Jewish Book Festival

The Mandell JCC's Jewish Book Festival showcases literary works from Jewish authors, the Jewish perspective or Jewish values. Each season, our Signature Events span several months over the course of year, bringing in a wide range of authors and topics. Discussions include the author's process in creating a novel, beauty and wellness tips from fashion magazine editors, fascinating fiction, haunting true stories from history, hot book club topics and more.

Tickets are sold online and at the JCC Box Office, 860-231-6316.

For more information on our Jewish Book Festival, contact Jill Ziplow, 
Visual & Performing Arts Director, 860-231-6339,



Sunday, October 14 – 2:00 pm 

Smitten Kitchen

In Conversation with Chef Educator Lindsay Perkins of Lindsay Culinary

Deb Perelman, award-winning blogger and New York Times best-selling author of The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and Smitten Kitchen Every Day understands that a happy discovery in the kitchen has the ability to completely change the course of your day. Her impossible-to-resist recipes will make you want to stop what you’re doing right now and cook.

Tickets include event, your choice of one of Deb Perelman's cookbooks, and book signing with the author.

 with Smitten Kitchen Every Day - Triumphant & Unfussy New Favorites Cookbook

with Smitten Kitchen - Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook Cookbook




Wednesday, October 24 – 7:00 pm 

Hot Buzz About Books

What’s new in the world of books? Get the scoop on what’s new and what’s happening in the book world from an audience favorite panel: Roxanne Coady, Matthew Dicks, Michael Kindness and Jen Black.



Sunday, November 18 – 7:00 pm

Martin Fletcher

Promised Land: A Novel of Israel

Martin Fletcher, former NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and a National Jewish Book Award winner, returns to the JCC to talk about his new book, a sweeping saga of two brothers and the woman they love, a devastating love triangle set to the tumultuous founding of Israel.



Saturday, January 12 – 7:00 pm

Mike Reiss

Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets and Outright Lies From a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons

You will literally laugh out loud with Mike Reiss, a four-time Emmy Award-Winning writer and producer for the long-running show, The Simpsons. Mike will share a laugh-out-loud account of how 'The Simpsons' came to be and will discuss the behind-the-scenes account of television’s first family.




Monday, January 21 – 7:00 pm

Sally Kohn

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity

As part of a Mandell JCC Martin Luther King Jr day program, this FREE event featuring Sally’s thought-provoking book will start an important community conversation.



Tuesday, May 14 – 7:00 pm

Summer Reading Event

B.A. Shapiro and Susie Orman Schnall

Start your summer with great reads from authors B.A. Shapiro and Susie Orman Schnall and their newest fiction titles – The Collector’s Apprentice and The Subway Girls.

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