Museum of Jewish Heritage Announces First-Ever New York Jewish Book Festival

The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A living memorial to the Holocaust today announced the full program for the first New York Jewish Book Festivalwith a stellar lineup of talks, panels, author talks and book signings, and more on Sunday, December 11, 2022.

The one-day event — made possible in part through a community partnership with the Battery Park City Authority — will address themes of Jewish heritage, including culture and history, modern life and literature, the Holocaust, food and cookbooks, as well as children’s books and activities. and families.

The New York Jewish Book Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Museum at 36 Battery Place in Battery Park City and is free to all with a suggested donation. Throughout the day, books will be on sale in the Museum’s Pickman Gift Shop and by individual authors and guest organizations, as well as Judaica, just in time for winter vacation.

“We are proud to present this inaugural event featuring an exciting lineup of authors, panels and activities that will address a range of topics that will appeal to diverse audiences of all ages,” said Jack Kliger, President and CEO of the direction of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “We expect this to become an annual tradition, which underlines our commitment to celebrating Jewish life.”

“Literature shapes us as a people, our history, our faith, our culture and our future,” said Bruce Ratner, chairman of the board of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “The New York Jewish Book Festival will be an opportunity to both celebrate and educate about the Jewish experience.”

“We are honored to help support New York’s first Jewish Book Festival as the museum carries out its vital mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life from its home in Battery Park City,” said BJ Jones, President and CEO of Battery Park City Authority. .

The keynotes feature illustrator and author Maira Kalman on her new book, Women Holding Things; Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends; and a conversation with renowned food historian and author Michael Twitty, Southern Jewish TV personality, blogger and author of Koshersoul. Highlights also include panels from well-known photographers – Martin Schoeller, BA Van Sise and Jonathan Alpeyrie – discussing their work photographing Holocaust survivors, and a new biography of businessman and philanthropist Edmond J Safra, which gave its name to the Museum’s theatre.

Throughout the theater, classrooms and Museum Events Hall, panels and programs will be featured in partnership with Lilith Magazine, Association of Jewish Libraries, Yiddish Book Center, New York Jewish Week, Jewish Currents , Moment Magazine, the Forward and Tablet. Highlights include:

  • Writing a Life in Film with AO Scott, Mark Harris and Annette Insdorf

  • Happy Hour with Sloane Crosley, Isabel Kaplan and Stephanie Butnick

  • Two Jewish Cartoonists Enter… A Conversation with Bob Mankoff and Liana Finck

  • The Modern Loss Handbook with Rebecca Soffer and Stacy London

  • Shekhinah Speaks and More: Joy Ladin on the Human-Divine Relationship with Gregg Bordowitz

  • Zabar’s: A family story with David and Willie Zabar

  • Squirrel Hill: The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting and the Soul of a Neighborhood with Mark Oppenheimer

  • Rejecting the Idea of ​​Bad Jews: American Jewish Identities in History and Nonfiction with Emily Tamkin and Mark Oppenheimer

  • Robots get religion! Creative Golems, Jewish Robots, and the Spirituality of Artificial Intelligence with Helene Wecker, Judith Shulevitz, and Amy Schwartz

  • Contemporary humorous fiction: Sally Koslow and Adam Langer with Jodi Rudoren

  • The Brave and Brilliant Women of RBG: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone with Nadine Epstein and Zibby Owens.

For kids and families, we’ll be joined by PJ Library, Kalaniot Books and children’s book authors in our Kid’s Corner, including The Very Best Sukkah: A Story from Uganda with Soshana Nambi and an interactive reading of Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up with Chana Stiefel and Larry Stiefel.

For the complete schedule and to reserve your place at the Festival du livre and for the seven flagship events, visit®id=&

The New York Jewish Book Festival is made possible in part through a community partnership with the Battery Park City Authority.

Throughout the day, festival-goers can eat at the famous LOX Café and visit the inspiring and moving exhibitions of the Museum: Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones, The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do and Survivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust. Photographs by Martin Schoeller.

The Museum’s main exhibition, The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do, is a comprehensive and timely presentation of the history of the Holocaust told through personal stories, objects, photos and films – many are presented for the first time. The 12,000 square foot exhibit features more than 750 original objects and testimonies of survivors from the Museum’s collection. The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do is a depiction of this global history through a local lens, rooted in the artifacts donated by survivors and their families, many of whom settled in and around New York.

Also on screen is Survivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust. Photographs by Martin Schoeller, the inaugural exhibition of the Rita Lowenstein Gallery. This exhibition, created by Martin Schoeller and Yad Vashem, presents 75 photographs created to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Schoeller photographed these Holocaust survivors and created a short film documenting the process. The exhibition includes the entire body of work, including the film, biographies and quotes from the models.

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