Over the past sev­er­al years, the Jew­ish Book Coun­cil has received an influx of titles con­cern­ing the plight of Jews out­side the bound­aries of Europe. No longer are our shelves dom­i­nat­ed by the Euro­pean Jew­ish expe­ri­ence, as we see an increas­ing num­ber of books that con­vey sto­ries of the Jew­ish expe­ri­ence in Iran, Iraq, India, and Egypt, among oth­er places. As the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties of these regions shrink, it’s impor­tant that we encour­age the pub­li­ca­tion of these gems of his­to­ry that cap­ture the vibran­cy and unique qual­i­ties these cul­tures hold. With Win­ter at our door, what bet­ter time to stay inside and expand your under­stand­ing of the Jew­ish experience.

A few sug­ges­tions to you get you going…

My Father’s Par­adise: A Son’s Search for his Jew­ish Past in Kur­dish Iraq, Ariel Sabar

The Man in the White Shark­skin Suit: My Family’s Exo­dus from Old Cairo to the New World, Lucette Lagna­do

The Sep­tem­bers of Shi­raz, Dalia Sofer

The Last Jews of Ker­ala: The Two Thou­sand Year His­to­ry of India’s For­got­ten Jew­ish Com­mu­ni­ty, Edna Fer­nan­des

Dropped From Heav­en, Sophie Judah

The Girl from For­eign: A Search for Ship­wrecked Ances­tors, For­got­ten His­to­ries, and a Sense of Home, Sadia Shep­ard

Farewell, Baby­lon: Com­ing of Age in Jew­ish Bagh­dad, Naim Kattan

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Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the exec­u­tive direc­tor 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.