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JEWISH LITERARY, FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

Each November, the JCA celebrates its annual Jewish Cultural Arts Festival. This Jewish literary, film and arts festival will feature a variety of events including films, performances and its signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival. Now in its 23rd year, the book festival showcases renowned authors you won’t see anywhere else in Jacksonville! We'll also have our pop-up book store, back by popular demand, to complement the festival. Visiting authors' books will be for sale, and a great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council will be available for a nominal donation to the JCA. All events are free and open to the entire community. For additional details about the festival or how to get involved, contact Lior Spring at (904) 730-2100 ext. 318 or lior.spring@jcajax.org.

JCA 23rd Jewish Book Festival

Nov 3 - 14

NOV 5 AT 7 PM | GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

When her husband is appointed by President Barack Obama to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Susan Lewis Solomont leaves a life she loves to join her husband on a three-and-a-half-year tour overseas. Part memoir, part travelogue, enjoy Solomont’s adventures, culinary and diplomatic, as she finds her place in the Madrid Jewish community.

NOV 6 AT 12:30 PM | BOOK CLUB VIA SKYPE

Immerse yourself in Lukas’ captivating story of Cairo’s Ibn Ezra Synagogue from the 11th century to present day. The novel’s earliest moments and characters illuminate an era when Jews and Muslims frequently lived and worked together respectfully and agreeably. Part family quest, part detective story.

NOV 11 AT 7 PM

The dramatic story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency. Winston Churchill knew he needed more than conventional military strategy to defeat Hitler. His creation, the Special Operations Executive, recruited women spies. Together, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis and much more! This is a heroic tale honoring bravery and strength.

NOV 12 AT 7 PM

For sports fans everywhere and those who love them! This is the thrilling and heartbreaking story of the 1950 City College of New York Beavers, the only team in history to win both the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year. This accomplishment was, by every measure, extraordinary as every single player was either Jewish or African American. You won’t believe how this story ends; it includes scapegoats, corruption and powerful religious and political leaders.

NOV 14 AT 7 PM

A "double feature" book event! Two authors in a single evening share a Jewish historical perspective on immigration.

Rescue Board tells the history of the War Refugee Board, the only official American response to the Nazi’s Final Solution. Utilizing extensive archival resources, and, in the process, creating a digital archive of the War Refugee Board’s records, Erbelding greatly aids our understanding of America’s response to the murder of Europe’s Jews. The Unwanted is an intimate account of Jewish families from a small village at the edge of the Black Forest who desperately pursue American visas to flee the Nazis.

MAR 18, 2020

Gad is a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after fifteen years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes. A personal memoir, it explores the idea of yerusha, which means “inheritance” in Yiddish. At turns heart-wrenching and heart-warming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, melanin, hate and, most powerful of all, love.

JAN 28, 2020

No diets here. Acclaimed internist Michael Roizen offers choices that provide maximum benefits to prevent disease, all based on the science that governs them. Roizen is the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Recognized for developing the RealAge concept, he has authored five, number one New York Times bestsellers.