One of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center’s largest events is right around the corner.
The Jewish Book and Cultural Arts Fair begins Wednesday in Scottsdale and will run for two weeks. The series, which attracted 700 people last year, includes lectures, an art show, a comedy night and a family concert.
“It’s my favorite thing. I work all year for this,” said Adult Services director Suzanne Swift.
Swift said the event is in its fifth year and continues to add new features.
One new offering will tie in a nationally popular book with women from the community.
On Nov. 14, people are invited to learn about the book, “Extraordinary Women,” a collection of photos and stories of prominent women relating what they wanted to do with their lives when they were young.
The discussion also will recognize three Valley women nominated by various Jewish organizations.
“We asked (the organizations) what makes this person an extraordinary person, about their contributions to the community,” Swift said.
Another highlight this year will be a discussion by Rich Cohen, author of “Sweet and Low: A Family Story,” an account of Cohen’s grandfather, Ben Eisenstadt, who invented the sugar substitute and built an empire while demolishing his family.
Cohen will host a discussion at 7 p.m.
Jewish Book and Cultural Arts Fair
When: Wednesday through Nov. 15
Where: Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, 12701 N. Scottsdale Road
Cost: Events for nonmembers range from $10 to $25; members $5 to $20
Information: (480) 483-7121 Ext. 1205; www.vosjcc.org