Susan Kanterman JCC Book Club

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contact Emelia Sherin at or 330.746.3250 ext. 106. 



by Susan Schneider
Meet the author!
The story of a Jewish family in midcentury suburbia, centering on a beloved granddaughter and her grandmother’s difficult choices,
terrible secrets, and lessons learned.

Date: Monday, October 18
Time: 7:00 p.m. |Location: JCC Library

Fire in My Ears is the story of Mary, a too beautiful young woman who has been taught that her appearance is her only asset. She fails to develop any additional aptitudes or talents, tragically concluding that her beauty is all she needs. She makes one monumental decision just as she embarks on adulthood, and this sparks her life journey that is replete with anger, resentment and despair. The misery she has spawned spreads directly to her children and grandchildren, infecting her descendants like a family plague. Determined to save at least one member of her family from this curse, she begins telling Sarah, her nine-year-old granddaughter, the story of her life. Sarah tries to understand the messages in her grandmother’s nightly tales as she is navigating her own developing life.

by Tovah Feldshuh
Meet the author!
The memoir of a six-time Emmy and Tony nominee, Tovah Feldshuh. Proudly partnered with eight Jewish Community Centers across America.

Date: Thursday, November 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Library

Growing up in Scarsdale, NY in the 1950s, Tovah—known then by her given name Terri Sue—lived a life of piano lessons, dance lessons, shopping trips, and white-gloved cultural trips into Manhattan. In awe of her mother's meticulous appearance and perfect manners, Tovah spent her childhood striving for Lily's approval, only to feel as though she always fell short. Lily's own dreams were beside the point; instead, she devoted herself to Tovah's father Sidney and her two children. Tovah watched Lily retreat into the roles of the perfect housewife and mother and swore to herself, I will never do this.

When Tovah shot to stardom with the Broadway hit Yentl, winning five awards for her performance, she still did not garner her mother's approval. But, it was her success in another sphere that finally gained Lily's attention. After falling in love with a Harvard-educated lawyer and having children, Tovah found it was easier to understand her mother and the sacrifices she had made during the era of the women's movement, the sexual revolution, and the subsequent mandate for women to "have it all."

by Judy Batalion

One of the most important stories of World War II, this searing history brings to light the previously untold, extraordinary accomplishments of brave Jewish women who became resistance fighters.

Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: JCC Library

Witnesses to the brutal murder of their families and neighbors and the violent destruction of their communities, a cadre of Jewish women in Poland—some still in their teens—helped transform the Jewish youth groups into resistance cells to fight the Nazis. With courage, guile, and nerves of steel, these “ghetto girls” paid off Gestapo guards, hid revolvers in loaves of bread and jars of marmalade, and helped build systems of underground bunkers. They flirted with German soldiers, bribed them with wine, whiskey, and home cooking, used their Aryan looks to seduce them, and shot and killed them. They bombed German train lines and blew up a town’s water supply. They also nursed the sick, taught children, and hid families.

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