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21st Annual
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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.  

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JCC Book Events

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: 11:00am
   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

Anthony David, An Improbable Friendship

An Improbable Friendship is the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now ninety-eight, who was Moshe Dayan’s wife for thirty-seven years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law, now seventy-four. It reveals for the first time the two women’s surprising
and secret forty-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.

Anthony David has written eight books, including his collaboration with Palestinian leader Sari Nusseibeh on his autobiography,
“Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life,” voted one of the best books of the year by the “Christian Science Monitor” 

>Sunday, March 13; 10:00 AM
   Location Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens
   $12/Member; $18/Guest

Register for An Improbable Friendship>>

 Novel Tea: Wherever There Is Light 

Wherever There Is Light is a sweeping, panoramic, historical novel that covers three generations in the intertwined lives of two families—the Roses, who are Jewish, and the Wakefields, who are African American. 

Peter Golden
is an award-winning journalist, historian, and novelist who, during the course of his long and varied career, has interviewed Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush; Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, George Shultz, and Lawrence Eagleburger; and many others.

 Chair: Phyllis Hoffman

>Tuesday, March 29; 2:00pm
 Location Private Home
 Series of three Novel Teas
 $130/Member; $150/Guest; Includes signed books
 Single tickets sold after 12/16/15 pending availability


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