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Book Festival

Festival of Jewish Books & Authors

16 Entertaining & Fascinating Authors. 5 Venues. 
1 Fabulous Kids Event.

The Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival was a HUGE success!
Thank you to:
  Our amazing audiences who attended many events.
•  Our outstanding committee for finding outstanding authors.
•  Our generous sponsors for their invaluable support.
•  Our many volunteers whose assistance was invaluable.
•  Julie Frayman for all of her work to make this year's Book Festival a tremendous success!

Below are the 2015 featured books & authors.  Continue to visit this page for updates on the 2016 Cleveland Jewish Book Festival.


OPENING NIGHT : Ambassador Dennis Ross
Doomed to Succeed
“For anyone who cares about U.S.-Israeli ties, this is a must read.” Madeline Albright
Tuesday, November 3 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$15 Mandel JCC Members • $20 Community


Joshua Muravchik
Making David Into Goliath - How the World Turned Against Israel

“A great book ... about the survival of the state of Israel.” Alan Dershowitz 

Wednesday, Nov 4 • 7:30 pm • B'nai Jeshurun Congregation

FREE and open to the community


Ronald Balson
Saving Sophie: A Novel

“Intrigue and plot twists seize the reader.” Jewish Book Council

Thursday, Nov 5 • 7:30 pm • The Temple-Tifereth Israel

FREE and open to the community



Local Author Day
Join us for an afternoon of readings featuring Cleveland authors:

  • Betty Ruth Shear 
  • Sharona Hoffman
  • Geraldine Powers
  • Marcy Levy Shankman
  • Leona S. Green
  • Anne Trubek

Sunday, Nov 8 • 3-4:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC Members • $15 Community



Daniel Cohen
Single Handed

“Most exciting and riveting war memoir you will ever read.”  Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient

Sunday, Nov 8 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC Members • $15 Community


Christopher Noxon
Plus One: A Novel

“A stunning & painfully accurate depiction of the complex rhythms of a marriage.” Jonathan Tropper

Monday, Nov 9 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC

$12 Mandel JCC Members • $15 Community


Steve Gimbel
Einstein: His Space & Times

“Science that changed the world.” New Scientist, 22nd May

Tuesday, Nov 10 • 7:30 pm • Siegal College Building
FREE and open to the community


Karen Gooen
Searching for Bubbe Fischer - The Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom

“Entertaining and educational.”  Amazon

Wednesday, Nov 11 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
6 pm: Light Dairy Dinner

6:30: Lecture & Book Signing
7:30-9:30 pm: Mah Jongg Playing
Dinner/ Lecture/ Mah Jongg:
$25 Member / $35 Community 
Lecture/ Mah Jongg: $20 Member /
$30 Community
$20 extra table reservation fee. 
Please bring your own Maj set and playing cards. 


Rebecca Alexander
Not Fade Away

“By sharing her life, she has enriched mine and will yours, too." Meredith Vieira

Thursday, Nov 12 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC Members • $15 Community


Express Spin with Rebecca Alexander
Join author and extreme athlete Rebecca Alexander for a 45 minutes express spin class at the Mandel JCC. You will not want to miss this amazing workout. ONLY 39 bikes available!
Who: Mandel JCC members only (due to limited space)
When: Thursday, Nov 12 • 12:45 pm



Kids Day
Character Breakfast with Curious George

Sunday, Nov 15 • 9:30-11:30 am • Mandel JCC
$20 Family Pass- Parents & Kids
$25 Extended Family Pass- Includes parents, kids and grandparents



Jonathan Sarna
Lincoln and the Jews: A History

“Spectacular collection…that casts new light on Lincoln.” Doris Kearns Goodwin

Sunday, Nov 15 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC Members • $15 Community


Shulem Deen
All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir

“Eloquent and heartbreaking." Washington Post

Monday Nov 16 • 7:30 pm • Suburban Temple- Kol Ami
FREE and open to the community


For information please contact Julie Frayman at jfrayman@mandeljcc.org or
(216) 831-0700 ext 1348 

The Book Festival, in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Public Library is made possible with generous support from the Eugenia and Henry Green Family Foundation.