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Boys to Men A Two Author Event

Date: October 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 am
Contact: Marcy Levitt


Sunday, October 18 · 11am

Boys to Men · A Two Author Event

$10 Florida Series

Michael Ian Black A Better Man: A (Mostly) Serious Letter to My Son

In Michael Ian Black’s inspir­ing and deeply per­son­al book, this come­di­an, actor, and father gets (most­ly) seri­ous about the trou­ble with mas­culin­i­ty. In the form of a heart­felt let­ter to his col­lege-bound son, he reveals his own com­pli­cat­ed rela­tion­ship with his father, explores the dam­age caused by the expec­ta­tions placed on boys to “man up” and search­es for the best way to help his son become part of the solu­tion, not the prob­lem. Part mem­oir, part advice book, Black deliv­ers a poignant answer to an urgent ques­tion: How can we be, and raise, bet­ter men? A Bet­ter Man is for par­ents but also for everyone nav­i­gating the com­plex gen­der issues of our time.

Michael Ian Black is an actor, come­di­an, writer of award-win­ning books for chil­dren and adults, and stand-up come­di­an. He lives in Con­necti­cut with his wife and two children. 141

Cleo Stiller Modern Manhood

Jour­nal­ist Cleo Stiller’s fun(ny) and infor­ma­tive col­lec­tion of advice and per­spec­tives about what it means to be a good guy in the era of #MeToo uses con­ver­sa­tions that real men and women are hav­ing with their friends, their dates, their fam­i­ly, and them­selves. Free of judg­ment, preach­ing and sug­ar­coat­ing, Mod­ern Man­hood is engag­ing and provoca­tive, and ulti­mate­ly a great resource for gain­ing a deep­er under­stand­ing of what it means to be a gen­uine­ly good man today.

Cleo Stiller is an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist, speak­er and tele­vi­sion host. She speaks around the coun­try about her work and social impact, most recent­ly at New York Uni­ver­si­ty Glob­al Affairs: Wom­en’s Glob­al Health Conference.




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

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

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