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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 37th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival & Women's Day Luncheon

October 18 – November 28, 2017

Call 305.271.9000 x268 or x269 to purchase Book Festival event tickets

Click Here for the Full Book Festival Brochure



Wednesday, October 18 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112 Avenue 
Lisa Lillien in conversation with Ellen Kanner, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry OBSESSED!
Presented in collaboration with Book & Books
Admission $10 • Author presentation, tasting samples and goodie bags.
Lisa Lillien has sold millions of books by serving up clever and deliciously easy recipes with low calorie counts, huge portions, and easy-to-find ingredients that are good for you. With eleven New York Times bestsellers under her belt, she is keeping in line with the current clean-eating food trend, and is taking on the beloved foods that Americans are OBSESSED with—comfort foods, junk foods, international favorites, desserts, and more! Donuts, lasagna, fried chicken, quesadillas, fudge...No food is off-limits, and with these unique and healthy recipes you can eat clean and stay lean.
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Wednesday, October 25 • 7:30pm • Bet Shira Congregation, 7500 SW 120th Street
Stephen Tobolowsky • My Adventures With God
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

The legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who currently appears on The Goldbergs, HBO’s Silicon Valley, and Norman Lear’s new One Day at a Time, and has written a funny, introspective collection about love, catastrophe, and triumph, all told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.” His stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love and losing and finding himself all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud.
For tickets contact Annette at 305.271.9000 x268
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Thursday, October 26 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112 Avenue 
Georgia Hunter, We Were The Lucky Ones 7:30pm 
Admission $10 • Author presentation
Georgia Hunter has crafted her own family’s history into a gripping novel that follows three generations of the Kurc family, and their astounding capacity to endure the horrors of the twentieth century’s darkest hours. Driven by a dogged will to survive, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere. The story begins in 1939, and transports readers from the jazz clubs of Paris to the farthest reaches of the Siberian gulag. Hadassah Magazine ranked this book #2 of the Top Ten Jewish Best Sellers (July 2017).
Community Partners: CAJE Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education; Jewish Community Services of south Florida
We will collect Publix gift cards for clients of JCS South Dade Kosher Food Banks
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Friday, october 27 • Holocaust Workshop for public and private School teachers, 1:00pm
Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones

All grades include Adult vocational • 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Alper JCC
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff is the lead educator of this seminar.
TEC Credits. Public school teachers sign up on the TEC professional development website.
Community Partners: Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education at UM: Miami-Dade County Public Schools


Thursday, November 2 • 7:30pm • Temple Beth Or, 11715 SW 87 Avenue
Peter Eisner, MacArthur’s Spies
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments
MacArthur’s Spies is a thrilling true story of espionage set in the exotic landscape of occupied Manila during World War II. less than one month after attacking Pearl Harbor, Japanese troops marched into Manila unopposed by U.S. forces. As thousands of soldiers surrendered and were sent on the notorious eighty-mile Bataan Death March, there were thousands of other Filipinos and Americans who refused to surrender and hid in the Luzon hills above Bataan and Manila. Foreign correspondent Peter Eisner tells the story of three people who courageously fought the Japanese, each in his own way.
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Sunday, November 5 • 4:00pm • Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112 Avenue
Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, The Court and the World - American Law and the New Global Realities 
Admission includes paperback book: Preferred seating $54 • General seating $36, Author presentation and refreshments
In this original and timely book, Justice Stephen Breyer examines the work of the Supreme Court of the United States in an increasingly interconnected world, a world in which all sorts of activity, both public and private—from the conduct of national security policy to the conduct of international trade—obliges the Court to understand and consider circumstances beyond America’s borders. Justice Breyer discusses the many ways in which American judges, when interpreting American law, must take ever-greater account of foreign events, law and practices. Written with unique authority and perspective, The Court and the World reveals an emergent reality few Americans observe directly but one that affects the life of every one of us.  
Community Partner: The Attorneys' Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation
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Thursday, November 9 • 9:30am • Coral Gables Country Club • 997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables 33134-4899
Women’s Day Luncheon, Featuring: Jean Chatzky and Michael F. Roizen M.D., AgeProof 
9:30am Boutiques open • 11:00am program Begins
$65 General Admission, $70 After October 27, 2017 / $80 patron
Two of the world’s leading experts explain the vital link between health and wealth, and share an actionable plan to add years to your life and dollars to your bank account. Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show and is an award-winning personal finance journalist. Co-author Dr. Michael Roizen has written seven New York Times bestsellers and served as the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Their book provides all the tactics, strategies, and know-how to live longer, healthier, more lucrative lives. Women’s Day 2017 is certain to be memorable with our authors’ engaging presentation, a delicious lunch, and fabulous shopping at specialty boutiques. Reservations are required.
For tickets contact Annette at 305.271.9000 x268


Saturday, November 11 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC, Robert Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112 Avenue
Steve Dorff, I Wrote That One, Too . . .
Admission $18 • Au thor presentation, piano performance and refreshments
Composer Steve Dorff is one of the most successful songwriters of the last 25 years, and has penned over 20 Top 10 hits for pop and country artists around the world including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Cher, Ringo Starr, and Garth Brooks. While playing the piano, Dorff sings and shares heartfelt, behind the scene stories from his book I Wrote That One, Too . . . The memoir chronicles four decades of chasing dreams and surviving the surprising but often serendipitous turns in the road, from his childhood in Queens to his arrival in Los Angeles.
Community Partner: Steinway & Sons Miami
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Book Club Night • Presented in Loving Memory of Hillelene Lustig
Monday, November 13 • 7:30pm • Temple Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Drive
Nicole Krauss, Forest Dark
Admission $10, Author presentation and refreshments

The New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love has created an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two distinctly different individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist on their paths to self-realization. Although they never meet, the two each find themselves in Israel, where the legacy of this ancient land and the modern nation forged from it will work on their psyches and trigger life-changing experiences. “A brilliant novel. i am full of admiration.”– Philip Roth. Listed as a “must read” by Miami Herald book editor Connie Ogle.

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Thursday, November 16 • 7:30pm • Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables
Souad Mekhennet, I Was Told To Come Alone
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments
Souad Mekhennet, born and educated in Germany and now a Washington Post reporter, has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing – Muslim and Western. In her compelling and evocative memoir, this courageous journalist offers a penetrating look at the roots of islamist radicalism. I Was Told to Come Alone is a journey into the heart of the Muslim world starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. Mekhennet then focuses on Europe, where terror has become enmeshed in Western civilization.
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Tuesday, November 28 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112th Avenue
Alexandra Zapruder, Twenty-Six Seconds
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments
Abraham Zapruder didn’t know, when he began filming President Kennedy’s motorcade on November 22, 1963, that twenty-six seconds of his home movie would change not only his family’s life but also American culture and history. Now his granddaughter tells the “fascinating and cautionary tale” (The Wall Street Journal) of the Zapruder film and raises some of the most important social, cultural, and moral questions of our time. Using personal family records, archival sources and interviews she traces the film’s complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, Federal government, and the arts community.
This Program is Co-sponsored by The Israel, Rose Henry and Robert Weiner charitable Foundation, Inc. In Memory of Hermine Weiner
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018 • 7:30pm • At the Ahavat Olam held at Killian Pines United Methodist Church, 10755 SW 112 Street
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments
This riveting novel about idealism, betrayal, and family secrets is set in the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War years. When the Great Depression hits, Florence Fein leaves college for what appears to be a plum job in Moscow and the promise of love and independence. But once in Russia, she quickly becomes entangled in a country she can’t escape. Through the history of one family, who moves back and forth between continents over three generations, The Patriots is a poignant tale of the power of love, and the rewards and risks of friendship and secrets.
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • 7:30pm • Miller Center on the UM Campus, 5202 University Drive

Lenny Ben-David, American Interests in the Holy Land
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

Lenny Ben-David is the author of the book American Interests in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs (Urim Publications, 2017).  Senator Joseph I. Lieberman said of the book, “With this wonderful book, Lenny continues to strengthen the bonds between the United States and Israel.” Ben-David’s book on World War I in the Holy Land Revealed in Early Photographs will be published in 2018. 

Mr. Ben-David served as a private consultant in Washington and Jerusalem on public affairs and political strategies, working on behalf of the Georgian and Turkish governments, Conoco, HonestReporting, the Begin Center, Save a Child’s Heart, the Conference of Presidents, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, and NGO Monitor.  He edited publications such as The Daily Alert, Israel Campus Beat, and Near East Report.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater, 11155 SW 112 Avenue 
Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel, For This We Left Egypt?
Admission: Preferred Seating $36 • General Seating $18

Authors’ presentation and Passover refreshments
Three extraordinarily talented comedy writers joined forces to create For This We Left Egypt?, a hilarious parody of the Passover Haggadah. Prepare to be entertained with humorous explanations of the holiday rituals, satirical stories of slavery and the exodus and ridiculous questions for discussion. David Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books. Adam Mansbach is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and New York Times bestselling author. Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer, and has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild Awards for his work in television.
Co-Sponsor: Israel Bonds 
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 If you would like to volunteer at the book festival, please contact Marcy Levitt, or 305.271.9000 x269.

2017 Book Festival Steering Committee

Women’s Day Luncheon Chair: Cheryl Rosen
Executive Committee: Nadine Barocas, Barbara Feldman, Renee Greenstein, Elaine Katz, Anne Sheldon, Susan Spatzer, Joe Unger

Director of Literary & Performing Arts: Marcy Levitt

The Alper JCC’s 37th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of:

City of Coral Gables; Coral Gables Country Club; In Memory of Hillelene Lustig; Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Weiner Charitable Foundation, Inc. in Memory of Hermine Wiener; Israel Bonds; JCC Neshama Society;Jean Soman; The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami; Steinway & Sons Miami. The Jewish Book Festival and Cultural Arts programs are also made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

We would like to thank our Community Partners:

Ahavat Olam; AIPAC; Beth David Congregation; Bet Shira Congregation; Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE) Florence Melton Adult Mini-School; Chabad of Kendall & Pinecrest;Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education at UM; Jewish Community Services of South Florida; MCCJ; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Div.of Social Science; Temple Beth Am; Temple Beth Or; Temple Judea; Young Israel of Kendall.

Many of the author appearances are arranged through the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book Network, of which the Alper JCC is a member.

The Dave and Mary Alper JCC thanks the co-sponsoring organizations for their participation in the 37th Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival. Co-sponsorship does not imply the endorsement of opinions expressed by the guest authors. All opinions and ideas expressed by the authors are solely their own and do not express the positions or opinions of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC leadership,Book Festival Committee, staff or the co-sponsoring agencies.

The Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center on The Jay Morton-Levinthal Campus is a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, United Way of Miami-Dade County and a member agency of the JCC Association.




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