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Event features panel discussion of cancer-related issues from experts at  Jupiter Medical Center

PALM BEACH GARDENS (August 14, 2013) – The 19th Annual Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches Book Festival kicks off with an expansive Breast Cancer Awareness event on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens. The event features author, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, who wrote How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick, as well as a dynamic medical panel. The event, held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center.

Pogrebin, who co-founded Ms. Magazine with Gloria Steinem, penned the book after she noticed during her recent bout with breast cancer that many of her closest friends and family didn’t know what to say; so she spoke to fellow patients and dozens who have battled serious illness to learn what sick people wished those closest could say or do to best comfort them.

“Jupiter Medical Center is proud to partner with the new Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches,” said John D. Couris, President & CEO of Jupiter Medical Center. “This is a prime example of two organizations with similar values working together to provide world-class health and wellness services to the surrounding communities.”

The event will also feature an impressive medical panel to discuss subjects from genetic testing for the BRCA mutations (gene mutations linked to a high risk of cancer) to reconstructive surgery.

“Bringing programs to the community that not only entertain, but enrich and educate are cornerstones to the mission of the book festival. Pairing this panel of experts with Pogrebin’s discussion educates guests on cancer research and treatment and creates an open dialogue on the ‘human side’ of cancer as it affects their personal relationships,” said Lisa Blumberg, cultural arts director of the Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens.

Aside from her 20–year affiliation with Ms. Magazine, Pogrebin has published articles and op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Travel & Leisure and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She is a regular columnist for Moment Magazine and wrote "The Working Woman" column in The Ladies Home Journal for 10 years.

During the past 19 years, the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches has created one of the area’s most prominent cultural events: its Annual Book Festival, which hosts stimulating, heart-warming and entertaining authors. The festival, which runs from October 2013 to March 2014, will include 16 author events on a broad range of topics from love, health and sisterhood to comedy and more.  The highlight of the book festival is the signature book luncheon, held each year at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. On November 20, 2013, author and former New York Times investigative reporter, Leslie Maitland will discuss her book, Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed at the event.

For more information about the book festival, including the signature book luncheon, please contact Lisa Blumberg at 561-712-5209 or [email protected] Register for the events online at Featured books are available for purchase at JCConline/books.

The mission of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches is to help create a strong Jewish community by providing high quality programs close to where people live that connect people to Jewish Life.  The JCC is a partner agency of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County.

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