The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs to feature author and Broadway Star Alexandra Silber

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Name: The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs to feature author and Broadway Star Alexandra Silber
Date: November 12, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Event Description:
On Sunday, November 12th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Sisterhood of Congregation Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs will hold its 4th Annual Featured Author and Jewish Book Fair with Broadway Star Alexandra Silber. Ms. Silber, who recently starred in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and in London, will be speaking about her new book, After Anatevka, at 1 p.m. The admission for the speaker is $5.00. Please call (518) 584-2370 for more information or to make a reservation. Congregation Shaara Tfille’s Sisterhood has been sponsoring a Hanukkah Sale for years, but 5 years ago several members were discussing books they had been reading and lamenting the shortage of Jewish-themed books or books by Jewish authors in local bookstores. Their Sisterhood decided to have a bi-monthly Book Club meeting where its members would discuss a book by a Jewish author or a book that explored Jewish themes. Judith Ehrenshaft, Sisterhood President, recalls that is when the idea was born of also selling Jewish books at the annual Hanukkah Sale. “We’re a very literary group, always talking about the books we are reading, so it seemed a natural progression for us to start our own Book Club and to find a way to bring more Jewish books into the community.” The Sisterhood Secretary Deborah Sabin, an author who writes Jewish-themed romances under the pen name Morgan Malone, contacted Rachel Person, Events and Community Outreach Coordinator for Northshire Book Store in Saratoga Springs and a partnership was born. Each year, Deborah and Rachel coordinate a list of books by Jewish authors or with Jewish themes, many of which are not on the shelves of local bookstores. The list is whittled down to manageable length whereby Northshire orders numerous works of non-fiction - history, biography and cookbooks and fiction - suspense, women’s fiction, romance, young adult and children’s books. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book goes to Congregation Shaara Tfille. Through a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeast New York, every year the event also presents a talk by a Jewish author. Dinah Berland, Steve Sheinkin and B. A. Shapiro have been the featured authors over the last three years. This year, Alexandra Silber, who played Teyve’s daughter, Hodel, in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, will speak about her historical novel, After Anatevka. The book imagines Hodel’s life after Fiddler, focusing on her courtship and engagement to Perchik and her attempts years later to find him in Russia where he has been sent to a forced labor camp. It is sure to become a favorite of fans of Fiddler on the Roof while still be enjoyed by readers who are unfamiliar with the musical or the collected stories of Sholom Aleichem upon which the musical was based. Ms. Silber, who is currently on a national tour promoting her novel, will be signing books after her presentation. `
The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs 84 Weibel Avenue
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November 12, 2017 1pm
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