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People of the Book Fair

Join Machon Micah for our annual People of the Book Fair at Temple Micah! This free, family-friendly event includes Boker Tov (communal singing), author book presentations and signings, and a book exchange.

Plus, enjoy a bounce house, ice cream (first one FREE!), and food for purchase from Big Cheese food truck! Plus, don’t miss the sale happening at our Judaica gift shop! No advance registration is required to attend, and all are welcome.

Event Schedule

9:30 – 10 a.m. | Boker Tov (communal singing) in the Sanctuary

10:10 – 10:50 a.m. | Book Presentations (various locations indoors)

11 a.m. – 12 noon | Fair, Book Exchange, Food Truck and Ice Cream, Bounce House (outdoors)

Participate in the Book Exchange!

Please bring ONE book per person. Each participant is asked to choose one book they LOVE to exchange for one that someone else loved.

Write on a sticky note: Why did you love this book? Feel free to include your name. We hope you will discuss the book with the donor after you finish reading it!

Featured Children’s Authors

Presentations will begin around 10:10 a.m.

Heroes with Chutzpah, Koala Challah, and The Whispering Town

Upstairs Library: Heroes with Chutzpah by Deborah Bodin Cohen

In Heroes with Chutzpah, readers will meet 101 Jewish changemakers from the recent past and present, who challenged the status quo in the arts, sciences, social justice, sports and politics. Each one-page biography is accompanied by an original digital portrait.

You may also recognize Ms. Cohen as the author of the Engineer Ari series, The Seventh Day, Papa Jethro, and Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim, and more!

Sanctuary: The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren

The dramatic story of neighbors in a small Danish fishing village who, during the Holocaust, shelter a Jewish family waiting to be ferried to safety in Sweden – based on a true story.

You may also recognize Ms. Elvgren as the author of The Edelweiss Pirates, Josias, Hold the Book, and more!

Social Hall: Koala Challah by Laura Gehl

Lila’s older sisters both have jobs to help their family get ready for Shabbat. Lila wants to help too, but she can’t figure out the perfect job, and everything she tries just ends in a gigantic mess. Then Lila has an idea. Maybe she can make the most beautiful, most special, most delicious challah ever! At least she can try….

You may also recognize Ms. Gehl as the author of Who Dug This Hole?, The Hiking Viking, Cat Has a Plan, Climate Warriors, and more!

Speakers for the Grown-Ups

Matthew Dalek and Philippa Strum's books

Beginning around 10:10 a.m. in the Atrium, join Philippa Strum and Matt Dallek in conversation about their recently published books, On Account of Sex: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Making of Gender Equality Law, and Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right.

On Account of Sex examines the way Ruth Bader Ginsburg advanced women’s rights and gender equality through litigation long before she became a Supreme Court Justice. Birchers details how Birchers forged an alternative political tradition on the far right that challenged mainstream conservatives and eventually engulfed the GOP.

Strum and Dallek will discuss the key themes of their books, including Ginsburg’s pioneering efforts to put gender equality into the U.S. Constitution, and the Birchers’ antisemitism and the Anti-Defamation League’s efforts to infiltrate and expose the Society as a threat to democracy. Together, the books explore two very different visions of the United States.

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