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LITERATURE: AUTHORS & THEIR BOOKS

A Book in Concert

Readings from Tasa’s Song by Linda Kass, accompanied by musical selections from her novel performed by Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Friday, March 17, 2:00 pm

$30, A&L Gold Members: $25, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Generously underwritten by Susan & Seymour Applebaum.

Levis JCC Book Club

A monthly review and lively discussion of books.

Thursdays at 10:30 am

$8, A&L Gold Members: $6, A&L Platinum Members: Free
(Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Terrible Virtue, Ellen Feldman, 2016

February 2

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi, 2016

March 2

History of the Rain, Niall Williams, 2014

April 6

A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara, 2015

May 4

A Literary Afternoon Series

Personal appearances by five distinguished authors, discussions and book signings. Learn about their works and the creative process.

Tuesdays, 2:30 pm

All 5 authors: $100, A&L Gold Members: $80, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Individual Programs: $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Coffee, fruit and pastries served.

Armando Lucas Correa, The German Girl

January 10

The German Girl sweeps from Berlin at the brink of the Second World War to Cuba on the cusp of revolution, to New York in the wake of September 11, before reaching its deeply moving conclusion in the tumult of presentday Havana. Based on a true story of the German transatlantic liner, the St. Louis, that sailed from Hamburg to Havana, this masterful novel gives voice to the joys and sorrows of generations of exiles, forever seeking a place called home.

Ellen Feldman, Terrible Virtue and Jennifer Brown, Modern Girls

February 7

In Terrible Virtue, Ellen Feldman tells the story of the mother of birth control, the founder of Planned Parenthood, and an American champion of women around the world, Margaret Sanger, as she herself might have told it. This is the provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century.

In her debut novel, Modern Girls, Jennifer Brown deftly sketches the historical context of two Lower East Side women’s domestic tribulations, alternating between their stories, reflecting upon the social consequences faced by women in different generations. In 1935, as women in America strive for the rights to work, to vote, and to lead independent lives, a Jewish mother and daughter face unwanted pregnancies.

Eileen Pollack, A Perfect Life

March 7

Jane Weiss, a research scientist at MIT, investigates the genetic makeup of a neurodegenerative disease, a quest made more urgent because her mother died of the disease and Jane herself has a 50 percent chance of having it. Pollack expertly and sensitively focuses on the nuances of ambivalence and on the human dilemma of what to do in the complex ethical situations that arise from genetic research.

Irina Reyn, The Imperial Wife

March 28

The discovery of a historic Russian artifact kicks off a dual narrative of two women separated by centuries but united in grit and ambition. The stories of two eras and two marriages are related in evocative language steeped in keenly observed details.

This series is generously underwritten by Charna Larkin, the Myrna Lippman Literary Fund and Boca Raton Regional Hospital


FILMS

Join us for an eclectic assortment of foreign, independent, documentary and performance films. Foreign, American and Independent films followed by discussion.

NEW! Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

Save the Date: March 19-26

The Levis JCC Sandler Center is thrilled to announce an exciting new program, the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival. The inaugural Festival will be held at the Cinemark Theater the week of March 19-26. Outstanding, award-winning feature films, documentaries and short films that celebrate the diversity of Jewish life and thought from the U.S., Israel and around the world will be showcased. More information coming soon.

Join the premiere! Sponsorship opportunities available.

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SPECIAL EVENT: I Shall Not Be Silent

Documentary film about Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a leader of the civil rights movement, and a talk by Dr. Irving Berkowitz, Dean of Academic Affairs, Palm Beach State College.

Thursday, April 20, 2:00 pm

VIP Reserved Seating: $36, General Admission $25, A&L Gold Members: $20, A&L Platinum Members: Free

In partnership with the Boca Raton Symphonia

Matinee Movies with Myrna Loman

Foreign, American and Independent films followed by discussion.

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Call 561-558-2520 for additional dates and film titles

Sunday Morning Israeli Film Series with Dr. Mort Plotnick

Presentation and discussion of award-winning Israeli films. Bagels and coffee served. All films subject to change.

Sundays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

All 4 Sundays: $50, A&L Gold Members: $40, A&L Platinum Members: $18

Individual films: $16, A&L Gold Members: $14, A&L Platinum Members $6

Manpower, 2014

January 15

Immigration police officer Meir, returns from a tour of Buchenwald concentration camp, a prize for decorated policemen, to a brutal deportation of African labor immigrants.

Einstein in the Holy Land, 2015

February 12

This documentary, based on Einstein’s personal travel diary, presents the world with the first-ever insight into Einstein’s thoughts during his trip to the Holy Land. Never before has the story of Israel’s formation been told from the perspective of one of history’s greatest minds, who turned down the opportunity to be Israel’s first president.

Peter the Third, 2015

March 12

This is the story of Peter, a 65-year-old widower. Peter decides to run for the Knesset so as to receive a Knesset member’s pension. With help from Alona, a 28-year-old talented waitress who writes blogs, they set up The Widows and Widowers Party. They both start out on a journey which removes them from their loneliness and exposes them to new worlds that will help them leave their pasts behind them.

Dawn, 2014

April 2

Dawn is a psychological drama behind closed doors, in which four comrades in arms pressure the young Elisha to overcome his moral qualms and fully commit to the armed struggle. Based on the novel by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.

Generously underwritten by Bobbie & Michael Drukman and Marlene Levin.

From Stage to Screen!

Filmed presentations of the best in live performances of opera, ballet, symphony and theater from around the world.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

$10, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free (Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

Encores! Great Performances at the Met

January 25

This special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and more. Featuring 19 arias and duets selected from the past seasons of Great Performances at the Met broadcasts.

An Evening with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 22

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater showcases its distinctive style in these two stunning dance pieces: “Diving,” Judith Jamison’s first major work as a choreographer for Alvin Ailey, and “Revelations,” which expresses Ailey’s intense feelings for his roots in the South.

Great Opera Arias: A Gala Concert from the Royal Opera House

March 22

World-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo is joined by Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and a host of other international stars including Susan Graham, in the 1996 Gala Concert. Asher Fisch conducts the orchestra in a program of many of the world’s best-loved operatic arias.

Sondheim: The Birthday Concert

April 26

For Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday, many of musical theater’s brightest stars gathered to perform more than two dozen numbers from his illustrious career. David Hyde Pierce hosts, with Sondheim’s longtime collaborator Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic.

The Original Three Tenors Concert

May 24

Recorded live in Rome in 1990. Zubin Mehta accompanies the singers, leading the orchestras of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Women Making Movies

Award winning films by women directors, followed by discussion with moderator Linda Horowitz.

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm

$10, A&L Gold Members: $8, A&L Platinum Members: Free
(Pay at the door, no pre-registration required)

What Happened, Miss Simone? a film by Liz Garbus, 2015

January 11

An Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary about the life and legend Nina Simone, American singer, pianist, and civil rights activist.

Brave Miss World, a film by Celia Peck, 2013

February 8

Weeks before winning the 1998 Miss World pageant, Linor Abargil was held captive and raped by her travel agent while heading home from a modeling assignment.

The Longing: The Forgotten Jews of South America, a film by Gabriela Bohm, 2007

March 8

The story of a small group of South Americans whose European Jewish ancestors were forced to convert during the Spanish Inquisition.

Dancing in Jaffa, a film by Hilla Medalia, 2013

May 10

Ballroom dancing bridges gaps between Jewish and Palestinian children in Israel. Celebrated ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, a veteran of a tremendously successful interethnic program in New York, returns to help his hometown of Jaffa, which he fled as a 4-year-old in 1948.