2023-2024 MAURY & LILLIAN NOVAK DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES

After much anticipation, The Distinguished Author Series returns to the CJC! As proven by our community, this series has long been upheld as a significant source of Jewish culture and education throughout San Diego. With its return, the Distinguished Author Series once again positions itself as an extravaganza of Jewish literature with the benefit of building and sustaining community. With an incredible slate of authors in attendance, this season will offer stimulating topics, important conversations, and exciting stories from nationally and internationally recognized authors.

FULL SERIES SCHEDULE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE SEPTEMBER 1



THE MAURY & LILLIAN NOVAK DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES: Naked: On Sex, Work, and Other Burlesques


Saturday, February 24, 2024 | 7:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Two things, amongst many, that Fancy Feast does well is serve and not hold back. In Naked we see all this and more as sex educator, burlesque dancer and social worker Fancy Feast gives us a peek behind the curtain to a world most of us have never seen. Together we will explore sex, consent, power, body positivity and more.

Price: Free

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THE MAURY & LILLIAN NOVAK DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES: Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman


This Event is Cancelled

Born the first son to a dynastic Rabbinical family, Abby Chava Stein was immediately set on a path to become a religious leader in her ultra-Orthodox community. However, when she transitioned into womanhood, Stein was forced to leave the way of life she’d always known. Becoming Eve explores Stein’s incredible journey to becoming the person she was meant to be.

Price: $36 | JCC Members: $30

Becoming Eve


THE MAURY & LILLIAN NOVAK DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SERIES: When Your Family Says No: The Journey to Freedom, Independence, and Happiness


Thursday,April 11, 2024 | 7:00 pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre
Lawrence Family JCC

Laya Martinez’s life was planned for her by her Orthodox family, one of seminary school, arranged marriage, and an expectation that she would bear as many children as possible. When Your Family Says No gives us an inside look into Martinez’s decision to follow love over tradition, demonstrates the power of choice, and the complexity of family love.

Price: Free

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