CBS correspondent headlining 8th annual Jewish book festival

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San Francisco native Maxine Rose Schur will talk about her children's book "When I Left My Village" at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. The book tells about the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel. At 7:30 p.m. Rabbi Stuart Kelman will present his Torah commentaries, "Learn Torah With…" Admission to each is $5.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, Isabelle Maynard will discuss her book, "China Dreams — Growing Up Jewish in Tientsin." Following at 7:30 p.m. Jonathan Kirsch, a book critic for the Los Angeles Times, will reveal seven of the Bible's most controversial stories from his book "A Harlot by the Side of the Road: Forbidden Tales of the Bible." Admission to each is $5.

Sherril Jaffe, author of "Ground Rules: What I Learned My Daughter's Fifteenth Year," will tell how her family coped with a child's difficult adolescence at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Admission is $5.

At 7:30 p.m. Marcy Fox, chair of the religious studies department at Carondelet High School in Concord, will be presented the Bilha Sperling Award for Outstanding Holocaust Education. The program will include screening of the multi-media presentation "Through the Eyes of a Friend." Admission is free. Co-sponsor is the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay and its endowment foundation.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Kaufman will discuss his book "A Hole in the Heart of the World," which explores Jewish life in Eastern Europe since World War II, at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Admission $5.

Closing the festival will be Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor and publisher of Tikkun. Lerner will discuss his book "Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Admission is $10.

A bookstore at CCJCC will feature books for adults and children at 10 percent discount throughout the week.

"Israel at 50," a collection of photographs by Eva Korn, will be on display throughout the festival. Korn was born in Czechoslovakia. She was employed under a false identity in a photo studio before being deported to Theresienstadt. She promised herself she'd become a photographer if she survived the Holocaust.

A Jewish Media Fair will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at CCJCC. Guest speaker will be Clifford Stroll, international computer expert and author of "Silicon Snake Oil." Karen Nelkin of Lehrhaus Judaica will lead a workshop on the Jewish Internet.