One Book, One Jewish Community is the largest community-wide Jewish literacy program in the country. Each year, the Implementation Team carefully selects a book to share across the Greater Philadelphia community. The year-long programming connected to the annual book selection gives thousands of individuals varied opportunities to learn about new Jewish authors; explore Jewish culture; and share the joy of reading with others in our community.
There are many variables that go into the choice of the One Book, One Jewish Community selection. The Implementation Team looks for a book that is enjoyable and accessible and offers an insight into one or more Jewish values or concepts or a particular Jewish cultural world. To that end, we have, in the past, read books about the Jews of Iraqi Kurdistan (My Father’s Paradise); Israel (The Wanting); Yemen (Henna House) and the Soviet Union (A Backpack, A Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka). To learn about Jews of other times in history we have read about the Spanish Inquisition (By Fire, By Water); Jews in the American Civil War (All Other Nights) and the Holocaust (The List). We immersed ourselves in the cuisine of Israel with last Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking and then, last year, we explored the complicated ethical questions surrounding the questionable values of a musician relative to our ability to enjoy the music in And After the Fire.
Our 2018-2019 selection will be announced soon. In the meantime, we invite you to learn about our past selections.
To learn more, contact Alyse Unterberger, Director of Special Initiatives.