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Panorama
A Novel
Written by H. G. Adler
Afterword by Peter Demetz
Translated by Peter Filkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8060-8 (0-8129-8060-3)

Only recently available for the first time in English, Panorama is the newly rediscovered first novel of H. G. Adler, a modernist master whose work has been compared to that of Kafka, Joyce, and Solzhenitsyn. A brilliant epic told in ten distinct vignettes, Panorama is a portrait of a place and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: December 17, 2013
Price: $95.00
ISBN: 978-1-78168-115-2 (1-78168-115-5)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Reflections On Anti-Semitism

Written by Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segre


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 6, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-877-8 (1-84467-877-6)

Since the inception of the ‘War on Terror’, Israel has become increasingly important to Western imperial strategy and ever more aggressive in its policies towards the Palestinians. A key ideological weapon in this development is the cynical and unjustified accusation of ‘anti-Semitism’ to silence protest and dissent.

For historical reasons, this tactic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Hours of Devotion
Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women
Written by Dinah Berland


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 28, 2007
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4245-4 (0-8052-4245-7)

Written in the nineteenth century, rediscovered in the twenty-first, timeless in its wisdom and beauty, Hours of Devotion by Fanny Neuda, (the daughter of a Moravian rabbi), was the first full-length book of Jewish prayers written by a woman for women. In her moving introduction to this volume—the first edition of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Cultures of the Jews
A New History
Written by David Biale


Format: Hardcover, 1232 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4131-0 (0-8052-4131-0)

Who are "The Jews"? Scattered over much of the world throughout most of their three-thousand-year history, are they one people or many? How do they resemble and how do they differ from Jews in other places and times? What have their relationships been to other cultures of their neighbors?

To address these... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
A Novel
Written by Shani Boianjiu


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Hogarth
On Sale: June 25, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95597-5 (0-307-95597-4)

A 2013 Sami Rohr Prize Finalist

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Bronfman Haggadah

Written by Edgar M. Bronfman
Illustrated by Jan Aronson


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 12, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3968-1 (0-8478-3968-0)

An illustrated contemporary Haggadah for the Passover Seder, as interpreted by the world-renowned philanthropist and Jewish leader Edgar M. Bronfman. Edgar Bronfman’s text continues the traditional commandment to retell the Exodus story of slavery and freedom for future generations. The Haggadah teaches people about Judaism with a fresh perspective while helping... Read more >

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The Gifts of the Jews
How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels
Written by Thomas Cahill


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48249-3 (0-385-48249-3)

In his concise, readable treatise on the Jews and their enormous impact on history and civilization, Cahill recreates the philosophical and religious matrix of the ancient world and shows how the ancient Jews burst upon the stage with a completely new view. He explains the historical importance of key Biblical figures... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Russ & Daughters
Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built
Written by Mark Russ Federman
Foreword by Calvin Trillin


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4294-2 (0-8052-4294-5)

The former owner/proprietor of the beloved appetizing store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side tells the delightful, mouthwatering story of an immigrant family’s journey from a pushcart in 1907 to “New York’s most hallowed shrine to the miracle of caviar, smoked salmon, ethereal herring, and silken chopped liver” (The New York Times... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Kosher Nation
Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority
Written by Sue Fishkoff


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4265-2 (0-8052-4265-1)

Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillions-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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After Long Silence

Written by Helen Fremont


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: January 11, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33370-2 (0-385-33370-6)

Driven to uncover their roots, Fremont and her sister pieced together an astonishing story: of Siberian Gulags and Italian royalty, of concentration camps and buried lives. After Long Silence is about the devastating price of hiding the truth; about families; and about lies people use, foolish or wise, to protect themselves... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Home to Stay
One American Family's Chronicle of Miracles and Struggles in Contemporary Israel
Written by Daniel Gordis


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 28, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4959-2 (1-4000-4959-8)

In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved to Israel from Los Angeles. They planned to be there for a year, during which time Daniel would be a Fellow at the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem. This was a euphoric time in Israel. The economy was booming, and peace... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Alchemy of Air
A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
Written by Thomas Hager


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35179-1 (0-307-35179-3)

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Journey from the Land of No
A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Written by Roya Hakakian


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 28, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81030-9 (0-609-81030-8)

"Journey From the Land of No is an immensely moving, extraordinarily eloquent, and passionate memoir. Its author begins what one may prophesy as a major literary career."
—Harold Bloom

This is an elegantly written memoir of a young Iranian-American poet and journalist about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Roya Hakakian was raised... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One People, Two Worlds
A Reform Rabbi and an Orthodox Rabbi Explore the Issues That Divide Them
Written by Ammiel Hirsch and Yaakov Yosef Reinman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: August 26, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1140-5 (0-8052-1140-3)

After being introduced by a mutual friend in the winter of 2000, Reform Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch and Orthodox Rabbi Yosef Reinman embarked on an unprecedented eighteen-month e-mail correspondence on the fundamental principles of Jewish faith and practice. What resulted is this book: an honest, intelligent, no-holds-barred discussion of virtually every “hot... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Kabbalah Reader
A Sourcebook of Visionary Judaism
Written by Edward Hoffman
Foreword by Arthur Kurzweil


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: April 13, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-656-7 (1-59030-656-2)

This comprehensive and accessible entrée into the world of Kabbalah covers 1,600 years of Jewish mystical thought, and features a variety of thinkers–from the renowned to the obscure–unavailable in any other volume. It’s a fresh and contemporary take on an ancient tradition compiled by a clinical psychologist who is also a... Read more >

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Prison Baby
A Memoir
Written by Deborah Jiang Stein


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-9810-3 (0-8070-9810-8)

Prison Baby is a revised and substantially expanded version of Deborah Jiang Stein’s self-published memoir, Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus. Even at twelve years old, Deborah, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her mixed Asian features set her apart from her white, well-intentioned parents who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Keep Your Wives Away from Them
Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires
Edited by Miryam Kabakov


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-879-0 (1-55643-879-6)

Reconciling queerness with religion has always been an enormous challenge. When the religion is Orthodox Judaism, the task is even more daunting. This anthology takes on that challenge by giving voice to genderqueer Jewish women who were once silenced–and effectively rendered invisible–by their faith. Keep Your Wives Away from Them tells... Read more >

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Being Both
Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Written by Susan Katz Miller


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1319-9 (0-8070-1319-6)

Susan Katz Miller grew up with a Jewish father and Christian mother, and was raised Jewish. Now in an interfaith marriage herself, she is one of the growing number of Americans who are boldly electing to raise children with both faiths, rather than in one religion or the other (or without... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Liberator
One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
Written by Alex Kershaw


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: October 30, 2012
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88799-3 (0-307-88799-5)

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of... Read more >

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The Pope and Mussolini
The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe
Written by David I. Kertzer


Format: Hardcover, 592 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9346-2 (0-8129-9346-2)

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the compelling story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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A Fine Romance
Jewish Songwriters, American Songs
Written by David Lehman


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4250-8 (0-8052-4250-3)

In A Fine Romance, David Lehman looks at the formation of the American songbook—the timeless numbers that became jazz standards, iconic love songs, and sound tracks to famous movies—and explores the extraordinary fact that this songbook was written almost exclusively by Jews.

An acclaimed poet, editor, and cultural critic, David Lehman hears... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jews in Britain

Written by Michael Leventhal


Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1230-2 (0-7478-1230-6)

The Jewish community is the oldest ethnic minority in the country. This book tells the epic story of Jews in Britain over a thousand years. Many came as wealthy traders - others as desperate refugees. Sometimes they were feared and had to lead secret lives. At other times they stood shoulder... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Bintel Brief
Sixty Years of
Written by Isaac Metzker


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: April 21, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0980-8 (0-8052-0980-8)

For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward's legendary advice column "A Bintel Brief" ("a bundle of letters") dispensed shrewd, practical, and fair-minded advice to its readers. The column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support regarding everything from family squabbles to heart wrenching spiritual dilemmas to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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