Upcoming JCC Book Festival Events

Spirituality Author Series

Jay Michaelson - God vs. Gay? Monday, February 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Temple Beth David, 4657 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens. As both a gay rights activist and religion scholar, Michaelson states that the moral principles expressed in the bible emphasize the importance of love, compassion and equality for all. CLICK HERE to register

Leonard Felder - Here I Am Friday, March 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m.; Shabbat Temple Beth Am, 2250 Central Blvd., Jupiter. Noted psychologist Felder discusses using Jewish spiritual wisdom to become more present, centered and available for life. Series Tickets: Free. CLICK HERE to register

At The Norton

Alyson Richman - The Lost Wife Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach. An incredible love story! As we follow Lenka's journey to the ghetto of Terezin, she is a witness to the secret paintings of an underground group of artists involved in their own form of resistance. Tickets: $54 includes lunch and guided museum tour related to the book. CLICK HERE to register

Novel Teas

This new literary series highlights some of today’s top Jewish writers in the intimate setting of someone’s beautiful home. Tickets are $40 for Friends of the J and $45 for guests. Series of three $108 for Friends of the J and $123 for guests (includes a signed book). CLICK HERE to register

Talia Carner - Jerusalem Maiden Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Private Home. Our series of intimate ‘teas’ begins with an intriguing story. The Red Tent meets A Thousand Splendid Suns: In 1911, in the ultra-orthodox Jerusalem under the backward Ottoman rule, a young woman sets out to challenge God. CLICK HERE to register

Haley Tanner - Vaclav and Lena Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Private Home. A pair of young Russian immigrants, each desperately infatuated with the other, are parted and reunited in Brighton Beach. CLICK HERE to register

Alicia Oltuski - Precious Objects Tuesday, April 3, 2012, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Private Home. In Manhattan’s diamond district, all secrets are valuable, all assets are liquid and deals are sealed with Jewish blessings rather than documents. Journalist Alicia Oltuski, the daughter of a diamond dealer, gives us an intimate look at the mysterious international gem industry. CLICK HERE to register

Women’s Wellness Symposium: Mind, Body, & Spirit

Dr. Marc Agronin - How We Age Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, MorseLife, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $18, $15 for JCC Members and Friends of the J. CLICK HERE to register

This symposium, co-sponsored by the JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches and MorseLife, addresses many of the unique challenges facing women who are interested in living the healthiest and most productive lives possible. Agronin offers a look at what aging means today – how our bodies and brains age, and the way we understand aging. Break-out sessions are offered in Body, Spirit & Mind. This program is supported by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches. CLICK HERE to register

Special Needs

Tom Fields-Meyer - Following Ezra Sunday, April 1, 2012, 5:00 p.m. JCC North, Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $36 Unlike other memoirs by parents of children with special needs, Following Ezra Focuses not on a “battle” against a “disease,” but rather on the surprisingly rich and textured life one experiences in raising a child with autism. Proceeds from this event will support the JCC Special Needs Program. CLICK HERE to register

Yom HaShoah Felice Cohen - What Papa Told Me Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Temple Judea, Palm Beach Gardens. Yom HaShoah is the day when Jews around the world commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. The author shares her grandfather’s incredible story of survival when we gather to commemorate those lost to the Holocaust. Tickets: Free. CLICK HERE to register

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