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have stepped up as sponsors of Book
Fair and its author talks.
Says Schonberger, "We are indebted
to our sponsoring organizations as well
as the patrons and donors and corpo-
rate sponsors who help us not only
continue Book Fair as it is but to
expand it as well."
Assisting Schonberger in the massive
undertaking are second-year co-chairs
Sandy Stark and Teri Sinkoff, two
enthusiastic leaders who have come up
through Book Fair ranks.
They work with "a huge cadre" of
volunteers beyond the steering corn-
mittee, Stark says, singling out the peo-
ple "who pick up our authors and
those who spend time on the floor
helping people find the right books."
She says, "The entire JCC staff is
involved in one way or another and
they are terrific to work with."
Her favorite time is when the books
start arriving from the publishers.
"There are always treasures coming out
of the boxes," says Stark. "Our biggest
problem is that we are big readers and
we'd probably be more efficient if we
didn't take time to enjoy what we've
ordered."
For Sinkoff, a "voracious reader,"
getting to attend the Book Expo in
New York is a real perli and being able
to speak with authors and publishers is
particularly exciting.
"Volunteering for Book Fair is differ-
ent from my other volunteering," she
says. "We create something new every
year. Each year has its own personali-

Meet The Authors

As in the past, this year's Book Fair will
present a wide range of authors in a
variety of genres and topics.
On the political front, Michael
Oren's Six Days of War: June 1967 and

the Making of the Modern Middle East
traces the ongoing conflict between
Israelis and Palestinians back to that
short but transforming conflict.
Nationally syndicated radio interviewer
Leon Charney will discuss his conver-
sations with statesmen, journalists and
others from his newest book, The
Charney Report: Confronting the Israeli-
Arab Conflict. Closer to home, The
Terrorist Next Door: The Militia
Movement and the Radical Right by
Daniel Levitas examines the very real
and dangerous threat within our own
nation.
The Holocaust continues to influ-
ence writers; three authors will speak
on the topic during Book Fair.
University of Michigan Professor

Get the zi p!

Sidney Bolkosky's Searching for
Meaning in the Holocaust challenges the
usual collection of platitudes about the
lessons or meanings one can draw from
the Holocaust. In Displaced Persons,
Russian-born Joseph Berger shares his
account of his family's immigration
from Eastern Europe to America when
he was 5 years old, and how its mem-
bers rebuilt their lives in a new coun-
try. Bryan Mark Rigg's Hitler's Jewish

Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi
Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent
in the German Military is a book on a
complicated topic, examining the
conundrum Hitler faced on his mur-
derous road to "racial purity."
Offering a broader historical perspec-
tive is Hasia Diner's Her Works Praise
Her: A History of Jewish Women in
America, which provides a colorful
account of Jewish women in America
from 1654 to the turn of the 21st cen-
tury. In Faith and Fate, Rabbi Beryl
Wein writes his fourth in a series of
history books; this volume deals with
the history of the Jews during the tur-
bulent 20th century.
Interest in Jewish spirituality contin-
ues to run high.
In their book Searching for Meaning
in Midrash: Lessons for Everyday Living,
Rabbis Michael Katz and Gershon
Schwartz explore more than 50
midrashim and the lessons that can be
drawn from them. The God. Book: A
Necessarily Incomplete Look at the
Essence Of God by Temple Israel Rabbi
Paul Yedwab uses both English and
Hebrew sources, as well as primary
texts, to encourage creative thinking
regarding the concept of God.
The catchily titled From Fear to
Eternity by A. Lefkowitz is written as a
conversation between 'Andy" and
"Avi," who discuss 10 steps to achiev-
ing the benefits of living a life accord-
ing to Torah. In One People, Two
Worlds, Reform Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch
and Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Reinman
bring their vastly different approaches
and beliefs to aspects of Judaism and
the Jewish world.
Back for what should be another
successful event, author Yitta
Halberstam, co-author with Judith
Leventhal of their latest book, Small
Miracles for the Jewish Heart, returns to
discuss the often surprising and unex-
plained vignettes of everyday people's
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