Jason Mark Alster (Leaving Home, Going Home, Returning Home: A Hebrew American's Sojourn in the Land of Israel) lives in suburban Hartford, Connecticut, where he works in neurodiagnostics technology and biofeedback. He is also interested in psychophysiology research and learning strategies. Jason's talks center on his expectations and experiences in Israel, and on his return to the United States. He lived in Israel for 23 years, through the Intifadas and the Gulf Wars as well as during the peace agreements with Jordan and the Palestinians. He is willing to travel to most places in the United States. To arrange a program, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website: http://jasonalster.googlepages.com/leavinghome,goinghome,returninghome.
Maggie Anton (Rashi's Daughters, Book I: Joheved,
Rashi's Daughters, Book II: Miriam
and Rashi's Daughter: Secret Scholar) lives in Los Angeles, California. Winner of Foreword magazine's Best Historical Fiction Award and a Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, Anton gives talks about Rashi, his times, and his importance to Judaism. She also talks about women in the Talmud, what women's lives were like in eleventh-century France, and her personal story of how she came to write about Rashi's daughters. Two of her talk titles are "Rashi's Daughters: Three Women and a Talmud" and "Women in Rashi's Time: It wasn't the Dark Ages." Anton is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, but prefers to schedule several events in one trip if the location is far from Los Angeles. To arrange a program, contact her at email@example.com or through her website www.rashisdaughters.com.
Ron Arons (The Jews of Sing Sing) lives in Oakland California, where he is an acknowledged expert on Jewish criminals of New York's Lower East Side. Winner of a Hackman Research Residency Award from the New York State Archives, Arons gives multimedia presentations on Jewish criminals, Jewish genealogy, and the use of computers in research. His talks include "The Jews of Sing Sing," "Putting the Flesh on the Bones: My Journey of Researching My Own Ancestral Past (and the Trouble I Found)," "The Men Behind the Flamingo Hotel: Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky," and "Best-Bet Websites for Genealogical Research." Arons is willing to travel anywhere if his expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.ronarons.com.
Sharon Reiss Baker (A Nickel, A Trolley, A Treasure House) lives outside Philadelphia, PA, where she is an educational consultant. She presents book-based, participatory programs about Jewish historical fiction to children in Grades 1-8. Her "Historical Fiction: A Backstage Tour" focuses on research materials and methods in writing historical fiction, "Begin and Begin Again" examines the writing process with an emphasis on revisions, and "Between Two Covers" explores the publishing process from first draft to first printing. Baker is willing to travel anywhere in the U.S. or Israel. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.sharonreissbaker.com.
Judy Lash Balint (Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times and Jerusalem Diaries II: What's Really Happening in Israel) is a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem who provides commentary for the Dave Ross Show on KIRO in Seattle and the Lee Rodgers Show on KSFO in San Francisco. Winner of the Mosaic Award for Excellence in Feature Writing about Israeli Peoplehood, Culture and Society, Balint gives talks anywhere in the English-speaking world on "Israel Behind the Headlines," "The Challenges Facing Jerusalem," "Making a New Life in Israel: Reflections of an American Olah," and "Media Coverage in Israel." To arrange a program, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.jerusalemdiaries.com.
Tilda Balsley (Let My People Go!) lives in Reidsville, North Carolina. A former teacher, she gives interactive Reader's Theater programs for children featuring the story of the ten plagues. She also offers research based workshops for teachers on the effectiveness of Reader's Theater in encouraging rereading; in the workshops, teachers practice converting familiar children's books to scripts. Balsley is willing to travel anywhere in the southeastern U.S. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.tildatalks.com.
Michael Bart (Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance with co-author Laurel Corona) lives in San Diego, California, where he is the annual chair of the Community Holocaust Commemoration. Nominated for a Sophie Brody Medal, Bart gives talks on his ten years of research into his parent's experiences in the Vilna ghetto and as members of Abba Kovner's Avenger's group. Bart will consider traveling anywhere. To arrange a program, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.untilourlastbreath.com.
Hava Ben-Zvi (Eva's Journey: A Young Girl's True Story and The Bride Who Argued with God: Tales from the Treasury of Jewish Folklore) lives in San Marino, California. A former director of the Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles and recipient of the Ezra Award, she gives programs about her books to both adults and children. For Eva's Journey, she describes her life as a Jewish adolescent and teenager in German-occupied Poland during World War II, and for The Bride Who Argued with God, she retells Jewish folktales and discusses their unique attributes and meaning. Ben-Zvi is willing to travel anywhere in California and possibly to other states within the U.S. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website http://e.benzvi.home.att.net.
Michael Blumenthal (Against Romance: Poems,
All My Mothers and Fathers: A Memoir,
Weinstock Among the Dying: A Novel
and When History Enters the House: Essays from Central Europe) divides his time between Hegymagas, Hungary, where he works as a psychotherapist with Anglophone expatriates in Budapest, and Norfolk, Virginia, where he holds the Mina Hohenberg Darden Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. Winner of the Harold U. Ribelow Prize for Best Jewish Fiction and the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the Academy of American Poets, Blumenthal gives these talks: ""On the Hunger of Jewish Writers," "Jewish Writers and Eastern Europe," "Growing Up in a Holocaust Family: A Reading and Lecture from All My Mothers and Fathers," and "Jewish-American Poetry: A Reading and Lecture." Blumenthal is willing to travel anywhere in return for an honorarium. To arrange a program, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his publisher's website pleasureboatstudio.com.
Andrée Aelion Brooks (Russian Dance: A True Story of Intrigue and Passion in Stalinist Moscow,
The Woman Who Defied Kings: The Life and Times of Dona Gracia Nasi,
and Out of Spain: An Educational Program for Children Covering the History and Culture of Sephardic Jewry is a journalist and lecturer in Westport, Connecticut. A National Jewish Book Award finalist, Brooks gives talks on unexplored aspects of Jewish history based on the research behind her books and on recent news articles. Her talks include "The Ancient Origin of Merchant Jews and Their Impact on Jewish History," "The Cradle of Jewish Life in Europe and the Birth of Ashkenaz," " The Incredible Story of Dona Gracia Nasi: a Woman Leader during the Renaissance," and "Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: Serious History Builds on a Legend." Brooks is willing to travel anywhere, provided her travel costs are covered. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.andreeaelionbrooks.com.
Haggai Carmon (The Red Syndrome: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller and Triple Identity: A Dan Gordon Intelligence Thriller) lives in Long Island, New York, where he is an international attorney representing the U.S. Department of Justice in its Israeli litigation. On assignment by several federal agencies, Carmon has gathered legal intelligence around the world in complex, multimillion dollar cases, most involving money laundering. In his talks, he describes his real-life adventures that have inspired his intelligence thrillers. Carmon is willing to travel anywhere within the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut; he is willing to travel elsewhere as long as his travel expenses are paid. To arrange a program, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 212-751-0406, or visit his websites www.tripleidentity.com and www.carmonlaw.com.
Deborah Bodin Cohen (Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride,
Lilith's Ark: Teenage Tales of Biblical Women,
and The Seventh Day: A Shabbat Story) lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where she is the Rabbi for Lifelong Education at Temple Emanuel. Winner of a National Jewish Book Award, Rabbi Cohen gives interactive and discussion-based talks for a variety of age groups, from young children to teengers and parents, and often includes craft projects, creative writing exercises, or text study. She is willing to tailor her talks to meet the needs of the group. Some of her topics are: "Torah for Today's Teen—Creating Modern Midrash," "The Seventh Day—Celebration and Craft," "Riding the Jaffa-Jersalem Railway with Engineer Ari," and "Jewish Children's Books for Interfaith Families." Rabbi Cohen travels within the U.S. for a limited number of speaking engagements each year. To arrange a program, contact her at DebBoCo@comcast.net or visit her website www.deborahbodincohen.com.
Esther Cohen (Book Doctor,
Don't Mind Me and Other Jewish Lies,
God is a Tree: Middle-Aged Prayers,
and No Charge for Looking) lives in New York City where she is Executive Director of Bread and Roses, the national non-profit cultural program of New York's union for health care workers. Winner of a Pure Visionary Award for a photographic project she initiated to give cameras and photography lessons to working men and women across the country, Cohen is a storyteller and humorist who gives talks on "Good Jewish Stories," "Jews and Books," and "Middle-Aged Prayers." She is willing to travel anywhere within commuting distance of New York City, and elsewhere if her expenses are covered. To arrange a program, email Cohen at email@example.com or visit her website www.esthercohen.com.
Leslie Cohen (Trapped inside the Story: The Biography of Naomi Kalsky, Born Sonya Hebenstreit) lives on Kibbutz Ein Hashofet near Haifa in Israel, where she teaches college English at Ruppin Academic Center. Winner of a National Indie Excellence Book Award for Best Memoir, Cohen gives a storytelling session about her book that includes historical background about the Holocaust. She also gives these talks: "How Fairy Tales Became a Survival Strategy During the Holocaust," "How to Personalize Holocaust Education," and "Biography of a Teenager Who Survived the Holocaust." Cohen is willing to travel anywhere in the Los Angeles and New York areas when she visits the U.S. each fall and spring. At other times, she is willing to travel anywhere in Israel. To arrange a program, contact her publisher William Roetzheim at William@level4press.com or Cohen directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurel Corona (Until Our Last Breath: A Holocaust Story of Love and Partisan Resistance with co-author Michael Bart) lives in San Diego, California, where she teaches English and Humanities at San Diego City College. Corona gives talks in the San Diego area on "Writing About the Holocaust" and "The Partisans of Vilna," but is willing to travel elsewhere for an honorarium and travel expenses. To arrange a program, email her at email@example.com or visit her website www.uolb-corona.com.
Deborah da Costa (Hanukkah Moon and Snow in Jerusalem) lives in Columbia, Maryland, where she works as a reading specialist, psychologist and educational consultant. Winner of a University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice Award, da Costa gives talks to children and adults on "The Creation of a Picture Book from Idea to Finished Product," "Writing Jewish Children's Books," "Reading, Thinking and Writing about Other Cultures," and "Research and Revision." She prefers traveling the East Coast from Maine to Florida, but is open to traveling anywhere. To arrange a program, email da Costa at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website www.deborahdacosta.com.
Debra B. Darvick (This Jewish Life: Stories of Discovery, Connection and Joy, contributor to A Gift of Prayer: Spirituality of Jewish Women, Women of Reform Judaism)
and contributor to
Jewish Family and Life: Traditions, Holidays, and Values for Today's Parents and Children) lives in Birmingham, Michigan, where she is a freelance writer and jewelry designer. Darvick gives talks around the country on "Life in the Jewish Lane: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Adolescents," "Eight Teachings for Pursuing a Dream," and "Sketching out a Novel/Jumpstarting the Battery with Paper and Colored Pencils." She is willing to travel anywhere as long as her hosts provide transportation. She is fine with home hospitality. To arrange a program, email Darvick at email@example.com or visit her website www.debradarvick.com.
Poopa Dweck (Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews) lives in Deal, New Jersey. Winner of a National Jewish Book Award, she gives talks to Jewish organizations and culinary retailers and organizations on "Preserving the Unique Customs, Rich Legacy, and Extraordinary Cuisine of Jewish Aleppo," "Holidays, Traditions, and Enticing Foods of Aleppian Syrian Jews," and "The Aleppian Woman's Spiritual Role in Drawing the Divine Presence into Her Home." Dweck is willing to travel anywhere. To arrange a program, contact her through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau at 212-207-7100, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau website www.HarperCollinsSpeakersBureau.com.
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