About the Great Jewish Books Club

Read, discuss, argue about, and fall in love with Great Jewish Books.

Join the Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Club, now entering its eighth year! Delve into Yiddish literature in translation and other key works of modern Jewish literature. 

To enrich your reading journey, we’ll provide resources such as thought-provoking questions, supplementary materials, and background information on the authors, translators, and editors.  

Each book is accompanied by a virtual public program and opportunities for small-group discussions. We also host a Facebook group dedicated to discussing the book club. You can join that private group here.  

Best of all, the book club is completely free and open to all! If you’re already part of our Yiddish Book Center community, you’ll automatically receive Great Jewish Book Club updates, program details, and reading guides. If not, and you’d like to join us, sign up today.  

In the coming months, we’ll explore six compelling books together. Our current selection is Blessed Hands, a collection of short stories by Yiddish writer Frume Halpern, translated by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. Before beginning Blessed Hands explore an in-depth reading resource guide, created by senior staff writer at the Center, Ezra Glinter. 

Join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. EST for a virtual book talk with translator Yermiyahu Ahron Taub. Yermiyahu will discuss Blessed Hands with Lisa Newman, the Yiddish Book Center’s director of publishing and public programs and the director of White Goat Press, the Yiddish Book Center’s imprint.

As part of the Great Jewish Books Club, we invite you to stay after the presentation for small group discussions in the Zoom room facilitated by members of the Yiddish Book Center staff. 

Want more Great Jewish Books for your book club or personal enjoyment? Check out our past selections and reading guides: 

Have questions about the Great Jewish Books Club? Email us at [email protected].