BEACHWOOD, Ohio – The Mandel JCC will host its 23rd annual Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival from November 9 to March 19.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading Jewish book festivals, the 2022-2023 festival will feature a lineup of 18 nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, including one author with local ties.
The Cleveland Jewish Book Festival features books on Jewish life, cooking, historical fiction, Israeli literature, memoirs, and more. Authors will share the stories behind their books in presentations that will be accompanied by Q&A sessions. In addition to in-person author events, several events are planned, free and presented virtually.
The festival is divided into two ‘chapters’, with the first ending on December 6. The second chapter will begin in February.
“We look forward to introducing the community to these stellar authors who share interesting stories and perspectives across genres,” Beth Rosenthal, arts and culture program associate at Mandel JCC, said in a statement. “And because so many programs are offered virtually, we can reach a wider audience and feature writers who otherwise couldn’t make it to Cleveland.”
The festival will start with a Opening event November 9, co-presented by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. This event will be an in-person community conversation with author, actress, producer and activist Noa Tishby.
Tishby is Israel’s first special envoy for anti-Semitism and delegitimization. She has spent years writing and speaking about the complexities of Israel and will share insights from her first book, Israel: A simple guide to the most misunderstood country on the planet.
Other book festival highlights will be the Sunday Morning Cooking Club series events, where two cookbook authors will share recipes and discuss the cultural heritage, traditions and food symbolism of Italy’s Jewish communities. and all over the world.
Other highlights include a make-and-go spice workshop and a Facebook Live cook as well as demonstrations that will showcase recipes from the authors’ books ahead of their talks.
The second chapter of the festival is set to begin on February 12 with Daniel Levin, from Cleveland, photographer and author of Violins and Hope: From the Holocaust to Symphony Halls. His book explores the efforts of master luthier Amnon Weinstein to restore violins that survived the Holocaust. Levin is the first photographer to depict Weinstein’s studio in Tel Aviv, his unique collection of violins and his restoration process.
A Kids Day event will take place on March 19, where families can meet My doughy matzah ball author Arianna Brooks for a morning exploration of Jewish foods. The event will include family activities, children’s entertainment and kid-friendly snacks.
All book festival events will be open to the public, and many are free. All events require registration to access Zoom links. To buy tickets or for more information about the festival, visit mandeljcc.org/bookfest. Festival author books are on sale through Mac’s Backs-Books in Coventry, 1820 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights.