500 Years in the Making: People of the Book by Akiva Aaronson

500 Years in the Making: People of the Book by Akiva Aaronson

The invention of the printing press created a revolution for Jews everywhere. Who could imagine at that time the extraordinary benefits that printing would bring to world Jewry? “People of the Book” vividly describes the invention itself, and then takes us through five hundred years of Hebrew printing, from the earliest products of fifteenth-century printers to those of modern times. Author and teacher Akiva Aaronson introduces us to the first…

Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon

Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon

This novel, which is based on the lives of relatives of the author, tells the story of four generations of the Kohler family, follow­ing their lives in Germany, England, Israel, and the U.S.—before, during, and after the Nazi destruction. Klare Kohler is a strong, passion­ate, and capable woman married to Jacob, a difficult man who suffers from the aftereffects of mustard gas poisoning in World War I. Klare’s long life…

Exodus: A Memoir by Deborah Feldman

Exodus: A Memoir by Deborah Feldman

In 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Deborah Feldman walked away from the rampant oppression, abuse, and isolation of her Satmar upbringing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to forge a better life for herself and her young son. Since leaving, Feldman has navigated remarkable experiences: raising her son in the “real” world, finding solace and solitude in a writing career, and searching for love. Culminating in an unforgettable trip across Europe to…

Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr

Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr

Now in paperback Fugitive Colors is a historical novel inspired by what the Nazis called Entartete Kunst, or degenerate art, the term they used to describe art they had deemed to be not a true reflection of the cultural heritage of Germany. In the early half of the twentieth century, art and literature were subject to new ideas, interpretations, and expression in the uses of shape, form, color, and words.…

A Town of Empty Rooms by Karen E. Bender

A Town of Empty Rooms by Karen E. Bender

Author Karen Bender weaves a number of provocative themes into this emotional and timely story set in a small community in North Carolina. Dan and Serena, newly relocated from New York City to a small southern town, face a daunting transition. Moving from the city in shame, with a lot of literal and figurative baggage, two small children, and one new job, they must find their way as Jews, whether…

I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits

What is life really like as a Satmar? I Am Forbidden opens the window and then pushes the reader right through the door of the insular Williamsburg, Brooklyn religious community. Anouk Markovits, raised in the Satmar sect, creates a gripping novel as she explores that world. The everyday demands, obligations, rules, and secrets are imparted from within a world not usually permeated by outsiders. The characters move through seventy years…

The Passover Story With Zombies: For Children Who Love Zombies by Rachel Mintz and David Levin

The Passover Story With Zombies: For Children Who Love Zombies by Rachel Mintz and David Levin

For 7-13 years old children who love Zombies, and are bored from cutie tales! When there are Zombies in the plot, it’s just gets better! 20 Chapters on the Jewish people who were slaves in Egypt, and saved by God and Moses from Pharaoh and his Zombies. Pharaoh and Zombies are the “bad guys” refusing to let the Children of Israel go. With the Ten Commandments, and Zombie crafted illustrations…

Saul Bellow: There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction

Saul Bellow: There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction

Editor: Benjamin Taylor The year 2015 marks several literary milestones: the centennial of Saul Bellow’s birth, the tenth anniversary of his death, and the publication of Zachary Leader’s much anticipated biography. Bellow, a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize winner, and the only novelist to receive three National Book awards, has long been regarded as one of America’s most cherished authors. Here, Benjamin Taylor, editor of Saul Bellow: Letters, presents lesser-known aspects…

Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell

Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln’s death, the full story of his extraordinary relationship with Jews is told here for the first time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History provides readers both with a captivating narrative of his interactions with Jews, and with the opportunity to immerse themselves in rare manuscripts and images, many from the Shapell Lincoln Collection, that show Lincoln in a way he has never…

A Cultural History of Aramaic by Holger Gzella

A Cultural History of Aramaic by Holger Gzella

From the Beginnings to the Advent of Islam Aramaic is a constant thread running through the various civilizations of the Near East, ancient and modern, from 1000 BCE to the present, and has been the language of small principalities, world empires, and a fair share of the Jewish-Christian tradition. Holger Gzella describes its cultural and linguistic history as a continuous evolution from its beginnings to the advent of Islam. For…