Our temple, Temple Emanu-El is having a Dinner Dance/ Silent Auction every year about this time.
I work and don't have time to go to services. The best I can do to get involved is to try to get items donated for the silent auction. This is the third year I am involved with this. Each year, I am not dissappointed.
Many authors and publicists help donate autograph books for our auction. This year was not a exception.
Here are the authors, and the publicists that donated to our Temple Emanu-El dinner dance/silent auction. Oh, and if you are interested, and live in the area of Myrtle Beach, SC give Jessica a call to attend. Here is our temple website.
Here on the red carpet are the books that were donated:
I am picturing the book with the author below. First is Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner. You can read my review here from when it first was published.
Next is Joshua Henkin, A World Without You. Without hurting anyone's feelings. I admire this author because of what he does. Besides being a awesome author. He reaches out to book clubs, and will even come to your book club if you live in the area. Unfortunately, I don't live in the Metro New York area any longer. I will tell you this is probably he's better books that I have read. You can read my review here.
Next, is the one I am really excited about. I contacted Jodi Picoult's publicist. She signed a autograph copy of her newest yet to be released novel, Story Teller. Yes, people in my hot little hand is newest, not even released yet. Jodi, is basically a household name. Book clubs love her books and eat them up. This is going to be great, I would love to see the reaction of people's faces when they hear I was able to pull this off. I wonder how much they will auction this off for, and who will get it.
Unfortunately, I have not reviewed Story Teller to let you know what I think. Jodi Picoult's publicist only sent it to me yesterday. But, I plan to review. Like her other books, I am hoping it will be great for discussion. Easy to read, and discuss and a hot topic on social issues.
Last but not least. Imposter Bride by Nancy Richer. Again, I did not review yet, because I just recently received the galley. Imposter Bride will be published soon.
This list is not comprised as starting with the best to worst. It is in random order.
All these books are writen by Jewish authors.
I bet you did not know that Jodi Picoult was raised Jewish as a child. I don't know if she is a practicing Jew now. How, I know this I wrote her a few years ago, and asked her directly. It was in reference to a book she wrote, Change of Heart. There was references that coincided with the practice of Judaism.
I would like to personally thank all the authors, and publicists that helped support my temple.
I will be blogging about Jewish books, mainly fiction. I will have book reviews, book news, and Jewish news that promotes the Jewish authors. And of course any happenings in Temple Emanu-El of Myrtle Beach. If you are looking for a temple in Myrtle Beach. Visit Temple Emanu-El, a conservative temple at http://www.mbsynagogue.org/ We are a warm and friendly shul. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi Avi our and his wife Mira are friendly and kind, friendly and very sympathetic to each of our members. We are a small shul but that only adds to our uniqueness and our shuls warmth. If you are ever in the Myrtle Beach area come, and stop for a visit.
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