The Jewish Community Center’s 47th annual Book and Arts Fair kicks off Sunday and runs for more than a month, largely in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).
This year’s fair features 15 events and readings, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a presentation from archivist Chana Revell Kotzin of the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project. Kotzin will talk about her new book, “The Jewish Community of Greater Buffalo,” a photographic history of the area’s Jewish culture and community. Other highlights include the panel discussion “Jews in the Game,” moderated by WGRZ sportscaster Stu Boyar at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; a presentation on life in the theater from Jewish Repertory Theatre co-founder Saul Elkin at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday; and a talk from Ms. magazine founder Letty Cottin Pogrebin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9.
On Nov. 10, Temple Beth Tzedek (621 Getzville Road, Amherst), will host a concert featuring musicians Moshe Ben Abraham and Cantor Aaron Bensoussan, who hail from Cuba and Morocco, respectively.
To coincide with the book fair, the Holland JCC Art Gallery will have an exhibition of paintings by the Fort Erie-based Chris Witvoet, who described his work as glass puzzle pieces “filled with symbolic imagery, metaphors and layers of stories.”
Events are $6 to $12. A full schedule of events is online at www.jccbookfair.com; for more information, call 688-4033.
– Colin Dabkowski