Thursday, September 1, 2011



James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month

Each year, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades celebrates the James H. Grossmann Memorial Jewish Book Month to bring the community together to celebrate Jewish life and culture. This year, the annual event will be chaired by JCC board member Dr. Jonathan Mangot and will present a series of author events that will address a diverse range of timely topics.

By Wendy Dubow Polins

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 7:30 PM
a private home
COST: $36 and will include a book signing and sale.
To register online, go to
To purchase by mail: Send a check made payable to the JCC, Attn: JBM.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call Sharon Potolsky 201.408.1405; or

PolinsAuthorphotoExamining the crossroads of cutting edge physics and ancient mysticism, Fare Forward is a story about a family’s search for the things that transcend time. Gabriella Vogel's grandfather is about to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for his shocking proof that will change everything we take for granted. As she stands at the threshold of the beginning of everything in her own life, she knows that her future and that of the world, hangs delicately in the balance. She asks herself some timeless, soul-searching questions: What are the things in life worth fighting for? Can we change our fate? Are chance encounters, the merging of past and present, and crossovers in art, religion and science mere accidents?

In an unforgettable quest for answers, Gabriella learns that things are not always what they seem, and that one moment, one choice, can change everything. Her quest leads her to a chance meeting with a mysterious physicist and the discovery that her own future is tied to a connection between Albert Einstein’s theories and a secret that has been hidden in the Judean Desert for generations. Grounded in the ancient teachings of mysticism, this stunning debut novel by Wendy Dubow Polins explores fate, destiny, physics, chance encounters, archaeology, the Kabbalah, the Judean Desert, Jerusalem…and the journey of a lifetime.

"Wendy Polins has written a compelling, beautifully told love story that brings readers to the intersection of religion, science, art and history. It's a remarkable, mesmerizing book," says Jeffrey Zaslow, the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Last Lecture.

Wendy Dubow Polins is a writer and architect, whose life has been shaped by her family’s ties to Israel. Her grandfather smuggled munitions into Palestine; her father led international surgical teams during the Yom Kippur War, and her mother was a founder of the Soviet Jewry movement.

The evening will be chaired by Deborah Goodman Davis.