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One Book | One Community: The Family

One Book | One Community: The Family

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Many people in the Chicago area are familiar with a community coming together to read and discuss a common book through the city’s One Book, One Chicago program. The concept was originated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book. Today there are citywide, statewide, and even nationwide reading programs all over the world.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership brings this concept to the Jewish community of greater Chicago with One Book | One Community. Building on the success of One Book | One Community over the last three years, Spertus will again present a series of programs and related resources — all related to a single book — in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. In 2014, Jewish Book Month, which takes place the month before Hanukkah, runs from mid-November through mid-December. (Hanukkah begins on December 16.)

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book
is David Laskin's THE FAMILY!

"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration of the forces that shaped modern history”
Bestselling author Stephan Greenblatt

"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth and detail of a great novel” 
Jewish Journal

An Amazon Book of the Month

The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library. The Family is currently available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop onsite and online. It will also be for sale at all One Book | One Community events and David Laskin will be signing books at his two author appearances on December 7.

The Family

This year's pick, David Laskin’s The Family is a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. Characters range from a Torah scribe on the fringe of the Russian empire to the brilliant woman who founded Maidenform bras to young risk-taking pioneers building a foundation for the State of Israel.

David LaskinDavid Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.

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Our thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their help spreading the word about One Book | One Community.

Coming Soon!
The Spertus Readers' Guide
to The Family

A perfect for conversation starter for book groups and an illuminating study companion for those reading on their own. Available for download beginning November 2.

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Kick-Off Event
Old Land, New Land, Holy Land

Sunday, November 9
2 pm at Spertus Institute

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, November 16
2 pm at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park

Lecture and Book Discussion
Thursday, November 20
6:30 pm at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie

Book Discussion | Book Group Meetup
Tuesday, December 2
7 pm at Spertus Institute

Author Event #1
Sunday, December 7
10 am at Spertus Institute

Author Event #2
Sunday, December 7
2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard


One Book | One Community is supported, in part, by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

JUF News is the media sponsor
of One Book | One Community.

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We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El as well as our colleagues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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