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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.

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


Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival Presents
Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
Sunday, February 10, 2019

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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Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival Presents
Alyson Richman, The Secret of Clouds
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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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Sunday, February 24 at 4pm
Guy Bavli, Master of the Mind

Take a voyage into the mysteries of the human mind with this captivating show by the phenomenal Guy Bavli, Master of the mind. Bavli will have audiences laughing and shaking their heads in disbelief as he reads their minds with a mix of mentalism, illusion, psychology, physiology, and intuition.  His amazing ability to move objects and read minds will leave you in wonder and astonishment long after this performance. The celebrity mentalist has appeared on TV more than 400 times, put on thousands of shows in more than 60 countries, and performed 1,200 shows at Caesar Palace, Las Vegas. Not a believer? Come join us and see for yourself! $35 JCC Members | $40 Community 
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Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival Presents
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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Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival Presents, 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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The Dachau Album: An Interfaith Holocaust Project
Sunday, May 25, 2018 at 4pm

$18 Community / $36 Preferred
A multi-media presentation about two survivors - a Jewish Boy and a Roman Catholic Artist. The Dachau Album tells the story of two men that seek to reveal the mysteries Arnold Unger discovered at 15 years old.

Arnold Unger, at 15 years old, survived the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. Upon his emigration to the United States in 1947, he had in his possession a sequential artistic narrative of life and death in Dachau – an Artist’s Diary. This leather-bound album contained 30 drawings by Michael Porulski, a Roman Catholic Polish political prisoner. The album also contains artifacts such as Nazi uniform patches, a swatch of a prisoner’s uniform, and hundreds of photographs portraying the horrors of the camp, followed by the jubilation of the prisoners upon liberation and their attempts at a normal life. The Dachau Album Project tells the compelling stories of these two men, seeks to uncover the mysteries contained within it and relates the experience of the Holocaust in a way never depicted before.

Co-Sponsors: Arnold Unger Foundation for Remembrance and Yiddishkayt initiative, Inc.

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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


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. 

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





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