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August Author Events


A Virtual Conversation with Dr. Melissa Klapper
August 18 at 7:30pm via Zoom
NEW DATE! September 10th - 7:30pm via Zoom

Did you know that our beloved group fitness instructor Melissa Klapper is also an award-winning author?  When she’s not putting us through our paces at the J, Melissa is Professor of History and Director of Women's & Gender Studies at Rowan University.  She is the author of Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920 (NYU, 2005); Small Strangers: The Experiences of Immigrant Children in the United States, 1880-1925 (Ivan R. Dee, 2007); and Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace:  American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940 (NYU, 2013), which won the National Jewish Book Award in Women's Studies. 

Her most recent book, Ballet Class: An American History​ (Oxford, 2020), charts ballet's rise to prominence among America's most cherished childhood traditions.  Drawing on a wide variety of materials, including children's books, memoirs by professional dancers and choreographers, pedagogy manuals, and dance periodicals, in addition to archival collections and oral histories, this pathbreaking study provides a deeply-researched national perspective on the history and significance of recreational ballet class in the United States and its influence on many facets of children's lives, including gender norms, consumerism, body image, children's literature, extracurricular activities, and popular culture. 

Join us for a compelling and engaging conversation with Melissa via Zoom.  A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

Event Ticket: $12 – benefits the JCC’s Sustainability Fund.  The Fund provides masks and other critical supplies for JCC staff and programs.
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Kaiserman JCC Summer One Book
with Anna Solomon and Open Book Productions
August 26 at 7pm via Zoom

We’re excited to be partnering with Lynn Rosen from Open Book Productions to feature the wonderful new novel The Book of V by Anna Solomon, with a virtual visit from the author.  Anna Solomon will talk about her book and her writing process and take questions from the audience.  

The Book of V is a bold, kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across three centuries as their stories of sex, power, and desire finally converge in the present day. The riveting stories of these three characters overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years. 

Anna Solomon is the author of three novels—The Book of V., Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride—and a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, One Story, The Boston Globe, Tablet, and elsewhere. Anna is the recipient of awards from MacDowell, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and The Missouri Review, among others, and her short story “The Lobster Mafia Story” was chosen as Boston’s One City One Story read.

Event Ticket: $12
Event Ticket + a copy of the book: $36
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