One Book, One Jewish Community

Jewish Learning Venture is pleased to announce that One Book One Jewish Community will celebrate its 10th anniversary with


ZAHAV:  A World of Israeli Cooking

by Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook

One Book, One Jewish Community (OBOJC) is the largest community-wide Jewish literacy program in the country. Together with our partners, Jewish Learning Venture will be developing rich resource materials about the ZAHAV cookbook and, along with our partner synagogues and agencies, we will be discussing, studying, and celebrating the book and the values and issues raised in it with the community.

The choice of ZAHAV was definitely one that required a great deal of conversation and consideration – it is clearly not a traditional choice for OBOJC. But for this, our 10th Anniversary year, the Implementation Team was looking for a book that was going to encourage a celebratory and uplifting experience. We read many wonderful Jewish books – and will recommend many of them to you for your personal reading list – but, in the end, we chose something that will bring a smile to your lips, joy to your spirit and – in typical Jewish fashion – satisfaction to the stomach and, therefore, to the heart!


Photo: Michael Persico/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Food has always been one of the important links for bringing the Jewish community together.  In Talmud we read “there can be no joy without food and drink” and from our experience we know that food has helped define Jews as a people – from the traditional laws of kashrut to foods that are identified with various Jewish holidays, Jewish communities, and individual Jewish families. Zahav is the 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best International Cookbook” and “Book of the Year.”

We are salivating at the prospect of the kinds of programs this out-of-the-box choice is inspiring! Here are some of the opportunities we’re considering:

  • A Kickoff discussion and Q&A with the authors
  • Panel discussions with other Jewish cookbook authors
  • Jewish food film events
  • Hummus tastings
  • …and many other tasty events!

Check this page frequently over the next year for information on the events as they are publicized. Be sure to follow Jewish Learning Venture on Facebook and Twitter for updates about OBOJC.


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
This guide will be available shortly and will be updated regularly throughout the book year. Please check back periodically for additional information.

Alyse Unterberger, OBOJC Staff

Kareen Hartwig, OBOJC Chair