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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & EVENTS

2023 jewish Author event

Thursday, March 2 | 2:00 pm

Goldstein Community Engagement Center

This year’s in-person Jewish Author Event features Jean Rochelle Meltzer who will discuss her book, Mr. Perfect on Paper. Come to hear a fascinating story and to enjoy a delectable dessert. Following her talk, Jean will hold a book signing. Books will be available at the door. Registration is required.
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Jean has the unique distinction of being the world’s only Emmy-award winning, chronically-ill and disabled, rabbinical-school drop-out. It is this extraordinary background — coupled with a firm belief in holding onto your joy and seeking out happy endings — which forms the basis of her diverse work. What better time could there be than the present to hear an uplifting narrative from a woman of strength, optimism, and determination? This is the ideal time.

In her novel, Mr. Perfect on Paper, Jean draws upon her life experiences as she writes about Dara Rabinowitz, a 34-year-old CEO of a popular Jewish dating app. The job seems to be a natural since she comes from a long line of Jewish matchmakers. Dara contends with chronic Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and is open about the challenges this presents to her. When she and her Bubbe are invited to a daytime talk show, Dara’s carefully planned appearance goes off the rails after Bubbe tells the entire TV audience Dara’s list of qualities for the perfect man. For a person with GAD, “bumps in the road” are never easy, and reacting to this disclosure isn’t easy for Dara. As a romantic comedy, Mr. Perfect on Paper is a good mix of serious and funny – and occasionally silly. Along the way, the characters reveal much about what it is to be Jewish.


Jean is also the author of the popular novel The Matzah Ball, the story of Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt – a nice Jewish girl with a shameful secret: she loves Christmas. When her publisher requires that she write about Hanukkah, she desperately looks for inspiration.


This program is made possible by the JFO’s membership in Jewish Book Council, with the support of the following JFO Foundation funds: Kenneth Ray Tretiak Memorial Fund and the Foundation IMPACT Grant.