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New York Jewish Book Festival: What Makes a Jewish Book?
Sunday, December 11, 2022
1:00 pm ET

Join AJL at the New York Jewish Book Festival!

On Sunday, December 11, 2022, beginning at 10:00 am, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will present its first-ever New York Jewish Book Festival, featuring talks, panels, and author signings. The daylong event will touch on themes of Jewish heritage including culture and history, modern life and literature, the Holocaust, food and cookbooks, and books for kids and families. The New York Jewish Book Festival is free to the public and there will be books for sale in the Museum’s Pickman Gift Shop and by individual authors and invited organizations, just in time for the winter holidays. 

AJL will have a table at the festival and is moderating the panel “What is a Jewish Book?” Trade children’s editors Arthur A. Levine, Dianne Hess, and Karen Smith will be joined by moderator Aviva Rosenberg, Vice President of AJL’s SSCPL Division. 

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Fall 2022 Kidlit Author Showcase
Monday, December 12, 2022
4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET

In celebration of Jewish Book Month and Hanukkah, our Fall 2022 Jewish Kidlit Author Showcase will present new and forthcoming Jewish picture books, middle grade books, and young adult books written by AJL member authors.

This event is cosponsored by AJL’s SSCPL Division, Kidlit in Color, and StoryTime Solidarity  and is open to all members and the general public.

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Books About Books: Libraries and Readers in Interwar Yiddish Paris
Thursday, December 15, 2022
9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm Israel Time
Home to a large, Yiddish-speaking Jewish population, interwar Paris was a hub of global Yiddish culture. Multiple leftist Yiddish libraries provided communal spaces and written materials for workers and immigrants to learn about Jewish and French radical politics. Nick Underwood will describe the spectrum of leftist Yiddish-language libraries in Paris and explore the divisions and the collaborations among them.

Nick Underwood is assistant professor of history and the Berger/Neilsen Chair of Judaic Studies at The College of Idaho. He is author of Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France, which was published in 2022 by Indiana University Press.
This session is sponsored by AJL’s RAS Division and is for members only. All members are welcome.

SSCPL Roundtable: Synagogue Archives
NEW DATE: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET

Synagogue archives are rapidly up-and-coming community archive repositories. Often run by committed volunteers, librarians, or others, they tend to fall outside the bounds of “traditional” archives. In this roundtable, we will discuss the basics of archives and synagogue archives and highlight available resources, with the aim of creating a support network for those who have taken responsibility for a synagogue archive. 

Hannah Srour-Zackonis the archivist and museum director at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim in Montreal, Quebec—Canada’s second oldest synagogue. She is a member of the executive board of AJL-Canada and serves on the AJL Jewish Fiction Award and Education committees. 

This session is sponsored by AJL’s SSCPL Division and is for members only. All members are welcome.