One Book, One Jewish Community

Mazel tov to Chef Michael Solomonov, winner of the

2017 James Beard Foundation Award as “Outstanding Chef”


How exciting that One Book, One Jewish Community’s year-long celebration of ZAHAV: A World of Israeli Cooking is coming to a close with such a wonderful honor for Chef Solomonov and incredible attention to the restaurant and Philadelphia!

This year has seen a feast of events connected to this out-of-the-box choice for OBOJC. Our partners have:

  • Worked with us to host Chef Solomonov and business partner Steven Cook at our kick-off event last December
  • Created a panel discussion with Chef Solomonov, fellow distinguished chef Joan Nathan and contemporary Jewish food blogger Molly Yeh at the National Museum of American Jewish History
  • Hosted Chef Solomonov at Friday night and Shabbat morning services
  • Created lunches and dinners with recipes from the Cookbook
  • Shown Chef Solomonov’s documentary about his search for “authentic Israeli cuisine”


We hope you were able to be part of some of these wonderful programs.

Our Implementation Team is already busy reading wonderful Jewish books in preparation for next year’s OBOJC book choice….stay tuned!

Photo: Michael Persico/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



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