MARGATE — The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center in Atlantic County will host its first-ever arts, books and culture festival throughout this month.
The ABC Festival, which kicked off Wednesday and will run until Nov. 29, will feature artists and authors in a celebration of Jewish life, culture and history.
The festival will include 19 events with authors of history books, children’s literature, a film screening and an evening of songs and humour. Families are invited to the children’s book series and will receive a copy of the featured book with admission.
“I’ve always been a book lover and November is Jewish Book Month. With the success of our new book club at the JCC, I thought offering this community a festival of arts, books and culture would allow them to explore more of Jewish history, literature and heritage.” , said Marg Rosenblatt, managing director of Katz JCC.
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Festival highlights include:
7 p.m. on November 9: Ron Balson will talk about his novel, A Case of Spies, about a man who fled Berlin, noticed a recruiting poster, and decided to join the army to fight the Nazis in 1941.
1 p.m. November 18: The film “Rebuilt from Broken Glass” will be screened. It is about a 12-year-old child who lived 65 miles from his home so he could attend a secular Jewish school after Jews were banned from public schools.
10:30 a.m. November 20: Wendy Brant will talk about her children’s book, “Hanukkah Veronica: The Mitzvah Fairy,” about a fairy who fills a little girl’s house with joy and helps her learn the power of giving. This event will include a copy of the book with the purchase of a family ticket.
7 p.m. on November 20: Robert Klein will headline the festival. For over 40 years, he has entertained with comedy, as well as appearances on Broadway, television and film.
7 p.m. on November 29: Matthew Daub will talk about his book, ‘Leaving Eastern Parkway’, about a 15-year-old boy who plays handball and breaks Shabbat (or Sabbath) rules in order to compete in tournaments, when he is suddenly orphaned and forced to have a long and hard vision of his life.
“As an avid reader, I am thrilled to chair the first annual CCG Book Festival,” said Rosalie Lopez, CCG Board Chair-Elect and Festival Chair. “We have a variety of themes and authors and a film screening in conjunction with the Stockton Holocaust Centre. I look forward to celebrating Jewish authors during Jewish Book Month at the JCC and am thrilled to see the community attending these events. »
Events will take place at the Katz JCC at 501 North Jerome Avenue in Margate. For more event and ticketing information, visit jccatlantic.org/arts-books-and-culture-festival/.
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