Pho­to by Sinziana Susa on Unsplash

Com­piled by edu­ca­tor and author Liz Klein­rock and author Car­o­line Kusin Pritchard, What Jew­ish Looks Like is a pow­er­ful inter­sec­tion­al anthol­o­gy that cel­e­brates thir­ty-six Jew­ish heroes — from Tracee Ellis Ross, to Ezra Frech, to Doña Gra­cia Nasi. A first-ever col­lec­tion that dis­rupts the nar­ra­tive of how a Jew­ish per­son is per­ceived, What Jew­ish Looks Like includes acces­si­ble primers on impor­tant Jew­ish his­to­ry, a map, quotes, and much more! This anthol­o­gy is com­ing out from Harper­Collins on Sep­tem­ber 242024.

Too many Jews have been told some ver­sion of the same thing: You don’t look Jew­ish!” It begs the ques­tion, what does Jew­ish look like?” Well, there are over fif­teen mil­lion Jews in the world, which means there are more than fif­teen mil­lion ways to look and be Jew­ish. It can look like set­ting out meno­rahs on trib­al land, adding kim­chi to the seder plate, orga­niz­ing for change, and liv­ing out loud.

Shin­ing a light on Par­a­lympians and chefs, anthro­pol­o­gists and activists, dancers and dream­ers, the indi­vid­u­als in these pages rep­re­sent a range of iden­ti­ties. But they are thread­ed togeth­er by one unmis­tak­able truth: their lives, work, and com­mit­ment to Jew­ish val­ues have changed our world for the bet­ter. These bold pro­files and inspir­ing every­day sto­ries come togeth­er to cre­ate a tapes­try that beau­ti­ful­ly reflects the mul­ti­fac­eted essence of the Jew­ish people.

Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s cov­er reveal this week marks the book’s avail­abil­i­ty for pre­order­ing from retail­ers before its pub­li­ca­tion in Sep­tem­ber 2024. For more infor­ma­tion and pur­chase options. Pre­order your copy today!

Liz Klein­rock is an author, antib­ias antiracist edu­ca­tor and con­sul­tant. She is the author of Start Here, Start Now and Come and Join Us! and the coau­thor of Joan­na Ho’s Eyes that Weave the World’s Won­ders. She resides in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. with her part­ner and two bun­nies, and advo­cates for a more equi­table world through her work with Teach and Transform.

Car­o­line Kusin Pritchard is an author of children’s books. Some of her books include Git­ty and Kvetch (a Tablet Mag­a­zine Best Jew­ish Pic­ture Book of 2021), Where is Pop­py? and more! Car­o­line lives in North­ern Vir­ginia with her hus­band, four kid­dos and their 120-lb dog, Misha.

Iris Got­tlieb is an illus­tra­tor and author who works to make infor­ma­tion more acces­si­ble through their con­tent. They have illus­trat­ed for the New York TimesSmith­son­ian mag­a­zine, NPR, and Good Com­pa­ny, among oth­ers. They have also worked with large com­pa­nies such as MTV and Google and have col­lab­o­rat­ed with muse­ums around the coun­try. Iris’s pre­vi­ous books include See­ing Sci­enceSee­ing Gen­derNat­ur­al Attrac­tion, and Every­thing Is Tem­po­rary and you can find them at iris​got​tlieb​.com.