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December 2019

Awards Ceremony, Book Sales & Signing at the URJ Biennial-Chicago, IL

December 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
McCormick Place, 2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) Drive
Chicago, IL 60616 United States
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Barbara Ostfeld will be a Featured Speaker and receive the Debbie Friedman Award for Contributions to Jewish Music at the URJ Biennial in Chicago, Illinois. Please see the URJ website for dates and times.

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January 2020

Kol Ishah: An Evening of Song, Book Sales & Signing-Syracuse, NY

January 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Temple Concord, 910 Madison St
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States
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Kol Ishah: An Evening of Song, Regina F. Goldenberg Series: Cantorial Concert and Book Sales/Signing

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Regina F. Goldenberg Series Author Event, Book Talk, Sales & Signing-Syracuse, NY

January 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Temple Concord, 910 Madison St
Syracuse, NY 13210 United States
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Keepers of Jewish Excellence-Book Talk, Sales, Signing-New Brunswick, NJ

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, 08901 United States
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At age 22, Cantor Ostfeld cracked through the stained glass ceiling to become the FIRST woman invested as a cantor in 3,000 years of Jewish history. Barbara was invested in 1975 by Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Cantor Ostfeld explains how a family crisis exposed old and enduring wounds, but she began to rescue herself by diligently going to therapy--and embarked on an imperfect but perpetual metamorphosis, becoming the well-coiffed heroine of her own story. Cantor Ostfeld shows…

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Literatour Berks Program Book Talk, Sales, Signing-Reading, PA

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Exeter Community Library, 4565 Prestwick Dr
Reading, PA 19606 United States
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Meet an insightful 8-year-old who has already taken a few steps toward becoming a pioneer—but also a shadow of her quirky self. Although she's corroded—sometimes literally— by a toxic but familiar social atmosphere, her love of singing propels her to become the first ordained woman cantor in 3,000 years of Jewish history. Barbara Ostfeld joyously redefines the meaning of her nickname and shows us that we are all brave pioneers—at becoming our true selves.  

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“Glasses, Glass Ceilings, and a Glass Half Full: An Evening of Memoir and Music”, book talk, sales, signing-Philadelphia, PA

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19123 United States
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ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively book discussions. Select books of interest that provide "a good read" and help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or present, in America and around the world.

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Lunch and Learn: Rare Birds & Birds of a Feather at JCC of the Lehigh Valley-Lehigh Valley, PA

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
JCC of the Lehigh Valley, 702 N 22nd St
Allentown, PA 18104 United States
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Join Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation for a Lunch & Learn program. Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, who at age 22 became the first woman ordained as a cantor in 3,000 years of Jewish history, will talk about her personal journey and her new book. In her memoir, "Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim," the world meets an insightful, opinionated 8-year-old growing up plump, nerdy and Jewish in a Chicago suburb. Three things make her happy: singing, reading books, and going…

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February 2020

Erev Shabbat Book Talk, Sales & Signing-Atlanta, GA

February 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El of Atlanta, 1580 Spalding Dr
Sandy Springs, GA 30350 United States
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Cantorial Singing, Book Talk & Signing, Book Sales-Roswell, GA

February 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Temple Beth Tikvah, 9955 Coleman Rd
Roswell, 30075 United States
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Israel Bonds Women’s Division & Atlanta Hadassah presents: Cantorial Songs and Discussion with Cantor Barbara Ostfeld, author of the book CATBIRD and her Atlanta Cantorial friends.

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Book Talk & Signing at Temple Shalom-Naples, FL

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Shalom, 4630 Pine Ridge Rd
Naples, FL 34119 United States
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Erev Shabbat Service-Bloomfield Hills, MI

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
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“Bites & Books”- Bloomfield Hills, MI

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Beth El, 7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
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*Please note: Bites & Books will be held at both 10:00 AM and 7:00PM 

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Authors’ Roundtable-Washington, DC

February 29 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW
Washington, DC 20015 United States
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Organized by Temple Sinai Women of Reform Judaism

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March 2020

POSTPONED: Erev Shabbat Services, Book Signing & Sales-New York, NY

March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 E 75th St
New York+, 10021 United States
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*Please note that this event has been postponed. When a new date has been set, we will update it here. 

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April 2020

VIRTUAL, VIA ZOOM: Book Talk, Sales & Signing-Norwalk, CT

April 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Temple Shalom, 259 Richards Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850 United States
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This book talk has been moved online and will be done via Zoom. For more information, call Temple Shalom of Norwalk, CT: 203-866-0148.

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POSTPONED: Sunday Breakfast Club, Book Talk & Signing & Sales-Hamilton, ON

April 26 @ 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Temple Anshe Shalom, 215 Cline Ave N
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4A1 Canada
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*Please note that this event has been postponed. When a new date has been set, we will update it here. 

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May 2020

VIRTUAL, VIA ZOOM: JCC Limud Zoom Series, “How Summer Camp Prepared Me for Quarantine”

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cantor Barbara Ostfeld will read a brief vignette from her memoir Catbird: The Ballad of Barbi Prim. The reading will trigger a discussion about the personal experiences which prepared each of us to "shelter-in-place". To register for this free Zoom event, please email JCC Cultural Arts Director Katie Wzontek. You will be sent an invite link to join the Zoom prior to the event.  

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VIRTUAL, VIA ZOOM: Buffalo Corner Reading Series-Buffalo, NY

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Dr
Buffalo, 14221 United States
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*This book talk has been moved online and will be done via Zoom. For more information, call Congregation Shir Shalom at (716) 633-8877.

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