Mandel JCC to Present Several Memorable Book Festival, Film Festival and Other Cultural Events During the Next Two Months

The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches today announced several upcoming cultural events, several of which will be under the auspices of the Mandel JCC Book Festival and theDonald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival.

NOVEMBER

Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Holocaust Memorial Kristallnacht Observance

Film & Performance

Wednesday, November 7 at 7 pm / JCC Boynton Beach

Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm / JCC Palm Beach Gardens

+ Film: VIOLINS OF HOPE – Strings of the Holocaust

For Jews during the Holocaust, violin music, which holds an important role in Jewish culture, offered temporary solace and a glimmer of humanity. Violinists in concentration camps were sometimes treated better and even spared their lives because of their ability to play this important instrument. Narrated by Adrien Brody the film follows the journey of Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein in his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust, and captures the lessons and highlights the music the instruments now bring to others. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis. Amnon’s goal is to have the violins play again in concerts throughout the world. (Best Documentary, Vienna Independent Film Festival)

+ Special Performance Both Evenings: Gareth Johnson

Gareth Johnson travels the world as a soloist, master teacher, and educator. As a soloist he has performed and held residencies with numerous American orchestras including Hartford, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, and Memphis; and has performed several times in Carnegie Hall. In the past five years, he has taught and performed in Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa, as well as in England and the Netherlands. Johnson has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and several other world renowned string players. As The New York Times once declared: “Classical music could use a Tiger Woods and, no question, Mr. Johnson may well fit the bill.”

 

Cost to Attend:

+ Film Society: Chaverim, Star Arts, Cinema Circle and Directors: Complimentary admission

+ Film Society Actors: $12; Guests:$14

For tickets, call 877-318-0071 or www.pbjff.org

Mandel JCC Book Festival

Kickoff to 24th Annual Book Festival

Co-Chairs: Sheila Engelstein and Zelda Mason

Wednesday, November 14 at 5 pm

The Lake Pavilion, 101 S, Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach

+ Book: MAN OF THE YEAR: A Memoir                 

1978 promised to be another year of dislocation for Louis Cove, the eighth move in his short life. His free-thinking Jewish family had just left New York and Zabar’s behind for working-class Salem,  Massachusetts, a town not far evolved beyond the witch trials that made its name – hardly the place for a long-haired Mets fan on the cusp of his Bar Mitzvah. And that was before the arrival of Howie Gordon: actor, artist, hippie, lover, and Playgirl’s Mr. November, 1978. Howie has Hollywood ambitions and a highly unorthodox idea for achieving them: be named Playgirl Man of the Year, 1979. When he enlists a besotted Lou as his “campaign manager,” the unlikely duo embarks on a quest to win the hearts and minds of Salem. This delightful book is the improbable true story of Lou’s 13th year, one very unusual campaign and the unexpected guest that taught him how to be a man. This book is a fresh twist on the coming-of-age memoir.

Author: Lou Cove is an author, speaker, and fundraising guru. He has devoted his career to the intersection of creativity and capacity-building, helping launch and to grow countless creative ventures. Lou advises CEOs and boards of trustees at numerous national nonprofits, including the Harold Grinspoon FoundationThe DiatTribe FoundationAmerican Institute for ArchitectsRepresent.UsDouble Edge Theatre and Girls Leadership Institute. In addition to coaching leaders and their teams on strategic growth and sustainability, Lou believes in putting his money where his mouth is, and has raised more than $70 million for the causes he cares most about. He is former Executive Director of Reboot, a network of leading young Jewish creatives devoted to “rebooting” modern Jewish culture. Cove was also Vice President of the National Yiddish Book Center, Senior Producer at MassLive.com/Advance Internet, and Associate Publisher at American News Service, and Editor-in-Chief of Optimist Publications.

 

Cost to Attend:

Tickets are $100 per person, which includes a cocktail reception, author presentation and book signing, and valet parking. RSVP by November 8, 2018 at www.JCConline.com/artsandculture or 877.318.0071.

Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

REEL People Film Series

Tuesday, November 27 at 7 pm / JCC Palm Beach Gardens

Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm / JCC Boynton Beach

+ Film: LEON BLUM: FOR ALL MANKIND

This powerful documentary tells the story of Leon Blum, the first Jew to serve as prime minister of France, and who was also a prisoner of the Nazis at the Buchenwald concentration camp. Blum devoted his life to improving the well-being of workers and was an early champion of women’s rights. In 1936, as the head of the Popular Front, an alliance of leftwing movements, he became prime minister. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy, and the Vichy government deported him to Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was re-elected prime minister in 1946. The Forward called this film, “Fascinating… a must see!” “This loving tribute pays homage to the man and his ideals,” hails Hadassah Magazine.

Cost to Attend:

+ Film Society: Chaverim, Star Arts, Cinema Circle and Directors: Complimentary admission

+ Film Society Actors: $10; Guests:$12

For tickets, call 877-318-0071 or www.pbjff.org

DECEMBER

Mandel JCC Book Festival

Celebrating Sisterhood

Tuesday, December 4 at 10 am

Temple Beth El, 2815 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach 

+ Book: THE OPPOSITE OF HATE: A Field Guide to Humanity

As a progressive commentator on Fox News and CNN, Sally Kohn has made a career out of bridging political differences, learning how to talk civilly to people who views she disagrees with passionately. She even gave a TED talk about what she termed emotional correctness. But these days, even Kohn has found herself wanting to breathe fire at her enemies. She decided to talk to leading scientists and researchers investigating the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate and how simply incivility can be a gateway to much worse. Author Adam Grant called this book “a stunning debut by a truly gifted writer – and eye-opening read for both liberals and conservatives – and it could not come at a better time.” While radio/TV host Sean Hannity said, “Sally and I agree on very little politically, but somehow in spite of that, we have negotiated a friendship that transcends everything else. This book says it all!”

Author:  Sally Kohn is a writer, activist, CNN political commentator, and host of the State of Resistance podcast. She previously worked for over 15 years as a community organizer, and then as a Fox new contributor. Her TED talks have garnered over three million views.

 

Cost to Attend:

Tickets are $38 for Mandel JCC members and/or participating Sisterhoods; $42 for guests.  They may be purchased by phone at 877.318.0071 or online at www.JCConline.com/artsandculture.

 

Mandel JCC Cultural Event

Dr. Robert Watson Lecture

Wednesday, December 5 at 10 am  /  JCC Boynton Beach

+ Topic: HAMILTON: The Man, the Myth, the Musical…Mensch

Come hear some stories you might not know about the intriguing life of the great Founding Father, including his Jewish roots and close relationship with the Revolutionary-era Jewish community in America and the backstory behind the scenes in the hit Broadway musical.

Cost to Attend:

+ Chaverim, Star Arts, Patrons: Complimentary admission

+ Film, Literary and JCC members: $18; Guests:$22

For tickets, call 877-318-0071 or www.JCConline.com/artsandculture.

Mandel JCC Book Festival

Bagels & Books

Tuesday, December 11 at 10 am / JCC Palm Beach Gardens

+ Book: THE LOST FAMILY        

In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s for its brisket bourguignon and dashing owner/head chef Peter Raskin. With his movie-star good lucks and tragic past, Raskin is New York’s most eligible bachelor but he is consumed by his work, and by his terrible guilt over surviving Auschwitz where his wife and two young daughters perished. Even after meeting and starting a family with a young fashion model, he is haunted by an indelible anguish that haunts him and his new family over the decades. This book is a charming, funny, elegantly bittersweet study of loss and love.

+ Author: Jenna Blum is a New York Times best-selling author of novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers, and the novella The Lucky One in the collection Grand Central. One of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers, Blum’s first novel won the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by Elie Wiesel. She also interviewed Holocaust survivors for five years for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation.

 

Cost to Attend:

+ Chaverim, Star Arts, Publishers and Authors: Complimentary admission

+ Literary Society members: $15; Guests:$18

For tickets, call 877-318-0071 or www.JCConline.com/artsandculture.

 

Mandel JCC Cultural Event

Dr. Robert Watson Lecture

Wednesday, December 12 at 7 pm  /  JCC Palm Beach Gardens

+ Topic: Fascinating Lives of America’s First Ladies

Dr. Robert Watson explores some of the intriguing and little-known stories about the lives, marriages, scandals, and political contributions of our nation’s first ladies. Watson is an award-winning author who has published over 40 books and hundreds of scholarly articles, chapters, and essays on topics in history and politics. He is Professor of American Studies at Lynn University and Senior Fellow at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. A frequent media commentator, he has been interviewed thousands of times by media outlets around the country and world, and has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, C-SPAN’s Book TV, The Washington Journal, and the Voice of America.

Cost to Attend:

+ Chaverim, Star Arts, Patrons: Complimentary admission

+ Film, Literary and JCC members: $28; Guests:$32

For tickets, call 877-318-0071 or www.JCConline.com/artsandculture.