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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved one how much they mean to you by finding the perfect gift that will light up their day, but the holiday can feel a bit stale to those who have fallen into the same flowers and chocolate rut year after year. If you’re looking to shake things up this Valentine’s…

Season’s Readings

Board Games to Create and Play: Invent 100s of games with friends and family by Kevan Davis, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrated by)

Celebrating Storytelling

From October 30 to November 18, 2018, the Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 27 years of bringing culture and conversation to the Southeast. 

Modern Southern Cookbooks

Today’s cookbooks have evolved from difficult, text-heavy, picture-free collections to become beautiful modern storybooks. Southern cooking and baking has also evolved to include new ideas, fun trends, and daring spins on the classic comfort foods we know and love. Inspired by home cooks, chefs, and heirloom family recipes, the following three cookbook authors have put delicious twists on traditional Southern…


Every year, the Book Festival of the MJCCA has provided our community with a literary extravaganza, featuring an exciting lineup of exceptional authors, celebrities, and influencers. Be sure not to miss these six picks:

Sandy Springs Novelist Draws on Academic Life in Twisty Thriller Debut

Two massive concrete lions have guarded the front entrance to Virginia’s Blackburne School for more than a century. Respected and revered, they symbolize the school’s fiercely-held traditions, especially its honor code. After Matthias Glass confesses his honor code violation to his best friend, Fritz Davenport, they briefly argue before Fritz runs into the woods—and vanishes without a trace.

Best Summer Reads

After you’ve packed the cooler and the sunscreen, you’re probably looking for a great summer read to add to your beach bag. Whether you want lighthearted humor, heart racing thrills, or Old Hollywood glamour, we’ve got the perfect book for you. Here are six new releases that everyone will be talking about this season.

Book Fest on 25th Chapter

The Book Festival of the MJCCA will celebrate 25 years of bringing culture and conversation to the greater Atlanta community Best in Literary Voices early this month. Each year, the Book Festival's exceptional repertoire has something to offer all book lovers, bringing more than 13,000 members of the community together to meet, listen to, and engage with their favorite local,…

Quiet The Noise: A Trail Runner’s Path To Hearing God

Originally from New York, Rami Odeh and his wife, Heather, moved to the Dunwoody area 21 years ago after finishing graduate school at the University of Miami. At first the pair worked in Buckhead and Sandy Springs gyms before branching out to provide in-home personal training. Observing the need for a personal training business that hired only degreed and certified…

Dr. Ruth in Dunwoody

More than 13,000 visitors are expected to attend the 24th Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) Book Festival November 5 - 22. One of the community’s most anticipated cultural events, this year’s festival will feature “In Conversation,” interviews between more than 40 authors and local journalists, engaging speaker programs, book signings, panel discussions, The Family Reading Festival, and more.

Get Inside the Georgia Bulldogs Playbook

September offers the sweet release of slightly cooler temperatures and here in the South our thoughts quickly turn to football. Whether tailgating before the game, cheering our teams on through all kinds of weather (and hopefully into championships) or discussing each play well after the final play, we love football season! If you are a Bulldogs fan, you sing along…

Kennesaw State Teacher Pens Metafiction Masterpiece

After her father’s death in Alaska, Aristotle “Aris” Thibodeau, her mother Diane, and her brother Max move to small town Kanuga, Georgia, where Diane performs the bare minimum as an English professor and throws herself into Simple Living (purging and organizing the whole house, much to the dismay of her children when they find their treasured possessions thrown away.)