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JCC Book & Arts Fair

There’s something for every age & everyone is welcome.

June 4-21, 2018

Welcome to the 52nd JCC Book and Arts Fair. We are once again proud to showcase authors and presenters from Western New York and beyond. With a line-up that offers something for everyone, the annual event will celebrate acclaimed authors, playwrights, artists and poets as well as the Tribeca Film Festival favorite, Keep the Change, a romantic comedy set in a world where no character is typical. The Festival features two books which celebrate the History of Buffalo, Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright by Mark Goldman and Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo’s Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood by Clinton Brown. The Twins from France travel to Buffalo to headline A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW, a family friendly event for all ages that includes acrobats and magic. Celebrate the arts with the JCC and join us often during our Book and Arts Fair this June!

All events take place in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, in the Benderson Family Building unless noted otherwise. 

Book & Arts Fair at a Glance


Monday, June 4, 7:30pm

Author: Mark Goldman, Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright

A Tale of Two Families: John Albright’s and Mark Goldman’s Mark Goldman author of ALBRIGHT: The Life and Times of John J. Albright, wondered, if an illustrated biography could be written about Albright’s family, could not one also be written about his own family? Encouraged by his work on Albright, Mark Goldman proceeded to write his own family’s history. The story of these two families, and how Mark learned about each, will be presented.

Book sale/signing and reception to follow. 
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Wednesday, June 6, 7:30pm

Playwright: Howard Wolf, Home at the End of the Day: An American Family Drama in Three Acts

Home at the End of the Day, by Dr. Howard Wolf, includes three related one-act plays that portray the complex history of an American family in the second half of the 20th century. The three acts recapitulate in dramatic form an emotional and psychological cycle: life, death, and rebirth. Improbable reunions and resolutions become possible in a blend of comedy, documentary realism, and fantasy. Excerpts will be performed as a staged reading.

Starring: Richard Lambert, Joy Scime and Steve Rosenthal
Book sale/signing and reception to follow. 
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Sunday, June 10, 2:00pm

The Fred H. Sales Music Fund presents: A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW

Come one, come all to A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW! Opening Act - Local Magician Todd Nelson will leave audiences marveling with his magical illusion tricks. Main Act - The Twins from France, Acrobats Yaakov and Yisroel Gurion, travel to Buffalo to amaze audiences with their world-class acrobatic performance. Their tricks will leave have you on the edge of your seats and their comedy will have you falling off with laughter.

Location: Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Rd, Amherst
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Tuesday, June 12, 7:30pm

Word Weavers: A Memoir Writing Group at the JCC

THE WORD WEAVERS, a program of the JCC, is a group of women who write memoirs. Together they listen, discuss, ask questions and help each other move forward on the exciting, sometimes exhausting, exploration of the writing process. This evening is an intimate invitation to share a selection of their work.

Reception to follow.  
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Wednesday, June 13, 7:30pm

Poet: Philip Terman: “A Reading from Our Portion: New and Selected Poems”

Enjoy an evening of poetry with Philip Terman as he shares readings from Our Portion: New and Selected Poems. Terman teaches creative writing and literature at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the visiting writers’ program and is recipient of the Kenneth Patchen Award, the Sow’s Ear Chapbook Prize, and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poetry on the Jewish Experience.

Book sale/signing and reception to follow.
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Monday, June 18, 7:30pm

Author: Arlene Burrows, A Return To Chelm

Author Arlene Burrows paternal grandparents’ families were residents of Chelm, Poland for generations. Seventy-two of them were murdered in the Holocaust. This book is a record of Burrow’s journey when she returned to Chelm in 2014, to research the archives in Poland and say Kaddish, an ancient Jewish prayer recited for the dead, at the camps. In the process, she found many remarkable stories as well as survivors and descendants around the world.

Book sale/signing and reception to follow. 
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Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm

Film: Keep the Change

Tribeca Film Festival Favorite, Keep the Change, is a romantic comedy set in a world where no character is typical. When David who is obsessed with being perceived as “normal” is forced to attend an autism support group, he wants nothing to do with the other members, until he meets Sarah, who exudes positivity. But when David brings Sarah home to meet his family, their romance is challenged. 

Keep the Change’s cast includes actors on the autism spectrum.

Director Rachel Israel; Narrative, 2017, USA, 94 min, English
Presented with the Buffalo Int’l Jewish Film Festival and Yad B’ Yad
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Thursday, June 21, 7:30pm

Author: Clinton Brown, Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo’s Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood

Author Clinton Brown, founder of the Clinton Brown Company Architecture, tells the story of the Historic Elmwood District in his book Becoming Elmwood: Buffalo’s Olmsted Parkway Neighborhood. The book details the arrival of Joseph Ellicott, continues Fredrick Law Olmsted’s role in the parks and parkways, and steps into the modern era. This beautiful book educates and enlightens readers to the history and origins of Elmwood Village’s enduring character.

Book sale/signing and reception to follow.

Location: Sisterhood Chapel at Temple Beth Zion
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Tickets & Passes

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or prior to the events at either JCC Member Services Desks as well as clicking here. Most events conclude with dessert receptions as well as books sales and signings.

General Tickets: $10.00

Student Tickets: $5.00

Families: $60.00 (parents and their children)  —  Special family pricing for A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW

New this year: Flex Pass $50.00  —  6 tickets for the price of 5! Passes may be shared.
Please note: Flex Pass and student tickets may not be used towards A SPECTACULAR VARIETY SHOW on June 10.

Tickets and Flex Passes will not be mailed out. Pre-paid tickets and Flex passes may be picked up at the door 30 minutes before the event.


For more information call Katie Wzontek 204-2084

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Wednesday, May 9

Shop a huge selection of books perfect for gift giving or just for you! A portion of the sales will support the JCC Book and Arts Fair. Pop up sale will be in the lobby of the JCC Benderson Family Building


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June 1-30

The JCC is happy to partner with the Buffalo Jewish Coalition for Literacy during this year’s Book and Arts Fair. 

Donate new or gently used children’s books at collection boxes near the Member Services Desks at both JCC buildings.(Please note, no holiday books, school policy) 

If you need a pickup of books, please contact Amy Heumann at


People of the Book

Please help keep our JCC Book & Arts Fair strong by becoming a People of the Book supporter! People of the Book is a special Jewish Center Endowment Fund, administered by the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and founded by Rabbi Shay and Lila Mintz. Call Katie Wzontek at 204-2084 for more information.

Thank you to our Sponsors! 

Charles and Penny Shuman, Rabbi Avrohom Meir and Chaya Shuman, The Great Buffalo Jewbilee Cultural Festival, Susan Goldberg Schwartz and Steve Schwartz, Shira and Rob Goldberg, in memory of Judy Goldberg, Sam and Sophie Weinstein Foundation, Daniel and Gunilla Kester, Congregation Shir Shalom Sisterhood, Temple Beth Zion, Temple Beth Tzedek, Congregation Havurah, The People of the Book and Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo