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Summer Reading Giveaway!


Categories: Books, Giveaway is celebrating summer with a Summer Reading Giveaway - a prize packaged valued at over $100.00 which includes the following books and a Schlep tote bag to schlep them around in!

To enter to win, tell us your favorite Jewish author or Jewish themed book. Leave your answer in the comments section below by Midnight PT Thursday, June 25th. Be sure to also leave your email or twitter handle so we can contact you if you are the winner! Note: This contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Be sure to follow us on twitter - we'll be tweeting out the winner!

Cool Jew by Lisa Alcalay Klug. Cool Jew is a must read for every member of the Tribe! The book covers everything Hebraic from womb to tomb, finally putting an end to Christmas tree envy. Short essays, lists, instructional guides, photographs, and original illustrations celebrate Jewish cultural pride with love, enthusiasm, and irreverence.

Bar Mitzvah Disco Remember the year when you turned Lucky 13? The authors of Bar Mitzvah Disco take you on a journey to a parallel universe, where tall girls slow-danced with short boys at arm’s length, suburban break-dance pioneers vied with Lionel Richie fanatics for dance-floor space, and Aunt Edna came ready to mount an assault on the dessert buffet.

Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat by Meredith Jacobs.

Written in conversational style from one modern Jewish mom to another, the MJM's Guide is funny and warm, brightly colored and easy to read book, filled with delicious, easy recipes and family art projects, suggested family discussion topics. No matter your level of religious observance, this book appeals to all.

Yom Kippur A Go-Go by Matthue Roth. Yom Kippur A Go-Go is a mind-blowing meeting of pop culture, Orthodox faith, and hipster poetics. With humor and insight, Roth describes the tension between contemporary life and the demands of his Orthodox faith.

My Jesus Year by Benyamin Cohen. Raised as an Orthodox Jew and the son of a rabbi, Benyamin Cohen grew up fascinated by the church across the street from his childhood home. Struck by a crisis of faith, and not long after marrying the converted daughter of a Baptist minister, he decided to see if Jesus could lead him back to Judaism by embarking on an Oz-like journey on which he visited a myriad of denominational churches. In the end, Cohen found that his yarmulke had similar powers as Dorothy's red shoes.

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By The Chosen Blog on June 29, 2009

Favorite Jewish writer – J.D. Salinger

favorite Jewish-themed book – Turbulent Souls by Stephen J. Dubner

That book really touched me…not just as a Jew, but I minored in Religious Studies in college.


By Michele on June 26, 2009



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By The Chosen Blog on June 26, 2009

favorite Jewish author, most definetly Chaim Potok. yes, i’m a Jewdork, get over it. :p and i love Rashi’s Daughters.

By zionistblue on June 25, 2009

I would say Judy Blume for sure. I still remember so many wonderful lessons gained from “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.”

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By Kathryn on June 25, 2009

Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent is certainly beautiful. But i think i like David Chotjewitz’s Daniel Half Human just a tad more.
It definitely gave me a different perspective on that era. read it in high school and i liked it because it was a wide range of people’s struggles growing up in the nazi’s increasing power.

I also enjoyed A Thread of Grace. I is another perspective you don’t hear much

By Mayra on June 26, 2009

turbulent souls by stephen dubner!

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By jess roxx on June 25, 2009

yentl’s revenge, definitely!

By Anonymous on June 25, 2009

Favorite author? Dara Horn!

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By Heather on June 25, 2009

Dara Horn is just phenomenal. Every new book results in me driving like a madman to my local Barnes & Noble, making myself a cup of tea and curling up on the couch for hours. She’s like the Jewish Harry Potter for me. I go into such a frenzy.


By alex on June 25, 2009

I know a few people have already claimed Anita Diamant, but I’m going to do it too. Her book, Choosing a Jewish Life: A Handbook for People Converting to Judaism and for Their Family and Friends, has been the single most useful tool to give to friends and family members who don’t understand my own conversion. Seriously good read.

By Jamie on June 24, 2009

choosing one is tough but i think i have to go back to my all-time favorites All of A Kind Family by Sydney Taylor.

I can’t pick just one!!!!! @imabima

By Phyllis Sommer on June 24, 2009

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