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Tía Fortuna’s New Home:
A Jewish Cuban Journey
by Ruth Behar
Friday, November 4 | 10:30 a.m.
Sekach Building – 6505 Sylvania Avenue
FREE – author presentation and snacks
$15 – author presentation, snacks, and book
Open to all baby to preschool-aged children and their caregivers
Acompáñanos on our Jewish Cuban journey with Tía Fortuna and Estrella.
A poignant multicultural ode to family and what it means to create a home as one girl helps her Tía move away from her beloved Miami apartment. A lyrical book about tradition, culture, and togetherness, Tía Fortuna’s New Home explores Tía and Estrella’s Sephardic Jewish and Cuban heritage. Through Tía’s journey, Estrella will learn that, as long as you have your family, home is truly where the heart is.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ruth Behar grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. Her memoirs, An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy, explore her return journeys to Cuba and her search for home as an immigrant and a traveler. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She is an anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her second middle-grade novel, Letters from Cuba, is inspired by her maternal grandmother’s escape from Poland to Cuba on the eve of WWII. Tía Fortuna’s New Home explores the Sephardic Cuban heritage on the paternal side of her family.
***Sunday Morning Children’s Author Corner***
The Button Box
by Bridget Hodder and
Sunday, November 6 | 10 – 11 a.m.
Temple Shomer Emunim – 6453 Sylvania Avenue
***Pre-register for a FREE Book***
Bridget Hodder will be available for book signing after presentations
For children ages 8-13
FREE – author presentation
This lively middle grade adventure has two young protagonists, cousins Ava and Nadeem. Ava is Jewish while Nadeem is Muslim, and a school bully torments them due to their religious backgrounds. They tell their grandmother, a consummate story-teller and very wise woman. She begins to tell them an ancient tale but is interrupted and the tale remains unfinished.
Bridget Hodder is a Sephardic historian, reading specialist, and learning disability specialist who has worked in both the Massachusetts and Texas public schools and lectured at Harvard and Vanderbilt University. The daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Bridget brings unique perspectives on diversity, how to tell truth from lies, and discerning fiction from nonfiction to her presentations and workshops. She can bring history to life for any audience, from children to adults.
Dear Mr. Dickens
by Nancy Churnin
I Love my Kids, But I Don’t Always Like Them: Expert Advice for Parents of Challenging Children
by Franki Bagdade (M. Ed.)
Sunday, November 6 | 4 p.m.
Gan Yeladim Preschool (children) and Sekach Building (adults) –
6505 Sylvania Avenue
$5 per child – author presentation, dinner, and childcare
$10 per adult – author presentation and snacks
$18 per adult – author presentation, snacks, and one book
$30 per adult – author presentation, snacks, and both books
Childcare and dinner will be provided
Calling parents and children of all ages
Adults will hear from Franki Bagdade, author of I Love my Kids, But I Don’t Always Like Them, and children will hear from Nancy Churnin, author of Dear Mr. Dickens.
Dear Mr. Dickens
Dear Mr. Dickens tells the story of one Jewish reader, Eliza Davis, who was a fan of novelist Charles Dickens but not of his antisemitic caricature in Oliver Twist. Davis felt that the character of Fagin represented a dangerously misleading portrayal of her people, so she wrote to Dickens in hopes of a response. The small drama of this interaction between a famous author and a woman seeking change makes for an inspiring story.
Nancy Churnin is an award-winning children’s book author who writes books about people who have made the world a better place and inspire children to be heroes and heroines. She won the 2021 National Jewish Book Award and 2022 Sydney Taylor Honor for Dear Mr. Dickens, a true story that is the subject of an educational program offered by The Charles Dickens Museum in London; two Sydney Taylor Notables for her 2021 A Queen to the Rescue, the Story of Henrietta Szold Founder of Hadassah and 2018 Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. Born and raised in New York City, Nancy lives in the Dallas area. All her books come with free teacher guides, resources, and projects on her website, nancychurnin.com
I Love my Kids, But I Don’t Always Like Them
I Love my Kids, But I Don't Always Like Them focuses on behavioral challenges in children and serves as a guide for parents on how to improve their child’s behavior. provides a new approach with simple steps that establish new structures, systems, and strategies in and out of the home to empower your child to take responsibility for his or her own behavior and allows you to enjoy your child once again. Franki Bagdade's recommendations have been praised by parents, educators, and readers.
Franki Bagdade (M. Ed.) is is an academic, behavioral, mental health, and inclusion consultant; parenting expert; author; and speaker through her company FAAB Consulting. She is an expert with 20 years of experience in observation and study in the classroom and recreational programs.
Objects of Love and Regret:
A Brooklyn Story
by Richard Rabinowitz
Thursday, November 10 | 12 p.m.
Congregation Etz Chayim – 3853 Woodley Drive
$10 – kosher luncheon and author presentation
$20 – kosher luncheon, author presentation, and book
(Generously funded by Jewish Senior Services Supporting Organization)
At a pushcart stall in East New York, Brooklyn, in the spring of 1934, eighteen-year-old Sarah Schwartz bought her mother, Shenka, a green, wooden-handled bottle opener. How could that unremarkable item, and others like it, reveal the untold history of a Jewish immigrant family, their chances and their choices over the course of an eventful century? By unearthing the personal meaning and historical significance of simple everyday objects, Richard Rabinowitz offers an intimate portrait connecting Sarah, Shenka, and the rest of his family to the twentieth-century transformations of American life.
Richard Rabinowitz, a noted historian and museum curator, is the president of American History Workshop. For decades, he has been instrumental in developing new museums and creating lively exhibitions across the nation, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the New-York Historical Society.
Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen
by Faith Kramer
Sunday, November 13 | 6 p.m.
Chabad House of Toledo – 2728 King Road
$18 – author presentation and dinner
$40 – author presentation, cookbook, and dinner
52 Shabbats: Friday Night Dinners Inspired by a Global Jewish Kitchen invites everyone to honor Shabbat with a special meal on Friday evenings. It has more than 90 modern recipes (including many vegetarian options) that add flavor and meaning to the Shabbat or holiday table. Add dishes to your Jewish repertoire such as Pomegranate Molasses Brisket, Matzah Ball and Pozole Soup, Falafel Crust Pizza with Feta and Herbs, Sweet-and-Tart Silan-Roasted Carrots with Lentils, and Mango and Cardamom Mini Cheesecakes. The book explores Shabbat traditions, the Jewish calendar, the symbolism of foods in Judaism, descriptions of Jewish communities around the world, and the global Jewish pantry.
Faith Kramer is a food writer and recipe developer concentrating on the food ways, history, and customs of the Jewish diaspora. Faith has taught cooking classes on food from around the world, presented programs on Jewish customs, celebrations, and holidays, and led food-related walking tours that explore the economic, geographic, and political underpinnings of the food as well as how to use international ingredients in other contexts. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
By the Grace of the Game:
The Holocaust, a Basketball Legacy, and an Unprecedented American Dream
by Dan Grunfeld
Monday, November 14 | 7 p.m.
Grogan Room, Savage Arena, 2025 N. Douglas Road
Free Parking – Lot 4, off Douglas Road
$18 – drink ticket, author presentation, and game day snacks
$30 – drink ticket, author presentation, game day snacks, and book
Interviewer – Justin Feldkamp
When Lily and Alex entered a packed gymnasium in Queens, New York in 1972, they barely recognized their son. The boy who escaped to America with them, who was bullied as he struggled to learn English and cope with family tragedy, was now a young man who had discovered and secretly honed his basketball talent on the outdoor courts of New York City. That young man was Ernie Grunfeld, who would go on to win an Olympic gold medal and reach previously unimaginable heights as an NBA player and executive. In By the Grace of the Game, Dan Grunfeld, once a basketball standout himself at Stanford University, shares the remarkable story of his family, a delicately interwoven narrative that doesn’t lack in heartbreak yet remains as deeply nourishing as his grandmother’s Hungarian cooking, so lovingly described.
Dan Grunfeld is a former professional basketball player, an accomplished writer, and a proud graduate of Stanford University. An Academic All-American and All-Conference basketball selection at Stanford, Dan played professionally for eight seasons in top leagues around the world, including in Germany, Spain, and Israel.
Justin Feldkamp (interviewer) joined Buckeye Broadband’s BCSN and BCAN in November 2020. He is the host of Inside Out with Justin Feldkamp, a 30-minute interview-style show seen monthly on BCSN. He also helps to select the high school games and the special programming that is aired on BCSN.
How Zingerman’s® Built a Corner Deli into a Global Food Community
by Micheline Maynard
Thursday, November 17 | 7 p.m.
Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th St.
$18 – author presentation, Zingerman’s® appetizers, and drinks
$35 – author presentation, Zingerman’s® appetizers, drinks, and book
Interviewer – Matt Kripke
This event is sponsored by the Stu and Jo-Jo Goldberg Donor Advised Fund
Founded in 1982 by Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan built on its mission of good food, good service and good finances to become a company whose reach spans all corners of the gourmet food world. As Zingerman’s approaches its 40th anniversary in 2022, Satisfaction Guaranteed tells how readers they did it, and how other businesses can adopt their methods and philosophies.
Micheline Maynard is a journalist, author, and professor. She is a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, where her essays on business and culture appear in Voices Across America. She has been a senior editor at NPR's Here & Now and was a senior correspondent and Detroit bureau chief for The New York Times. She lives in New Orleans and Ann Arbor.