Thank you for making the 2009 Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival a great success!

In case you missed here, see below for the wonderful authors and programs we had!

2009 Calendar of Events
Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival

Sunday, October 18 | Opening Night
Literary Confessions: An Evening of Philip Roth
8:00 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Goodbye, Columbus with an extraordinary evening of literature and theater. Excerpts from Philip Roth's classic works will come to life onstage in dramatic readings by some of Washington's finest actors. Adapted and directed by Derek Goldman. more info...

Sunday, October 18
| Pre-Festival Spotlight on Local Talent
Melissa Ford | Navigating the Land of IF: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Options
Noon | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

Infertility affects 12.5% of the child-bearing age population as well as one-third of Jewish couples. Navigating the Land of IF is a helpful, steady voice of reassurance, information and reason. more info...

Monday, October 19
| The Screening Room
Adam Resurrected
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum) is a charismatic, enigmatic patient at a remote Israeli rehabilitation outpost for Holocaust survivors. Stein veers from brilliance to eroticism, horror and madness, with flashbacks to the demoralization he endured as Commandant Klein's (Willem Dafoe) "dog" in the Stellring death camp. more info...

Tuesday, October 20 | Barbie Business Lunch
Robin Gerber | Barbie and Ruth
Noon | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

Barbie and Ruth is the first biography of Ruth Handler, the visionary entrepreneur who brought Barbie to life and created one of the world's most successful toy companies. more info...

Tuesday, October 20 | Nextbook
Zoë Heller | The Believers
In conversation with Ron Charles, Senior Editor of The Washington Post Book World
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

Set in New York City in 2002, this social satire dissects the dysfunctional family of renowned leftist lawyer Joel Litvinoff, a life-long radical who suffers a stroke in court. more info... 

Wednesday, October 21 | The Chaim Kempner Author Series 
Down Economy, Outstanding Art: A Panel Discussion
Morris Dickstein | Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

This panel discussion will explore cultural expression during the Great Depression and ask: what can we learn from the artistic outpouring of the 1930s and the radical new order that made it possible? What's on the horizon for the arts in post-bailout America? more info...

Wednesday, October 21 | J-on-Demand program for 21-35 year olds
Shana Liebman | Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection
7:30 pm | Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Road, NW

Adapted from Heeb magazine's popular storytelling series, this collection of stories ranges from sentimental to strange and vulgar to virtuous. Editor Shana Liebman and contributors Josh Swiller, Mike Albo and Ophira Eisenberg will present an evening of stories. more info...

Thursday, October 22 | Past Imperfect: New Jewish Fiction
Binnie Kirshenbaum, Jonathon Keats and Norah Labiner
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

Come meet the authors of The Scenic Route, The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six and German for Travelers: A Novel in 95 Lessons as we explore the best in new Jewish fiction. Moderated by Professor Sheila Jelen of University of Maryland. more info...

Saturday, October 24
SLAM! An Evening of Spoken Word Poetry
9:00 pm | Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW

Come out and show your skills at our poetry slam! Featured artist Jake Marmer will take the stage to show you how it's done before you take your turn. more info...

Sunday, October 25 
Sefer Safari: A Children's Book Event
10:30 am | Preschool Lobby

Explore the world of books and the art of storytelling in a morning of crafts and family activities, including a bookbinding workshop, an author reading, a storytelling session and a book fair. Best for ages 3-7. more info...

Sunday, October 25 | GLOE
Joy Ladin | Transmigration Poems
11:30 am | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

Transmigration Poems explores the journey of the self from one gender to the next, the journey of the soul in and out of flesh, the journey of a marriage into and out of love, the journey of a body from amputation to wholeness. more info...

Sunday, October 25 | The Helen and Milton Covensky Fund | Community Read
Neal Bascomb | Hunting Eichmann
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

Based on groundbreaking new information and interviews, recently declassified documents, and meticulous research, Hunting Eichmann offers the first complete account of one of the most important, influential spy missions in history. more info...

Monday, October 26 | The Bernard Wexler Lecture on Jewish History 2009
Melvin Urofsky | Louis D. Brandeis: A Life
7:30 pm | Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall 

This masterful biography traces the development of Louis D. Brandeis, considered one of the greatest justices ever to sit on the Supreme Court. more info...

Tuesday, October 27 | Nextbook
Dara Horn | All Other Nights
7:30 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army during the Civil War, it is a question his commanders have already answered for him. more info...

Wednesday, October 28 | The Gerald L. Bernstein Memorial Lecture
Howard M. Sachar | Current Israeli Myths and Realities: The Way to Peace
8:00 pm | Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater

American historian and author Howard M. Sachar will address the historic and agonizing dilemma of reconciling small-state security with Great Power diplomacy. more info... 

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