Bank of America Festival of Arts, Books and Culture

Don’t miss these upcoming Festival of ABC Special virtual events:

  • All events are held via Zoom and links will be sent out 24 hours in advance of the program and again, one hour before.
  • If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Jackie Robinson at (856) 424-4444 ext. 1114 or email, [email protected]

 

Hadassah Lieberman, Hadassah: An American Story

Sunday, May 2 at 8pm

In Conversation with Holly Firfer, CNN Correspondent, Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

In 1949, Hadassah Lieberman and her family immigrated from the Czech Republic to the United States. She went on to earn a BA from Boston University in government and dramatics and an MA in international relations and American government from Northeastern University. She built a career devoted largely to public health that has included positions at Lehman Brothers, Pfizer, and the National Research Council. After her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Joe Lieberman, a US senator from Connecticut who was the Democratic nominee for vice president with Al Gore and would go on to run for president.

In Hadassah, Lieberman shares the story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, Massachusetts; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage. By offering insight into her identity as an immigrant, an American Jew, and a working mother, Lieberman’s memoir speaks to many of the major issues of our time, from immigration to anti-Semitism to gender politics. With an introduction by Joe Lieberman and an afterword by Megan McCain, it’s a true American story.

Cost: $6 Virtual Ticket or $36 Book Bundle

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Pam Jenoff, The Woman with the Blue Star: A Novel

Thursday, May 6 at 8pm

Former diplomat and Cambridge-educated historian Pam Jenoff has become a mainstay at the top of historical fiction lists. The Orphan’s Tale (2017) sold hundreds of thousands of copies while earning weeks on bestseller lists and the follow-up The Lost Girls of Paris stayed on the New York Time sand USA Today best seller lists, among others, for over 20 weeks, while selling well-over a half-million copies and counting. Her deep research and emotional storytelling have made her a favorite of readers and critics alike. This spring, Jenoff will release her latest will-be blockbuster, THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR (Park Row; 5/4/21)

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents amidst the horrors of the Krakow Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous sewers beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. Scorned by her friends and longing for her fiancé who has gone off to war, Ella wanders Krakow restlessly. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding. Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds.

Cost: $6 Virtual Ticket or $25 book bundle (paperback)

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Judy Batalion,The Light of Days:
The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos

Monday, May 10 at 8pm

In Conversation with Dr. Catherine M. Lewis, Exec. Director, Museum of History and Holocaust Education and Professor of History, Kennesaw State University

Batalion first learned of the “ghetto girls” and their achievements when she stumbled upon a Yiddish-language memoir in the British Library more than a decade ago. Delving deeply into myriad Jewish archives and making numerous research trips to Poland and Israel, she painstakingly uncovered their stories through long-overlooked memoirs as well as other surviving documents and personal interviews with their families. The rebellious acts Batalion discovered ran the gamut from spontaneous, simple acts of defiance to complex, planned initiatives. The ghetto girls tricked the Gestapo into carrying their luggage filled with contraband, hid revolvers in teddy bears, flung Molotov cocktails, and bombed German train lines. They flirted with Nazis; bought them off with wine, whiskey, and pastry; and then shot and killed them. They carried out espionage missions for the Red Army, organized a militant group of anti-Nazi Nazis, and were bearers of the truth about what was happening to the Jews. The incredible trove of epic yet intimate resistance stories Batalion collected in THE LIGHT OF DAYS reveals the ingenuity and tenacity of a handful of astonishingly brave young women, underscoring how their movement was larger and more organized than the annals of history have recorded—until now.

Batalion shares the hope and daring of these remarkable women, focusing on Renia Kukielka, a young Jewish woman who disguised herself as a Catholic girl and broke through ghetto borders with weapons and cash strapped to her torso. She smuggled sick youth, planned rescue operations, and masterminded her own escape from a Gestapo prison. She lived to 90, known by friends and family for her sense of humor, her love of fashion, and her kindness.

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Paula Shoyer, The Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook

Thursday, May 13 at 8pm

Let’s cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it’s NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don’t need an Instant Pot to participate — all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own!

Paula is the author of The Healthy Jewish KitchenThe Holiday Kosher BakerThe Kosher BakerThe New Passover Menu, and the new Instant Pot Kosher Cookbook, available in September 2020. She has a degree in French pastry from the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and does cooking classes and talks all around the world. Paula was honored by Jewish Women International as a “Woman to Watch.”

Let’s cook with the Kosher Baker herself, Paula Shoyer! Paula will be pulling out all the stops, making a few delicious dishes just in time for Shavuot! First, it’s NY cheesecake in the Instant Pot followed by a more traditional recipe for her famed blintzes. Either way, you don’t need an Instant Pot to participate — all of her recipes can be made using appliances you already own!

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