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Arts & Culture:
21st Annual
JCC Book Festival


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Book Festival Events 

The Mandel JCC Book Festival showcases Jewish authors and/or books of Jewish content. In so doing, the Festival promotes awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people; strengthens community consciousness of Jewish identity, history, and culture; and provides a community forum to stimulate dynamic and provocative dialogue.


 Author Event: The Bus on Jaffa Road 

The Bus on Jaffa Road is the story of the bombing on Jerusalem's Number 18 bus in 1996. The narrative weaves from the streets of Jerusalem to a West Bank refugee camp to the White House, the Congress and a U.S. courtroom where the victim's families filed a lawsuit against Iran for financing the bombing- then to a prison in the Negev desert in Israel where the author confronts the man who built the bomb on the Jaffa Road bus. It is a story that prefigures many of the difficulties of America's "war on terrorism" and reminds us of the intractable nature of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict that continues to this day. 

Mike Kelly has been a journalist for more than three decades. He is the author of two books as well as numerous prize- winning newspaper projects and columns for the The Bergen Record, a daily newspaper in northern New Jersey. Kelly was named the top columnist in America in 2004 and in 2011 by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. In 2001, the New Jersey Press Association named him "Journalist of the Year" for his reporting from the Middle East and from Ground Zero. 

>Wednesday February 4; 5:30 PM
   Location: Palm Beach Country Club, 760 N Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach 
   Co- Chairs: Zelda Mason, Gwen Boykin Senior Vice President, The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank 
   Sponsor: The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank

>Click Here For More Information on Mike Kelly

To register contact Sharon at 561-712-5232

Author Event: Not Fade Away 

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome Type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child. She was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by the age of 30. Not Fade Away is both a memoir of the senses and a unique look at the obstacles we all face-physically psychologically and philosophically exploring the extraordinary powers of memory, love, and perseverance. It is a gripping story
offering hope and motivation, and exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

Rebecca Alexander, 36, is a psychotherapist, extreme athlete and activist. She grew up in Northern California and holds two Master’s degrees from Columbia University.

>Tuesday, February 16, 5:30pm
  Jupiter Medical Center: Raso Education Center
  1226 South Old Dixie Highway

>$18/Member; 25/Guest; Includes light refereshments

Register for Not Fade Away>>

 Boynton Book Festival Luncheon: Playing with Fire 

In Playing with Fire, violinist Julia Ansdell happens upon a curios piece of music the Incendio waltz- and is immensely entranced by its unusual composition. Julia is determined to master the complex work and make its melody heard. Back home in Boston, from the moment Julia's bow moves across the strings, drawing the waltz's fiery notes into the air, something strange is stirred-and Julia's world comes under threat. The music has a terrifying and inexplicable effect on her young daughter, who seems violently transformed. Convinced that the hypnotic strains of Incendio are weaving a malevolent spell, Julia sets out to discover the man and the meaning behind the score. 

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen has written 3 bestsellers in the United States. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the TNT television series "Rizzoli & Isles" starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. 

>Tuesday, Feb 23: 11:00 AM 
   Location: Indian Spring Country Club
   11501 El Clair Ranch Road, Boynton Beach
   Chairperson: Claire Sirof 

>Click Here For More Information on Tess Gerritsen

Register for Playing with Fire>>

Novel Tea: Mental Yentl 

Get ready for one heart-felt and hilarious book, as Sally Fingerett recalls the crazy events that inspired her most successful and most requested songs. From her very beginnings on Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, to her years as a solo artist and a founding and touring member of a marvelous musical comedy theatre troupe, Sally chronicles her comical, goofs and flaw-filled life as a musician, two-time
wife, M&M-addicted mother of three, and designated, care-giving Jewish daughter of a difficult manic depressive mother.

Singer-songwriter Sally Fingerett is a founding member of the highly acclaimed musical comedy group, The Four B**chin’ Babes. She collaborated on all nine of the Babes’ cast recordings, starting with their
first release in 1990.

>Tuesday March 1, 2:00pm 
  Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
>Series of Three Novel Teas $130/Member; $150/Guest; Includes signed books 

Register for Mental Yentl>>

Ladies Night Out 

Come join other like-minded women for a night of laughing, make-up, mingling, noshing and wine. This humorous take on marriage shows you what the true keys to marital bliss and success are—surprisingly—the same as the cardinal rules of comedy. Dani Klein Modisett is a comedian and writer who has been working in the comedy world for the past twenty years. Her writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Parents Magazine, LA Parent Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

>Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm Fonda Lee's Beauty Bar
  Shops at Midtown 
   4759 PGA Blvd.
  Palm Beach Gardens, FL 

>$36/ Member; $42/Guest 

Register for Ladies Night Out>>

 Film & Author Event

The documentary Advanced Style shows the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic unique style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same
name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent stylish women aged 62 to 95, who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth-all
the while being thrust into new found fame. Book signing and fashion show to follow the film. This afternoon is complimentary entry for Film Society Cinema Circle Members and Literary Society Members.

>Tuesday, March 8, 1:00-3:30pm 
   Mandel JCC- Palm Beach Gardens

Tickets go on sale in December. 

Book Festival Author Event with Bruce Ferber

Cascade Falls explores the failed promise of the American Dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic followup to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Bruce Ferber asks the question: “How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?”

Danny Johnson, a writer whose career never materialized, moves with his wife and children to Cascade Falls, a water-filled, golf community in the bone-dry desert outside of Phoenix. Grudgingly going to work for his father Ted, the Elmer Gantry of home development, Danny’s quest for stability ultimately comes up short. His marriage begins to fray and the housing market goes bust, forcing him and those around him to examine their lives anew. Cascade Falls exposes the desperate price paid for sacrificing who we are for how and where we live.

>Tuesday, March 22, 10:00am
  $12/Member; $18/Guest 

Author Event - Florida’s Finest

Highlight our very own Florida authors “Florida’s Finest” will be an evening event showcasing local authors in a panel discussion. The specific authors for this panel are still being formulated. These writers call Florida home and we hope you will join us in support of this event. More information to come-stay tuned!

>Tuesday, Apr 5; 5:30 PM
  Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach
  Cathy Einhorn
  $10/Member; $12/Guest

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