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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 38th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival & Women's Day Luncheon

October 16, 2018 – March 13, 2019

Call 305.271.9000 x268 or x269 to purchase Book Festival event tickets

Click here for the 2018 Book Festival brochure

 

Tuesday, October 16
Ambassador Norman L. Eisen, The Last Palace
Europe’s Turbulent Century Through Five Lives and One House

7:30pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater
Admission $15 • Author presentation and refreshments

Private Dinner with the Ambassador $100
Includes book must RSVP by 10/5

When Norman Eisen moved into the ambassador’s residence in Prague, he was returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust.  He was startled to find swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home that were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history. From that discovery unspooled the captivating tale of four remarkable people who had called this palace home – a Jewish financial baron; a cultured German general; the first postwar U.S. ambassador; and Ambassador Shirley Temple Black. Ambassador Eisen is a frequent contributor to CNN.

Community Partner: Jewish Community Relations Council and the South Dade Branch of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

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Friday, October 26
Yvette M. Corporon, Something Beautiful Happened
A Story of Survival and Courage in the Face of Evil

Admission $10
7:30pm at the Alper JCC

11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater

Recently seen on Megyn Kelly Today, Yvette Corporon shares her grandmother’s story about their roots in the small Greek island and the people who hid a Jewish family from the Nazis. Although 2,000 Greek Jews died during WWII, the family hidden by their village survived. Years later Corporon decided to track down the descendants.  Their reunion in Israel was proof that evil doesn’t always win. Days after she made the connection, a Neo-Nazi, in a parking lot at the Kansas City JCC, gunned down her cousin’s child. This is a story of survival and courage.

Community Partners: CAJE Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education; Jewish Community Services of South Florida

 

Holocaust Workshop for Public and Private School Teachers
Friday, October 26 • Open to the Community
All grades include Adult Vocational • 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Alper JCC
TEC Credits. Public school teachers sign up on the TEC professional development website.

Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff, lead educator of the seminar
1:00pm, Yvette M. Corporon, Something Beautiful Happened

Community Partners: Jack and Harriett Rosenfeld Foundation Program in Jewish Education at UM; Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

 

Monday, October 29
Irvin Ungar, Arthur Szyk - Soldier in Art

7:30pm at the Miller Center on the UM Campus
5202 University Drive
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

During the first half of the twentieth century, Arthur Szyk worked in Europe, Canada, and the United States, and was renowned for his prolific illustrations in  books, newspapers, and magazines. His work provides a visual and often acerbic commentary on contemporary issues, including World War II, the Holocaust, and the creation of the State of Israel. Author Irvin Ungar, a former pulpit rabbi and antiquarian bookseller, has devoted the past quarter-century to scholarship on Arthur Szyk, and in his book, reveals how Szyk was one of the most extraordinary artists of his time. The book is the winner of the 2017 Jewish Book Award in Visual Arts.

UM Campus Parking Advisory (enforced until 11pm): You can park at the Red Lot, free of charge, by registering your license plate at AT THIS LINK OR, you can pay for parking via the Pay-by-Phone app or at the pay stations located in the parking lot. 

This program is co-sponsored by The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami.

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Book Club Night
Presented in loving memory of Hillelene Lustig
Tuesday, October 30
Rachel Kadish, The Weight of Ink

7:30pm at Temple Beth Am
5950 N. Kendall Drive
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

The Weight of Ink is an ingenious work of historical fiction about two women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind. Set in London in both the 1660s and the early twenty-first century, the tale weaves the stories of an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi and an ailing professor with a love of Jewish history.  The book is the winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

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Sunday, November 4
Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman in conversation with Ana Veciana-Suarez
Author of Not for the Faint of Heart - 
Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence

7:00pm at Temple Judea
5500 Granada Blvd., Coral Gables
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

Distinguished Ambassador Wendy Sherman combines personal storytelling and expert insight to show readers how they can put diplomatic values like courage, persistence and empathy to work in their own lives.  She reveals that success takes courage, demonstrates the necessity to forge common ground, and shares an understanding of the nature and use of power. Ambassador Sherman served as a key aide for Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and was the lead negotiator for the U.S. on the Iran Nuclear Deal. She is a frequent contributor to MSNBC.

This program is co-sponsored by Israel Bonds, and the Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Wiener Charitable Foundation, Inc. in Memory of Hermine Wiener.

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Women’s Day Luncheon
Thursday, November 8
Susie Orman Schnall, The Subway Girls

9:30am Boutiques Open • 11:00am Program Begins
The Coral Gables Country Club
997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables 33131-4899
$65 General Admission / $70 after October 27, 2018 / $85 Patron
Reservations are required - Please contact Annette at 305.271.9000 x268 or asantana@alperjcc.org for reservations, payment is not available online.

Although generations apart, two strong women face the same struggle to find balance between love, happiness and ambition in this inspiring tale.

In 1949 Brooklyn, Charlotte's dream of an advertising career is abruptly ended and she returns to work for the family business. Meanwhile, she is swept into the glamorous world of the Miss Subways beauty contest. Conflicts arise and heart-wrenching decisions need to be made. Nearly 70 years later, outspoken advertising executive Olivia is pitching the NYC subways account to save her job. As her deadline approaches, Olivia’s search for the winning strategy leads her to the historic Miss Subways campaign and an unexpected connection that could save her job–and her future.

Women’s Day 2018 is certain to be memorable with our author’s engaging presentation, a delicious lunch, and fabulous shopping at specialty boutiques. 

 

Tuesday, November 13
Miriam Hoffman, A Breed Apart
Reflections of a Young Refugee

7:30pm at Young Israel of Kendall
7880 SW 112 Street
Admission $10 • Includes a book reading and video component with son Avi Hoffman, award-winning actor

Miriam Hoffman is an author, scholar, journalist, playwright and survivor. A Breed Apart follows her emotional journey from a young refugee growing up in a post-war Displaced Person camp to her new life in the United States. It captures the struggles she and her family faced amid anti-Semitism and anti-immigrant sentiment. As a survivor, Miriam overcame these obstacles by embracing Yiddish culture and rose in academic circles to become one of the world’s leading Yiddish scholars.

Community partner: Yiddishkayt Initiative

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Thursday, November 15
Martin Fletcher, Promised Land
A Novel of Israel

7:30pm Bet Shira Congregation
7500 SW 120th Street
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

Greetings from the Israeli Consulate

Martin Fletcher, a five-time Emmy Award winner, presents his latest novel about the turbulent early years of Israel. The story is told through the eyes of two German Jewish brothers – Arie who survived the Holocaust in Europe, and Peter who was chosen for the Kindertransport and sent to America.  Years later, the brothers reunite in Israel where Arie has become a scheming businessman while Peter is a top-level Mossad agent. Over the next two decades, as their new homeland faces extraordinary obstacles that could destroy its existence, the brothers’ conspiracies and a tumultuous love triangle threaten to tear their new lives apart. Mr. Fletcher is the former Israel Bureau Chief for NBC News.

This program is co-sponsored by Baron Estate Sales.

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Sally Kohn has cancelled this event due to a family medical emergency. We are hoping to reschedule in 2019.
Those who have purchase tickets will be refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Sally Kohn, The Opposite of Hate
A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

As a progressive commentator on FOX News and now on CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences and learning how to talk in a civilized manner with opposing points of view. In The Opposite of Hate, she interviews leading scientists and researchers and investigates the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simple incivility can be a gateway to horrific situations. Travelling from Rwanda to the Middle East and across the USA, she shares stories from meetings with terrorists, white supremacists, and even some of her own Twitter trolls and points the way toward change.

This program is co-sponsored by the Millhauser Family in Loving Memory of Lisa Millhauser.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
A Night of Leonard Bernstein’s Music
Featuring Members of Civic Chorale of Greater Miami conducted by GRAMMY Winner Paul Hoyle

Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl
A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

7:30pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater
Admission $20 • Author presentation, musical performance and refreshments

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth. In a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir, she shares the story of a multifaceted man who was the chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, a composer, television star, humanitarian and a friend of the powerful and influential. The deeply moving and often hilarious memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

This program is co-sponsored by The Zelda and John Schwebel Family Foundation in Memory of John M. Schwebel.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

4pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater
Admission with book $30, Preferred seating $50  • Author presentation and refreshments

The Tony Award-winning co-creator of Dear Evan Hansen, Broadway’s 2017 Best Musical, presents his groundbreaking novel inspired by the show. A letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief, and he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. Every day is amazing until everything is in danger of unraveling. A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Alyson Richman, The Secret of Clouds

7:30pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Futernick Family Art Gallery
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

The Secret of Clouds is a journey of a mother and her son and a teacher and her student. The story follows a young couple with promising careers who must leave Kiev unexpectedly and begin a new life in America. Their son, Yuri, who is born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children, has a passionate and dedicated teacher to tutor him. As the child and his tutor forge a deep connection, the teacher is forced to confront her own painful childhood memories and ironically, finds strength from Yuri.

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Fashion Icon & Afternoon Tea With A Twist
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Isaac Mizrahi, I.M.: A Memoir

2pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Robert Russell Theater
Admission $36 • Author presentation and refreshments

VIP Ticket $75 • Preferred seating, book and photo op

Isaac Mizrahi is a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory, a cabaret singer and a talk show host on QVC. He offers a candid look back on his life so far – growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family. His memoir is filled with poignant stories from his teenage years at the famed LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, to a budding fashion designer working with such luminaries as Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein, to branching out on his own and being anointed the wunderkind of the international fashion world. His talents drew him into the who’s who of celebrity circles with Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey, to name only a few. This is pure Isaac Mizrahi, as only he can tell it.

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Girl’s Night Out
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Marilyn Simon Rothstein, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects

7:30pm at the Alper JCC
11155 SW 112 Avenue • Futernick Family Art Gallery
Admission $10 • Author presentation and refreshments

This heartwarming, hilarious novel follows Marcy Hammer, who is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her boyfriend wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces her engagement, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce. Trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible—because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.

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How to help support the Jewish Book Festival:

LITERARY CIRCLE FRIEND receives a Ticket to Women’s Day Luncheon and two General Admission tickets to ten requested Book Festival events (excluding Steven Levenson and Isaac Mizrahi). $200

LITERARY CIRCLE PATRON receives a Patron Ticket to Women’s Day Luncheon and 2 Reserved Seats to all requested Book Festival events (excluding Isaac Mizrahi)  and 1 ticket with book to Steven Levenson. $360

NESHAMA – A Women’s Giving Circle that helps to perpetuate the richness of our Jewish heritage through art, music and literature. Neshama members receive a Patron Ticket to Women's Day Luncheon, 2 Reserved Seats to all requested Book Festival events, 1 Reserved ticket to Isaac Mizrahi, 1 ticket with book to Steven Levenson, invitations to all Opening Receptions of the Futernick Family Art Gallery and the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, two preferred tickets to Guy Bavali, JCC movies, and 1 ticket to Dance Now! Miami. Members’ names are inscribed on the Neshama Wall in the lobby of the Sablotsky Cultural Arts Center. $1000. For information about Neshama or to join, call Ann Horenstein at 305-271-9000 x 253.

Literary Circle Friend - $200  |  Literary Circle Patron - $360  |  Neshama - $1,000

For information on how you can support the Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival, please call 305.271.9000 x268 or email asantana@alperjcc.org

 

The 38th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of: Baron Estate Sales; 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; The Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami; The Zelda and John Schwebel Family Foundation in Memory of John M. Schwebel. 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; Congregation Dor Chadash; Consulate General of Israel to Miami; 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.

 

2018 Book Festival Steering Committee

Women’s Day Luncheon Chair: Cheryl Rosen

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

 

Director of Literary & Performing Arts: Marcy Levitt

Rachel Camber, JCC President

Steve Tepper, Executive Director

Eli Hagler, Deputy Director of Operations

Suzy Breitner, Director of Visual Arts

Annette Santana, Cultural Arts Administrator

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

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 thank the co-sponsoring organizations for their participation in the 38th 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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