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28th Annual Book & Author Luncheon

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Four best-selling authors present their latest works; includes coffee and pastries, author presentations, lunch and valet parking. Call 561-558-2520 to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 am at Boca West Country Club

$110, Gold Members: $100, Platinum Members: $75

Sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Jewish Book Council

Generously underwritten by the Myrna Lippman Literary Fund, Lenore Tagerman, Marilyn Rothstein, Nina & Martin Rosenzweig and Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Martin Fletcher, Promised Land

The tumultuous early years of the Jewish State are brought to vivid life through the eyes of two German Jewish brothers. Arie survived the Holocaust in Europe. Peter was sent to America. They reunite in Israel where both achieve success. But they also fall in love with the same woman. As the young nation struggles to survive, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their new lives apart.

Natasha Solomons, House of Gold

United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta does her part, leaving Vienna for England to wed a distant cousin. When World War I breaks out, Greta must choose between the family she’s created and the one she was forced to leave behind. Inspired by the Rothschilds, the author delivers an epic family saga rich in historical detail.

Kitty Zeldis, Not Our Kind

In 1947, an accident fatefully brings together Eleanor Moskowitz and Patricia Bellamy. Eleanor, a teacher and recent Vassar graduate, needs a job. Patricia’s daughter, recovering from polio, needs a private tutor at their Park Avenue home. Despite her mother’s warnings that she’s an outsider, Eleanor becomes comfortable with the world the Bellamys inhabit. The two women’s friendship grows until one evening a line is crossed and Eleanor makes a pivotal decision.

Elyssa Friedland, The Intermission

Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, the novel tunnels beneath a seemingly happy marriage to ask: how much do we really know about the people we love the most? After six years of marriage, it comes as a shock to Jonathan when Cass requests a marital ‘intermission’: a six-month break during which they’ll live separately on opposite coasts and decide if the life they’ve built together is still what they both want.

Levis JCC Book Club

A lively review and discussion of books.

Thursdays, 10:30 am

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

  • September 20, Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists, 2018
  • October 4, Paul Auster, 4 3 2 1: A Novel, 2018
  • October 18, Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, 2018
  • November 1, Martin Fletcher, Promised Land, 2018
  • November 15, Min Jin Lee, Pachinko, 2017
  • December 6, Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers, 2018
  • January 3, Jamie Weisman, We are Gathered, 2018
  • February 7, Joanne Serling, Good Neighbors, 2018
  • March 7, Kristen Hannah, The Great Alone, 2018

A Literary Afternoon Series

Personal appearances by five noted authors, discussions and book signings. Coffee, fruit and pastries served.

Tuesdays, 2:30 pm

Series Subscription: $110, Gold Members: $85, Platinum Members: Free
Individual Programs: $25, Gold Members: $20, Platinum Members: Free

Sponsored by Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Jewish Book Council

Exclusive Valet Sponsor: Lou Bachrodt Automotive Group

This series is generously underwritten by Charna Larkin, Gerald Golden (of blessed memory), the Myrna Lippman Literary Fund and Boca Raton Regional Hospital

The Levis JCC is a member of the Jewish Book Network sponsored by the Jewish Book Council.

December 4, Peter Golden, Nothing is Forgotten

In 1962, Michael Daniels begins hosting an underground rock ‘n’ roll radio show in his Russian-Jewish grandmother’s New Jersey candy store. Not only is his show a local hit, but it attracts listeners in the Soviet Union. Michael’s grandmother is murdered, and Michael learns there was more to her life than anyone suspected. In order to find out who killed her and why, Michael sets out for Europe to learn the truth about his grandmother’s past and his own.

January 8, Jamie Weisman, We Are Gathered

One summer afternoon in Atlanta, guests gather to celebrate the interfaith wedding of beautiful, rich, and Jewish, Elizabeth Gottlieb, and handsome, rich, and not Jewish, Hank Jackson. Skillfully told through multiple first-person narratives, the novel portrays not only the couple’s story, but also - or rather, primarily- the stories of their friends and family. Each character is unique in his or her own story, regrets, dreams and deeply guarded secrets.

February 19, Joanne Serling, Good Neighbors

In an idyllic Massachusetts suburb, four young families— two Jewish, two Catholic—form a neighborhood clique, their friendships based on little more than the ages of their children and a shared sense of camaraderie. When one of the couples adopts a little girl from Russia, the group’s loyalty and morality is soon called into question. Is the couple unkind or even abusive to their new daughter? Or is she a difficult child with hidden destructive tendencies?

March 5, Cherise Wolas, The Family Tabor

The Tabor family is perfect. But what family is without its secrets? Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade for a lifetime devoted to helping Jews resettle in America. But the day his family is set to arrive, Harry is suddenly haunted by a long-buried secret. As the ceremony nears, the family members are forced to confront the falsehoods upon which their lives are built. Is a lifetime of generosity enough to atone for one bad decision?

April 2, Susie Orman Schnall, The Subway Girls

The novel is based on the Miss Subways contest that ran in New York City 1941-1976. The storyline parallels two strong women, generations apart, who are up against the same struggle to find balance between love, happiness and ambition: Charlotte, a 1949 Miss Subways contestant and Olivia, a 2018 ad account manager who through her job becomes interested in the contest. Each tells her story in her own voice until ultimately they connect in a most surprising way.

April 4, Susan Wiggs, Between You and Me, 2018

May 2, Tara Westover, Educated: A Memoir, 2018

June 6, Andrew Sean Greer, Less, 2017