The last week prior to a presidential election is one of the most draining spans in the American experience. There's the usual sniping, second-guessing and name-calling -- and you and the spouse have to deal with the onslaught of last-minute campaign ads. Please. It's a tough week. But if you did your civic duty, you deserve a little vacation. But who can get away this time of year?
Saturday, November 6 to
Wednesday, November 17
$40 series pass, although there
are some exceptions. Call the JBF
hotline at 314-442-3299 or visit www.stljewishbookfestiva
l.org for the latest information.
Jewish Community Center in Creve
Coeur (Lindbergh Boulevard and
Let us take this opportunity to remind you of the restorative powers of a good book. Coincidentally, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival arrives this week, just in time to soothe your battered psyche.
Lily Tomlin (pictured) kicks off the series at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, with a special comedic performance that doubles as the keynote address for the series.
After Ms. Tomlin, why not a little nosh? Maggie Glezer, author of A Blessing of Bread: Jewish Bread Baking Around the World provides a cooking demonstration at the JCC Chesterfield (16801 Baxter Road) at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7. Then feed your soul with Rabbi David Aaron's 10:30 a.m. discussion of his book The Secret Life of God: Discovering the Divine Within You on Tuesday, November 9. The Rabbi demystifies the Kabbalah, a spiritual path greatly loved by Madonna/ Esther and the new Britney Federline.
Other notable authors include Rich Cohen of Rolling Stone discussing the sublimely named Machers and Rockers: Chess Records and the Business of Rock & Roll November 10 at 8 p.m. at Temple Israel (Ladue and Spoede roads) and the divine Dr. Ruth discussing the 52 Lessons on Communicating Love at 7:30 p.m. on November 16. In light of the past year, we could all do with more of the zest and playfulness (and gettin' it on) Dr. Ruth prescribes.