Temple Sinai-Women of Reform Judaism presents its
Annual Authors' Roundtable
Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
After registration and coffee, join us for a 9:30 a.m. Shabbat service in the Bet Am, led by Rabbi Roos. At 10:30 a.m., we will begin a stimulating discussion with four leading women authors, moderated by Marla Romash. The Roundtable will be followed by a catered lunch and the chance to meet in small conversation groups with the authors. Participants will be able to buy the panelists’ books and get them autographed.
Jacqueline Mendels Birn
A DIMANCHE PROCHAIN - A MEMOIR OF SURVIVAL IN WWII FRANCE
A Dimanche Prochain is the story of Jacqueline Birn’s ancestors, a Dutch Jewish family and a German Jewish family. Her parents settled in Paris after their marriage in 1930 and life, at first, was lovely with all the parks and museums and concerts in the city. After France was occupied by Hitler, the city became ugly and dangerous for a Jewish family like hers. Birn’s parents, her sister, and she were able to cross into the so-called Free Zone in the summer of 1942. They hid in a minuscule village, under watch, for 29 months with the German army all around, after France was occupied in November 1942, until the liberation of France. Birn ends her book with the list of 200 members of her extended Dutch family who were murdered in the death camps.
Jacqueline Birn was born in Paris. She studied organic chemistry and, for 28 years, taught French language and culture at the State Department School of the Foreign Service. Birn has been a diplomatic spouse for over 20 years and has lived with her husband and two children all over the planet. She has played the cello since she was 10 years old and played semiprofessionally all over the world. Birn currently plays in chamber music groups in the Washington, DC area. A Temple Sinai member, Birn is a survivor volunteer speaker and guide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
Leslie Maitland grew up enthralled by her mother Janine’s dramatic stories of a last-minute escape from the Nazis in Europe and of her star-crossed love for Roland, a Catholic Frenchman. Forced to part in 1942, when Janine, a German Jew, fled to refuge in Cuba, the couple pledged their lives to each other. But dislocation and Janine’s family thwarted their dreams. Later, while starting anew with a dynamic American husband, Janine continued to yearn for her lost Roland, until Leslie ultimately set out to find him. The result, in part, is this impeccably researched nonfiction account that reads like a novel – a vivid historical portrait and a story of undying love that crosses the borders of time.
Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter who covered the Justice Department. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Harvard Divinity School, she spent a decade researching this book, traveling to every location involved to plumb archives and interview witnesses. She lectures widely and appears regularly on the Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss literature.
Miss Manners Minds Your Business
Miss Manners Minds Your Business is a witty guide to managing a real life wisely in a work-centered world. With her trademark wisdom, Miss Manners (Judith Martin) restores civility to offices nationwide, navigating a besieged workforce past the overly prying boss and the co-worker's messy cubicle, around the bridal shower for the new temp, and through tedious staff meetings. Co-authored with her son, executive Nicholas Ivor Martin, Miss Manners Minds Your Business equips readers with the practical, pertinent, and utterly correct advice necessary to win the job, keep the job, and leave the job with sanity and dignity intact.
Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. As the nation’s leading civility expert, she is a frequent lecturer and guest on national television and radio shows. She spent 25 years at The Washington Post as a reporter, feature writer, and drama and film critic, and she was one of the original members of the Style and Weekend sections. During a White House ceremony In November, 2005, Judith Martin was awarded the nation’s highest honor in the humanities, the National Humanities Medal,in recognition of her contributions to society as America’s foremost etiquette columnist and author. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.
Mary Kay Zuravleff
In the opening pages of Man Alive!, Owen Lerner is struck by lightning as he's feeding a quarter into a parking meter. Although the child psychiatrist survives, now he's more interested in barbecue than anything else. What will happen to his patients, who rely on him to make sense of the world? More important, what will happen to his family? Alice McDermott called Man Alive! "a sparkling book," and wrote that "wherever Zuravleff aims her keen eye, something transformative happens, the way a thunderbolt turns sand to glass." With devastating humor and a rare generosity, Man Alive! explores how much we are each allowed to change within a family—and without.
Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of three novels published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her latest, Man Alive!, was named a 2013 Notable Book by the Washington Post, which called it “a family novel for smart people,” and People Magazine praised its “impressive intelligence and sly humor.” Her first novel, The Frequency of Souls, was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a beguiling and wildly inventive debut novel,” and The New York Times deemed her second book, The Bowl Is Already Broken, “a tart, affectionate satire of the museum world.” Honors for her work include the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and the James Jones Award. Mary Kay lives in Washington, D.C., where she serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a co-founder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.
Marla Romash, who will moderate the panel of authors, is a member of Temple Sinai and a political consultant and owner/Executive Pastry Chef of The Political Cookie and Dreamz Catering.
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014.
Your payment, which must be received by Monday, March 24th, is your reservation. Cost is $15.00 per person for all attendees which includes coffee and snacks before the event and a boxed lunch.
If you wish to avoid the online service charge, you may mail a check for $15.00, payable to TS-WRJ, to Helene Sacks at 4 Magnolia Parkway, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, to be received by Monday, March 24th. ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER. Please note your sandwich choice on the memo line of your check: corned beef, turkey, tuna salad, or vegetarian.
TS WRJ's tzdedakah project for this event is food collection for Capital Area Food Bank. Please bring a box or can of nutritious food with you to the Authors’ Roundtable.
Questions? Please contact Carole Brand at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-657-2547.