Festival of Jewish Books & Authors

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The Mandel JCC Festival of Jewish Books & Authors 2013 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 2013 featured books & authors.  Continue to visit this page for updates on the 2014 Festival of Jewish Books & Authors.


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OPENING NIGHT:  Dr. Matthew Levitt clientuploads/Book Festival/BookFestival2013Images/LevittHezbollah.jpg
Hezbollah:  The Global Footprint of Lebanon’s Party of God

Thursday, November 7 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$15 Mandel JCC members • $20 General Public



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KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Mort Mandel clientuploads/Book Festival/BookFestival2013Images/MandelItsAllAbout.jpg
It's All About Who You Hire, How They Lead...and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader

Sunday, November 10 • 10 am • Mandel JCC
FREE and open to the public

photo credit: Nanette Bedway

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Maury Ferenclientuploads/Book Festival/BookFestival2013Images/FerenMyLifeSoFar.jpg
My Life So Far

Sunday, November 10 • 2 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public
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Vera Gran: The Accused

Sunday, November 10 7:30 pm •  Suburban Temple Kol-AmI
22401 Chagrin Boulevard • Beachwood
FREE and open to the community


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Oddly Normal

Monday, November 11 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
Free for Teens & Educators • $12
Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

Free teen pizza party prior to the talk at 6:30 pm.  Call Julie at (216) 593-6216 or jfrayman@mandeljcc.org by Nov
. 9.

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Tehila Lieberman clientuploads/Book Festival/BookFestival2013Images/LiebermanVenus.jpg
Venus in the Afternoon

Tuesday, November 12 • 1 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

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Recipes Remembered:  A Celebration of Survival

Tuesday, November 12 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

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A Nearly Perfect Copy

Wednesday, November 13 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

Special Community Read book discussions - FREE and open to the public
Join The J and the Cuyahoga County Public Library to discuss Allison Amend’s book A Nearly Perfect Copy. Join us to discuss her book before you see Allison Amend in person on November 13

Where: Cuyahoga County Public Library branches

  • Wed., October 16 • 1 pm • Beachwood Branch
  • Mon., Oct. 28 • 7:30 pm • Solon Branch
  • Tues., Nov. 5 • 7:15 pm • Beachwood Branch

    Advanced registration is encouraged. Click here for details.


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In the Land of the Living

Thursday, November 14 • 7:30 pm • The Temple Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood
FREE and open to the community

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Character Breakfast with Peter Rabbit

Sunday, November 17 • 9:30-11:30 am • Mandel JCC

Kids FREE, Adults (members) $12
Adults (general public) $14

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Dancing With the Enemy:  My Family's Holocaust Secret

Sunday, November 17 • 4 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

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The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011

Sunday, November 17 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC • 
Siegal Facility Beachwood
FREE and open to the Community 26500 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood

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Neville Frankelclientuploads/Book Festival/BookFestival2013Images/FrankelNevilleBloodlines.jpg

Monday, November 18 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

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America's Soul in the Balance: The Holocaust, FDR's State Department, and the Moral Disgrace of an American Aristocracy

Tuesday, November 19 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public

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Standing Up:  A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life 

Thursday, November 21 • 7:30 pm • Mandel JCC
$12 Mandel JCC members • $15 General Public


For information please contact Julie Frayman at jfrayman@mandeljcc.org or (216) 831-0700 ext. 0

The book festival is presented with support from the Eugenia & Henry Green Memorial Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

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Thanks to the generous support of:


Accommodations provided by:
Marriott Cleveland East