We are thrilled to launch this new series that showcases Stephen Wise members who have recently published influential books.

Each event features a formal Q&A with the author followed by an opportunity to ask questions about the book. To learn more about this series or recommend an author for a future event, please contact Rabbi Diana Fersko at  or 212-877-4050, ext. 246.

These events are free, but please RSVP.

2016-17 EVENTS

February 7, 6:30 p.m. | Make Your Kid a Money Genius with Beth Kobliner

Even preschoolers can understand basic concepts like spending and saving, and a study from Cambridge University confirmed that kids’ money habits are formed by age seven. Yet when it comes to talking to kids about money, many parents don't know where to start.

Join us for a conversation with personal finance commentator and journalist Beth Kobliner about her newly published book from Simon & Schuster, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not), followed by a light reception. In this special book launch event, Beth will share takeaways for parents in a lively Q&A with Stephen Wise's Rabbi Diana Fersko and then open the discussion to questions from the audience.

A former staff writer at Money magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties, Beth has contributed to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Today, Sesame Street, and NPR. Beth was selected by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

April 23, 10:00 a.m. | Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood Matters with Erica Komisar 

Join us as we chat with veteran psychoanalyst Erica Komisar about her newly published book from Penguin, Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters. In this conversation-starting book, Erica shows how a mother’s emotional and physical presence in her child’s life during the first three years gives her child a greater chance of growing up emotionally healthy, happy, secure, and resilient.

In a lively Q&A with Rabbi Samantha Natov, Erica will offer takeaways to parents on establishing an emotional connection with a newborn or young child, selecting and training quality childcare, and how women and their partners can take control of their choices to provide for their family’s emotional needs in the first three years.

A clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for the last 25 years, Erica is a graduate of Georgetown and Columbia Universities and the New York Freudian Society. She brings her parenting and work/life workshops to clinics, schools, corporations, and childcare settings, including the Garden House School, Goldman Sachs, Shearman and Sterling, and the Early Childhood Center at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.