10:30 am -- Jack Shlachter

Rabbi Jack Shlachter, Ph.D. physicist, is the acting Division Leader of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. For the last 20 years he has served as a rabbi for the Los Alamos Jewish Center and more recently for HaMakom in Santa Fe. He is the rabbi for High Holidays at Kehillat Sinagogue in Beijing, China.

Title: Jewish Books That You Definitely DO NOT Want in Your Home (Unless You Have Lots of Bookshelves). Rabbi Shlachter, who has one of the largest Jewish libraries in NM, will focus on key books in building your own Jewish library. 

11:30 am -- Sandra Toro

Sandra Toro is the author of ten novels, seven of which are historical, including By Fire Possessed, the life of Dona Gracia Nasi. She has also written a book-length memoir. Prof. Toro also teaches creative writing at the University of New Mexico and is Chair of the annual Writer's Conference. (Which will be held next on April 9, 2016 in Albuquerque)

Title of Talk: Creative Writing and Jewish Historical Fiction
She will discuss the special issues of writing historical fiction including research hints, rigorous truth-telling, and marketing the historical novel.


1:00 pm -- Judie Fein

Award-winning travel journalist, author, speaker, and workshop leader Judith Fein just garnered the coveted Society of American Travel Writers Gold award for the best travel book of the year: The Spoon from Minkowitz. She is also the author of the best-selling Life is a Trip: The Transformative Magic of Travel. Judith has contributed to more than 100 international publications and takes people on exotic trips. Her website is www.GlobalAdventure.us

Title of Talk: From Santa Fe to Syria, Israel to Iran:  an insider view of the wild world of Travel and Travel Writing


2:00 pm -- Sara Koplik

Sara Koplik is the director of community outreach at the Jewish Federation of NM, editor of the New Mexico Jewish Link, and director of Hillel at UNM. She has a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from the University of London. A contributor to the Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, she recently published A Political and Economic History of the Jews of Afghanistan.

Talk title: The Jews of Afghanistan
Faced with many restrictions, this Jewish community survived due to flexibility, multilingualism, and extensive trading networks. The community made Aliya to Israel in the 1950s.


3:00 pm -- Panel on Writing and Publishing

Maggie Lichtenberg (Publishing Coach). Maggie coaches authors and publishers toward the best decisions for publishing and promoting their book(s).
Claudette Sutton (author). Claudette will speak about holding true to your original motivation from the first spark of an idea to publication and marketing.
Ron D. Hart (Editor/Publisher). Ph.D. Having been an author and editor for decades, Ron will speak about how an editor evaluates manuscripts.

Title of Talk: How to Succeed as a Writer & a Published Author

Maggie Lichtenberg / Ron D. Hart /Claudette Sutton

The Book Fair will be held at the

Center for Jewish Life
230 W. Manhattan
Santa Fe

Santa Fe Jewish Book Council


Santa Fe Jewish Book Fair 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015
10 am to 4 pm

Authors of Some Books That Will Be Exhibited:

Gloria Abella Ballen, Majorie Agosin, Levi Ben Shmuel, Dana Densmore, Judith Fein, Stan Hordes, Min Kantrowitz, Nancy King, Sara Koplik, Ted Lehman, Maggie Lichtenberg, Isabelle Medina Sandoval, Richard Melzer, Robert Sacks, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l, Pat Shapiro, Claudette Sutton, Sandra Toro, Rosemary Zibart and many more.

A Program of Talks Will include














































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