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Book Festival

The Alper JCC Presents The 40th Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival 

September 2, 2020 – March 11, 2021

Purchase Book Festival event tickets at the links below or contact Marcy at 305.271.9000 x269 or mlevitt@alperjcc.org

 

Time has a way of flying by! It is difficult to believe that the Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival began 40 years ago! And yet, we can look back at hundreds of celebrated authors who have brought thought-provoking, exciting and important histories, mysteries, memoirs and unforgettable stories to our community. This 40th anniversary coincides with two other milestones: Rabbi Dan Horwitz has recently begun his tenure as the JCC’s new CEO and Marcy Levitt marks her 30th year of leadership for each annual book festival, first as a volunteer and for 25 years as the Literary and Performing Arts Director.

The 40th literary celebration also occurs simultaneously with a challenging time, preventing authors from speaking in person to live audiences, as has always been done. But the virtual presentations of over 50 authors offer great opportunities to be diverted by fabulous reads and chances to virtually get to know authors whose work is admired around the world. Authors like Jodi Picoult, Jill Wine-Banks, Harlan Coben, Joan Lunden, Deepak Chopra, Natan Sharansky and Brad Meltzer will make this, our 40th Annual Berrin Family Book Festival, one to remember. 

The Alper JCC has partnered with other JCC’s around our state and our country to virtually bring outstanding authors to our community. Our Florida JCC series is presented in collaboration with the Jewish Book Council, Miami Beach JCC, Michael Ann Russell JCC in North Miami, Adolph and Rose Levis JCC in Boca Raton, David Posnack JCC in Ft. Lauderdale and the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando. Our JCC Literary Consortium Series is presented in collaboration with JCC’s in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boulder, Cherry Hill, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Memphis, Miami, Rochester and Seattle. Not all JCCs in each series will be participating in each event. 

 

How to Help Support the Jewish Book Festival, now more than ever we need your contributions to help our JCC continue to provide wonderful virtual programming!

 

Literary Friend Pass: $180 for all requested Book Events – one link per household. There are 35 book events with 50+ authors through May, 2021 (excluding Book & Ticket Programs).                        PURCHASE LITERARY FRIEND PASS

 

 

Neshama: $1,000 for membership in the Alper JCC’s Neshama Women’s Giving Circle, which supports all of our cultural arts presentations throughout the year. Neshama members will receive links to all selected virtual book events including one copy of either Jodi Picoult or Deepak Chopra book. They will receive extra perks including preferred seating to all live performances, opening receptions and other special Neshama events when we are able to gather together again. For info please email Ann Horenstein ahorenstein@alperjcc.org.

Click here to support our authors and our local bookseller partner, Books & Books,

by purchasing books not included in a ticket bundle.

  

 
  

 

 

 

Monday, November 30 • 7:00 pm 

Tickets: Complimentary Concert

Yiddish Tangos

 

 LIVE STREAM ON NOVEMBER 30TH AT 7PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 2 • 7:30 pm 

Tickets: $45 includes ticket, book & shipping, Consortium series

Ina Garten-  Modern Comfort Food

In conversation with Michael Ian Black

In collaboration with Book Fair International and Books & Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 6 ˑ 1:00pm

Tickets: Book & Ticket $36

Book Fest In Your Living Room PresentsPhilippa Gregory- Dark Tides: A Novel

Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favour of the newly restored King Charles II, and he believes that the warehouse's poor owner Alinor has the one thing his money cannot buy—his son and heir.

The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. She claims Alinor as her mother-in-law and has come to tell Alinor that her son Rob has drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon.

Alinor writes to her brother Ned, newly arrived in faraway New England and trying to make a life between the worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move toward inevitable war. Alinor tells him that she knows—without doubt—that her son is alive and the widow is an imposter.

Philippa Gregory is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen including The Other Boleyn Girl. She was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She worked as a senior reporter on the Portsmouth News, and as a journalist and producer for BBC Radio. She founded Gardens for the Gambia, a charity to dig wells in poor rural schools in The Gambia, and has provided nearly 200 wells. 

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 10 • 1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

Gavriel Savit-  The Way Back

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 13 2:00 pm

Tickets & Book: $36, Consortium series 

Peter Frampton- Do You Feel Like I Do?: A Memoir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 14  7:30 pm 

Tickets: $18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 14  1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

The Russian Connection • A Two-Author Event

Charles Belfoure- The Faberge Secret

Alina Adams- The Nesting Dolls

 

Thursday, February 11 • 1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

Jason B. Rosenthal-  My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir

 

Thursday, March 11 • 1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

Janice Kaplan-  The Genius of Women: From Overlooking to Changing the World

 

Sunday, April 11 • 4:00 pm 

Tickets: $20 for General Admission and $10 for Students

Daniel E. Lewis-  A Life in Choreography and the Art of Dance

In conversation with Jordan Levin 

Live Performance by Dance Now! Miami performing a piece choreographed by Mr. Lewis

 

Thursday, May 13  1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

Voices of Generations of Women • A Two-Author Event

Dara Kurtz- I am My Mother's Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss and Love

Bess Kalb- Nobody Will Tell You This But Me: A True (as told to me) story

 

 

2020 BOOK FESTIVAL STEERING COMMITTEE

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

Director of Literary & Performing Arts: Marcy Levitt

Keith Ginsburg, JCC Board Chair

Dan Horwitz, Chief Executive Officer

Irene Tzanani, Assistant Executive Director

Suzy Breitner, Director of Visual Arts

Ann Horenstein, Executive Assistant/Neshama Director

 

The 40th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival has been made possible through the generous support of: Baron Estate Sales; City of Coral Gables; In Memory of Hillelene Lustig; Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Weiner Charitable Foundation, Inc. in Memory of Hermine Wiener; 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 and an Anonymous sponsor. 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; Beth David Congregation; Bet Shira Congregation; Books&Books; CAJE - Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education Florence Melton Adult Mini-School; Chabad of Kendall & Pinecrest; Consulate General of Israel; 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 40th 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 MiamiDade County and a member agency of the JCC Association.

 

How to help support the Jewish Book Festival:

October Pass: $75 for all requested Book Events for the month of October - one link per household. Pre-registration required.

Literary Friend Pass: $180 for all requested Book Events – one link per household. There are 35 book events with 50+ authors through May, 2021 (excluding Book & Ticket Programs). Pre-registration required.

Neshama: $1,000 for membership in the Alper JCC’s Neshama Women’s Giving Circle, which supports all of our cultural arts presentations throughout the year. Neshama members will receive links to all selected virtual book events including one copy of either Jodi Picoult or Deepak Chopra book. They will receive extra perks including preferred seating to all live performances, opening receptions and other special Neshama events when we are able to gather together again. For info please email Ann Horenstein ahorenstein@alperjcc.org.

October Pass - $75  |  Literary Friend Pass - $180  |  Neshama - $1,000

For information on how you can support the Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival, please call 305.271.9000 x269 or email mlevitt@alperjcc.org

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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 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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