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The Mandel JCC is proud to present the 21st Annual JCC Book Festival. Over 25 events are presented throughout the year. The Signature Book Festival Luncheon attracts over 300 people at the Kravis Center each November, in honor of Jewish Book Month.
Join the Literary Society, your passport to the Book Festival, for tickets to all Book Festival events throughout the year, a collection of books by the presenting authors, and a special event. The Literary Society is committed to the continued quality of the festival and to strengthening our community through Jewish cultural arts.
Book Festival Signature Luncheon
In The Debt of Tamar, Selim Osman meets Hannah, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and an artist striving to understand a father she barely knows. Unaware the connection they share goes back centuries, the two feel an immediate pull to one another. But as their story intertwines with that of their ancestors, the heroic, but ultimately tragic decision that bound two families centuries ago ripples into the future, threatening to tear Hannah and Selim apart.
Nicole Dweck holds a BA in Journalism and a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from NYU. When the Debt of Tamar, her debut novel, was self- published, it was a USA Today bestseller and received honorable mention in Writer's Digest's Self- Published Book Awards.
>Wednesday, Nov 11, 11:00 AM
Locations: Kravis Center, West Palm Beach
Co-Chairs: Beryl Schneider & Cynthia Liebman
In The Outskirts of Hope, Ivester uses journals left by her mother, as well as writings of her own, to paint a vivid, moving, and inspiring portrait of her family's experiences living and working in an all-black town during the height of the civil rights movement.
Jo Ivester spent two years of her childhood living in a trailer in Mound Bayou, where she was the only white student at her junior high. She finished high school in Florida before attending Reed, MIT, and Stanford in preparation for a career in transportation and manufacturing.
>Wednesday, Dec 9; 10:00 AM
Location: Temple Israel, 1901 Flagler Drive, West Palm beach
Co- Sponsors: Temple Israel, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David, Temple
Beth El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Judea
As a member of the Skverers, one of the most insular Hasidic sects in the US, Shulem Deen knows little about the outside world- only that it is to be shunned. His marriage at eighteen is arranged and several children soon follow. Deen's first transgression-turning on the radio- is small, but his curiosity leads him to the library, and later the Internet. Soon, he begins a feverish inquiry into the tenets of his religious beliefs, until, several years later, his faith unravels entirely. In All Who Go Do Not Return, Deen bravely traces his harrowing loss of faith, while offering an illuminating look at a highly secretive world.
Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid, and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in the Jewish Daily Forward, Tablet, and Salon.
>Tuesday, Jan 12: 10:00 AM
Location: Mandel JCC Boynton Beach
Someday You Will Understand is the story of Walter Wolff, the son of a Jewish merchant family that fled their German home when the Nazis came to power and took refuge in Brussels, Belgium. On the eve of the German invasion, in May 1940, the family began its second escape. Their sixteen-month odyssey took them through the chaos of battle in France and the dangers of living clandestinely as Jews in occupied territory, before they finally boarded the notorious freighter SS Navemar in Cadiz, Spain, to be among the last Jewish refugees admitted to the United States before Pearl Harbor.
Nina Wolff Feld is the daughter of Walter C. Wolff, who went on to found the Bon Marche furniture stores in New York. A native New Yorker, she received a B.S. in Fine Art from Pratt Institute School of Architecture. During the 1980's her paintings became a part of East Village and Soho art scene.
>Tuesday, Jan 12, 2:00 PM
Location: Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
Part mah jongg manual/part memoir, searching for Bubbe Fischer tells the story of a novice player’s quest for the ultimate mentor. Author Karen Gooen hoped that by meeting the mythical Bubbe Fischer and learning all of her tricks, she might become a better mah jongg player, and ultimately a tournament champion. What she foundalong the way was far more enlightening than just how to play the game. The book includes lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced level players, as well as information on tournaments, etiquette and how to play a three-man game.
Karen Gooen has been writing non-fiction for almost forty years--articles ranging from sports to medicine to travel.
>Wednesday, January 13, 12:30pm
Mandel JCC-Boynton Beach
>Thursday, January 14, 12:30pm
Mandel JCC-Palm Beach Gardens
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
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
Boynton Book Festival Luncheon
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
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
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, Mom.me 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
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.