SPS and JBC Book Series

This year, SPS is partnering with the Jewish Book Council to bring novelists, professors, artists, comedians, rabbis, scholars, and photographers (just to name a few) to our community, virtually. They will present their books, tell stories, and answer questions. We are so excited to welcome authors who will fit in with our programming themes, and appeal to many different SPS demographics.

For all JBC events we encourage SPSers to purchase the books and support these authors at bookshop.org or Indie Bound.

2021 Programs

BOCO event: Jill Wine-Banks Presents:The Watergate Girl:
My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President

Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM

At the crossroads of the Watergate scan- dal and the women’s movement was a young Jewish lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counter- parts and prevailed. At once a cautionary tale and an inspi- ration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, this book is a revelation about our country, our politics, and our society.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93076948780
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Esther Amini and Parnaz Foroutan Present Concealed, and Home is a Stranger

Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 PM

In these two memoirs, Persian-Jewish writers, Esther Amini and Parnaz Foroutan tell their stories. Amini grew up in Queens, New York with her parents, Iranian immigrants. Foroutan immigrated from Iran to Los Angeles. As they both explore the opposite coasts of America, they also explore identity, their roles within their family, and what it means to leave and find home.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97611643864
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Men’s Club event and SPS event: Michael Ian Black Presents A Better Man (A Mostly Serious Letter To My Son)

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 PM

In this thoughtful, inspiring, and deeply person- al book, Jewish comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black gets (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. He searches for the best way to help his son in a world where the word “masculinity” now goes hand in hand with “toxic.” Part memoir, part advice book, Black delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men?

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99604667897
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Women’s League event: Sarah Blake and Anna Solomon Present Namaah and The Book of V

Monday, February 22 at 7:00 PM

In both novels, Blake and Solomon give voice to women in our Jewish history who have been previously marginalized. Sarah Blake tells the story of Namaah, Noah’s wife and sets the story of Noah and his ark that we all know so well, on its head. Solomon explores the Purim story through history and the way it has silenced women and what happens when those women begin to speak.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96350990494
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Rachel Biale and Sara Gelbard Present Growing Up Below Sea Level, and The Sound of Her Voice

Tuesday, March 2 at 4:00 PM

A panel of two writers who grew up on kibbutzim in Israel and tell how that experience affected and shaped them and their work.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94127837331
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Brad Kolodny Presents Seeking Sanctuary: 125 Years of Synagogues on Long Island

Wednesday, March 10 at 1:00 PM

The first comprehensive look at the history of the Jewish community in Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York. The hardcover coffee table book features over 350 original photographs and archival images that document every synagogue building on Long Island, past and present.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93031057263
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


2020 Programs

Dr. LaNitra M. Berger Presents Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art

Tuesday, December 1 at 4:00 PM

South African artist Irma Stern is one of the nation’s most controversial modern figures. This book explores how Stern became South Africa’s most prolific painter of black, Jewish, and coloured (mixed-race) life while maintaining a neutral position on apartheid. Spanning from the Boer War, to Nazi Germany, to apartheid South Africa, Irma Stern’s life and work document important cultural and political moments in modern history.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94721915335
Meeting ID: 947 2191 5335
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Eshkol Nevo Presents The Last Interview

Monday, November 23 at 1:00 PM

From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona. And in exploring the many, often contradictory facets of an Israeli author’s identity, Eshkol Nevo also gives us a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a country at odds with itself.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97443801769
Meeting ID: 974 4380 1769
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923



BoCo presents: LIVE FROM NEW YORK! It’s Alan Zweibel!

Monday, November 16 at 7:30 PM

Zoom into comedy history with Alan Zweibel, as he talks about his award-winning career in comedy, from his years writing for “Saturday Night Live” to co-creating groundbreaking TV shows, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as collaborating with Billy Crystal on “700 Sundays.” His new book “Laugh Lines, My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier” weaves togeth­er his own sto­ries with inter­views with his friends and fellow comedians over the years. The laughs will be moderated by our resident SPS joke writer, Rabbi Dave Levy.

(This is a Boomers Community program, but all are welcome!)

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/92244768602
Meeting ID: 922 4476 8602
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Solomon Goldstein-Rose presents The 100% Solution
A Plan for Solving Climate Change


Tuesday, October 27 at 8 PM

The world must reach negative green- house gas emissions by 2050 to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Yet no single plan has addressed the full scope of the problem— until now. In The 100% Solution, Solomon Goldstein-Rose, a leading millennial climate activist and a former Massachusetts state representative—makes clear what needs to hap- pen to hit the 2050 target.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93311094310
Meeting ID: 933 1109 4310
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923


Dr. Naomi Baum presents My Year of Kaddish: Mourning, Memory, and Meaning

Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 PM

In this profoundly honest and revealing memoir, psychologist Dr. Naomi L. Baum invites us to journey with her as she says Kaddish, in the year following her mother’s death. She takes a new look at tradition and discovers both emotional and spiritual sources of comfort in unexpected places.

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/94632652207
Meeting ID: 946 3265 2207
Call-in Number: 646 876 9923