The 18th Annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair Comes to La Jolla

This weekend the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center will host a weekend of activities and lectures featuring an array of popular Jewish literature.

The 18th year of the San Diego Jewish Book Fair will be coming to La Jolla on Nov. 8-11. The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center will be hosting the event celebrating Jewish literature of all kinds. The weekend-long event is packed full of lectures and conversations presented by popular authors and mind, body and spirit activities for all ages. 

The event kicks off Thursday with a 9 a.m. yoga session and the fun doesn’t end until Sunday night with the last evening talk on The Promise of Israel.  

Family day activities will take place on Sunday beginning with Book-a-Palooza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will be followed by a free concert from The Shirettes from 1 to 2 p.m. Kids will be able to read books, meet some of the authors, play at the craft table or obstacle course and even partake in Bal Yoga all in the Book-a-Palooza area located in the Jacobs Family Gymnasium. 

The event is free and open to the public, but some lectures and talks may require tickets. Tickets range between $7 and $18 depending on event and JCC membership.

To purchase tickets, inquire group rates, or for more information call the box office at 858-362-1348. Tickets can also be purchased online at sdjbr.org. If space permits, tickets will be sold at the door an hour prior to the lecture.

Free parking will be available at the La Jolla Executive Tower, across the street from the LFJCC, after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day Sunday.

Thursday, Nov. 8

  • 9 a.m. - Yoga with Lisa Levine: Yoga Shalom
  • 10 a.m. - Ken Druck: The Real Rules of Life: Balancing Life’s Terms with Your Own and Edie Lutnick: An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond
  • Noon – Jonathan Tropper: One Last Thing Before I Go
  • 2 p.m. – Racelle Rosett: Moving Waters
  • 4 p.m. – Matti Friedman: The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible
  • 7:30 p.m. – Rich Cohen: The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King 

Friday, Nov. 9

  • 10 a.m. – Lisa Klug: Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe
  • Noon – Helene Aylon: Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist 

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • 7:30 p.m. – Dan Raviv: Spies Against Armageddon
  • 9 p.m. – Justin Halpern: I Suck at Girls

Sunday, Nov. 11

  • 10 a.m. – Alex Kershaw: The Liberator: One World War II Soldier’s 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
  • Noon – Theatrical Staged Reading: Address Unknown
  • 2 p.m. – Eleanor Ehrenkranz: Explaining Life: The Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry: 1960 to 2010
  • 4 p.m. – Jonathan Sarna: When General Grant Expelled the Jews
  • 7:30 p.m. – Daniel Gordis: The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength 


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