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Sunday, April 14, 2024 | 5:30 PM

Temple Isaiah
945 Risa Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549

JFCS East Bay is hosting its 17th annual Art of Living gala on Sunday, April 14, 2024. This year we are proud to welcome literary legend, social activist, and feminist icon, Isabel Allende to our stage. Allende garnered worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits, and has authored more than twenty-six bestselling and critically acclaimed books. Her most recent book, The Wind Knows My Name, weaves together the stories of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador in a novel about child separation, war and immigration.

The evening will include a gala reception, featuring wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, followed by a captivating program featuring Ms. Allende.

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