Twin Cities Jewish Book Series

From politics to spiritual insight, from inclusivity to gripping thrills, this year’s Twin Cities Jewish Book Series features something for everyone. Meet the author of your favorite book, be inspired, or find your next great literary love. For tickets to all events, please call 651 698-0751. Mention The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library for discounted tickets.

September 7: Julie Burton on The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being
September 29: Professor and former advisor to the White House, Steven Simon on The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance
November 15: Israel’s Master Storyteller Meir Shalev speaks about his long-anticipated new novel, Two She-Bears
December 8: Dr. Joel Hoffman on The Bible Doesn’t Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings
February 9: Liane Kupferberg Carter on Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism
April 27: Rabbi Joseph Telushkin on two new books, Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil and Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History
May 18: Julie Tarney on My Son Wears Heels

The Twin Cities Jewish Book Series is presented by the St. Paul JCC  and Sabes JCC in partnership with The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, along with generous support from the George Kaplan Memorial Foundation.

Tickets can be purchased at the St. Paul JCC, by going to stpauljcc.org or by calling 651-698-0751.


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Julie BurtonThe Self-Care SolutionJulie Burton
The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, September 7
7 PM
$12 • $8 Member Value Price
Location: Sabes JCC, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis

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The kids are back to school, and you deserve an evening that’s all about you! Local author Julie Burton’s new book, The Self-Care Solution: A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being, has been called “a life raft for moms who feel like they are drowning in the sea of motherhood.” Join Minnesota mom and author Julie Burton as she speaks about her book and shares her essential physical, emotional and relational self-care tools


Steven SimonsonOur Separate WaysSteven Simon
The Struggle for the Future of the US-Israel Alliance

Thursday, September 29
7:00 PM
$12 • $8 Member Value Price
Location: St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul

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Steven Simon is a diplomat, policymaker, and writer. Now a Professor at Dartmouth College, he previously served as Senior Director for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs at the White House, advising President Obama during a difficult period in US-Israeli relations and amid the upheavals of the Arab Spring. In the Clinton Administration, he was Senior Director for Counterterrorism. Simon will speak on issues including the powerful demographic, cultural, and strategic currents that are driving the US and Israel apart.


Rabbi Sherman 2Meir Shalev Two She-BearsMeir Shalev
Two She-Bears

Tuesday, November 15
7 PM
$14 • $12 Advanced purchase price
Location: Sabes JCC, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Minneapolis

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Master storyteller and Israel’s #1 author Meir Shalev speaks about his long-anticipated new novel, Two She-Bears. An unconventional literary thriller spanning three generations in one family’s life, the book reveals a tale of love, betrayal, revenge, loss, and salvation. Shalev shares his experience as a writer, delving into a murder story partially based on true events, and the art of weaving together multiple narratives. Join us for an evening with this award-winning author whom the New York Times calls passionate and original.


Joel HoffmanThe Bible Doesn't Say ThatDr. Joel Hoffman
The Bible Doesn’t Say That

Thursday, December 8
7 PM
$12 • $8 Member Value Price (Advance ticket sales only)
Location: St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul

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The most reprinted book in the history of the world, read and reread by millions each year, the Bible continues to inspire the lives of many. Nevertheless, many of its core ideas are misunderstood. Joel Hoffman’s new book, The Bible Doesn’t Say That: 40 Biblical Mistranslations, Misconceptions, and Other Misunderstandings, seeks to clarify some of the thorniest misinterpretations, which the author suggests are the products of “ignorance, accident, culture gap, mistranslation, and misrepresentation.” Hoffman, who has authored two other books on biblical interpretation, and is the chief translator for the series My People’s Prayer Book, uses his third book to tackle subjects in both the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament, such as evolution, homosexuality, keeping kosher, and Jesus’s death.

In collaboration with the Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.


Liane Kupferberg CarterKetchup is My Favorite VegetableLiane Kupferberg Carter
Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism

Thursday, February 8
7 PM
$12 • Member Value Price (Advanced ticket sales only)
Location:  St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul

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How do you create an ordinary family life, while dealing with the extraordinary needs of an autistic child? Meet Mickey: charming, funny, compassionate, and autistic. From the co-author of the Autism Speaks Advocacy Took Kit comes Ketchup is My Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up With Autism, an unflinching portrait of family life, offering a mother’s insight into what really goes on in the two decades after diagnosis. From the double-blow of a subsequent epilepsy diagnosis to bullying and bar mitzvahs, Mickey’s struggles and triumphs along the road to adulthood are honestly detailed to show how one family learned to grow and thrive with autism.


Joseph TelushkinWhy the JewsRabbi Joseph Telushkin
Why the Jews and Rebbe

Thursday, April 27
7 PM
$18 • $12 Member Value Price (Advanced ticket sales only)
Location:  St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul

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Rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author Joseph Telushkin will present two new books, Why the Jews: The Reason for Antisemitism, the Most Accurate Predictor of Human Evil and Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, The Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History. Telushkin is the bestelling author of eighteen books, including The Book of Jewish Values, Hillel, and Jewish Literacy. Rabbi Telushkin serves as a Senior Associate of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Book Council, and as spiritual leader of the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.


Julie Tarney My Son Wears HeelsJulie Tarney
My Son Wears Heels

Thursday, May 18
7 PM
$12 • $8 Member Value Price (Advance tickets only)
Location:  St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul

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When Julie Tarney’s only child Harry was two years old, he told her, “Inside my head I’m a girl.” It was 1992. The Internet was no help, because there was no Internet, and bookstores had no literature for a mom scrambling to raise such an unconventional child. A former PR Agency President, Tarney is now the author of the book My Son Wears Heels, as well as a blog by the same name. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ youth, a blogger at The Huffington Post, contributing voice for The Parents Project and the True Colors Fund’s Give A Damn Campaign, and serves on the Board of Directors of the It Gets Better Project.