Book Festival

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The Jewish Book Festival brings award-winning, Jewish authors to the JCC for interactive sessions with the community. Past guests have been authors of children's books, non-fiction writers, and YouTube stars.

The Central Florida Jewish Book Festival 
February 10-12, 2019

Leah Rachel Berkowitz,
author of The World Needs Beautiful Things

February 10, 2019  

Leah Rachel Berkowitz is a rabbi, writer, and storyteller. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she was also ordained. Her writing has appeared in The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate, God: Jewish Choices for Struggling with the Ultimate, and Spirituality 101: Your Guide to Keeping--Or Finding--Your Spiritual Life on Campus. She blogs at This is her first book for children.

Sally Kohn,
author of The Opposite of Hate

February 11, 2019    

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today.  The author of THE OPPOSITE OF HATE (April 2018, Algonquin) and host of STATE OF RESISTANCE podcast, Sally is a CNN political commentator and columnist.  Before that, she was a Fox News contributor — and before that worked for over 15 years as a community organizer.  Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine,,, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets.  She's also a popular keynote speaker and frequently leads media and speaking skills workshops for grassroots activists and corporate leaders.

B.A. Shapiro,
author of The Collector’s Apprentice

February 12, 2019   

B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller lists—including the New York Times, Boston Globe, LA Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Amazon, and Kindle—and has won many awards including The 2013 New England Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Boston and is working on her eighth novel.

Learn more about previous Jewish Book Festivals

February 2018
October 2017