Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival


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Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2014 Jewish Literary and Cultural Arts Festival!!  Check Back for information about the 2015 Festival!




Steven Pressman

Thursday October 30 at 7:00pm 

50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission in the Heart of Nazi Germany.

Mr. Pressman is a journalist with over 30 years’ experience, including writing, directing, and producing the
HBO Documentary film with the same name as his book.
His wife is the granddaughter of the couple who rescued the fifty children.


Robert Gordon

Saturday November 8 at 7:00pm 

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Memphian Robert Gordon will be presenting his book about the story of Stax records. He will also show clips from his well-received documentary that details Stax’s legacy into the 21st century. The rise and fall of Memphis-based Stax Records remains one of the most compelling sagas in American popular music history.
Robert Gordon will be followed by a short concert by Memphis’ own Stax Academy choir performing the label’s Classics.

Lisa Barr

Wednesday November 12 at 7:00pm 

Fugitive Colors

We welcome everyone to participate in our first community read. Lisa Barr’s suspenseful tale of art, love, lust, and vengeance on the eve of WWII. Lisa Barr will be here to
share about her book, answer questions, and sign your books. Be sure to read her book ahead of time!



Global Day of Jewish Learning

Heroes and Villains, Saints and Fools: The People in the Book

Sunday November 16 ǀ All Day  

All sessions are FREE! Breakfast and Lunch included with workshop/keynote RSVP

Sponsored by the William P. and Marie R. Lowenstein Foundation, the Global Day brings the Memphis Jewish Community together to celebrate shared Jewish texts through community-based learning. You are invited to participate in learning workshops with Rabbi Aaron Feigenbaum, Rabbi Joel Finkelstein, Rabbi Shai Finkelstein, Rabbi Ilan Glazer, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, Rabbi Cantor David Julian, Rabbi Levi Klein, and Community Shaliach Dustin Biton.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Rabbi Cary Friedman, author of Wisdom from the Batcave, which analyzes life and relationships using stories from the Batman comic books and relating them to classical Jewish texts. Rabbi Friedman will also be doing a "teen only" workshop during the day.


Ruth Bernstein Celebrating Empowered Women Luncheon with Geralyn Lucas

Moderated by Pam McKelvy

Thursday November 20 at 11:30am


Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer

The Celebrating Empowered Women Luncheon welcomes Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. Ms. Lucas is an award-winning TV producer,
author, lecturer, and women’s health advocate. We are excited to invite all of our community to celebrate strong, wise, courageous, and empowered women!

Sponsored by the
Okeon/Bernstein Family



Nate Hausmann

Sunday November 23 at 10am

ABC Animals

Nate Hausmann is a 20-year-old
entrepreneur with autism, who began
drawing during elementary school. In middle school, he began illustrating one-of-a-kind personalized animal alphabet books as baby gifts for family and friends. ABC Animals explores both English and Hebrew letters using Nate’s animal drawings.

A family program where MJCC’s young families read the book together, and pre-school aged children can color and play with Nate’s animals.