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This page, a service of the Temple Beth El, Aptos library, highlights 
upcoming Jewish book events and provides links for further exploration.  

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Upcoming Events

Please note: The following events are, as best we can determine, free of charge unless otherwise noted. 
We recommend that you check times for your region and register in advance when possible.


FREE AS A JEW: PROF. RUTH R. WISSE IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. YOEL FINKELMAN – In her new book, Free as a Jew: A Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, Harvard professor emerita Ruth R. Wisse reflects on her experience fleeing the Holocaust as a child, living through the birth of the State of Israel, and teaching Yiddish literature and Comparative Literature at Harvard University for more than 20 years.  10 am PDT (8 pm Israel)


The Lost Shtetl with author Max Gross – Hadassah/CBI Book Group – 7:30 am PDT (10:30 am ET) 099917

WHEN WE LET GO with author ROCHELLE B. WEINSTEIN – moving novel of family and forgiveness and of hope and healing. 12 pm PDT




ORTHODOX, FEMALE, POET: THE LITVISH LIFE OF HADASAH HIRSHOVITZ LEVIN, 1912-1946 – Hadasah Hirshovitz Levin was a rare example of an Orthodox Jewish poet who came of age during the interwar period, a culturally turbulent time in Lithuanian Jewish history.  10 am PDT (1 pm EDT)


ONE HUNDRED SATURDAYS: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World with Michael Frank – award-winning book brings to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes and recalls its ultimate fate, Auschwitz.  12 pm PDT


Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime and Other Dark Deeds is a new collection of short stories by Jewish and non-Jewish writers, including numerous award-winning authors, exploring the light and dark sides of religion and culture, examining such issues as the enduring legacy of negative stereotypes amid rising anti-Semitism, prejudice, assimilation, and questions of regional, national, and ethnic identity. 3:30 pm PDT (6:30 ET)


SERENADE: A BALANCHINE STORY BY TONI BENTLEYAt age seventeen, Toni Bentley was chosen by Balanchine, then in his final years, to join the New York City Ballet. From both backstage and onstage, Bentley's new book Serenade: A Balanchine Story carries us through the serendipitous history and physical intricacies and demands of Serenade –  10 am PDT (1 pm EDT)

Looking for an Enemy: 8 Essays on Antisemitism with contributors Jill Jacobs, Natasha Lehrer, and Jo Granville From medieval accusations that Jews murder Christians for their blood to the modern-day conspiracy theories animating present-day political discourse, it’s clear that the belief that Jews are plotting against society never dies—it just adapts to suit the times. – 12 pm PDT


THE DANCER AND THE HOLOCAUST: A BIOGRAPHY OF POLA NIREŃSKA – In her book Tancerka i Zagłada (The Dancer and the Holocaust), Weronika Kostyrko uncovers the story of dancer Pola Nireńska (1910-1992) whose career was repeatedly interrupted by antisemitism and fascism. 10 am PDT (1 pm EDT)


Kosher­soul: author Michael W. Twit­ty in conversation with Adeena Sussman – 12:30–1:30pm

"The House of Memory: Jewish Stories from Jewish Women of Latin America," with Marjorie Agosin  4 PM PDT (7pm EDT)


HIDDEN HERETICS: JEWISH DOUBT IN THE DIGITAL AGE BY AYALA FADER – tells the fascinating, often heart-wrenching stories of married ultra-Orthodox Jewish men and women in twenty-first-century New York who lead “double lives” in order to protect those they love. 10 am PDT (1pm ET)


"Sutzkever Essential Prose," with translator Zackary Sholem Berger – brings to light for English readers the largely unknown prose of a seminal Yiddish poet, Avrom Sutzkever  – 4 pm PDT ( 7 pm EST)

Recordings of Recent Events

Sam Cohen, author of Sarahland, which brilliantly and often hilariously explores the ways in which traditional stories have failed us, both demanding and providing new origin stories for its cast of Sarahs, new ways to love the planet and those inhabiting it, and new possibilities for life itself.  JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks. )

Courtney Zoffness, author of Spilt Milk: Memoirs, which considers what we inherit from generations past―biologically, culturally, spiritually―and what we pass on to our children. JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks, 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT)

Rachel Barenbaum, Atomic Anna, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.  JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks, 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT)

Growing Up Jewish in India with contributor Siona Benjamin,  illustrator of the children’s book I Am Hava, a story about the world’s most famous Jewish song—as told by the song herself.   JWA Quarantine(ish) Book Talks, 5 pm PDT (8 pm EDT)

Tears Over Russia: a search for family and the legacy of Ukraine's pogroms by Lisa Brahim

Institutions & Organizations with Ongoing Online Book Programs

Jewish Journal Streaming Guide

Jewish Community Library (SF)

American Jewish University - Events & Classes / Literature –

Jewish Women's Archive - upcoming events –

Jewish Women's Archive & Jewish Live - Quarantine(ish) Book Talks

Jewish Book Council - upcoming events –
  -- past events –

Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature / Israeli Institute for Hebrew Literature

YIVO Institute – events –

Yiddish Book Center –Virtual & Live Events –

The Forward – events –

JewishLive –

Weitzman National Museum of Jewish American History

Center for Jewish History –

Jewish Theological Seminary –

Israel Network for the Humanities and Social Sciences [Hebrew] –

What to Read - Reading Lists & Reviews

The Jewish Book Council
    Editor's Picks –
    Civil Rights and Race –
    Jewish Feminist Fiction –

Association of Jewish Libraries
   Love Your Neighbor -
series of book lists for young readers –
   Sidney Taylor Schmooze: a mock book award blog –
   Passover Books for Children –
   Holocaust Literature for Youth –
   Jewish Book Carnival –

My Jewish Learning - Jewish Literature –
   Top 100 Jewish Books –
   Jewish-American Writing in the 21st Century –
   Yiddish Literature in the 20th Century –
   Hebrew Literature in Translation
   Mainstream American Jewish Literature –

Jewish Book Bloggers –

Jewish Community Library 2022 Summer Reading List –

Jewish Kidlit Mavens – Facebook Group –

Jewish Women's Archive - Book Club –

My Jewish Learning
    120 Jewish Books for Any Age –
    Great Jewish Books email series –

Goodreads Jewish Book Club –

A Jewish Anti-racist Reading List for Children of All Ages – Kveller

Get your books here ...

Santa Cruz Public Library –
   Download/Stream (ebooks/audiobooks) – 
     Wide selection of mostly popular ebook and audiobook titles, same as or similar to Kindle or Audible
     Free to registered SC Public Library card holders – SCPL barcode # required 

Bookshop Santa Cruz –

PJ Library - "free books for Jewish children"
    "The Most Important Jewish Philanthropist You’ve Never Heard Of" - portrait of PJ Library's Harold Grinspoon

Sefaria: a living library of Torah –

Judaism / Project Gutenberg –
  Selection of free, public-domain texts – 
    "Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent
      bookstores and give back to the book community." Audiobooks–
   "Same audiobooks.  Same price.  Different story."

ABE Books –
    Used, rare, and collectable book portal for independent book sellers.

Better World Books –
    Online used and discount book seller with a social justice mission.

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