This Novem­ber brings us a glimpse into our musi­cal past. Thanks to Roger Ben­nett, Josh Kun, and Janet Macos­ka, we now have two new titles to enhance our image of Jews on the music scene. With Ben­nett and Kun’s And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl you’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to peruse album cov­ers of long ago and reac­quaint your­self with for­got­ten moments in Jew­ish Amer­i­can pop his­to­ry, includ­ing well-dressed can­tors singing Christ­mas tunes, Long Island sub­ur­ban­ites danc­ing the mam­bo, and Chas­sidic prog-rock­ers. With Macoska’s book of pho­tog­ra­phy Jews Rock!, you’ll have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to cel­e­brate the influ­ence of Jew­ish tal­ent in the world of rock and roll, includ­ing images of Bob Dylan, Gene Simons, Bil­ly Joel, Neil Dia­mond, and Bette Midler. 

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO 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.