No creative work by or about Jews has won the hearts of Americans as thoroughly as “Fiddler on the Roof.” The original 1964 Broadway production of the musical, based on the stories written by Sholem Aleichem in 1894, ran for a then-unprecedented 3,242 performances and earned nine Tony Awards.

The closing event for the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland’s Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 20 will feature Jean Chatzky and Dr. Michael Roizen, co-authors of “Age-Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip.”  

Children’s books and their authors are not the focus of the Mandel JCC Jewish Book Festival, which runs from Nov. 5-20, but the lovable title character from Bernard Waber’s “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” series will be working the room to help kick-start the festivities.

“We have a remarkable variety of topics and personalities at this event, which is always a highlight of the festival,” said book festival coordinator Julie Frayman.