Book Lovers Luncheon Spreads Message of Ecology, Involvement

Book Lovers Luncheon Spreads Message of Ecology, Involvement

Stacy Linkin, Juli Berwald, Lynne Stein, Julie Waltzer. Credit: Dave Hawks

On Nov. 7, Book Lovers Luncheon was attended by more than 200 people in the JCC Community Hall.

Chaired by Lynne Stein and Stacy Linkin, this year’s event featured local author and community member, Juli Berwald, who shared her book, "Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone," and a thoughtful message about the importance of caring for our oceans and planet.

Women’s Philanthropy Chair Julie Waltzer shared her top 10 ways to get involved with Shalom Austin and Women’s Philanthropy, including the Senior Adult Hanukkah Party Wednesday, Dec. 5, nominating a deserving woman to receive the Woman of Valor award at IGNITE! Sunday, April 14, 2019 and making a donation to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign.

JBookFest continues through February 2019.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, January 13, 1:30 p.m.
Erica Perl, "All Three Stooges"
Location: JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane

Spoiler alert: This book is not about the Three Stooges. It's about Noah and Dash, two seventh graders who are best friends and comedy junkies. That is, they were best friends until Dash’s father died suddenly and Dash shut Noah out. (Which Noah deserved, according to Not, the girl who, annoyingly, shares both his name and his bar mitzvah day.) Now Noah’s confusion, frustration, and determination to get through to Dash are threatening to destroy more than just their friendship. But what choices does he have? As Noah sees it, sometimes you need to risk losing everything, even your sense of humor, to prove that gone doesn’t have to mean “gone for good.”

Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Cathy Barrow, “Pie Squared”
Location: JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Lane

For those of you who aren’t up on your Pinterest food trends, slab pie is just like regular pie—only better (and bigger)! Instead of crimping and meticulously rolling out a round crust, slab pies are an unfussy twist that is perfect for a potluck or dinner party or just a family dinner. Baked on sheet pans, slab pies can easily serve a crowd of people dinner or dessert. Pie Squared includes seventy-five foolproof recipes, along with inventive decoration tips that will appeal to baking nerds and occasional bakers alike. And this fresh, uncomplicated take on pie will surely pique the interest of those who have previously been recitation to take out their rolling pin. ■

For more information and to RSVP, visit shalomaustin.org/JBookFest.

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