One Book, One Jewish Community

One Book, One Jewish Community (OBOJC) is the largest community-wide Jewish literacy program in the country. Each year, Jewish Learning Venture develops rich resource materials about the selected book and partners with synagogues and agencies that adopt OBOJC as a vehicle for discussing, studying, and celebrating the book and the values and issues raised in it.

The 2015-2016 OBOJC book, A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka by Lev Golinkin, has been highlighted by more than 40 program partners in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

2016-2017 Tenth Anniversary Year

We are so excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of One Book, One Jewish Community in Philadelphia. We are looking forward to this opportunity to re-visit the authors and books we’ve read over the last ten years, and to welcome a new author into our community to discuss his or her book.

The OBOJC Implementation Team is hard at work reading all kinds of wonderful books that, in many different ways, add to the already extensive library of contemporary Jewish writing. The books we’ve read for this project have varied dramatically – from works of historical fiction to accounts of contemporary accomplishments, books that take us to far-away places and works set in the United States, fiction and non-fiction, and works of great sadness as well as those that make us laugh. The only thing they have in common is the ability to engage our hearts and minds in a way that Jewish literature can do in such a special way.

Please follow this site to see information about the 2016-17 OBOJC book choice, Kick-off Event and all the other events that will occur over the course of the year that are connected to this project.


If so, show your support for the largest adult Jewish literacy program in North America by joining one of our new OBOJC Giving Circles. Thank you to those who have already joined our circles!

To become a One Book, One Jewish Community Program Partner, contact Kareen Hartwig, OBOJC Chair, or join our circle of Sustaining Partners:

Adath Israel Congregation
Beth Tikvah-B’nai Jeshurun
Congregation Beth Or
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Old York Road Temple Beth-Am
Shaare Shamayim
Temple Brith Achim
Temple Sinai

OBOJC Resource Guide (Updated 1/6/16)
This guide will be updated regularly throughout the book year. Please check back periodically for additional information.


Alyse Unterberger, OBOJC Staff

Kareen Hartwig, OBOJC Chair