Festival of ABC Preview Events

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David Rubenstein

The American Experiment
VIRTUAL ONLY – Held in conjunction with the National JCC Literary Consortium
Sunday, October 3, 8pm
$11/JCC Member and Guest (includes book)
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In this lively collection of conversations, some of our nations’ greatest minds explore the inspiring story of America as a grand experiment in democracy, culture, innovation, and ideas. The American Experiment captures the dynamic arc of a young country reinventing itself in real-time. Through these enlightening conversations, the American spirit comes alive, revealing the setbacks, suffering, invention, ingenuity and social movements that continue to shape our vision of what America is—and what it can be.

Gary Ginsburg

First Friends: The Powerful Unsung (And unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents
IN PERSON – Sponsored by Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP
Monday, October 11, 8pm
$40/JCC Member, $48/Guest (includes book)
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Ginsberg, a former Clinton aide, breaks new literary ground on Pennsylvania Avenue and provides fresh insights into the lives of those who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied. First Friends is an engaging, serendipitous look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear. For example, when Harry Truman wavered on whether to recognize the state of Israel in 1948, his lifelong friend and former business partner, Eddie Jacobson, intervened at just the right moment with just the right words to steer the president’s decision.

Mindy Weisel

After: The Obligation of Beauty
VIRTUAL ONLY – In conversation with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat
Held in conjunction with the National JCC Literary Consortium
Wednesday, October 13, 8pm
$11/JCC Member and Guest
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This compelling, candid memoir by Mindy Weisel, an internationally acclaimed artist and author, traces her search for beauty in her life. Weisel was born at Bergen-Belsen’s Displaced Person’s Camp to parents who survived Auschwitz. This is not her parents’ story, rather, it is a courageous portrait of her struggle to understand her origin.

David Grossman

More Than I Love My Life
VIRTUAL ONLY – In conversation with Marilyn Hassid, Jewish Book Council
Held in conjunction with the Jewish Book Council
Sunday, October 3, 8pm
$11/JCC Member and Guest
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Join international best-selling author David Grossman in a conversation about love, trauma, and healing. More Than I Love My Life is a novel about three generations of women on an unlikely journey to a Croatian island and a secret that needs to be told. Grossman will allow the audience a peek inside his inspiration for writing this book and more.

Join us for our 2021 Festival!

November 4-14, 2021

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