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Book Festival

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

October 27 – April 18, 2017

Call 305.271.9000 x268 pr x269 to purchase Book Festival event tickets


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 • 7:30pm

Talia Carner, Hotel Moscow

Alper JCC | 11155 SW 112 Avenue • Rotunda - Admin. Bldg. 3

Admission $10 • Author presentation, and refreshments

From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes Hotel Moscow, a riveting novel about the painful transition of a nation from Communism. Brooke Fielding, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, travels to Russia on business shortly after the fall of Communism and finds herself embroiled in a perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.  As one of the first Americans to visit the post-communist country, she wonders what awaits her in a place that persecuted her mother just a generation ago. The story is a profound exploration of faith, family and heritage.




Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 7:30pm 

Jennifer Brown, Modern Girls

Alper JCC | 11155 SW 112 Avenue • Art Gallery

Admission $10 • Author presentation, and refreshments

In 1935, Dottie Krasinsky is the epitome of the modern girl– a bookkeeper in Manhattan, with a steady beau, close friends and an eye for fashion. She is also a dutiful Jewish daughter living with her Yiddish-speaking parents on the Lower East Side. Dottie’s immigrant mother has been a housewife for twenty years, and wants to return to a life of social activism. Mother and daughter wrestle with unthinkable choices, and confront their beliefs in the changing world.
Co-sponsor:Singer Xenos Wealth Management 



Thursday, March 16, 2017 • 7:30pm

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

Alper JCC | 11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater

Admission $18 • Author presentation, and refreshments

A Book in Concert is a synergistic program of words and music with author Linda Kass and the boundary-breaking ensemble, Carpe Diem String Quartet.  This unique event features Kass interspersing readings from her novel Tasa’s Song, with original musical compositions based on the book.  Set during WWII, the book is inspired by true events and follows a young Jewish girl who dreams of becoming a world-renowned violinist.

Carpe Diem String Quartet has earned widespread critical acclaim for its innovative programs. The ensemble recently appeared at Carnegie Hall.

Co-sponsored by: Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Wiener charitable foundation, Inc. In memory of Hermine Wiener




Tuesday, March 28, 2017 • 7:30pm

A Girls Night! 

Kate Siegel & Kim Friedman, Mother, Can You Not?

Alper JCC | 11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater

Admission $10 • Author presentation, and refreshments

There is nothing more wonderful than a mother’s love. There is also nothing more annoying. In Mother, Can You Not?, Siegel pays tribute to the woman who invented the concept of drone parenting. From embarrassing moments to outrageous stories, the book lovingly lampoons the lengths to which mothers go to better their children’s lives–even when it feels like they are ruining them in the process. Kate Siegel is a social media guru behind the Instagram account @CrazyJewishMom, and her mother Kim Friedman is an Emmy-nominated director of Beverly Hills 90210, L.A. Law and Dynasty.





Tuesday, April 18 7:30pm

Lesley Stahl, Becoming Grandma

The New York Times Bestseller, from one of the country’s most recognizable journalists: How becoming a grandmother transforms a woman’s life. After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl’s most vivid and transformative experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or researching stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it—as though it were a news flash. And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw), as well as the proverbial woman next door




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 36th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of:

Baptist Health South Florida; City of Coral Gables; Coral Gables Country Club; In Memory of Hillelene Lustig; Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Weiner Charitable Foundation, Inc.; Israel Bonds; JCC Neshama Society; The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami; PJ Library. 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:

Ahvat Olam; American Jewish Committee; 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; 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 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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