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Professor Alexander Kaye reminds us that Orthodoxy does not necessarily seek a monopoly on the power of state.Alexander Kaye is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies at Brandeis University, and is the author of "The Invention of Jewish Theocracy: The Struggle for Legal Authority in Modern Israel" (Oxford University …
 
Blurb: Washington insider Ira Shapiro takes the Senate to task – and asks us to fix it.Ira Shapiro’s forty-five-year Washington career has focused on American politics and international trade. Shapiro served twelve years in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, working for a series of distinguished senators: Jacob Javits, Gaylord Nelson, Abrah…
 
Professor Annabel Herzog dives into a unique Jewish philosopher's approach to ethics and politics.Annabel Herzog is a Professor of Political Theory at the School of Political Science, and Director of the M.A. Program in Cultural Studies, at the University of Haifa. Her work has focussed on 20th-century philosophers, such as Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel …
 
An early-modern myth of Jewish credit frames age-old antisemitic tropes.Francesca Trivellato is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Modern European History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. She is the author, most recently, of The Promise and Peril of Credit: What a Forgotten Legend about Jews and Finance Tells us about the Maki…
 
How the Jewish community can become truly diverse and inclusive in the 21st Century.Warren Hoffman is the executive director of the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest academic Jewish studies membership organization in the world. He has spent his career working in Jewish communal agencies, including JCCs and Federations, to bring change, in…
 
Dr. Jason Lustig uncovers epic struggles over archives, the repositories of our stories and identity.Dr. Jason Lustig is a Lecturer and Israel Institute Teaching Fellow at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His first book, A Time to Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture (Oxford University Pr…
 
Author Helene Wecker and the immigrant experience told through the lives of mythical monsters.Helene Wecker’s first novel, The Golem and the Jinni, was awarded the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature, the VCU Cabell Award for First Novel, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and was nominated for a Nebula Award and a World Fantasy Award. Its sequel, …
 
CCAR Chief Executive Rabbi Hara Person defends abortion rights, in the wake of Dobbs.Rabbi Hara Person is the Chief Executive of Central Conference of American Rabbis. She is the first woman Chief Executive in the history of the CCAR. As Chief Executive, Rabbi Person oversees lifelong rabbinic learning, professional development and career services,…
 
The central role that art and material culture played in the assimilation and identity of French Jews in the fin-de-siècle.The House of Fragile Things, Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award Winner of the Gerrard and Ella Berman Memorial Award (History)In the dramatic years between 1870 and the end of World War II, a number of prominent French Jews—pillars o…
 
Fascinating case studies on weighing competing Jewish values in difficult, real-world situations.2021 National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish Life and Practice, The Jewish Family Ethics TextbookJudaism offers us unique—and often divergent—insights into contemporary moral quandaries. How can we use social media without hurtin…
 
Legal scholar Micah Schwartzman uncovers and explains key issues of freedom of religion and speech in a post-Roe America.Micah Schwartzman is the director of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy and the Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law. A scholar who focuses on law and religion, jurisprudence, political philosophy and constitutional law, Schw…
 
Author Nancy Churnin discusses the power of having a pen, paper, and something to say.Dear Mr. Dickens, 2021 National Jewish Book Award winner for children's picture book.In Eliza Davis's day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all too common at the time: prejudice …
 
Author Weina Randel discusses The Last Rose of Shanghai: A love story transcending class, race, religion, and even war.National Jewish Book Award Finalist, The Last Rose of ShanghaiIn Japanese-occupied Shanghai, two people from different cultures are drawn together by fate and the freedom of music...Weina Dai Randel is the award-winning author of t…
 
Reverse-engineering his imagined past, Israeli author Yaniv Iczkovits follows his characters across the Pale of Settlement.The Slaughterman’s Daughter, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.With her reputation as a vilde chaya (wild animal), Fanny Keismann isn’t like the other women in her shtetl in the Pale of Settlement—certainly not her ob…
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joshua Cohen reimagines a meeting between two giants of 20th century Judaism as debate about the Jewish destiny.2021 National Jewish Book Award and 2022 Pulitzer Prize Winner, The Netanyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ulti­mate­ly Even Neg­li­gi­ble Episode in the His­to­ry of a Very Famous FamilyCorbin College, not qu…
 
Author Lori Banov Kaufmann transports us to an unlikely love story set against the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.National Jewish Book Award Winner, Rebel Daughter A young woman survives the unthinkable in this stunning and emotionally satisfying tale of family, love, and resilience, set against the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE.Lori grew up…
 
Author Jai Chakrabarti muses on the power of art, friendship, and love to bridge the human experience.A Play for the End of the World, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction.New York City, 1972. Jaryk Smith, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Lucy Gardner, a southerner, newly arrived in the city, are in the first bloom of love…
 
Author and philanthropist Mark Gerson uncovers surprising delights and insights from the deceptively familiar text.The Telling: How Judaism’s Essen­tial Book Reveals the Meaning of Life, finalist for the 2021 National Jewish Book Award for Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Mark Gerson is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, as well as the author…
 
Guidance and provocations for finding meaning in ‘unprecedented’ times.Torah in a Time of Plague: Historical and Contemporary Jewish Reflections, winner of the 2021 National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience.This collection of essays uses Torah – broadly understood to include any canonical Jewish text or tradition – to illum…
 
Studying Jewish tradition as an expression of the Jewish purpose.Rabbi Helen Plotkin is co-founder of the Beit Midrash at Swarthmore College, where she taught courses in Biblical Hebrew and classical Hebrew texts for 20 years. She is founder and director of Mekom Torah (pronounced McComb Toe-RAH), offering deep Jewish study opportunities for adults…
 
Major themes of Jewish life, reviewed, rethunk... remixed.Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. Professor Kwall earned her JD from the University of Pennsylvania and received her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Brown University. She also has a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies.K…
 
Dig into the Jew­ish lit­er­ary land­scape with the Jewish Book Council’s intriguing and rich annual literary journal.Becca Kantor is the editorial director of Jewish Book Council and its annual print literary journal, Paper Brigade. She received a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in creative writing from the University o…
 
Judaism's views on sex, sensuality, and intimacy within marriage.Noam is now emeritus at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem where since 1978 he has been a senior research fellow and educator. He earned a graduate degree in general philosophy at Columbia University and the Hebrew University, while studying Bible and Rabbinics at JTSA and the …
 
Civil litigation as a powerful tool against white supremacy.Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, the civil rights nonprofit that spearheaded the successful landmark lawsuit against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the Charlottesville violence. Amy has extensive experience in gove…
 
Advancing social justice through Torah.Rabbi Barry H. Block serves Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Houston native and graduate of Amherst College, Rabbi Block was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1991, and he received his DD, honoris causa, in 2016. A member of the CCAR Board of Trus…
 
Feminism, intertextuality and 3000 years of making sense of God.Rabbi Kari Tuling received rabbinic ordination in 2004 and earned her PhD in Jewish Thought in 2013, both from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. She has served congregations in Connecticut, Indiana, New York, and Ohio, and has taught Jewish Studies co…
 
Tension and compatibility in the long story of our Jewish and American identities.Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he directs the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob …
 
Controversy, confusion and confidence in God’s goodness, from antiquity to present.After being graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and Phi Beta Kappa, Rabbi Wayne Allen, Ph.D. attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he earned a Masters degree in Rabbinics and went on to receive rabbinic ordination. He serv…
 
Understanding bible translations as a key to Jewish history.Leonard J. Greenspoon holds the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University, where he is also Professor of Theology and of Classical & Near Eastern Studies. Greenspoon is the editor of the 32-volume (and counting) Studies in Jewish Civilization series…
 
Psychedelics as a key to exploring Jewish mystical experiences.Rabbi Zac Kamenetz is a community leader and aspiring psychedelic-assisted therapist based in Berkeley,CA. He holds an MA in Biblical literature and languages from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union and received rabbinic ordination in 2012. A sought-after educator and qualif…
 
Leading diverse progressive Judaism around the globe.Born in Buenos Aires in 1962, Rabbi Bergman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Pharmaceutics from the University of Buenos Aires, and three Master’s degrees: in Education from The Hebrew University, in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, …
 
The Jewish Labor Committee’s rescue of European Jews and labor leaders in World War II.Catherine Collomp is Emerita professor at Université de Paris (formerly Université Paris-Diderot), France. A specialist of American history, she has taught at Université Paris XII Créteil (1985-1998) and Université Paris-Diderot ( 1998- 2008) where she specialize…
 
The history of coercive persuasion, from Pavlov to social media.Dr. Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D attended Carleton College and then Stanford University, where he obtained a MA in Sociology and an MD degree. He obtained psychiatric training at MGH and was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1976-1985, when he moved to University of California, Sa…
 
A modern-day Yiddish folktale in an alternative Jewish world, with much to consider for our own.The Lost Shtetl, winner of The Jewish Book Council's Miller Fam­i­ly Book Club Award.A remarkable debut novel—written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart—about a small Jewish village in the Polish for…
 
The unique power of children's books in presenting diverse stories."Welcoming Elijah: A Passover Tale with a Tail," winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Children's Picture Book. Welcoming Elijah by celebrated author Lesléa Newman, unites a young boy and a stray kitten in a warm, lyrical story about Passover, family, and friendship.Lesléa (pr…
 
Reconstructing the tragic story of a medieval noblewoman who leaves her home and family for the love of a Jewish boy.The Convert, Finalist (Sephardic Culture), The National Jewish Book Award (2020)In this dazzling work of historical fiction, the Man Booker International–long-listed author of War and Turpentine reconstructs the tragic story of a med…
 
Remarkable stories of Jewish women through the objects of their lives.The Art of the Jew­ish Fam­i­ly: A His­to­ry of Women in Ear­ly New York in Five Objects (Bard Grad­u­ate Cen­ter), winner of The National Jewish Book Award in three dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories: the Ger­rard and Ella Berman Memo­r­i­al Award for His­to­ry, the Amer­i­can Jew­ish Stu…
 
Piecing together family secrets & stories of bravery in Nazi Germany."When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains," winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award in Autobiography and Memoir.In this remarkably moving memoir Ariana Neumann dives into the secrets of her father’s past: years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn B…
 
What can Hebrew's usage in Jewish summer camps teach us about the American Jewish experience?"Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps" Winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award in Education and Jewish IdentityEach summer, tens of thousands of American Jews attend residential camps, where they may see Hebrew signs…
 
Surprising statistics and lively analysis of the 2020 Pew Study results.Sarah Bunin Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles) and Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Linguisti…
 
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award, author Colum McCann discusses the power of storytelling as a bridge of humanity across seemingly intractable conflict.Colum McCann is the author of seven novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the Nation…
 
Meet one of the protagonists of Colum McCann’s NY Times best-selling non-fiction novel, "Apeirogon," who transformed his daughter’s tragic death into a quest for peace in Israel and Palestine.Rami Elhanan is a peace activist and 7th generation Jerusalemite on his mother's side. His father was an Auschwitz survivor. He is a Graphic designer and foug…
 
Unexpected dimensions of historical Jewish culture and civilization.Alison L. Joseph is Senior Editor of The Posen Library of Jewish Civilization and Culture. She brings her academic expertise in Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism to the management of the ancient volumes of The Posen Library. Drawing from years of university teaching, research and pu…
 
HUC-JIR alumnus Keith Thomas discusses his debut feature film—Hasidic horror flick, "The Vigil."Writer/Director Keith Thomas worked in clinical research at several western teaching hospitals before embarking on a career as a novelist and screenwriter. He has published The Clarity (2018) and Dahlia Black (2019), both with Simon & Schuster, and devel…
 
A deep dive into structural racism and inequality in South Africa and Brazil—with lessons for and from the United States.Ignacio Cano got his joint Ph.D. in sociology and social psychology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) in 1991. From 1991 to 1993 he worked with UNHCR, focussing on refugees and war-stricken populations in El Salvad…
 
Engaging community members, artists and youth to create civic beauty.Tamara Harkavy is the founder and former CEO and Artistic Director of ArtWorks where for 25 years she oversaw its growth from a small non-profit to Cincinnati’s largest public art program, creating a model for transforming people and places through investments in creativity. Under…
 
Reactivity to press & social media exacerbating and distorting Jewish community conflicts on campus.Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for 16 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive D…
 
The challenge of growth, spurred by what we’re missing.Author, Joseph A. Edelheit served as a rabbi in Reform synagogues for thirty years, earned a doctorate in Christian theology, and retired as an Emeritus Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies. He has served as a prison chaplain, on a Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, created a mult…
 
European and American Jews struggle to find their place as the 20th century matures.Todd M. Endelman is professor emeritus of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University. He is the author of many books, most recently, Leaving the Jewish Fold: Conversion …
 
Varieties of Jewish Culture at the Dawn of a New Millennium.Deborah Dash Moore is the Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. An American Jewish historian, her work focuses on urban Jews. She is the editor in chief of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. She also served as co-…
 
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