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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 36th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival & Women's Day Luncheon

October 24 – November 17, 2016


Save the dates!


Thursday, October 27 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC

Ronald H. Balson • Karolina’s Twins

Inspired by true events of a Holocaust survivor’s quest to fulfill a promise to return to Poland and find two sisters lost during the war. Karolina’s Twins is a tale of survival, love, and resilience.


Friday, October 28 • 10am • Alper JCC

Mache Seibel, MD, The Estrogen Window

Romy Block, MD, & Arielle Levitan, MD, The Vitamin Solution


Saturday, October 29 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC

Sarge, I’m Still Standing Up

His memoir chronicles the hilarious awe inspiring journey through racial heritage, addiction, homelessness and beyond.


Tuesday, November 1 • 7:30pm • Temple Judea

Peter Bergen, United States of Jihad


Thursday, November 10 • 9:30am • Coral Gables Country Club

Women’s Day Luncheon feauring: Martha Hall Kelly, Lilac Girls


Sunday, November 13 • 7:00pm • Bet Shira Congregation

Shep Gordon, They Call Me Supermensch


Tuesday, November 15 • 7:30pm • Temple Beth Am

Lynda Cohen Loigman, The Two-Family House


Thursday, November 17 • 7:30pm • Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at UM

Eric Trager, Arab Fall


Tuesday, November 29 • 7:30pm • Young Israel of Kendall

Andrew Gross, The One Man


Saturday, December 3 • 7:30pm • Beth David Congregation

Andy Cohen, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC

Talia Carner, Hotel Moscow


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 7:30pm • Alper JCC

Jennifer Brown, Modern Girls


Thursday, March 16, 2017 • 7:30pm• Alper JCC

Linda Kass, Tasa’s Song & Carpe Diem String Quartet           

A synergistic program of words and music as author Linda Kass weaves readings from Tasa’s Song with original musical compositions performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Tickets: $18 includes author presentation, concert and refreshments


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

2016 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.




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