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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

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If you have already purchased tickets, they may be used for Paul Goldberg, The Chateau (2/20 JCC) or the value towards another book event.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 • 7:30pm • Miller Center on the UM Campus, 5202 University Drive
Lenny Ben-David, American Interests in the Holy Land

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.


Lecture by Dr. Simon Sebag Montefiore, on “Epic Literature and Epic History in the Jewish Tradition” 
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7:30pm
At the Miller Center on University of Miami Campus, 5202 University Drive,
Merrick Building Auditorium, Coral Gables, FL 33146. 
Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center Berrin Family Book Festival
We invite you to attend a lecture and book signing by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Dr. Montefiore is a Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University. He is the presenter of several BBC TV series. He was educated at Harrow and Cambridge University. Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling, prize-winning books are now published in 48 languages. He has won prizes for both fiction and non-fiction. His latest history book is The Romanovs 1613-1918 (was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 8 weeks). 
RSVP:; Tel. 305-284-6882; Fax 305-284-5274.
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Tuesday, February 20th at 7:30pm • Futernick Family Art Gallery
Paul Goldberg, The Chateau
The Chateau will take us behind the scenes of a Florida condo board election, delivering a wild spin on Florida, Jewish identity, petty crime, Fascism, vodka, and life in Trump's America. “A master of dark, cutting humor, restless and allusive, Goldberg turns the Château, its Lexus-driving Russians, and a nearly 90-year-old American WWII veteran who drunkenly shoots at the ocean with his machine gun every night into a mad metaphor for Trump's America…. Following up his acclaimed debut, The Yid(2016), Goldberg confirms his status as one of Jewish fiction's liveliest new voices, walking in the shoes of such deadpan provocateurs as Mordecai Richler and Stanley Elkin.”—Kirkus 
Paul Goldberg’s debut novel The Yid was published in 2016 to widespread acclaim and named a finalist for both the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction. 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC Robert Russell Theater
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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