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Literary & Performing Arts

On Stage at the Robert Russell Theater in the Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center 

Most Literary and Performing Arts programs at the Alper JCC take place in the Robert Russell Theater. Our annual schedule includes a wide variety of authors, comedians, lecturers, musicians, theatrical productions and movie presentations. Please contact 305-271-9000, x268 or for tickets and additional information.

Click Here for the Russell Theater Seating Chart.

For information about Miami Children's Theater click here for their official website with upcoming shows and information.

Theater Rentals - The Russell theater is available for rent to outside agencies, theaters, dancers, comedians, musicians, talent shows, educational performances, professional and community productions, recitals, lectures, films and more. This active theater brings information, entertainments, positive energy and vital engagement to our community. For more information on theater rentals, please contact Adrienne Birkett at 305.271.9000 x250 or email


CANCELLED - contact for refund
Saturday, March 24 • 7:30pm

Jackie Mason the Musical 
In cooperation with Comic Cure
Based on a true story, Jackie Mason's ten year offbeat romance circa Miami Beach 1981 as seen through the eyes of his real-life daughter - comedian Sheba Mason (who’s playing her own mother) and starring David R. Gordon as Jackie Mason. The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie – a renown 46 year old Comedian, spots twenty-something Ginger (Sheba Mason). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier, and a hilarious cast of offbeat characters. The original score includes “Ode to the Early Bird Special” and “I Never Met This Yenta” Meet and greet after the show.


FILM: 1945 
Wednesday April 11 at 7pm

This award-winning black-and-white Hungarian feature film “1945.” is one of just a handful of movies ever produced in Hungary about the theft of Jewish property during the Holocaust. 
Ted Koppel: “Extraordinary!”
No Charge | Collecting  Publix & Target gift cards for JCS Kosher Food Bank



Sunday, April 15 • 4:00pm

A JAZZ CONCERT OF THE ISRAELI and THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK is a unique musical project where classical Israeli songs are played in a jazz style. It is common in jazz that the American songbook is played in jazz but to the best of our knowledge, no one has taken the Israeli songbook and played it in a jazz style. In this concert, we feature legendary jazz musician, Ira Sullivan, as well as Marc Berner and Gideon Vigderhous and additional musicians of the rhythm section who will lend their musical creativity in such a manner that this will be a joy to listen to (plus some vocal surprises).

Some of the Israeli songs will include songs by Naomi Shemer, Shmulik Kraus, Shlomi Shabbat and others. From the American songbook, we will include Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rogers and Hart and others.

Tickets: $15 JCC Member • $20 Community
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Celebrating Israel’S 70th Birthday
Monday May 7 | 7pm

Synopsis: A Mossad agent is sent on a mission to protect a Lebanese informer while she recovers from plastic surgery. What should be an easy assignment quickly turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house.

No Charge | Collecting personal care products for victims of domestic violence



Date & Time TBA 
Chef Shaya in conversation with Lee Schrager discussing h
is book 
Shaya: An Odyssey of Food, My Journey Back to Israel.

A moving, deeply personal journey of survival and discovery that tells of the evolution of a cuisine and of the transformative power and magic of food and cooking. From the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef whose celebrated New Orleans restaurants have been hailed as the country's most innovative and best by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, GQ, and Esquire.
Admission: Preferred Seating $36 • General Seating $18




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

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

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 onArts 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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