Thursday, October 6, 2011

17th Annual Jewish Book Fair

Contact: Naomi Rubin, program director
Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties
Office: 239-481-4449 ext. 3

Public invited to the 
17th Annual Jewish Book Fair

Fort Myers, Florida, August 22, 2011 – November is Jewish Book Month. To mark the occasion, the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties is once again producing the Annual Jewish Book Fair. This year’s Fair features fifteen authors from across the U.S. and Canada at seven events in two counties over two months.

The Jewish Book Fair begins on Sunday, November 20 at 10:00 a.m. with two authors speaking at Crowne Plaza Hotel for the Jewish Book Fair Children’s event. Author Anne Marie Asner (Shmutzy Girl and Noshy Boy) will do a presentation for children in grades 1-3, and author Dori Weinstein (Sliding Into the New Year) will present her book to 4th through 7th grades. Rabbi Alyssa Auster from Temple Judea will present a program for teens. She will be using the book The Rabbi’s Cat in her presentation. The event is free of charge.

We continue on Sunday December 4th at the Jewish Federation located at 9701 Commerce Center Court, (off Bass Rd) in Fort Myers.  Authors Michael Wex (The Frumkiss Family Business) and Michael Levy (Kosher Chinese) will present their books while we enjoy coffee and bagels. There is a $5 charge for this event. R.S.V.P.  for this event by calling  239-481-4449xt 3.

Don’t miss the next event on Tuesday December 6th at Lakes Regional Library, 1520 Bass Road, Fort Myers. Featured are Jennifer Griffin ( Fox News) and her husband Greg Myre ( NY Times) wrote (This Burning Land) about their life reporting from Israel from 1999- 2007. Also featured is author Marilyn Berger (This is a Soul) about the life and work of Dr. Rick Hodes in Africa.  No charge for this event.

We are back at the Jewish Federation on Thursday December 8th at 7:00pm to hear three Florida Authors speak at the Local Author night. We feature Ella Naylor (Anne Frank: Faces of Intolerance Past and Present), Cantor Lyle Rockler wrote (Chazzanos) and Gerald A. Honigman (The Quest for Justice in the Middle East). Anne Frank theme artwork by Sanibel Artist Myra Roberts will be on display at the Jewish Federation during the Jewish Book Fair.  No charge for the event, donations accepted.

The Jewish Book Fair continues on Sunday December 11th at 3:00pm at Miromar Outlets in Estero near Godiva Chocolates. Authors Mary Lou Weisman (Al Jaffee’s Mad Life), Ronda Robinson (Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel) and Lisa April Smith will present her book Dangerous Lies.  No charge for the event, donations accepted.

The 2011 Author Luncheon will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower, Fort Myers on Tuesday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m. Advance reservations are required, please call at 239-481-4449 ext. 3.  The cost is $20 for the luncheon and authors’ lectures; books are sold separately.  Register online at The luncheon speakers will be Dr. Leonard Felder (Here I Am: Using Spiritual Wisdom to Become More Present, Centered and Available for Life) and Michael David Lukas (The Oracle of Stamboul).  That evening the authors will do a presentation at Temple Shalom of Port Charlotte and the Gulf Islands at 7:30pm.

The Jewish Federation will be selling the authors’ books and other new titles with Jewish content or books written by Jewish authors at each event, at a 10% discount off list price. Authors will be happy to autograph their books at their events. All Jewish Book Fair events are open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Naomi Rubin at 239-481-4449 ext. 3 or

About the Jewish Federation of Lee & Charlotte Counties: Federation is the central Jewish community-building organization for Lee & Charlotte Counties, providing a social service network that helps Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the world. Its purpose is to recognize and address philanthropic, educational, humanitarian and social service needs of the Jewish community and to develop the resources to meet those needs. The Jewish Federation, in partnership with community synagogues and organizations, benefactors and recipients of its services, shapes and guides the building of a caring community.

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