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The Future of the Jews by Stuart E. Eizenstat at the MJCCA

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Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat is hopefully optimistic about current state of the Jews as spoke about his book The Future of the Jews at the MJCCA on November 4.

He noted that today there are about thirteen and a half Jews out of a world population of seven billion, where roughly five million reside in the United States. For a small group, their contributions have been numerous in science, business, and politics.

Eizenstat pointed to five areas that should be a concern Jews in the United States.

As a diplomat, he notes the current shift of the role of the United States in the world. Since World War II, the US had been an emerging power and gain dominance on the world state.  Now the ascending powers of non industrial nations are about to eclipse this past lead.  Nations like China, Brazil, Turkey are a few. These emerging countries will have a higher GDP than the democratic industrial nations combined.

Second the impact of globalization. Whereas the digital technology information age is the biggest break through since the Gutenberg presses.  It has created a mutually dependant world that also has made us more vulnerable to terrorist. It also has made us more connected and created new ways to even the economic playing field.

Third, the direction of the Muslims around the world and their internal battles has created new conflicts.

Forth there are new-found anti-Semitism and the attack of the Jewish state of Israel.

His final point is a nontraditional threat of a global winter with the rise of Iran with access to nuclear weapons.

Eizenstat also spoke to the demographic challenges: the Jewish population is aging and there are not enough births to fill the gap.  He suggested being more open to mix faith marriages, investing in early Jewish education, and reaching out for new followers.

Eizenstat points that we are at a crossroads and that the shift of power in the world is influencing our geopolitical relationships.  The United States still has military dominance and a land of innovation and opportunity, but this is not a guarantee for the next generation.  His call is for action and is optimistic that there will be a better future for the Jews.

For more details buy Stuart E. Eizenstat’s book The Future of the Jews.

Be sure to capture part of the 21st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA running through November 18 which has fifty-two authors with thirty-eight events in eighteen days.

A fun way to learn more about the literary scene, A Cappella books is on site selling books, so you can get them signed and are a perfect gift for this holiday season.

Visit: www.AtlantaJCC.org/bookfestival follow on Twitter @mjccabookfest  www.Facebook.com/mjccabookfest   or call 678-812-4005

 

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An Evening with David Sedaris at Fox Theatre April 16

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ATLANTA, GA (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Fox Theatre is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One DayDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Celebrating the June 3, 2014 paperback release of his latest title, #1 New York Times Bestseller, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, author David Sedaris comes to Atlanta for an evening of engaging recollections and featuring all-new readings.

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Dr. Mike’s “The Fallacy of the Calorie”

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Dr. Mike (Michael S. Fenster, MD) has a sense of humor in dispersing his dietary and nutritional advice in The Fallacy of the Calorie, but what’s also funny is the fact that this cardiologist is dishing out all this information while criticizing supposed self-proclaimed food experts.

Take this passage, for example: “These days it seems as if everybody has an opinion about food and health. People watch Dr. Oz, tune in to the Food Network, or read some anecdotal diatribe on the Internet and all of a sudden they’re full of expert opinions and analysis.”

Dr. Mike mentions only Dr. Oz by name. He then goes on to allude to a bunch of straw men who give consumers lots of conflicting food guidance before launching into his own enterprising book of culinary realness. Dr. Mike is in your face and sounds like a go-getter, I guess. He says if I’m happy with the food I eat and my state of wellness, health, verdure, heartiness is a-okay, then this is not the book for me. PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. If only!

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SPX 2014 Programming Schedule

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SPX is fast approaching! Check out the release about this year’s panels and programming to plan your weekend. They all sound remarkable, highlighting diversity in the comics and cartooning industry that is often overlooked.

The Small Press Expo is pleased to announce the SPX 2014 Programming Schedule.  SPX continuing the festival’s established tradition of rich, thought-provoking programming featuring leading comics artists and critics in conversation. As in previous years, the Programming Schedule will feature two simultaneous tracks on both Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.

SPX 2014 programming highlights include special Q&A sessions with headline guests Lynda Barry, Jules Feiffer, Charles Burns, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Friedman. Eleanor Davis, Mimi Pond and John Porcellino, many of whom will also join in other panel discussions.

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