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Book Festival

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

September 2, 2020 – May 13, 2021

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

 

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, the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando and the National JCC Literary Consortium. 

 

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.

  

 
  

  

Thursday, March 4th 7:00 pm

Tickets: $10 for Guests and No Charge for Alper JCC Members (Alper JCC Members please email mlevitt@alperjcc.org for the link)

Hudak on Hollywood: When Oscar Gets It Wrong

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lifelong film lover, Dan Hudak has worked extensively as a film critic in print, radio and television. He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

When Oscar Gets It Wrong: Is Ordinary People better than Raging Bull? Is How Green Was My Valley better than Citizen Kane? According  to the Oscars yes! This hour-long presentation examines the politics, voting patterns, and cultural influences that led the Academy to overlook movies we now consider classics.

 

 

Thursday, March 4th 8:00 pm

Tickets: $10 Ticket or $38 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Walter Isaacson The Codebreaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race

 

 

 

 

 

 The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the code of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.

Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned ​a curiosity ​of nature into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions.

Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids?

After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species.

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

Sunday, March 7th 4:00 pm

No charge One free book with registration

Mark Gerson- The Telling

In conversation with Rabbi Brain Glusman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life changing wisdom from one of Judaism’s most powerful texts.

The Haggadah, which can be found in Jewish homes around the world, has guided Jewish families and friends through Pesach celebrations for a millennia. In The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life, author Mark Gerson shows how even the most familiar passages from the Haggadah are sitting on top of buried treasures ready to help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives today. The Telling will enable readers to make their Seder the most engaging, inspiring and important night of the year — and to understand how Jewish wisdom can help them to live their happiest, most purposeful and worthwhile lives.

The fundamental questions of life that The Telling addresses include those of freedom, blessings, parenthood, dreams, education, idolatry, family, forgiveness, willpower, dreams, memory, wisdom, goodness, analogies, habits, newness, music, food, aging, false humility, the role of the imagination, the purpose of political debate, the cultivation and expression of gratitude, the State of Israel, our relationship with God, the secret of joy, the meaning of history, the presentation of miracles — and much more.

The Telling, which calls on disciplines from Talmudic discussion to evolutionary psychology to understand the Haggadah, is a groundbreaking reexamination of one of the most powerful texts in Judaism — and an indispensable source of wisdom and insight for people of all faiths. 

Partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

Thursday, March 11 • 1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10 for Guests and No Charge for Alper JCC Members (Alper JCC Members please email mlevitt@alperjcc.org for the link)

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

 

Kaplan explores the powerful forces that have rigged the system, and celebrates the women geniuses past and present. JCC series

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 11 8:00 pm 

Tickets: $10 Ticket or $36 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Annabelle Gurwitch- You Leaving When?

In conversation with Dave Barry

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort comes a timely and hilarious chronicle of downward mobility, financial and emotional. With signature “sharp wit” (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proving that our no-frills new normal doesn’t mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool and flunks the magic of tidying up.
You’re Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a Zoom.

Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of I See You Made an Effort (a New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist); Wherever You Go, There They Are; You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (coauthored with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). She's written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine, and was a regular contributor to NPR. The longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie, she performs with the Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country. She lives with her child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020—a cat, and an assortment of tenants and their comfort animals in Los Angeles.
Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

Sunday, March 21 • 8:00 pm

Tickets: $10 Ticket or $36 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Lisa Scottoline- Eternal

Named for Rome, the Eternal City is the culmination of a lifetime of work: a sweeping historical epic fueled by devastating true events. 

Partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 25 • 8:00 pm

Tickets: $10, Partnership with National JCC Literary Consortium

Sue Monk Kidd- The Book of Longings

The novel depicts the fascinating daily life in Galilee in the first century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 1 • 8:00 pm

Tickets: $36 Book and Ticket

Sharon Stone- The Beauty of Living Twice

 

 

 

 

A Very Special Evening with Sharon Stone

In conversation with International Superstar Gloria Estefan

Zoom Author Talk & Q & A

Presented in partnership with Books and Books, Coral Gables and the National JCC Literary Consortium

Sharon Stone tells her own story: a journey of healing, love, and purpose. She was one of the most renowned actresses in the world--until a massive stroke cost her not only her health, but her career, family, fortune, and global fame. In The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone chronicles her efforts to rebuild her life, and the slow road back to wholeness and health. In an industry that doesn’t accept failure, in a world where too many voices are silenced, Stone found the power to return, the courage to speak up, and the will to make a difference in the lives of women and children around the globe.

Over the course of these intimate pages, as candid as a personal conversation, Stone talks about her pivotal roles, her life-changing friendships, her worst disappointments, and her greatest accomplishments. She reveals how she went from a childhood of trauma and violence to a business that in many ways echoed those same assaults, under cover of money and glamour. She describes the strength and meaning she found in her children, and in her humanitarian efforts. And ultimately, she shares how she fought her way back to find not only her truth, but her family’s reconciliation and love.

Stone made headlines not just for her beauty and her talent, but for her candor and her refusal to “play nice,” and it’s those same qualities that make this memoir so powerful. The Beauty of Living Twice is a book for the wounded, and a book for the survivors; it’s a celebration of women’s strength and resilience, a reckoning, and a call to activism. It is proof that it’s never too late to raise your voice, and speak out.

Sharon Stone is an actress, human rights activist, artist, mother, daughter, sister, and writer. She has been honored with a Nobel Peace Summit Award, a Harvard Humanitarian Award, a Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award, and an Einstein Spirit Award, as well as many other accolades. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.

International superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful Latin crossover artist in music history.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide she’s been awarded with 7 Grammy Awards, an Oscar nominated performance for the song “Music Of My Heart,” a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio & Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor,
presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and to cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American, singer-songwriter to receive The Kennedy Center Honors.

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event and can take 7 - 10 business days to receive due to Covid-related USPS delays

 

Wednesday, April 7 • 7:30 pm

Tickets: $10 for Guests and No Charge for Alper JCC Members (Alper JCC Members please email mlevitt@alperjcc.org for the link)

Hudak on Hollywood: Best Picture Oscar Talk

A lifelong film lover, Dan Hudak has worked extensively as a film critic in print, radio and television. . He is the former chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. He studied Film History and Criticism at Bard College and the University of Miami, where he received his M.A. in Film Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 11 • 2:00 pm 

Yom Hashoah No charge

Daniel Lee- The SS Officer’s Armchair

 

Partnership with National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, April 11 • 4:00 pm 

Tickets: $10

Will be available to view at your convenience

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

Dance Critic Jordan Levin and Daniel Lewis will discuss  his  biography Daniel Lewis, A Life in Choreography and the Art of Dance.

Premiere of a new work, No Strings in the cloud by Daniel Lewis (2021), about life in the cloud during the pandemic.  A reconstruction of, La Malinche, choreographed by José Limón (1947) and danced by Miami Dance Futures with guest artists from Dance Now Miami.

 

 

Thursday, April 15  8:00 pm

Tickets: $36 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Tovah Feldshuh- Lilyville: A Memoir

A heartwarming and funny memoir from a beloved actress.

Partnership with National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 6  8:00 pm

Tickets: $10, Consortium series

Pam Jenoff- The Women with the Blue Star

Partnership with National JCC Literary Consortium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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