34th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival
 
Gail Sheehy signing copies of her latest book “Daring My Passages”




Sheehy’s latest book “Daring My Passages”

Over a dozen acclaimed authors shared the power of words and initiated conversations, inspired change and also entertained us with their stories at the 34th annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival. The crown jewel of the event is always Women’s Day Luncheon and this year was no exception.

Gail Sheehy, whose NY Times bestseller Passages was named one of the ten most influential books of our time by the Library of Congress, was the featured speaker at at the Coral Gables Country Club. In her memoir, Daring: My Passages, Sheehy revealed the obstacles and opportunities encountered when she dared to blaze a trail in a “man’s world.”

Sheehy wanted it all -areer, love, children, friends, and social significance- but waited to put it all together in midlife. Her fascinating story of shattering failures and stunning successes is a testament to resilience, smarts, and daring.

Cheryl Rosen and her luncheon committee enjoyed the sold-out event. The tables were decorated with customized wine bottles bearing the signature book festival logo, and artfully arranged stacks of books that were later donated to charities.

Marcy Levitt, Director of the Alper JCC’s Literary & Performing Arts worked diligently to have an internationally acclaimed lineup of authors for this year’s festival. Working with Levitt on the festival were Nadine Barocas, Renee Greenstein, Elaine Katz, Anne Sheldon and Susan Spatzer.

Some of the author presentations were: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird who shared his portrait of Robert Ames, one of the most important operatives in CIA history. Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Dr. Soner Cagaptay, Director of the Turkish Research Program at the prestigious Washington Institute.

Three Israeli authors presented their latest works and they were journalist Ari Shavit whose riveting narrative My Promised Land, has instigated heated discussions since it was published; Daniel Gordis, award-winning author of Menachem Begin; and Gidi Grinstein explored the secret of Jewish survival, resilience and leadership during the past millennia.

Attorney and author Joshua Safran revealed how he overcame adversity and reconnected to his Jewish heritage and documentary filmmaker and journalist Steven Pressman shared the astonishing true story of how an American couple rescued fifty children from Nazi Germany during WWII.

Acclaimed TV legal analyst Lisa Bloom, Professor Judith Frank, award-winning authors Alyson Richman and Pam Jenoff completed the lineup.

For a schedule of upcoming Alper JCC cultural arts events call 305-271-9000 ext. 268 or visit www.alperjcc.org.


Elaine Katz, Susan Spatzer, Nadine Barocas, Women’s Day Chair Cheryl Rosen, author Gail Sheehy, Alper JCC Literary Dir. Marcy Levitt, Renee Greenstein, Ann Sheldon


From Generation to Generation, mothers and daughters at the Alper JCC Women’s Day Luncheon


Customized bottles with flowers and stacks of books graced the tables as centerpieces

Noreen Sablotsky, Rachael Kish, Michelle Appelrouth-Rader, Gail Appelrouth, Whitney Appelrouth, Melissa Spann, Jodi Orshan


Guests sign in and receive their table seating

Cantor Lisa Segal leads the women in song before the meal


Rabbi Jamie Aklepi, Rabbi Rachel Greengrass, Cantor Lisa Segal, Cantorial Soloist Jodi Rozental, Cantor Julie Jacobs, Rabbi Judith Siegel, Cantor Ronit Rubin, Cantor Shiree Kidron

Marcy Levitt and Cheryl Rosen


Randi Rothenberg and Shani Brenner

Roz Berrin with son Larry and granddaughter Jessi

Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques


Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques

Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques


Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques

Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques


Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques

Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques


Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques

Cheryl Rosen, Gail Sheehy and Marcy Levitt


Susan Spatzer, Elaine Katz, Nadine Barocas, Gail Sheehy, Marcy Levitt, Renee Greenstein, Ann Sheldon


Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques

Great shopping at over one dozen boutiques


Fern Samek-Rosen, Ali Samek, Laurie Schiff, Melissa Spann, Abbey Feinberg, Linda Bittel, Rooney Brodie, Shelly Brodie


The Ballroom at the Coral Gables Country Club is filled as the women listen to the author’s presentation


JCC President Josh Rader and Michelle Appelrouth-Rader and Margie Rosen and Ed Rosen, JCC Executive Dir.

JCC President Josh Rader and Michelle Appelrouth-Rader, author Gail Sheehy and Margie Rosen and Ed Rosen, JCC Executive Dir.