Janice Rothschild Blumberg in Conversation with Melissa Fay Greene
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Janice Rothschild Blumberg in Conversation with Melissa Fay Greene

Janice Rothschild Blumberg at 100
Feb 11 2024 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Janice Rothschild Blumberg at 100


Janice Rothschild Blumberg at 100
Zoom Conversation Moderated by Melissa Fay Greene

WHEN: FEB 11 | 10:30 AM
WHERE: Live Stream - Zoom
COST: FREE Pre-registration required

About this event

Join us for a special virtual program on February 11 as we celebrate the 100th birthday of author and extraordinary citizen Janice Rothschild Blumberg. In an entertaining and insightful discussion, the esteemed author Melissa Fay Greene will interview Janice's friends and family.



Happy Birthday Janice!


At 100 Janice Rothschild Blumberg continues to lead a storied life. The author has counted world leaders, scholars, artists and other prominent personalities as friends. She continues to learn, staying open to what life brings her way, ready for what’s next.

As a child, Janice attended Sunday school at The Temple. After working in the Panama Canal Zone for the Army Corps of Engineers and elsewhere during World War II, she returned to Atlanta in 1946 and married the Temple’s new rabbi, Jacob Rothschild.

Over the next 27 years, Rabbi and Mrs. Rothschild made a formidable team, standing as leaders during numerous landmark cultural and societal developments, including the Temple bombing by antisemites in 1958, that resonate today. She also partnered with Rabbi Rothschild in orchestrating a 1965 dinner honoring Martin Luther King Jr. for his Nobel Peace Prize win, amid tensions in the still largely segregated community.

Her second husband was David Blumberg, president of B’nai B’rith.

Janice Rothschild Blumberg’s story is featured in The Breman’s 25th-anniversary exhibition History With Chutzpah: Remarkable Stories of the Southern Jewish Adventure, 1733-Present. She continues to make history.



Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There Is No Me Without You (2006), No Biking in the House Without a Helmet (2011), and The Underdogs (2016). She is the Kirk Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Grady College of Journalism of the University of Georgia.

A native of Macon, Georgia, childhood resident of Dayton, Ohio, and 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, Melissa and her husband, criminal defense attorney Don Samuel, live in Atlanta and have nine children, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, one grandson and one granddaughter.


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