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If you are planning on being in Florida this winter, I will be speaking at a number of venues at the end of January/beginning of February. Here is the first of a number of announcements on these talks; if you are going to be in the Boca Raton/Palm Beach area, please mark your calendars to join me on February 2nd at the Boca JCC:

The Adolph and Rose Levis at Jewish Community Center
Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement
The Marlene and Herb Levin Adult University

Currently ranked #1 in Antiques and Collectibles on Amazon.com.


Join us for a Fascinating Presentation and Book Signing with the author,                    Ann M. Israel

Monday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.

$16, A&L Gold Members: $11, A&L Platinum Members: Free

Call 561-558-2520 to make your reservation

The Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center
Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement
21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton, FL 33428



A few months ago I received an email from a woman by the name of Karen Gooen asking me if I would like to read an advance copy of her book. Why not? Happy to do it, I told her. Little did I know that she would be sending me a book that is not only so much fun to read but also instructive and a mirror image of what I once had gone through as a novice Mah Jongg player. And so, I happily want to tell you about the very humorous, very engaging, and very educational new book by Karen Gooen, “Searching for Bubbe Fischer – The Path to Mah Jongg Wisdom” (isn’t that a fabulous title?!!!). 

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61qb49aMC9LOur book, Mah Jongg – The Art of the Game, has finally been delivered to most of you. This has been a long and crazy three years to put this book together and your response has been so very rewarding. But something has happened and I wanted to get your opinion.

You might be familiar with Goodreads, a website now owned by Amazon that claims, “Rate books that you’ve read. Goodreads learns about your personal tastes from your ratings.” The key phrase here is “rate books that you’ve READ.”

We couldn’t help but notice that a reader by the name of Ann (and that is very unfortunate for me!) has rated our book only three stars out of a possible 5.


We know that we can’t take it personally if someone isn’t wild about the book. But here is the problem…read on…

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I have two best friends in this world – one lives in California – Alison – and one lives in Florida – Patty – and they are the dearest people in the world to me. Alison’s daughter, Logan Levant, just wrote a fabulous book – The Kitchen Decoded – and if you are looking for a wedding shower gift (or just a wonderful kitchen/recipe book), this is it. Logan was in town this weekend doing a cooking demonstration and book signing at the Broadway Panhandler. In between prepping all the food, she had a chance to sit down and read a certain book that is near and dear to my heart…


By the way, her friend Jason is reading the other book that I wrote this year, Advice for the Lawlorn, a career advice book…and it is not just for lawyers…it is currently available only on the ABA website but coming to Amazon (#1 New Release in Legal Education Profession) and Barnes & Noble and other bookstores in the new year.

And speaking of books, Just a reminder…if you like our book, Mah Jongg The Art of the Game, then please write a review on Amazon!

Lastly, I am hoping for a very happy, healthy, and delicious Thanksgiving for all of you!!



The Bird Wars have settled down a bit ( although I still have some more to show you!) but how about some equal time to showcase some dazzling Dots…

1598908_10153365514722222_2195409539138602150_oWow and wow! Much thanks to Katie for sharing these with us…along with just a few Birdie Bams…


Oh, okay – just one more…here’s another gorgeous one, courtesy of Caren:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn aside here and a big favor to ask of you – if you have received a copy of our book, Mah Jongg The Art of the Game, please write a review on Amazon. I can’t begin to tell you how much I would appreciate it!


I woke up this morning to find the following exciting news:

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Much thanks to all of you for your support on this book – you are the reason we are #1 in the antiques category!