Upcoming Events


DA LOVE FEST in LA was awesome. The TAILGATE at Jewish Heritage Night was da bim bom. And now that COOL JEW has officially launched, the tour is about to begin!

Feast your eyes on the new and improved 2008-2009 Cool Jew Book Tour across the U.S. and Canada.

If by chance, Cool Jew isn't yet slated to come to you, as they say in Chinese, don't vorry. Click on contact and drop Lisa a line. We've got street teams taking shape across North America, so G-d Villing, it's only a matter of time before your vision takes shape in your beachside getaway, provincial hamlet and downtown loft! So nu, vhat are you waiting for?


(dates, venues and all the fine print subject to change)

Picnic Fest, Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland

Join one of the largest San Francisco East Bay Jewish community annual events -- a day of free kosha eats, free entertainment, free beer & wine gardens and free raffle prizes, including an autographed copy of Cool Jew. Entertainment includes live performances by Lisa, the Ferris Wheels and Moshav. 11 am - 4 pm. More info.

9/10: Berkeley: Community-wide Cool Jew Book Launch. Kosher martini bar, dessert reception, goodie bags and other surprises and live performance by Meshugge Beach Party. Sponsored by Hadassah, co-presented by Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Netivot Shalom and Temple Beth Hillel. 7:30 pm, Congregation Beth El, 1301 Oxford, Berkeley. Hasidic Hawaiian attire optional. Free.

9/11: Saratoga, Calif. Hebrew High.

9/14: In-store appearance Bob & Bob Judaica,
4500 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022, (650) 947-4500,
info@bobandbobjudaica.com, 3 pm.

9/15: San Francisco, Calif., SF Federation, Diller Tikkun Olam Awards.

9/16: Colgate University Jewish Book Fair, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton NY 13346, evening.

9/23:Jewish Book Fair, Harold & Sylvia Kaplan JCC of Greater Palm Beaches, 3151 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409, 7 pm.

9/24: Jewish Book Fair, Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 South Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096-3999, 7:30 pm.

10/19: Oakland event TBC

10/19: Jewish Identity Symposium, Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St San Francisco, CA 94115, (415) 346-1720.

10/26: Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival, Contra Costa JCC, 2071 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek. 7 pm. $12. www.jfed.org/book08

THE CANADA TOUR -- details to follow

10/30: Montreal

11/2 - 4: Toronto


11/5: Martinis & Chocolate Night, Jewish Book Fair at the Valley of the Sun JCC, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd. #203, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85254, 7 pm. $20 for JCC & Hadassah members; $25 for non-Members.

11/6: Los Angeles UCLA Hillel's Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts and the Center for Jewish Studies, panel discussion, signing, and kosher martini bar (I.D. required) & dessert reception and film screening. Co-sponsored by Beach Hillel and UCLA Hillel's Alumni Association, 7:30 pm. Free.

11/10: Panel discussion and kosher reception with author Frances Dinkelspiel (Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California) and filmmaker Yoav Potash (Life Sentence) to celebrate the release of Cool Jew and Towers of Gold. Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Judah L. Magnes Museum and UC Berkeley Library's Jewish Studies Collection. Northgate Hall, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Library, time to be confirmed. Free.

11/12: Jewish Book Fair at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, Florida, 7:30 pm.

11/13: SF Launch Party. Join this extravagant one-night festival of Jewish creativity combining a book signing, film screenings, a panel discussion with local artists and innovators featured in the book, a dance party with live music and spoken-word performances and a DJ spinning contemporary Jewish rap, klezmer punk and hip hop tunes. A charity raffle of hip Jewish swag will support Israeli victims of terror, kosher refreshments will be on tap and an unprecedented Heebster marketplace will include books, T-shirts, music and more. Sponsored by The Hub of SFJCC Launch Party, co-presented with Bay Area Tribe -- Birthright Israel NEXT--San Francisco and Jewlicious. Panel discussion, live performances, charity raffle and more. 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna Street, San Francisco, 9 pm. Tickets: $12 in advance, $18 at the door. For tickets, and more information, call The Hub hotline at (415) 276-1509.

11/16: University of Michigan Hillel, 1429 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 7 pm. Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor JCC.

11/18: "Bonus Author Event," Lisa in conversation with Rabbi Simcha Weinstein, author of Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century. St. Louis Jewish Book Festival of the Jewish Community Center, 6:30 pm. Steinberg Hall in the Sam Fox Architecture Building on the Washington University campus. Presented in conjuction with GesherCity, Hillel and YPD. $10. For more information, visit stlouisjewishbookfestival.org, (314) 442-3299.

11/19: New York City, American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House, Young Artists Panel Discussion. 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011, (212) 294-8350. info@americansephardifederation.org

11/20: New York City, JCC of Manhattan Launch Party and Jewish Rock Showcase. Lisa will perform spoken word from her book, followed by live performances. Special guests include Dov Rosenblatt of Blue Fringe, Rav Shmuel, Chana Rothman, Basya Schecter of Pharoah's Daughter, the Goddess Pearlman of Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, Naomi Less of Jewish Chicks Rock, Sarah Aroeste and her Ladino rock band, Michelle Citrin aka Rosh Hashanah Girl and spoken word performance by poet Matthue Roth. Artists will be available to autograph CDs and books for sale, fun kosher foods will be available, and a marketplace will feature Heebster swag. 334 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10023, (646) 505-5700, 7:30 pm. Free.

11/21: Minneapolis Shabbaton

11/24: New York City -- TBC

12/1: DC -- TBC

12/2: NYC -- TBC

12/5 -6: Shabbaton at Congregation B'nai Avraham, 117 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, 11201. Dinner reservations, $25, Levana, (718) 596-4840, x. 18.

12/7: Toledo, Ohio Jewish Book Network

12/8: Cleveland, Ohio -- TBC

12/25 - 28: Hazon Food Conference, Asilomar, Calif. -- TBC

1/7: Kansas City, KS -- TBC

1/8: Women's Division of the Jewish Federation, Kansas City, Missouri. 7:30 pm, adults $8, students free. 6100 W. 127th. St, Overland Park, KS 66209. 7:30 pm.

1/9: Shabbat Dinner, New York City -- TBC

1/13-14: New York City, Shmooze Conference

1/29: Los Gatos, Calif. -- TBC

2/27-3/1: Jewlicious Festival, Alpert JCC, Long Beach, Calif.

4/1: Jewish Book Fair, Tuscon Jewish Community Center, 3800 East River, Tucson, Arizona 85718, 7 pm.