Friday, January 21, 2022

Jewish Book Festival Comes to JCMI

The Jewish Book Festival comes to the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) on Wednesday, February 27. This is a first for the JCMI and a feather in our hat! 

The two internationally bestselling authors, Jenna Blum and Alyson Richman, are on the New York Times Best Seller list. They will share their latest novels at the event.

Jenna Blum, “The Lost Family”

“The Lost Family” features a husband devastated by grief he cannot voice, a frustrated wife competing with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of her family and another family that was lost before she was born. Spanning three cinematic decades, “The Lost Family” is a charming, funny, elegantly bittersweet study of loss and love.

Jenna Blum is one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers. Her first novel, “Those Who Save Us,” won the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah magazine and adjudged by Elie Wiesel. Blum interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation for five years. Her novels have been published in over 20 countries.

Alyson Richman, “The Secret of Clouds”

The Secret of Clouds is an emotionally-charged novel about a mother’s love, a teacher’s journey, and a child’s heart. Told from the perspectives of a young mother and the devoted teacher who befriends her son, “The Secret of Clouds” spans two countries and decades to reveal what really matters – love and hope. It’s a story that examines what it means to actually live life with a full heart.

Alyson Richman is the international bestselling author of “The Velvet Hours,” “The Garden of Letters,” “The Lost Wife,” “The Last Van Gogh,” “The Rhythm of Memory” and “The Mask Carver’s Son.”

Tickets are only $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, please call the Jewish Federation of Greater Naples office at 239-263-4205 or visit The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is located at 991 Winterberry Drive. For more information about the JCMI visit

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