Alper JCC Miami Hosts Melissa Rivers: Lies My Mother Told Me

On Sunday, November 6, the Alper JCC Miami hosted award-winning T.V. personality, producer and New York Times best-selling author, Melissa Rivers.  The event was the latest in the 42nd Annual Alper JCC Miami Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival.

At the event, which drew a crowd of 200-plus people, Rivers talked about her latest novel, Lies My Mother Told Me, answered questions from the crowd and autographed her novel.  The 42nd Annual Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival offers a variety of speakers and topics from mysteries to memoirs and runs through April 2023.

The conversation was facilitated by Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Events like these serve to strengthen the Jewish and broader community of South Miami-Dade and promote Jewish values, ethics, and traditions that meet the needs of an inclusive environment.

“Melissa was so authentic and candid,” said Elaine Katz, Book Festival co-chair at Alper JCC Miami. “She loved having the ‘interviewer’ format!! Shrager was beyond amazing, too. Just a great afternoon. A perfect 10!!!”

In addition to the Jewish Book Festival, the Adult Programs Department plans a multitude of events and programs throughout the year that are educational, cultural, entertaining, stimulating, and just plain fun.

For more information, please contact Alper JCC Miami’s Literary & Cultural Arts Director, Marcy Levitt at

About Alper JCC Miami 

For over 30 years, Alper JCC Miami has been a much-loved source of enrichment, inspiration, education and recreation, offering a sense of community and belonging to those in South Miami-Dade County. Welcoming people of all faiths and ages regardless of social or economic background, gender, sexual orientation or ability, the Alper JCC annually impacts more than 140,000 residents. The center provides need-based scholarships to its award-winning Early Childhood Development Center, Winter and Spring Minicamps, Summer Camp, youth sports, and membership to its 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Facility, which boasts over 45 group fitness classes per week and personal training. Visit for more information.  

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