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Jewish Book Council Staff Picks for July 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Permalink

Posted by Salma Falah





 This month, I am reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown. This book is about a young Jewish woman in 1935 and her relationship with her mother. It highlights strong women during harsh times. This book is very well written and very interesting. Even though I am only halfway through, I enjoy her detailed writing style. I recommend it to people who enjoy strong female leads.

I am also reading Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon. This book portrays strong women in the early twentieth century. I am only in beginning, but so far it is extremely well written.


 This month, I am reading Imagine That by Mark Fins. This is a memoir that takes place in Bayside, Queens in 1957. Since I grew up in Bayside in that time period, this book especially resonated with me. I enjoyed the main characters fertile imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light read.

I am also reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This book follows the lives of three different women in 1939. The writing is clear and concise, and it is an interesting read. I recommend it to people who like the time period of WWII.


This July I fell in love with Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear, a sylphic novel on the power and powerlessness of parents, children, writers, and their translators, set in contemporary Brazil. I read it one summery gulp.


The Big Lie is a YA look at the world if the Nazi's had won World War II, the focus of the book is on Jessika, who is an exemplary daughter of a high Nazi official. But she struggles with her limited world view when her best friend forces her to confront the world and the lies she has been told, as well as her confusion over her sexuality. The book is fast-paced, compelling, and forces the reader to confront the idea that the world they have always been taken as a given a lie.

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Paid Internship Opportunity

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 | Permalink

The Jewish Book Council seeks to hire an individual for a paid part-time internship, commencing January 7th. The intern will be required to be in the office on Wednesdays, Fridays, as well as one additional day during the week. Details can be found below. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with subject: RESUME, Internship by December 17th.


The intern will work with a small in-house staff. All members of the Jewish Book Council must:

  • Be able to work independently, multi-task, and communicate well in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment
  • Maintain flexibility working with a variety of programs in the ever-expanding JBC
  • Be organized and manage time efficiently on his/her own to meet deadlines
  • Have strong people, phone and writing skills, basic computer proficiency (Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher)
  • Be able to take initiative
  • Demonstrate professionalism, flexibility, good judgment, resourcefulness, and be a team player
  • Be able to exercise professional judgment to resolve moderately complex problems
  • Have a bright, positive attitude, and be interested in Jewish literature and the mission of the Jewish Book Council.

Specific duties

  • Administrative duties
  • Answer main JBC phone line
  • Research newly published books
  • Send for review copies of newly published books
  • Modify and manage lists in Excel
  • Send acknowledgments for magazine subscriptions and donations
  • Manage website content and online data entry (no prior experience necessary)
  • Contribute to JBC Twitter feed and blog
  • Write Jewish Book World BookNotes
  • Assist JBC staff with JBC programs

Some familiarity with wordpress and design programs preferred.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to with subject: RESUME, Internship by December 17th.

Internship Opportunity

Wednesday, May 09, 2012 | Permalink

Jewish Book Council is looking for a summer intern June-August 2012; dates and time are flexible (please include available dates/time along with resume). An ideal candidate will be a rising high school senior or college student interested in literature, journalism, publishing, social media, and expanding their network. Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Details can be found here.