Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

This spring, join Jewish Book Council for the third season of an exciting event series featuring incredible authors in a beautiful venue.

Hosted at the Jewish Museum in New York City (1109 5th Avenue), Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation brings together some of the finest writers of the day for conversations around contemporary Jewish life and identity. The first two conversations of the season are moderated by Bari Weiss, associate books editor at The Wall Street Journal, with the third moderated by Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, CA. Each program in the series is FREE and includes wine and refreshments, a book sale and signing, and the opportunity to visit the Jewish Museum galleries on the day of the program; however, space is limited and guests must register in advance.**

More information about each conversation can be found by clicking the links below:

The Jewish Museum galleries will be open for Unpacking attendees from 6:00 – 7:00PM and guided tours of each featured exhibition (listed below) will be offered from 6:15 – 6:45PM. The conversation with the authors will begin at 7:00PM and will be followed by a reception, book sale, and signing.

Israel: A Tale of Love and Darkness? - February 28, 2017 | 6:00-8:30PM
Nir Baram | Daniel Gordis | Moderator: Bari Weiss
Sponsored by The Paul E. Singer Foundation ​ ​
Featured exhibition: Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

Good Girls and Nasty Women: Gender in American Jewish History - March 28, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:30PM
Bonnie S. Anderson | Lynn Povich | Rebecca Traister | Moderator: Bari Weiss
Sponsored by Jewish Women's Archive
Featured exhibition: The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalists in Conversation - May 3, 2017 | 6:00-8:30PM
Moderator: Rabbi David Wolpe
Featured exhibition: The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

A special thank you to the following sponsors for their support:

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**RSVP required to gain entry. Early arrival is suggested as space is limited. Entry is not guaranteed.


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2017 Unpacking the Book Events

Israel: A Tale of Love and Darkness?

February 28, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:30PM

Sponsored by The Paul E. Singer Foundation ​

The Jewish return to political power is a modern miracle. But with great power comes great responsibility. Has Israel lived up to its promise? And what comes next for the Jewish state, as it navigates a deeply unstable region and a new American president? Join Daniel Gordis and Nir Baram, two celebrated authors writing from Israel, for a provocative conversation.​ Copies of Gordis's new history of Israel will be distributed at the event as a part of The Israel Bookshelf. Copies of Baram's title will be available for sale, a month before the official publication date.

Nir Baram was born into a political family in Jerusalem in 1976. His grandfather and father were both Israeli Labor Party ministers. He has worked as a journalist and editor, and began publishing fiction 22 years old. Between 1998 and 2006 Nir published three novels in Hebrew; his November 2016 novel Good People was the first to be released in English, and his forthcoming memoir A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank publishes internationally April 2017.

Daniel Gordis is senior vice president and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, Israel’s first liberal arts college, and former vice president of the Mandel Foundation. He writes regular columns for The Jerusalem Post and Bloomberg View. Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn is his eleventh book to publish in English.

Good Girls and Nasty Women: Gender in American Jewish History

March 28, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:30PM

Sponsored by Jewish Women's Archive

Disappointed Amazon's Good Girls Revolt was cancelled after the first season? Hear from award-winning journalist Lynn Povich, the author of the memoir upon which the show was based, in conversation with Ernestine Rose biographer and women's historian Bonnie S. Anderson and Rebecca Traister, journalist and author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Discover the Jewish women behind history's great revolutions and contemporary movements, from the activists of America's Antebellum to the women's liberation stirrings of the midcentury to today's "nasty" women.

Bonnie S. Anderson taught history and women's studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for over thirty years. A pioneer in the field of women's history, Anderson lectures throughout Europe and the United States on women’s movements, international feminism, the history of sexuality, and women’s issues today. The Rabbi's Atheist Daughter: Ernestine Rose, International Feminist Pioneer is her fourth book.

Lynn Povich is an award-winning journalist who began her career at Newsweek as a secretary. In 1975 she became the first woman senior editor in the magazine’s history. Since leaving Newsweek in 1991, Povich has been editor-in-chief of Working Woman, managing editor and senior executive producer for MSNBC.com, and a consultant to The New York Times Foundation. A native of Washington, DC, Povich now lives in New York.

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York Magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The Nation, The New York Observer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. Traister's first book, Big Girls Don't Cry, about women and the 2008 election, was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010 and the winner of the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize. She lives in New York with her family.


2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalists

May 3 2017 | 6:00 – 8:30PM

Join Rabbi David Wolpe for a discussion with the emerging authors nominated for the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature in Fiction. This year's finalists will be announced in late February, but sign up now to secure your admission to the debut Jewish literary event of the season!

Check out more of Jewish Book Council's upcoming events!
Questions? Contact events@jewishbooks.org.

Interested in previous events in the Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation series? Find information and resources from Season 1, Season 2, and the 2016 scholarship edition.