JCC Author & Speaker Series


The JCC has hosted a wide range of authors and speakers, including Evan Handler, Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Carol Leifer, Kinky Friedman, Cokie & Steve Roberts, David Javerbaum, David E. Kaufman, Andrea Lustig Pomerantz, and Professor Chad Spigel, among many others. These year-round author and speaker series events serve to educate, enlighten, and enrich all who attend.


All author events will feature a presentation, Q&A, book sale, and opportunity for book signing with the author. Books may also be pre-purchased at the time of ticket purchase, and will be available to pick up at the event. Purchase tickets online, or for more information, contact Maya at 210-302-6867. 

Ali Katz | Hot Mess to Mindful Mom | TH, Jan. 18 | 7pm | $10-20
Ali Katz is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and meditation expert. She is known for her brand "Hot Mess to Mindful Mom", which encompasses books, live events, a blog, and a booming online community. Ali's uncanny ability to make the concepts of self-care, mediation, and mindfulness feel relatable and downright fun, truly sets her apart from the traditional self-help crowd. Event Only: $10 | Event + Book: $20
Sarge | Black Boychik | TH, Mar. 1 | 7pm | $10-25
Black Boychik chronicles the hilarious awe-inspiring journey of a baby boy born Jewish and black, traded for a babka, adopted and raised "white", while searching for racial heritage. Surviving prejudice, addiction, and homelessness, Black Boychik ultimately is about the miracle of overcoming it all to conquer drugs and alcoholism, making it in show business, and becoming a husband, a father, a son, and a mentor to thousands. Event Only: $10 | Event + Book: $25
Emily Paster | The Joys of Jewish Preserving | TH, Apr. 26 | 7pm | $15-35
With photographs by Seattle-based photographer Leigh Olson, rich and detailed background info about Jewish food traditions, and above all, terrific and tasty recipes both sweet and savory, The Joys of Jewish Preserving is a celebration of some of the best foods Jewish cooks have ever created: Slow Cooker Peach, Levkar Shakshuka, Sephardic date Charoset, Hamantaschen, and more! This event will feature a hands-on demonstration with the author with a take-away treat for attendees. Event Only: $15 | Event + Book: $35

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