Friday, July 15, 2016

Jewish Book Carnival for July 2016

I'm pleased to be hosting the July 2016 Jewish Book Carnival. The carnival, which appears on the 15th of every month, brings together an assortment of information on Jewish themes. 

Here are this month's selections:

On The Book of Life podcast, Heidi Rabinowitz talks with Sara Ivry, host of the Vox Tablet podcast from Tablet Magazine.

In June, Jill at Rhapsody in Books reviewed Rhapsody in Schmaltz by Michael Wex. This book is a delightful and learned mishmosh of history, jokes, folklore, religious instruction, and recipes related to the food of Ashkenazi Jews.

The Association of Jewish Libraries held its 51st annual conference in June in Charleston, SC. See photos from the event here or search Facebook for the hashtag #ajlcon16. You can also listen to the AJL READS book discussion of Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey.
Over on the Fig Tree Books blog, a series of appreciations for books that have won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award continues with a look back on Johanna Kaplan's O My America!.

Be the first to discover the newest titles with the Summer 2016 JBC Bookshelf, Jewish Book Council's seasonal list of books to look out for in the months to come. And if you have a book of your own, don't forget to review the guidelines for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards, now accepting submissions!

On her My Machberet blog, Erika Dreifus spotlights Rabbi David Wolpe's column taking to task those who would boycott Israeli authors.

On my own website, I recently interviewed author and scholar Beth Kissileff about her new novel, Questioning Return, which focuses on an American graduate student living in Israel.

On the Shiloh Musings blog, there’s a review of The Bridge Builder by Zev Chafets, which looks at the life of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

"Booksandblintzes" celebrates Jewish learning and living through the creative arts. With particular focus on literature and kosher cooking, "booksandblintzes" highlights the diversity and vitality of the international Jewish community.

Many thanks to everyone who participated!


  1. Lovely, thanks for including my book review.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting the Carnival this month, Deborah!