community folk dance and choreographed performance collectively illustrate the vitality, necessity and continuity of dance in Judaism over generations.
Sunday, November 13 at 11 AM
Joseph Gelman – Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Michan
Midbar Kodesh Temple (1940 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson)
This is the true story of Arnon Milchan, former Israeli spy and famed Hollywood producer responsible for 110 films, including Pretty Woman, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Marley and Me. It is a story of a secret agent, of nuclear proliferation, billion-dollar high-tech defense transactions, ideology, patriotism, love, heartbreak, and the awe inspiring Hollywood career of a mysterious mogul. The book and authors have been featured in the press internationally including The New York Times, FOX news, Ha’artez and The Jerusalem Post.

Sunday, November 20 at 10:30 AM
Mark Ribowsky – Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports
Congregation Ner Tamid (55 North Valle Verde Dr., Henderson)
Presented by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Mark Ribowsky explores one of the most controversial and recognizable figures in American sports history, Howard Cosell.  Famous for “telling it like it is,” Cosell covered some of the world’s greatest athletes and sporting events spanning three decades, from Muhammad Ali to the tragedy in Munich. His life is presented as part of an American panorama, examining racism, anti-Semitism, alcoholism, and other sensitive themes.  Ribowsky reveals Cosell’s endless complexities, shedding as much light about the explosive commercialization of sports as it does about this much-neglected media giant.

 More authors to be confirmed at a later date. Sponsorships are still available; please call the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada 794-0090.

The JCCSN appreciates the generosity of sponsors including: Vegas Valley Book Festival, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, Jewish Book Council, Las Vegas Sands Foundation, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, David Magazine, Bransky Family, Congregation P’nai Tikvah, Dubowsky Family, Shimon and Bev Ron, and Dr. Saul & Juli-Ann Ruben.

About the JCC of Southern Nevada
The Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada is a 501(c)(3) and is dedicated to providing Jewish culture and identity to all ages and backgrounds with quality events and programs.  The JCCSN is a proud collaborative partner and beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. The JCC facility was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas for the capital improvements and renovation of the building as well as a significant grant providing financial resources to help the JCCSN with start up costs associated with the new location.
For more information on the JCCSN, please visit or call 794-0090.
About the LVVBF
The Vegas Valley Book Festival, the largest literary event in Las Vegas, takes place November 3-6, 2011, with most events scheduled at the Historic Fifth Street School. Now in its tenth year, the festival was founded on the simple premise of bringing together those who write books and those who love to read them. Over four days, the festival brings together 100 authors in a series of panel discussions, readings, book signings and workshops. On Saturday, November 5, the festival presents the Comic Book Festival at the Clark County Library and the Children’s Book Festival at Centennial Plaza at the Fifth Street School. The festival hosts an expansive Young Adult Literature program featuring 18 acclaimed teen authors. On Sunday, November 6, the festival presents Feasting on Words, the literature and food fair, with celebrated Chef Rick Moonen and ten other renowned local chefs offering tastings from wood fired grills. New this year is a collaboration with the Jewish Book Festival that will feature a number of cosponsored events. Over 14,000 people are expected to attend festival programs, including a series of pre-festival events that take place in September and October. Most all events are free and open to the public.
The Vegas Valley Book Festival is produced by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District; UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute; AIGA Las Vegas Chapter; Las Vegas Review-Journal; and Nevada Humanities, a festival founder.

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