JCC Books


27th Annual Jewish Book Festival


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Upcoming Events:


Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism

by Ron Suskind

Community Partners:  Autism Speaks, DPJCC's Camp Giborim,   Exceptional Theater Company, JAFCO, Kesher, Memorial Healthcare System

This event will be moderated by CBS 4 News Anchor

Rick Folbaum.

Saturday, October 25   |   8:30 p.m.

Location: David Posnack Jewish Community

 Members:  $18  |   Community $22

Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy? A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia.  An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood. The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

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The Winter Guest

by Pam Jenoff

Community Partner: Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education

Tuesday, October 28   |   10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Limited Seating

Members:  $18  |   Community $22

Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.  The Winter Guest is a stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear the Nowak sisters apart.

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 Film: The Green Prince

Community Partner: Bayit Israeli

 Saturday, November 1   |   8:30 p.m.

 David Posnack Jewish Community Center

 Members:  $8  |   Community $10

  A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef, grows up angry and ready to fight Israel.  Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he is interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel's security service and sent to prison.  Shocked by Hamas' ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization's escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel.  For him, there is no greater shame.  For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: "operating" the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas.  Based on Yousef's memoir, Son of Hamas, The Green Prince is a story of two men, spy and handler, whom history insists must be adversaries.

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From Scratch: Inside the Food Network

by Allen Salkin

Community Partner:  WECARE

WECARE Food Drive:  Bring canned goods to help WECARE stock their pantry for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 2   |   7:00 p.m.

David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $10  |   Community $12

Big personalities, high drama—the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the Food Network, now about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary: the business, media, and cultural juggernaut that changed the way America thinks about food. In October 1993, a tiny start-up called the Food Network debuted to little notice. Twenty years later, it is in 100 million homes, approaches a billion dollars a year in revenue, and features a galaxy of stars whose faces and names are as familiar to us as our own family’s. But what we don’t know about them, and the people behind them, could fill a book.

Cookbook Swap:  Bring an old cookbook and find a tried and true new one.

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This evening is presented in loving memory of Alvin M. Sandler

I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children

by Caryl Stern

 Community Partner: David Posnack Jewish Day School

Thursday, November 6   |   730 p.m.

David Posnack Jewish Community Center

 Members:  $10  |   Community $12

Students through high school:  FREE

In I Believe in ZERO, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl M. Stern draws on her travels around the world, offering memorable stories that present powerful and sometimes counter-intuitive lessons about life. I Believe in ZERO reflects her—and UNICEF's—mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths of children under the age of five from 19,000 each day to zero.

Each of the stories in I Believe in ZERO focuses on a particular locale—Bangladesh, Mozambique, earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the Brazilian Amazon—and weaves together fascinating material on the country and its history, an account of the humanitarian crises at issue, and depictions of the people she meets on the ground. Stern tells of mothers coming together to affect change, of local communities with valuable perspectives of their own, and of children who continue to sustain their dreams and hopes even in the most dire of situations. Throughout, Stern traces her emerging global consciousness—and describes how these stories can positively impact our own children.

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by Gidi Grinstein

 Community Partner: Institute of Knowledge and Jewish Learning

Tuesday, November 11   |   7:30 p.m.

David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $10  |   Community $12

 In Flexigidity, Gidi Grinstein offers a bird’s eye systemic view of Jewish society, exploring the secret of Jewish survival, resilience, security, prosperity and leadership during past millennia. Gidi argues that this secret stems from a unique societal hybrid between old and new, tradition and innovation, rigidity and flexibility – Flexigidity. 

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How to Write an Israeli Bestseller

with Ram Oren

This discussion and Q&A following will be totally in Hebrew

Community Partner:  Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico/ Israeli House 

Thursday, November 20  |  8:30 p.m.

Location: David Posnack Jewish Community Center

DPJCC Members: $12     Community: $15

What could be better than learning from the master?  Known as the John Grisham of Israel, Ram Oren is one of the most popular authors in Israel and has written 16 runaway bestsellers and has sold an unprecedented 1 million books in Hebrew. Gertruda’s Oath, published in 2009, is Oren’s first English translation sold in the United States. Don’t miss this terrific program and learn all the secrets to Oren’s successful writing career. 

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Community Partner: Jewish Federation of Broward County Young Leadershp Division

Genet Property Group

An American Caddie in St. Andrews

by Oliver Adams Horovitz

Born Jumping

by Ben Genet

 Tuesday, December 2  

Happy Hour  5:30 p.m.  

Authors Presentation: 6:30 p.m.

 Location:  Timpano Italian Chophouse

 450 Las Olas Blvd   |   Fort Lauderdale

 DPJCC Members & Community: $20 (includes both authors &1 alcoholic beverage)

An American Caddie in St. Andrews

After finishing high school in New York, Oliver Horovitz was accepted to Harvard University. But there was a problem; he couldn't start until the following year. With time on his hands and a long-standing love of golf, the solution was obvious: a gap year at the University of St. Andrews, alongside the iconic Old Course, known around the world as 'the home of golf'. At the end of term, Ollie joined the St. Andrews caddie trainee programme and spent the summer lining up at the caddie shack, looping two, sometimes three, rounds a day, with the notoriously gruff veteran caddies. And so began an adventure that would change his life in unexpected ways.


Born Jumping

What would your life be like if you could be more successful in everything you did–in your marriage, your business, your social life? In Born Jumping, Benjamin Genet dares you to leap into the fray with him and strive to achieve all you can.  Genet artfully combines his own life experience, including his battle with ADHD, and a hybrid of spiritualties and philosophies to craft the "Jumper's Success Formula"–his tried and true method for success. Using his streamlined Formula, Genet shows you how to harness your inner power and bring meaning to your life. You'll identify your goals, strengths and fears, and armed with the Formula, you’ll be able to effectively strive for greatness in everything you do. 

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TTYL (Talk to You Later)

Beyond Texting:

The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers

by Debra Fine

Community Partner: Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El

Tuesday, December 9  |   7:00 p.m.

Location:  Temple Kol Ami Enamu-El

 8200 Peters Road   | Plantation

DPJCC Members & Community:  FREE

Adults should buy this book for a teen as teenagers sign up for phone plans with unlimited text messages and 200 talk minutes, yet can't carry on an ordinary dinner conversation. Beyond Texting is the first book for teens to explain how to be plugged in without neglecting the necessity and power of physical, human interaction. Sure, MySpace and Facebook are wonderful ways to communicate with friends or stay in touch with a far off relative. Yet success in the online world does not transfer to success in the art of conversation. Even the most outgoing teen may find a job interview, first date, or meeting with a teacher to be challenging because of lack of skills. Beyond Texting presents communication tools and conversation skills to boost confidence, survive AND thrive. 

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Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid 

by Joshua Safran

Followed by a presentation of Mr. Safran's documentary:

Crime After Crime*

Community Partner:  Goodman JFS of Broward


Thursday, December 11   |   7:00 p.m.

Location:  David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $10  |   Community $12

 When Joshua Safran was four years old, his mother--determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan--took to the open road with her young son, leaving the San Francisco countercultural scene behind. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home. In Free Spirit, Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing this perfect life off the grid--and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.

*Joshua Safran’s 7-year legal battle to free an imprisoned survivor of domestic violence, who is wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life, is featured in this dramatic, award-winning documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.  

Please bring a toy or gift card for children (infant to middle school) and make it a  Happy Chanukah for the children of JFS participants.  The box for the gifts will be available on  December 1.

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Take Care of Your Ta-Tas

Sex After...

Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes 

by Iris Krasnow

 Community Partners:  Florida Broward Region Hadassah;
Memorial Healthcare System

   Thursday, December 18

7:00 p.m.   Mix, Meet & Shop

7:45 p.m.  Author Presentation

Location:  David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $18  |   Community $22

Women of the baby boomer generation know and trust Iris Krasnow as a writer who speaks candidly to the issues that concern them most. In the months following the publication of her most recent book, The Secret Lives of Wives, Krasnow addressed thousands of women, and she discovered that two subjects dominated her audiences’ conversations: sex and change. Whether women are worried about marriage and divorce or illness and death, they’re all asking: “How do I handle the shifts in my sexuality caused by these events?” Sex After . . . holds the answers to everything from regaining sexual confidence after childbirth and breast cancer to navigating the dating scene in senior communities.

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All I Love and Know

by Judith Frank

Community Partner:  American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, Broward Chapter

 Tuesday, January 6   |   7:30 p.m.

Location:  David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $10  |   Community $12

Told with the storytelling power and emotional fidelity of Wally Lamb, this is a searing drama of a modern American family on the brink of dissolution, one that explores adoption, gay marriage, and love lost and found.

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The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

David Laskin

Community Partner:  Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County

 Tuesday, January 13   |   7:30 p.m.

Location:  David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $10  |   Community $12

The Family unfolds as a sweeping, moving epic that traces David Laskin’s family roots and spans the history of the three greatest upheavals that affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigration, two world wars, and the founding of Israel. At the book’s heart is the story of three extraordinary women: Sonia, the pioneer farmer in the Promised Land; Ida, the New York tycoon and founder of the iconic American brand Maidenform®; and Doba, the mother who remained in Lithuania and endured the Holocaust. Although the story is of one family, this masterpiece of narrative nonfiction is also a universally appealing account of the enduring love between parents and children, of faith and wartime and of innovation and astounding resilience. 

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50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany 

by Steven Pressman

Community Partner: Broward Library Foundation

 Thursday, January 22      

6:30 p.m.  Meet & Greet

7:30 p.m.  Film Presentation of the documentary, 

50 Children

8:30 p.m.  Author Presentation

Location:  Cinema Paradiso

  503 SE 6 St   |   Fort Lauderdale

Members:  $15  |   Community $18

Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States—for readers of In the Garden of Beasts and A Train in Winter.

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The Late Starters Orchestra

by Ari Goldman

Community Partner:  The Friends of the Stirling Road Library

Wednesday, February 25   |   7:30 p.m.

Location:  David Posnack Jewish Community Center

Members:  $15  |   Community $18

In a cluttered room in an abandoned coat factory in lower Manhattan, a group of musicians comes together each week to make music. Some are old, some are young, all have come late to music or come back to it after a long absence. This is the Late Starters Orchestra--the bona fide amateur string orchestra where Ari Goldman pursues his lifelong dream of playing the cello.

After his presentation, Mr. Goldman will perform with the Hollywood Music Club.

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