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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 


Fashion Icon & Afternoon Tea With A Twist
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Isaac Mizrahi in conversation with Jackie Nespral, WTVJ News Anchor discussing his book, 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.



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.



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


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, 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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