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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 35th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival & Women's Day Luncheon

Tales & Triumphs 

October 8 – December 3, 2015

Tales of personal sacrifice and the resilience of the human spirit along with powerful true stories of life-changing moments can be found at the 35th annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival. Presenters include Michael B. Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the USA, who shares his memoir, Ally: My Journey across the American-Israeli Divide; Women’s Day Luncheon with Alice Hoffman; Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale and David Gregory, former NBC newsman, How’s Your Faith? 


For tickets or more information call 305-271-9000 ext. 268

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 • 7:30pm 

Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Avenue

Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments • PURCHASE TICKETS

NOMI EVE, Henna House

Henna House is an intimate family portrait interwoven with the rich traditions and customs of the Yeminite Jews. It is a sensuous tale of love, loss, betrayal, forgiveness, and the dyes that adorn the skin and pierce the heart.

Guests of this event will also get a taste of Henna art with a stationed Henna artist in attendance!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 • 7:30pm 
B.A. SHAPIRO, The Muralist 

Alper JCC, 11155 S.W. 112 Avenue

Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments • PURCHASE TICKETS

B.A. Shapiro, author of the New York Times bestseller The Art Forger, shares her latest book, The Muralist, entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between 1940 and the present.  Shapiro explores the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees who were refused entrance to the United States.


If you would like to volunteer at the book festival, please contact Marcy Levitt at or 305.271.9000 x269.

2015 Book Festival Steering Committee

Women’s Day Luncheon Chair: Cheryl Rosen

Executive Committee: Nadine Barocas, Renee Greenstein, Elaine Katz, Anne Sheldon, Susan Spatzer

Director of Literary & Performing Arts: Marcy Levitt

The Alper JCC’s 35th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of:

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); Appelrouth Farah & Co., P.A.; In memory of Beryl Herbst & Family; In memory of Herschel Rosenthal; Israel Bonds, Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Weiner Charitable Foundation, Inc.; The Israel Project; JCC Neshama Society; Jean Powers Soman; Kevin and Stacey Packman; The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami; Temple Beth Am; The City of Coral Gables. The Jewish Book Festival and cultural arts programs are also made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, 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:

Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom; Beth David Congregation; Bet Shira Congregation; Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education(CAJE) Florence Melton Adult Mini-School; Chabad of Kendall & Pinecrest; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany; Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico; The Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach; Jack and Harriet Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education at UM; JCS Shalom Bayit: the Domestic Abuse Program of Jewish Community Services of South Florida; MCCJ; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Div. of Social Science; Temple Beth Or; Temple Judea; Young Israel of Kendall.

Some 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 35th 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.


11155 SW 112 Avenue, Miami FL 33176

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