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20th Annual
JCC Book Festival

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The Mandel JCC is proud to present the 20th 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.  

Novel Tea

Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots by Jessica Soffer

Lorca spends her life poring over cookbooks to earn the love of her distracted mother, a chef, who is now packing her off to boarding school. Desperate to prove herself, Lorca resolves to track down the recipe for her mother’s ideal meal. She signs up for cooking lessons from Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewish immigrant profoundly shaken by her husband’s death. Soon these two women develop a deeper bond while their concoctions, cardamom pistachio cookies, baklava, and masgouf, bake in Victoria’s kitchen. In Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots we see how food sustains not just our bodies, but our hopes as well. Jessica Soffer earned her MFA at Hunter College. She teaches fiction at Connecticut College. Her father, a painter and sculptor, immigrated from Iraq to the United States in 1948.

> Tuesday, March 3, 11:00 am
   Location: Atlantis Country Club, Lake Worth
   $18/Member; $25/Guest; includes dessert reception

> Wednesday, March 4, 2:30 pm
   Location: Frenchman's Creek, Palm Beach Gardens
   Pricing: Series of four PBG Novel Teas, $170/members $200/guests
   Individual Tickets: $50/Member $60 Guest

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Literary Society Event

Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr

Fugitive Colors is a historical novel inspired by what the Nazis called Entartete Kunst. Stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr’s debut novel. Fugitive Colors asks the reader: How far would you go for your passion? Would you kill for it? Steal for it? Or go to any length to protect it? International journalist Lisa Barr served as an editor at The Jerusalem Post, managing editor of Moment and Today’s Chicago Woman, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, and the creator of the popular blog GIRLilla Warfare ( She earned her master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism - Northwestern University, and lives in Deerfield, Illinois, with her husband and three daughters.

> Monday, March 11, 5:30 pm
   Location: Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
   Attendance is limited to Literary Society members

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Novel Tea

The Riddle of Solomon, is a fast-paced, exciting story set largely in Israel and deals with the biblical stories and legends surrounding King Solomon. Archaeologist Sarah Weston and anthropologist Daniel Madigan team up for another adventure which begins with the discovery of an ancient scroll, composed as a riddle. The pair must journey through the worlds of the occult, corporate greed, geopolitical conflict, Judaic mysticism, and biblical archaeology, in order to uncover the hidden message which could have an explosive impact on modern Israel.  

Daphne Nikolopoulos writes archaeological and historical thrillers under the pen name D.J. Niko. Nikolopoulos is an award-winning journalist, author, editor, and lecturer. She is known not only for the Sarah Weston Chronicles, her fictional works, but also for her non-fictional efforts.  Her book, The Storm Gourmet: A Guide To Creating Extraordinary Meals Without Electricity, is the Floridian’s guide to eating well when the power goes off. Daphne is the editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine, and the editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group. 

> Wednesday; March 18, 11:00 am    Event is Full
    Location: Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
    Pricing: Series of four PBG Novel Teas, $170/members $200/guests
    Single tickets sold after 12/8/2014 pending availability.

> Wednesday; March 18, 2:30 pm 
   Location: Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
   Pricing: Series of four PBG Novel Teas, $170/members $200/guests
   Individual Tickets: $50/Member $60 Guest

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Novel Tea

When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon

A richly told debut novel about one young woman’s journey to Greece for her wedding. The daughter of Greek immigrants, Daphne aspires to the American Dream yet feels as if she’s been sleepwalking through life. Caught between her family’s old-world traditions and the demands of a modern career, she cannot seem to find her place. Only her beloved grandmother on the magical Greek island Erikousa knows her heart. Across the ocean, her grandmother can see through the storybook perfection of Daphne’s new life and she is now calling her back. She has lessons to teach and secrets about the past to share, including that of the bravery and loyalty she and her fellow islanders showed during World War II, where a whole village risked their lives to help a family of Corfu Jews. Yvette Manessis Corporon is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and author. She is a senior producer with the syndicated entertainment news show EXTRA.

> Tuesday, March 31, 11:00 am
   Location: Private Home, Boynton Beach
   $18/Member; $21/Guest

> Wednesday, April 1, 2:30 pm  Event is Full
   Location: Private home, Palm Beach Gardens
   Pricing: Series of four PBG Novel Teas, $170/members $200/guest

> Wednesday; April 1, 2:00 pm 
Location: Private Home, Palm Beach Gardens
    Pricing: Series of four PBG Novel Teas, $170/members $200/guests
Individual Tickets: $50/Member $60 Guest

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Authors Event

The Annual Mandel JCC Book Festival is pleased to feature a new and exciting event which will highlight our very own Florida authors. "Florida's Finest" will be an evening event showcasing local authors in a panel discussion. These writers call Florida home and we hope you will join us in support of this event. More information to come - stay tuned!

> Tuesday, April 14, 5:30 pm
   Location: Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach
   Chair: Cathy Einhorn
   $10/Member; $12/Guest

Health and Wellness Event

Wrestling with Yoga: Journey of a Jewish Soul by Shelly Dembe

Wrestling with Yoga is the gently humorous and deeply thoughtful story of Dembe’s journey as an evolving Jew: a young mom, free spirit, and nurse who traded the ICU for a yoga studio—only to find that the inner peace her soul sought in yoga was present in her faith all along. Her sense that her life is missing something indefinable yet essential leads her on a search for purpose that uncovers life-changing parallels and conflicts between her beloved yoga practice and her Jewish heritage. As she learns more about Judaism, she shares her delight at discovering new ways to honor the beauty of everyday life. For Jews contemplating their lives in the context of their faith, Shelly offers accessible suggestions for gently moving towards a more spiritual lifestyle. Author and teacher Shelly Dembe travels worldwide to Jewish communities as a facilitator and speaker on physical and spiritual well-being. Shelly holds certifications as a Registered Nurse, Kripalu certified Yoga Dance Instructor, LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, and ACSM Personal Trainer.

> Wednesday, May 13, 10:00 am
   Location: Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach
   $18/Member; $25/Guest

> Wedneday, May 13, 2:00 pm
   Location: Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
   $18/Member; $25/Guest

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