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Author Talks at the MJCCA, January – April

2016 December 26

From January 15 – April 23, 2017, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA), will present five author talks and book events.

A Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA brings a prestigious array of authors to the Atlanta community throughout the year. Expanding on the success of the annual November Book Festival of the MJCCA, A Page from the Book Festivalevents allow the MJCCA to continue fostering a love of reading and enabling interaction with sought-after favorite authors.

Speaker Lineup:

Ø  Sunday, January 15, 2017, 7:30 pm

Dr. Michael J. Breus, The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype – And the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex…

Learn the best time to do everything–from drinking your coffee to having sex to going for a run–according to your body’s chronotype. In his new book, The Power of When, former Atlantan (Riverwood High School/UGA graduate), and clinical psychologist Dr. Michael J. Breus details new research that proves there is a right time to do just about everything, based on our biology and hormones. He presents a groundbreaking new program for getting back in sync with your natural rhythm by making minor changes to your daily routine. Breus is known nationally as “The Sleep Doctor” and has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show more than 30 times.

This event will be held at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody).

Fee: Member $10; Community $15


Ø  Wednesday, February 1, 7:30 pm

Thomas L. Friedman, Thank You for Being Late

Thank You for Being Late is a field guide to the 21st century, written by one of its most celebrated observers, Thomas L. Friedman. Here, Friedman discusses? the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book. How you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.

This event will be held at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody).

Fee: Member $18; Community $24


Ø  Thursday, March 9, 7:30 pm

Author Ruthie Ellenson and JFGA’s CEO Eric Robbins – IN CONVERSATION ABOUT Why Be Jewish?

In Partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (JFGA), the community is invited to be a part of a compelling conversation with New York Times bestselling author Ruthie Ellenson (The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt) and JFGA’s CEO Eric Robbins about philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman’s Why Be Jewish? A Testament, which was published just weeks before Bronfman’s death in December 2013. Ellenson and Robbins will discuss the 12 tenants Bronfman’s identifies as having shaped his leadership in the Jewish community for more than 25 years, which include a reverence for Jewish tradition, a dedication to social action, a pledge to engage in both Jewish and secular studies, a commitment to ethical business conduct, and the importance of effective leadership.

This event will be held at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta).

Free and open to the community with RSVP.


Ø  Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm

Bruce Feiler, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us

From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking the Bible and Abraham comes a revelatory journey across four continents and 4,000 years, exploring how Adam and Eve introduced the idea of love into the world, and how they continue to shape our deepest feelings about relationships. In this fresh retelling of their story, New York Times columnist and PBS host Bruce Feiler travels from the Garden of Eden in Iraq to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, from John Milton’s London to Mae West’s Hollywood, discovering how Adam and Eve should be hailed as exemplars of a long-term, healthy relationship.

This event will be held at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody).

Fee: Member $10; Community $15


Ø  Sunday, April 23, 7:30 pm

Tilar J. Mazzeo, Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto (Ms. Mazzeo is the featured Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Speaker)

From Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot, comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as public health specialist, she made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings. Irene’s Children is a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption.

This event will be held at the MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody).

Fee: Member $10; Community $15

Contact Information / Purchase Tickets

Ø  Purchase Tickets: Call the MJCCA Box Office at 678.812.4005, or visit

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