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    Cool Jew 4th of July Giveaway

    "Are you a Jewish American or an American Jew, and why?"

    Once again, I am moved by the number and thoughtfulness of your answers! We have such a special community here of people interested in New Jewish culture. It leaves me verklempt. Take a minute to read through the answers if you can.

    The winner is:

    Aliza "La Jewminicana" Hausman said...

    What do you mean are you a Jewish American or an American Jew? Of course, I am both. My identities are not mutually exclusive. On Shabbat, I am always a Jew at rest. But when, like this year, the 4th of July falls on Shabbat, I don’t want kugel or gefilte fish. I demand already-been-barbecued-before-Shabbat hamburgers, fries and chicken wings. It is here in America with its astounding religious freedom that I can be both fully Jewish and fully American. I can be a child of immigrants, strolling towards my kosher stores on every corner listening to Michael Jackson classics from the IPod earbuds in my ear.

    Cool Jew 4th of July Giveaway
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    The Cool Jew 4th of July Gift Box contains:
    • Diversity t-shirt that says, "It takes all of us to make the land bloom," from Jean Roth of Rotem Gear
    • Alan Oirich's latest Jewish Hero Corps comic book
    • We Can Rise CD by Chana Rothman
    • Cool Jew book from Lisa Alcalay Klug
    • "No Limit Texas Dreidel" game invented by Jennie Rivlin Roberts and Webb Roberts
    • "Salud!" Dreidel Drinking Game from

    Comment below to enter!

    (Please make sure your email is available through your Blogger profile. If you are commenting anonymously, you must email us with your comment so that we know how to contact you if you win!

    Check back here or sign up for our Newsletter to be notified of the winner on July 3! (No purchase is required to enter. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.)

    For those of you who are curious as to how we pick the winners -- I (Jennie) use a random number generator and if it matches (a) a real attempt at an answer (which all of them usually are) and (b) I can contact the person (I will go searching for your contact on your blog, Twitter, website), then that is the winner. If either (a) or (b) isn't true, I generate another random number.

    Summer Reading 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.

    For some other great summer reading ideas, visit us here at Pop Judaica!

    Passover Give Away: Hip Hop Seder Box

    Lisa Alcalay Klug, the author of Cool Jew, and myself are offering one lucky winner the following fun Passover Seder accoutrements, all boxed and ready to give. To enter go to Cool Jew Book and type your email in the "Giveaway" box. You will be joining the Cool Jew Book email list. Enter between Thursday, March 26th to Monday, March 30th. Enter now.

    Hip Hop Seder Box

    • Cool Jew Book
    • Moses Action Figure
    • So Called Seder Hip Hop Hagaddah CD
    • Zelda's Marshmallow Chocolate Covered Frog
    For teens to the young at heart.

    Thank you for entering! The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 31 and will receive the Hip Hop Seder Box in time for the first night of Passover, April 8th.

    ** Update: Congratulations to Maya G. of LA - winner of the Hip Hop Seder Box. Buy it for $31.99 - we will ship it worldwide.