Editor's Picks

2014 National Jewish Book Awards

The guidelines and submission form for the 2014 National Jewish Book Awards are now available. The deadline for submission is October 8, 2014.

Fiction: Summer Beach Reads

A list of wonderful reads for you to enjoy this summer!

Sometimes History Throws Me A Bone

Roberta Rich, the author The Harem Midwife, blogs for The Postscript on the the amazing (true!) stories that one can find in history...and her inspiration for her latest book.

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JBC Book Clubs

Barbie and Ruth

Pick of the Week Barbie and Ruth

Robin Gerber

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Current Review

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

The Golden Age Shtetl: A New History of Jewish Life in East Europe

by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Three recent books attempt to demythologize the nostalgia associ­ated with the shtetl. read more

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From the JBC Blog

A Book and Its Translators

by Arthur Allen
It was a freezing afternoon outside Warsaw in March 2012, and I was sitting in a cramped hut listening to the tinny sounds of an interview, conducted in Polish 33 years earlier and replayed on an ancient reel-to-reel recorder.

Jewish History and Jewish Memory

by Stephanie Feldman
On the first day of "The History of the Jews in Eastern Europe," my college professor explained the tension between our family stories—our oral history—and the recorded facts.