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One Book | One Community Kick-Off

One Book | One Community Kick-Off

Old Land, New Land, Holy Land

Sunday, November 9, 2014 2:00 pm

$25 | $18 for Spertus members

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 chosen for a series of activities and resources. This year's winning book is David Laskin’s The Family, named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library.See the sidebar at the right for programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

Help Us Kick-Off The One Book Program Series!

This year the programming kicks-off with a joyful afternoon of music and food from three continents. (We'd tell you more but we don't believe in spoilers.) Related readings from The Family will be presented by WFMT’s Steve Robinson. Music will be performed by Stuart Rosenberg with A Bissele Shmaltz.

Steve Robinson WFMTSteve Robinson is the general manager of WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network. In his 46-year career, he has produced hundreds of classical, jazz, and spoken word radio programs heard throughout the US and the world.

Stuart RosenbergStuart Rosenberg is a Chicago musical icon who has performed with artists as diverse as Sir Georg Solti, Theodore Bikel, and The Moody Blues. A founder of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, he has long been involved with the preservation of Jewish music. Watch a wonderful video in which he shares how he got his start in Klemzer music — by playing in an Irish band! Watch and listen>

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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