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Author Brenda Janowitz’s ‘The Dinner Party’ Will Close Mandell JCC’s Jewish Book Festival

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Brenda Janowitz, author of ‘The Dinner Party,’ will be the last feature of the 2016-2017 Jewish Book Festival at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford.

Submitted by Larah Winn, Mandell JCC

The Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival will close out it’s 2016-2017 season with Author Brenda Janowitz’s The Dinner Party, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

Author Brenda Janowitz has built a reputation for writing about family, relationships, and loss. Now, in her ambitious fifth novel, The Dinner Party, Janowitz delivers an emotionally honest, thought-provoking story about family dynamics, acceptance, and forgiveness as the Golds of Greenwich, CT, meet the Rothschilds of New York City for a life-changing Passover Seder.

“Passover is the perfect metaphor for a novel about letting go of the past, of the things that hold you back,” explains Janowitz. “Just as Moses told Pharaoh ‘let my people go,’ the characters in the book – people from three very different families – learn how, only when we truly let go of the past, we can move on with the future.”

Tickets are $20. In partnership with Jewish Family Services, attendees are asked to bring a Kosher for Passover jar of Gefilte Fish and/or Borscht for the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry. For more information on upcoming Mandell JCC Book Festival events, contact Jill Ziplow, 860-231-6339, [email protected]. For updates, follow the Mandell JCC on Facebook and Twitter. All dates and programs subject to change.

The 2016-2017 Mandell JCC Book Festival is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, and sponsored by Mandell JCC Partners: Saint Francis Care, LAZ Parking, Farmington Bank, Simsbury Bank, Group Insurance Associates, Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry, Waterford Hotel Group, Jewish Book Council, Hartford Car and Driver, RJ Julia Independent Book Sellers, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, The Jewish Ledger, Mandell JCCPillars Society and Pacesetters. 

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