JCC Rochester book festival
JCC Rochester Jewish film festival
Three Men and the Bible

Sunday, October 24; 7:30PM; JCC Hart Theatre; $8/$10
Benyamin Cohen
My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith
Looking out of his window at a church across the street, the son of an Orthodox rabbi asks, "What would it be like to be a Christian?" So begins Benyamin Cohen's hilarious journey - part memoir, part spiritual quest and part anthropologist's mission. Cohen finds himself in some unlikely places and even jumps into the mosh-pit at a Christian rock concert. Cohen is surprised to discover that his search for universal answers and truths in the Bible Belt actually makes him a better Jew. Cohen was the founder and editor of American Jewish Life and the online magazine Jewsweek. He currently works as an editor at the Mother Nature Network.

A.J. Jacobs
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
The Year of Living Biblically answers the question: What if a modern-day American followed every rule in the Bible as literally as possible for a full year? Not just the famous rules - the Ten Commandments and "love thy neighbor" - but the hundreds of oft-ignored ones: Don't wear clothes of mixed fibers. Grow your beard. Stone adulterers. A.J. Jacobs' experiment is surprising, informative, timely and funny. More recently, Jacobs-for the sake of his art-became a "human guinea pig," fearlessly taking on life-altering challenges that elicit insight and humor. The result is The Guinea Pig Diaries, a book packed with both laughs and enlightenment. In his first book, The Know-it-All, Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the editor at large at Esquire magazine and a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR and more.
David Plotz
Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible
Good Book is what happens when a regular guy actually reads the book on which his religion, his culture and his world are based. Along the way, he grapples with profound theological questions - How many commandments do we actually need? Why are there so many prostitutes in the Bible? Is Samson really that stupid? Good Book is an irreverent, enthralling journey for our time. Plotz, the editor of Slate, has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Rolling Stone and more. He is the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank.

Generously underwritten by Barbara and John Lovenheim.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for February 9, 2010. Due to weather the event had to be rescheduled. If you are holding tickets from the 2/9/10 event and have not yet been notified, please call 585-461-2000, ext. 235 to RSVP. We thank the authors and audience for their cooperation!