Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Did you know that we’re less than a month away from revealing the 2011 National Jewish Book Award winners and finalists? The winners have been rolling in over the past two weeks and we’re excited to share the news with you at the beginning of 2012! Be sure to check back in January for the announcement. And remember…books make the perfect Chanukah gift. Browse our site for ideas and check out these new ones from the shelf:
The Association of Jewish Libraries Guide to Yiddish Short Stories, Bennett Muraskin (October 2011, Ben Yehuda Press)
You may already know about Sholem Aleichem, but have you heard of Moyshe Kulbak? No? Read up then! This collection provides an annotated summary of more than 130 stories and includes biographical sketches of each of the 43 authors whose works are listed in this volume.
Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century, Allison Schachter (November 2011, Oxord University Press)
Schachter’s discussion includes S. Y. Abramovitsh, Yosef Chaim Brenner, Dovid Bergelson, Leah Goldberg, Gabreil Preil, and Kadia Molodowsky.
Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning, Goldie Milgram and Ellen Frankel, eds. (November 2011, Reclaiming Judaism Press)
As a companion to Mitzvah Stories, Reclaiming Judaism Press has produced Mitzvah Cards. The deck includes 52 cards and one is supposed to draw one weekly for reflection, study, and practice.
Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients ‑Extraordinary Meals, Leah Schapira (November 2011, Mesorah Publications)
View sample pages from this beautiful new cookbook here.
Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policymaking in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Orthodox Responsa, David Ellenson and David Gordis (January 2012, Stanford University Press)
What do you get when two National Jewish Book Award Winners get together to write a book…
Hope: A Tragedy: A Novel , Shalom Auslander (January 2012, Riverhead)
We can never get enough Shalom…read a review of his memoir, Foreskin’s Lament, here.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.