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On this page you will find information about all of our visiting authors and distinguished speakers. If you'd like more information about any of these events, please contact Jenessa Schwartz, the JCC's Director of Jewish Life, at 408.357.7411 or jenessa@apjcc.org.


The JCC's Visiting Authors and Distinguished Speakers Series

The Distinguished Speakers Series is back for another year of incredible discussions. Each month, come and hear from some of the most amazing minds of our times. We've lined up a season of one-of-a-kind events featuring big names and buzzed-about newcomers. New this year, we're also offering a "Let's Do Lunch" Literary Circle.

Let’s Do Lunch (or dinner) Literary Circle

Thank you to the three amazing authors who came to speak with us this year, Ayelet Waldman, Maggie Anton, and Geralyn Lucas. Details about our 2015-2016 Literary Circle events will be available over the summer.


Distinguished Speakers Series

These lectures are $5 for JCC members and $7 for non-members.
To RSVP, call 408.357.7413 or CJLL@apjcc.org.

Joseph Telushkin, author of Jewish Literacy
Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History
Thursday, May 21st | 7:00pm

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RebbeIn this enlightening and authoritative biography, Joseph Telushkin offers a captivating portrait of the late Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, a figure unprecedented in Jewish history who defies conventional boundaries and turned his movement, Chabad-Lubavitch, into the most dynamic and widespread Jewish organization today. Readers will learn how the Rebbe became, in effect, the world's first ambassador for Judaism, influencing American-Israeli policies, leading clandestine operations to rescue Jews in the Soviet Union, and pioneering Jewish outreach. At once an incisive work of history and a compendium of Rabbi Schneerson's teachings, Rebbe is the definitive guide to understanding one of the most vital and intriguing figures of the last centuries.

Joseph Telushkin is a rabbi, scholar, and bestselling author of eighteen books, among them the widest selling book on Judaism, Jewish Literacy. He is a senior associate of CLAL (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), and a board member of the Jewish Book Council. He lives with his wife Dvorah in New York City.

This lecture is made possible in part by a generous gift from Bonnie Slavitt Moore and Jack Moore.


Financial assistance is available to attend these lectures, through the generosity of the Arnie Addison Scholarship Fund. Click here to apply.

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