For the fourth year in a row, JUF News is proud to be the media sponsor for One Book/One Community, in which a single Jewish book is selected as the focus of discussions and programs for the Greater Chicago Jewish community. Spearheaded by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, the One Book initiative is our community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. This year, Jewish Book Month, which takes place the month before Chanukah, runs from mid-November through mid-December.
The 2014 book is David Laskin's The Family, a fascinating memoir that follows the author's rather amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the 20th century. Characters include a Torah scribe on the fringe of the Russian empire, the brilliant woman who founded Maidenform bras, and a young risk-taking couple fighting for the birth of the State of Israel. The Family was selected as a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library. The Jewish Journal called it " [a] family chronicle with all of the depth and detail of a great novel."
A Readers' Guide, prepared specifically for Chicago-area book groups, will be available this fall. Activities begin in November with a special kick-off event and a series of book discussions, and then culminate in December with Chicago-area appearances by the author. Visit spertus.edu/TheFamily to sign up for information.
Spertus Institute is a partner in serving the community, supported by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.