Program #5:  Jewish Book Council Authors & Books                   Tuesday, March 28th, April 4th,  AND May 21st (Sunday Brunch) Fee:  $30 for Temple Members   $40 for Non-Temple Members                                        Session #1:  "Orchestra of Exiles" by Josh Aronson                                                    Adult Nonfiction:  History, Holocaust                                               Tuesday, March 28th, 2017    Noon - 1:15 pm josh-aronsonorchestra                                         This is the story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the one thousand Jews he saved from Nazi horrors.  As a teenage violinist, Huberman toured Europe and played for royalty.  As an adult, he saw the rising threat of Nazism and created his greatest legacy:  The Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which is now known as The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  The first concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini.  With the success of this project, Huberman helped with the safe passage from Nazi territories of hundreds of Jewish musicians and their families. Josh Aronson is an Academy Award nominated documentary film writer, producer and director.  He has worked with Showtime, PBS and the Discovery Channel.  He and his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann, founded the Telluride Muiscfest, a chamber music festival held in Telluride, CO. Session #2:  "The Tsimbalist" by Sasha Margolis Adult Fiction:  Crime & Mystery:  Historical Fiction                                                Tuesday, April 4th, 2017      Noon - 1:15 PM sashatsimbalist                                          At once a thrilling whodunit, a maddening romance, and an invigorating plunge into history.  The Tsimbalist is a tale of Jews and Russians, depicting their complicated friendships, their dangerous enmities and their illicit loves; all seen through the eyes of Avrom, a barber, musician, all-around mensch and born detective. Sasha Margolis is the author of a collection of theatrical works and short stories.  A violinist by profession, he is a fiddler, singer and chief talker for the Jewish music band Big Galute.            

Session #3:  Sunday Brunch, May 21, 2017 

10:00 am - 10:30 am Brunch/10:30 am - 11:30 am Program/11:30 am - Noon Q&A

Adult Non-Fiction:  American Jewish Studies, Arts & Culture, Biography

A perfect introduction to Bellow's life and work, "Bellow's People" is an incisive critical study of the novelist and a memorable account of a vibrant and tempestuous circle of mid-century American Intellectuals.  In "Bellow's People", literary historian and critic, David Mikics explores Bellow's life and work through the real-life relationships and friendships that Bellow transmuted into the genius of his art.  Mikics covers ten of the extraordinary people mattered most to Bellow.

David Mikics is the Moores Distinguished Professor in the Department of English, University of Houston.  He is the author of "Slow Reading in a Hurried Age", and his writing has appeared in Tablet, The New Republic and The New York Times.