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Brochure highlighting the 11 events and 18 authors at the 3rd Annual Collier County Jewish Book Festival in Naples, Florida, taking place from November 16, 2017 through April 9, 2018.

Brochure highlighting the 11 events and 18 authors at the 3rd Annual Collier County Jewish Book Festival in Naples, Florida, taking place from November 16, 2017 through April 9, 2018.


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3 rd Annual<br />

November 16, 2017 - April 9, 2018<br />

11 Events • 18 Authors<br />

presented by

NOV<br />

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DEC<br />

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An Evening with Songwriter and Author<br />

Steve Dorff<br />

I Wrote That One, Too...<br />

7:00 - 9:00 pm • Hilton Naples<br />

Sponsored by U.S. Bank,<br />

Senior Housing Solutions<br />

and Steinway Piano Gallery<br />

Stephen Tobolowsky<br />

My Adventures With God<br />

11:30 am - 2:00 pm • Hilton Naples<br />

Sponsored by Clive Daniel Home<br />

and John R. Wood Properties<br />

Enjoy a special evening<br />

of live entertainment, as Steve performs<br />

many of his greatest hits and shares the<br />

fascinating stories behind them.<br />

With more than 400 recordings and three Grammy and six Emmy Award nominations<br />

to his name, Steve Dorff is one of the most successful songwriters and composers of<br />

the last 25 years. His songs have been sung by chart-topping artists Barbra Streisand,<br />

Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Willie<br />

Nelson, Gladys Knight, Dolly Parton and countless others. In addition to his 15 “Top<br />

10” hits,” Steve’s legendary success also extends to motion pictures, theatre and<br />

television (including the music for Growing Pains and Murder She Wrote).<br />

In his newest book, I Wrote That One, Too…, Steve chronicles his four decades<br />

behind the songs, sharing anecdotes, advice and insights into his journey. Full of<br />

heartfelt stories, hard-earned wisdom, and delightful wit, I Wrote That One, Too... is<br />

a great read not only for music lovers, but for anyone who has chased their dreams<br />

and survived the surprising but often serendipitous turns in the road.<br />

$25 in advance • $36 at the door • includes beverage<br />

and light snacks during book-signing reception<br />

This event includes<br />

a preview of all upcoming<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> events,<br />

with drawings for tickets,<br />

books and more!<br />

If you are not familiar with the name Stephen Tobolowsky, you will certainly<br />

recognize his face! The quintessential character actor, Stephen has<br />

appeared in more than 100 movies and 200 television shows, including<br />

unforgettable roles in Mississippi Burning, Groundhog Day and Glee.<br />

He is also the consummate storyteller – warm, funny and profound. My<br />

Adventures With God, Stephen’s second book, is a collection of humorous,<br />

introspective stories that tells of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas<br />

finding and losing love, losing and finding himself – all told through the<br />

prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined<br />

through a child’s sense of wonder.<br />

My Adventures With God not only shines a light into the life of one of<br />

America’s most beloved actors, but also provides a structure to evaluate our<br />

own lives and relationship with God.<br />

“These are true stories from my life. Most are funny. Some are not. They’re often<br />

unbelievable, occasionally creepy. Together they tell a bigger story of how we<br />

are shaped by the invisible. Something I call divine. Something I hope becomes<br />

wisdom.” ~ Stephen Tobolowsky<br />

$54 • Lunch and copy of book included • No tickets sold after December 1<br />

Additional copies of My Adventures With God will be available for purchase, as the book makes a great Chanukah gift!

An Evening with Broadway Star<br />

Alexandra Silber<br />

After Anatevka – A Novel Inspired by<br />

“Fiddler on the Roof ”<br />

7:00 - 9:00 pm • Hilton Naples<br />

Alexandra will blend<br />

musical stylings with spoken<br />

words from her book in a<br />

theatre-like setting.<br />

Sponsored by TheatreZone, WCA, Steinway Piano Gallery<br />

After playing the role of Tzeitel in the most recent Broadway revival of<br />

Fiddler on the Roof, and previously playing Hodel in London’s West End, Alexandra<br />

Silber has written a book about what happens after Hodel leaves the stage.<br />

The result is After Anatevka, a sweeping historical novel that continues the story<br />

that has captivated fans around the globe for decades.<br />

In a special hybrid of reading and performance – combining excerpts from the book<br />

with a curated song list – Alexandra addresses the cultural meaning of Fiddler on<br />

the Roof, her own personal connection with the show, and the process of writing<br />

her remarkable new novel. Alexandra, with her accompanist on piano, will present<br />

a fully dramatized mini piece of theatre.<br />

The Huffington Post calls Alexandra “the fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre.”<br />

In addition to the stage, she has appeared on television and film, and in concert,<br />

including at Carnegie Hall. She received a Grammy nomination for her portrayal<br />

of Maria in the recording of West Side Story with the San Francisco Symphony.<br />

$36 in advance • $45 at the door • includes beverage and light snacks<br />

during book-signing reception<br />

DEC<br />

10<br />

SUNDAY<br />

Spend More Time<br />

Enjoying Your Piano<br />


MAR<br />

16<br />

FRIDAY<br />

APR<br />

9<br />

Alan Zweibel<br />

For This We Left Egypt?<br />

1:00 - 3:00 pm • Unitarian Universalist Congregation<br />

Sponsored by Naples <strong>Jewish</strong> Congregation<br />

Join us for an afternoon of humor as five-time Emmy Award-winner Alan<br />

Zweibel entertains us with his jokes and stories. A television writer for<br />

Saturday Night Live, Curb Your Enthusiasm and It’s Garry Shandling’s<br />

Show, his theatre credits include collaborating with Billy Crystal on the<br />

Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays.<br />

Alan has written several books, including Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner,<br />

A Sort of Love Story, which he wrote following Gilda’s death. His novel<br />

The Other Shulman won the 2006 Thurber Prize for American Humor.<br />

He is one of the co-authors of For This We Left Egypt, a parody of the<br />

Passover Haggadah, which he wrote with comedians Dave Barry and<br />

Adam Mansbach. In this somewhat irreverent book, the authors take you<br />

through the Seder, from getting rid of all the chametz in your home to<br />

a retelling of the Passover story, including wrapping up the evening by<br />

taking at least forty-five minutes to say good-bye to everyone.<br />

$15 • $20 at the door • includes reception with light food and beverages<br />

Abigail Pogrebin<br />

My <strong>Jewish</strong> Year – 18 Holidays, One Wandering Jew<br />

2:30 - 4:15 pm • Beth Tikvah<br />

Sponsored by Collier/Lee Chapter of Hadassah<br />

MONDAY<br />

$15 • $20 at the door<br />

Although she grew up with some basic holiday rituals, Abigail realized how<br />

little she knew about the origins, purpose and current relevance of the entire<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> calendar. She wanted to understand what had kept the oldest traditions<br />

vibrant and the more-recently-added holidays urgent. She embarked on an entire<br />

year of research, observance and writing about every ritual, fast and festival<br />

in one <strong>Jewish</strong> year. Whether you’re seeking an accessible, digestible roadmap<br />

for <strong>Jewish</strong> life or a fresh take on what you’ve been practicing for a lifetime,<br />

Abigail’s journey will leave you educated, charmed and inspired.<br />

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about<br />

Being <strong>Jewish</strong>, and One and the Same, about life as a twin. Her bestselling<br />

Kindle Single, Showstopper, chronicled her teenage adventure in a rare<br />

Sondheim flop on Broadway. A former producer for 60 Minutes and Charlie<br />

Rose, she moderates her own interview series at the JCC Manhattan.<br />

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Scenes from the 2 nd Annual Collier County <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

The 6 multi-author events with dates in green banners (on<br />

the next 7 pages) are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.<br />

Order your tickets early as several may sell out.<br />

JAN<br />

8<br />

MONDAY<br />

Two Significant (but Little-Known) Events in <strong>Jewish</strong> History<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Naples Conf. Ctr.<br />

Robert Gandt • Angels in the Sky<br />

Sponsored by Dr. Barrett Ross Ginsberg,<br />

AJC West Coast Florida, Beth Tikvah and<br />

Holocaust Museum & Ed. Ctr. of SWFL<br />

Angels in the Sky is the exhilarating account of a ragtag band of volunteer<br />

airmen from around the world who fought for Israel during the War of Independence.<br />

Many, but not all, were <strong>Jewish</strong>. Knowingly violating their nations’<br />

embargoes on the shipment of arms and aircraft to Israel, they smuggled in<br />

Messerschmitt fighters from Czechoslovakia, painting Israeli stars over swastikas.<br />

This modern-day David-and-Goliath tale, which is based on first-person<br />

interviews and extensive archival research, is popular history at its best.<br />

Robert Gandt is a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot, airline captain, and the<br />

award-winning author of sixteen books on military and aviation history. His<br />

screen credits include the CBS series Pensacola: Wings of Gold, adapted from<br />

his naval aviation thriller, Bogeys and Bandits.<br />

Bryan Mark Rigg • The Rabbi Saved by Hitler’s <strong>Jewish</strong> Soldiers<br />

When Hitler invaded Warsaw in 1939, hundreds of thousands of civilians were<br />

trapped in the besieged city. Rebbe Joseph Schneersohn, the leader of the ultra-<br />

Orthodox Lubavitcher Jews, was among them. When word of his plight went<br />

out, a group of American Jews initiated what would ultimately become one of<br />

the strangest and most miraculous rescues of World War II. The Rabbi Saved<br />

by Hitler’s Soldiers is the incredible but true story of this little-known event.<br />

Bryan Mark Rigg is the author of Hitler’s <strong>Jewish</strong> Soldiers, which won the<br />

prestigious William E. Colby Award, and Lives of Hitler’s <strong>Jewish</strong> Soldiers.<br />

Reared as a Baptist Christian, he discovered he was of <strong>Jewish</strong> descent in 1992<br />

and embraced his <strong>Jewish</strong> heritage. A graduate of Yale and Cambridge, he has<br />

served as a volunteer in the Israeli Army and an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.



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<strong>Book</strong> Sales<br />

All of the <strong>Festival</strong> books are on<br />

display at the Barnes & Noble<br />

stores at the Waterside Shops<br />

and Coconut Point. <strong>Book</strong>s will<br />

also be available for purchase<br />

and signing at each author’s<br />

event. <strong>Book</strong>s make great gifts<br />

for friends and family.<br />

Pick up a free <strong>Festival</strong><br />

bookmark at Barnes & Noble<br />

or the Federation office.<br />

Honest, caring and<br />

knowledgable advice<br />

about assisted<br />

living options…<br />

at no cost to you!<br />

Personal and professional<br />

advice for you or a loved one<br />

when you need it the most<br />

Bruce B. Rosenblatt, Owner<br />

Senior Housing Expert<br />

239.595.0207<br />

www.SeniorHousingSolutions.net<br />

Proud Sponsor of the<br />

JNF is proud to sponsor<br />

the Collier County<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>.<br />

Save the date!<br />

Tree of Life Award Dinner<br />

Tuesday, March 20, 2018<br />

at TwinEagles

A Fiction-Filled Afternoon with Two Bestelling Authors<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Temple Shalom<br />

Pam Jenoff • The Orphan’s Tale<br />

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant<br />

by a Nazi soldier and forced to give up her baby. When Noa discovers a boxcar<br />

containing dozens of <strong>Jewish</strong> infants bound for a concentration camp, she<br />

snatches one of the babies and flees. Noa finds refuge with a German circus,<br />

learning the flying trapeze act. At first rivals, Noa and lead aerialist Astrid soon<br />

forge a powerful bond. As the facade that protects them becomes tenuous,<br />

Noa and Astrid decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another.<br />

Pam Jenoff is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl, an international bestseller<br />

and Quill award nominee, as well as seven other novels. Jenoff’s novels are<br />

based on her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for<br />

the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland.<br />

Gavriel Savit • Anna and the Swallow Man<br />

Kraków 1939. A million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This<br />

is no place to grow up. Anna is just seven years old when the Germans take<br />

her father. She’s alone until she meets the Swallow Man: a skilled deceiver<br />

with more than a little magic up his sleeve. Like Anna’s father, he’s in danger<br />

of being taken. When he summons a swallow down to his hand to stop Anna<br />

from crying, she is spellbound and follows him into the wilderness. Over the<br />

course of their travels, the two will dodge bombs and tame soldiers.<br />

Gavriel Savit holds a BFA in musical theater from the University of Michigan.<br />

An actor and singer, Gavriel has performed on three continents, from New York<br />

to Brussels to Tokyo. The Swallow Man, his first novel, won the 2016 <strong>Jewish</strong><br />

<strong>Book</strong> Council Award for Debut Fiction.<br />

The Stories Behind Two Commanding Women<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Hilton Naples<br />

Leslie Bennetts • Last Girl Before Freeway<br />

Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian. She was an icon and role<br />

model to millions, and a fearless pioneer who left a strong legacy when she died<br />

in 2014. Her life was a roller coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows:<br />

the suicide of her husband, her estrangement from her daughter, her ferocious<br />

ambition and massive insecurities. Rivers’ career broke down barriers for her<br />

gender and pushed the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.<br />

Last Girl Before Freeway is a juicy, intimate biography of a performer whose<br />

career was borne out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved.<br />

Leslie Bennetts is the author of the national bestseller The Feminine Mistake as<br />

well as a longtime Vanity Fair writer and former New York Times reporter. She<br />

was the first woman to cover a presidential campaign at The New York Times.<br />

Susan Silver • Hot Pants in Hollywood<br />

Hot Pants in Hollywood is much more than a show biz memoir. It is about reinventing<br />

yourself, finding love and creating a passionate life. From Milwaukee,<br />

with its sixties’ values and normalcy, Susan went on to fame and fortune in<br />

Hollywood. One of TV’s first female comedy writers, Susan’s credits include<br />

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude and Newhart. Through a continual search<br />

for a productive life that included reconnecting with her <strong>Jewish</strong> roots and becoming<br />

deeply involved with Israel, she eventually found a bigger life purpose.<br />

Susan Silver, after reinventing herself in <strong>Jewish</strong> affairs, ran the Speakers<br />

Bureau for ADL, was UN Observer for the Wiesenthal Center, and is currently<br />

connected to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Susan has a radio<br />

commentary on NPR and has numerous television appearances to her credit.<br />

Sponsored by<br />

WCA and JNF<br />

Sponsored by<br />

U.S. Bank and FIDF<br />

JAN<br />

24<br />


JAN<br />

29<br />


FEB<br />

14<br />


Family, Food and Fun<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Temple Shalom<br />

Sponsored by U.S. Bank<br />

and JFCS of SWFL<br />

Peter Gethers • My Mother’s Kitchen<br />

Peter Gethers wants to give his aging mother a spectacular feast featuring her<br />

favorite dishes. The problem is he doesn’t know how to cook. So he embarks<br />

upon an often hilarious and always touching culinary journey that will allow him<br />

to prepare the meal of his mother’s dreams. When Judy Gethers, daughter of a<br />

restaurateur – legendary New York Ratner’s – was in her 50s, she discovered a<br />

passion for cooking. She became a mentor to famous chefs, including Wolfgang<br />

Puck, and taught alongside Julia Child. Peter has written a memoir about how<br />

food and family can do much more than feed us – they can nourish our souls.<br />

Peter Gethers is an author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor, and film<br />

and television producer. His eleven previous books include The Cat Who Went<br />

to Paris, the first in a bestselling trilogy about his extraordinary cat, Norton.<br />

Annabelle Gurwitch • Wherever You Go, There They Are<br />

When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional<br />

relatives, she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake. She<br />

longed to be part of a loving and supportive family. Gurwitch writes about the<br />

family she tried to escape and the ones she joined by accident or on purpose,<br />

including her southern ancestors, the theater tribe, and an adult summer camp<br />

for vegans. If she’s learned anything, it’s that no matter how hard you try to<br />

escape your crazy family, you just end up being part of another crazy family.<br />

Annabelle Gurwitch is the author of the three books, including New York Times<br />

bestseller I See You Made an Effort. She is a regular commentator on NPR<br />

and a former host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS. Other numerous television<br />

appearances include Boston Legal, Seinfeld and Murphy Brown.<br />

JFCS of Southwest Florida and the Naples<br />

Senior Center, the “central address for<br />

services for seniors” are proud to be among<br />

the sponsors of the <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>.<br />

Edward Anchel<br />

Chair<br />

Dr. Jaclynn Faffer<br />

President/CEO<br />


A Trio of Debut Novelists<br />

Sponsored by Beth Tikvah<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Naples Conference Center<br />

Jane Healey • The Saturday Evening Girls Club<br />

For four young immigrant women living in Boston’s North End in the early<br />

1900s, escaping tradition doesn’t come easy. But at least they have one another<br />

and the Saturday Evening Girls Club, a social pottery-making group offering<br />

respite from their hectic home lives – and hope for a better future. The friends<br />

face family clashes and romantic entanglements, career struggles and cultural<br />

prejudice. But through their unfailing bond, they draw strength and the courage<br />

to transform their immigrant stories into the American lives of their dreams.<br />

The book is based on the true story of the Saturday Evening Girls Club.<br />

Jane Healey was inspired to write The Saturday Evening Girls Club after<br />

learning of the group’s history while researching an article on their namesake<br />

pottery, also known as Paul Revere Pottery.<br />

Sana Krasikov • The Patriots: A Novel<br />

When Florence Fein abandons her middle-class Brooklyn <strong>Jewish</strong> family in<br />

1934 for a steamer ship to the Soviet Union, she believes she’s seeking the<br />

secular feminist promises that the Great Depression denied so many American<br />

women. But once trapped in Stalin’s USSR, she suffers the travails of Soviet<br />

Jewry through an American’s eyes. Decades later, her son Julian – an émigré to<br />

New York – returns to Putin’s Moscow to redeem his mother’s betrayals. The<br />

Patriots explores the entangled relationship of two superpowers as it played<br />

out across three generations of one <strong>Jewish</strong>-American family.<br />

Sana Krasikov was born in Ukraine and grew up in the Republic of Georgia<br />

and the U.S. In 2017 she was named one of Granta’s Best Young American<br />

Novelists. Her collection One More Year has won numerous awards.<br />

Ellen Umansky • The Fortunate Ones<br />

Vienna, 1939. Rose’s parents secure passage for their young daughter on<br />

a kindertransport to England. After the war, grief-stricken Rose searches out a<br />

piece of her childhood: the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished.<br />

In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie carries a burden of guilt. As a teenager,<br />

Lizzie threw a party and the Soutine painting that had provided comfort after her<br />

mother had died was stolen. The painting will bring Lizzie and Rose together,<br />

and ignite a friendship, eventually revealing secrets that hold painful truths.<br />

Ellen Umansky writing has been published in The New York Times, Slate and<br />

Playboy, as well as in the short-story anthologies Lost Tribe: <strong>Jewish</strong> Fiction<br />

from the Edge and Sleepaway: Writings on Summer Camp. She has worked in<br />

the editorial departments of the Forward, Tablet and The New Yorker.<br />

FEB<br />

26<br />

MONDAY<br />

For <strong>Festival</strong> updates, links to<br />

author websites and more,<br />

visit the official <strong>Festival</strong> website:<br />


MAR<br />

7<br />


Love & Relationships<br />

1:00 - 3:30 pm • Temple Shalom<br />

Sponsored by<br />

Temple Shalom Sisterhood<br />

Renée Rosen • Windy City Blues<br />

Windy City Blues, set in 1950s and ’60s Chicago, is the riveting story of Leeba<br />

Groski, a young <strong>Jewish</strong> Polish immigrant, and Red Dupree, a black blues<br />

guitarist who left the south to play in the burgeoning Chicago music scene.<br />

Shunned by Leeba’s Orthodox <strong>Jewish</strong> family, Leeba and Red risk threats of<br />

violence in an era in American history that frowned on mixed-race couples.<br />

Renée skillfully reconstructs the racial tensions and vibrant music scene that<br />

defined Chicago during those decades as she weaves this story of forbidden<br />

romance into the history of Chess Records and the birth of the blues and rock<br />

’n’ roll in Chicago.<br />

Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of White Collar Girl, What the Lady<br />

Wants, Dollface, and the young adult novel, Every Crooked Pot.<br />

Marilyn Simon Rothstein • Lift and Separate<br />

Lift and Separate is the story of Marcy Hammer, a <strong>Jewish</strong> woman forced to<br />

restart her life after husband Harvey, the bra king, leaves her for a perkier fit.<br />

Even though she is devastated by his departure, she still has her indomitable<br />

spirit and self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when<br />

her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own, and she discovers a secret<br />

about her new, once-in-a-lifetime best friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but<br />

by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy finds a way to begin again.<br />

Marilyn Rothstein graduated with a journalism degree from New York University,<br />

and worked for Seventeen. When she moved to Connecticut, she launched<br />

an advertising agency, which she ran for more than 25 years. At the age of 43,<br />

she became an adult bat mitzvah, achieving her lifelong goal of chanting Torah.<br />

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the 3rd Annual<br />

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Collier County<br />

Collier County<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>.<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>.

Venues<br />

All locations are in Naples (area code 239):<br />

Beth Tikvah: 1459 Pine Ridge Road (434-1818)<br />

Hilton Naples: 5111 Tamiami Trail N. (430-4900)<br />

Naples Conference Center: 1455 Pine Ridge Road (597-1666)<br />

Temple Shalom: 4630 Pine Ridge Road (455-3030)<br />

Unitarian Universalist Cong. of Greater Naples: 6340 Napa Woods Way (455-6553)<br />

<strong>Festival</strong> Website & Email<br />

Visit the official <strong>Festival</strong> website at www.jewishbookfestival.org for more information on<br />

the authors and their books, event updates and a printable order form. Have questions that<br />

have not been answered in this <strong>brochure</strong>? Send an email to fedstar18@gmail.com or call<br />

the Federation office at 239.263.4205.<br />

Tickets ARE Transferable<br />

Consider purchasing a Patron <strong>Festival</strong> Package. Even if you can’t make it to all 11 events,<br />

you can gift your tickets to friends, colleagues and family members. Tickets make the<br />

perfect Chanukah gift.<br />

Multi-Author Events<br />

For the events with more than one author, due to travel arrangements, the order in which<br />

they present will be decided a few days prior to their event. If you’d like to know the order,<br />

please email fedstar18@gmail.com or call the Federation office at 239.263.4205.<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

Committee<br />

Coordinator: Ted Epstein<br />

Co-Chairs:<br />

Phil Jason, Robin Mintz, Susan Pittelman<br />

Patti Boochever<br />

Sue <strong>Book</strong>binder<br />

Steve Brazina<br />

Gina Cannon<br />

Gayle Dorio<br />

Judith Finer Freedman<br />

Susie Goldsmith<br />

Carole Greene<br />

Lenore Greenstein<br />

Lee Henson<br />

Ida Margolis<br />

Irene Pomerantz<br />

Dina Shein<br />

Iris Shur<br />

Arlene Sobol<br />

Elaine Soffer<br />

Most authors appearing at the Collier County<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> are members of<br />

the <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> Council Network.<br />

All events at the Hilton Naples include complimentary valet parking.<br />

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WHO WE ARE<br />

AJC is the leading global <strong>Jewish</strong> advocacy organization, with<br />

unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and religious<br />

leaders. Through these relationships and our deep understanding of key<br />

issues, AJC works to impact opinion and policy at the highest levels.<br />

WHAT WE DO<br />

Dec. 8 - 10, 2017<br />

Feb. 8 - 18, 2018<br />

Jan. 11 - 21, 2018<br />

March 8 - 18, 2018<br />

TheatreZone is a professional,<br />

Equity theatre featuring performers<br />

from around the country.<br />

April 26 - May 6, 2018<br />

Legislative<br />

advocacy that<br />

bolsters our<br />

global agenda<br />

High-level<br />

diplomacy with<br />

key decisionmakers<br />

Coalitionbuilding<br />

with<br />

ethnic and<br />

religious groups<br />

Strategic<br />

communications<br />

to amplify our<br />

advocacy<br />


Across the U.S. and around the world, AJC is fighting for a safer,<br />

more peaceful future for the <strong>Jewish</strong> people, Israel, and all humanity.<br />

You have the power to amplify our advocacy. Now is the time to<br />

stand up and be counted.<br />

For additional information, please contact AJC West Coast Florida<br />

Regional Director, Brian Lipton at 941.365.4955 or liptonb@ajc.org.<br />


theatrezone-florida.com<br />

BOX OFFICE: 239-424-9500<br />

13275 Livingston Road (on the Community<br />

School of Naples campus)<br />

AJC.org<br />

/AJCGlobal<br />



Patron Benefits<br />

When you become a <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Patron for just $197, you help support<br />

the <strong>Festival</strong> and receive benefits not available to other ticket buyers:<br />

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Patrons get tickets to all 11 events at a savings of $38 when compared to buying<br />

individual tickets.<br />

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Patrons do not have to arrive early to get good seats. Priority seating is reserved and<br />

held until five minutes before the start of each event.<br />

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Patrons are invited to at least two private events with select authors. During the last<br />

<strong>Festival</strong>, there were three Patron events: Patrons attended a private luncheon with<br />

Alyson Richman and Ronald Balson, and had the opportunity to talk informally at<br />

private homes with author Kate Siegel and with author/musician Steve Katz.<br />

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At this year’s luncheon event with actor Stephen Tobolowsky, the ticket price includes<br />

a copy of his book. Patrons will be the first in line to meet Stephen and get their book<br />

signed.<br />

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Patrons have their own “concierge.” <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Committee member and<br />

Patron Liaison Gina Cannon will send a reminder to Patrons prior to each event.<br />

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Patrons have an expedited patron “check in” area at each <strong>Festival</strong> program.<br />

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Recognition in the Federation Star.

Ticket Order Form<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Ticket Order Form<br />

<strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Patron: Tickets to all 11 events<br />

A savings of $38 on event tickets. Plus these bonuses: reserved priority seating at each event,<br />

invitations to at least two private author receptions, and recognition in the Federation Star.<br />

$197 x ___ = total $_____<br />

Featured Events:<br />

Thursday, November 16 @ 7:00pm Steve Dorff (mini-concert, snacks) $25 x ___ = $_____ ($36 at the door)<br />

Wednesday, December 6 @ 11:30am Luncheon w/ Stephen Tobolowsky $54 x ___ = $_____<br />

includes copy of My Adventures With God<br />

Please indicate choice of meal: chicken salmon vegetarian<br />

Sunday, December 10 @ 7:00pm Alexandra Silber (theatrical show, snacks) $36 x ___ = $_____ ($45 at the door)<br />

Friday, March 16 @ 1:00pm Alan Zweibel $15 x ___ = $_____ ($20 at the door)<br />

Monday, April 9 @ 2:30pm Abigail Pogrebin $15 x ___ = $_____ ($20 at the door)<br />

Multi-Author Events:<br />

Monday, January 8 @ 1:00pm Robert Gandt & Bryan Mark Rigg $15 x ___ = $_____ ($20 at the door)<br />

Wednesday, January 24 @ 1:00pm Pam Jenoff & Gavriel Savit $15 x ___ = $_____ “<br />

Monday, January 29 @ 1:00pm Leslie Bennetts & Susan Silver $15 x ___ = $_____ “<br />

Wednesday, February 14 @ 1:00pm Peter Gethers & Annabelle Gurwitch $15 x ___ = $_____ “<br />

Monday, February 26 @ 1:00pm J. Healey, S. Krasikov, E. Umansky $15 x ___ = $_____ “<br />

Wednesday, March 7 @ 1:00pm Renée Rosen & Marilyn Simon Rothstein $15 x ___ = $_____ “<br />

• No physical tickets will be issued. Simply check in at each event.<br />

• You will receive an email reminder about a week prior to each event.<br />

• No refunds unless entire event (both authors for multi-author events) is canceled<br />

and not rescheduled.<br />

• If an author cancels (weather, illness, etc.) we will attempt to reschedule the author<br />

in late March or April. Your original reservation will be good for the rescheduled event.<br />

• If you cannot attend an event, you can give your seat to a friend. Call the Federation.<br />

• Open seating at all events. Patrons and Sponsors will have reserved seats.<br />

• Event payments are NOT tax deductible.<br />

• If a venue needs to be changed, ticket buyers will be notified via email.<br />

• All events will take place in Naples.<br />

3 rd Annual<br />

presented by<br />

YES! I’d love to attend the <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>!<br />

I am purchasing tickets as indicated above for a total of $_______.<br />

Check enclosed (payable to <strong>Jewish</strong> Federation of Collier County)<br />

Please charge my: MasterCard Visa American Express<br />

Card #____________________________________ Exp. ____/____ cvv#_______<br />

Name (please print): __________________________________________________<br />

Address:___________________________________________________________<br />

City: ________________________________ ST: ______ Zip: ________________<br />

Phone: ___________________ Email: ___________________________________<br />

4 ways to order your tickets:<br />

1 Mail this order form to:<br />

<strong>Jewish</strong> Federation of Collier County<br />

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 2201<br />

Naples, FL 34109<br />

2<br />

In person at the Federation<br />

office. Please fill out form in advance.<br />

3<br />

Charge by phone:<br />

239.263.4205<br />

Please fill out form prior to calling.<br />

4<br />

Fax this order form<br />

with credit card info to 239.263.3813


A special “Thank You” to the following businesses and organizations<br />

for their generous support of the Collier County <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>!<br />

The 3 rd Annual Collier County <strong>Jewish</strong> <strong>Book</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> is presented by<br />

For <strong>Festival</strong> updates, links to author websites<br />

and more, visit the official <strong>Festival</strong> website:<br />


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