The Book Fair is going online this year

This is a great time for readers! Our annual book fair will be held virtually over a two-week period from November 11 through November 25. Your purchases will be available for pick-up from pre-defined locations or shipped by mail before Hanukkah. Since we cannot meet with them in person, we will be bringing Lisa and her staff from Books & Company to talk to CEEW virtually, too. Lisa and her staff from the bookstore will meet with us over Zoom to tell us about their favorite reads of the latest books  and to highlight books our members might want to read. As usual, 20% of the book sale proceeds will be donated back to the synagogue.

To access the CEEW Virtual Book Fair go to:
From there you will be able to access the categories of Jewish books just as if you were at the Synagogue Book Fair (virtually). One additional benefit is that you may purchase books from anywhere on the Books and Company website.

When you checkout, make sure you use the code CEEW20 and make certain you specify in the COMMENT BOX where you would like to pick up your purchases (if you are not having them shipped). The choices are: Oconomowoc (Books and Company), Waukesha (the Synagogue) or Brookfield (the Levy’s). You will be notified when the purchases are ready and can then make arrangements for the pickup. Note that the option for $1.50 shipping after spending $50 is not available for Book Fair purchases.


Click Here to access the CEEW Virtual Book Fair. Books of Jewish content will be displayed just as if you were at the Synagogue! However, you will be able to order books from anywhere on the Books & Company website.

Book Talks for our Religious School students:

• Sunday, November 8 10:45-11:15 am (for the 7-8 grade class) or click here to watch it again.
• Sunday, November 15 11:00 – 11:30 am (for the 5-6 grade class) or click here to watch it again.
• Sunday, November 22 9:30 – 10:00 am (for the 3-4 grade class) or click here to watch it again.
• Sunday, November 22 10:30 – 11:00 am (for the K-2 grade class) or click here to watch it again.

Parents and Congregants are welcome to join. Request Zoom links from Carrie Barbakoff, the Educator Director, at

Our 7-8 grade students will have a special opportunity to meet a local author, Liza Wiemer, on Sunday November 15 at 10:15 am. Liza will talk about her new book The Assignment based on a real-life incident which explores discrimination and anti-Semitism and reveals their dangerous impact. The congregation is welcome to join the first 30 minutes of the session and then Liza will have a private discussion with the students. Zoom links and times will be announced at a later time. Order a signed copy of The Assignment which will come with some special swag. If you want it before the book talk, pickup from Books & Company only. Or you can purchase for normal pickup and still get the swag.

Book Talks for Adults: 
Thursday November 12 at 7:00 p.m. Lisa from Books & Company will talk live via Zoom about her latest book suggestions.

Special event on November 14: Ellyn Lem and Anne Basting talk about their new books with Lisa Baudoin from Books & Company. Registration is now closed. The recording will be posted when it is available.

Click Here for the November 12 Book Talk.

Noah Sulman’s Bar Mitzvah Project is being held in conjunction with the CEEW Book Fair this year. Noah will be collecting donations for books to give to Children’s Hospital. At the end of the book fair Noah will work with Books & Company to pick out books to purchase and give to children. When you purchase books on our Book Fair website, please consider donation to this cause.

If you wish to donate to Noah’s project you will purchase gift cards in increments of $10 as part of your checkout process at Enter “Noah Sulman Bar Mitzvah Project” in the “TO” line on the order form.

Featured Speakers

Ellyn Lem

Ellyn Lem

Gray Matters

Books & Company and the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books presents Ellyn Lem, author of Gray Matters: Finding Meaning in the Stories of Latter Life and Anne Basting, author of Creative Care: A Revolutionary Approach to Dementia and Elder Care in conversation with Lisa Baudoin from Books & Company. Ellyn Lem and Anne Basting will discuss their books, talk about the joys, pitfalls, and the new ways of aging in our culture.

Liza Wiemer

Liza Wiemer

The Assignment

Liza Wiemer is an award-winning educator with over twenty years of teaching experience. Liza is the author of two young adult novels, The Assignment and Hello?, her debut YA novel which was named a Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel of the Month. In addition, Liza has had adult nonfiction books published and short stories included in the New York Times bestselling Small Miracles series. A graduate of UW-Madison, Liza lives in Milwaukee with her husband and has two married sons.

Lisa Baudoin

Lisa Baudoin

Books & Company is an independently-owned & charming bookstore serving the Wisconsin Lake Country area since 1983.