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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.

  

 
  

   

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 FAMOUS MOMENTS PART ONE: The greatest moments in film history stick out in our memories as if we saw them just yesterday. It’s Cary Grant running from a plane in North By Northwest. Peter Finch screaming that he’s “mad as hell!” in Network. And Clark Gable telling Vivien Leigh he no longer gives a “damn” in Gone With The Wind. This hour-long presentation takes you behind the scenes of these great movie moments and more as we reveal what makes them so unforgettable.

Thursday, January 21 7:00 pm 

Tickets: $10 Ticket for Guests and No Charge for Alper JCC Members

  

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 27 • 8:00 pm 

Tickets: $10 Ticket or $25 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Scott Turow-  The Last Trial

 

 

At eighty-five years old, Alejandro "Sandy" Stern, a brilliant defense lawyer with his health failing but spirit intact, is on the brink of retirement. But when his old friend Dr. Kiril Pafko, a former Nobel Prize winner in Medicine, is faced with charges of insider trading, fraud, and murder, his entire life's work is put in jeopardy, and Stern decides to take on one last trial.

In a case that will be the defining coda to both men's accomplished lives, Stern probes beneath the surface of his friend's dazzling veneer as a distinguished cancer researcher. As the trial progresses, he will question everything he thought he knew about his friend. Despite Pafko's many failings, is he innocent of the terrible charges laid against him? How far will Stern go to save his friend, and -- no matter the trial's outcome -- will he ever know the truth?

Stern's duty to defend his client and his belief in the power of the judicial system both face a final, terrible test in the courtroom, where the evidence and reality are sometimes worlds apart.

Scott Turow is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Trial, and an additional eleven bestselling works of fiction, including Testimony, IdenticalInnocentPresumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York TimesWashington PostVanity FairThe New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

 

 

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.

 

 

 FAMOUS MOMENTS PART TWO: The shower scene in Psycho. The flying bikes in E.T. The title song in Singin’ in the Rain. All are memorable movie moments that have been cherished for generations and will be cherished for years to come. In this hour-long presentation, you’ll enjoy an insightful look at these scenes and more, sharing the stories, backgrounds and secrets that made them so unforgettable.

Wednesday, February 3 • 7:30 pm 

Tickets: $10 Ticket for Guests and No Charge for Alper JCC Members

 

 

Thursday, February 11 • 1:00 pm 

Tickets: $10, Florida series

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

 

 

Wednesday, February 24 8:00 pm 

Tickets: $36 Book and Ticket, Consortium series

Bill Gates-  How to Avoid Climate Disaster

 

 In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical--and accessible--plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.

 

 

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:

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.

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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