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One Book | One Community

Spertus Lecture and Discussion

Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 pm

$10 | $5 Illinois Holocaust Museum admission before the program, with your program ticket

It takes place at the
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, IL

Or call 312.322.1773

One Book | One Community is the Chicago Jewish community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. See the sidebar at the right for  programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

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

Spertus is again pleased to spearhead One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's Jewish Book Month community initiative. This year's pick, David Laskin's acclaimed The Familyis a story of hope, survival, and perseverance across the great sweep of the 20th century!

We invite you to join us for an exciting discussion of The Familyled by literary scholar Dr. Phyllis Lassner, professor of Writing and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University. This discussion is perfect for those who have read the book and want to explore its themes, motifs, and characters in greater depth. 

Dr. Phyllis LassnerDr. Phyllis Lassner, a professor in the Crown Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, is an expert on historical memoirs and on literature about the Holocaust. Join her for an exploration of The Family’s characters and themes, as well as the ways David Laskin brings his ancestors’ intertwining stories to life. 

Get Your Copy of the Book!

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.

Read About The Author (Before You Meet Him)

Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>

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

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book Is David Laskin's The Family

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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