The JBC @ The Jewish Federation, Author Series 2023/24 

Thank you so much to eveyone that participated in the 2023/2024 Jewish Book Council Program.

If you missed any of the events, please watch the recordings below.


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David L. Bernstein

Woke Antisemitism

Books still available at The Federation Office; Book Cost: $15
Contact Pam Orange County: or (845)562-7860


Woke Anti­semitism: How a Pro­gres­sive Ide­ol­o­gy Harms Jews

In May 2021, amid anoth­er con­flict with Iran-backed Hamas, Israel took a beat­ing in both the main­stream press and social media. Notwith­stand­ing the rock­et fire aimed at its cit­i­zens, the Jew­ish state was por­trayed as the oppres­sor and the Hamas gov­ern­ment as the oppressed. While Israel has always been sub­ject to exces­sive scruti­ny, this time was dif­fer­ent. What had changed in the ide­o­log­i­cal envi­ron­ment? A vet­er­an Jew­ish advo­ca­cy leader and self-described lib­er­al who has bro­ken with the far left over the adop­tion of woke ide­ol­o­gy, David L. Bern­stein traces the growth of woke ide­ol­o­gy in his life and career from a remote aca­d­e­m­ic study to an inter­na­tion­al post-colo­nial­ist move­ment, then a fad­dish cam­pus ide­ol­o­gy, mor­ph­ing into cor­po­rate diver­si­ty pro­grams to a dom­i­nant ide­ol­o­gy in main­stream insti­tu­tions, includ­ing many Jew­ish orga­ni­za­tions. Bern­stein shows how core ide­o­log­i­cal tenets — such as priv­i­lege, equi­ty, white­ness, and the oppressor/oppressed bina­ry — can be and are weaponized against Jews.

Susan Simon & Zoe Zak
The Cook & The Rabbi

The Cook and the Rab­bi: Recipes and Sto­ries to Cel­e­brate the Jew­ish Holidays

A deli­cious explo­ration of the Jew­ish hol­i­days, with illu­mi­nat­ing con­ver­sa­tions and meals shared by friends: a rab­bi and a cook.

For many belong­ing to the Jew­ish dias­po­ra, under­stand­ing the hol­i­days means light­ing a meno­rah for Chanukah, maybe host­ing a seder dur­ing Passover. But, if cel­e­brat­ed with an under­stand­ing of the sto­ried cus­toms behind the fes­tiv­i­ties, these occa­sions can be so much more than can­dles and matzah. Fol­low­ing the luniso­lar cal­en­dar, James Beard Award-win­ning author Susan Simon and Rab­bi Zoe Zak devote a chap­ter to each of the four­teen hol­i­days. From Seli­chot to Rosh Hashanah, Purim to Pesach, every hol­i­day has his­to­ry, inter­pre­ta­tion, and foods, with kosher recipes that reimag­ine tra­di­tion­al dish­es with flair.

More than a cook­book, The Cook and the Rab­bi is a tes­ta­ment to the resilient ver­sa­til­i­ty of the Jew­ish peo­ple and their tra­di­tions. With Rab­bi Zoe’s thought­ful insight and Susan’s inspired recipes, there’s no end to the ways you might cel­e­brate the hol­i­days and make your per­son­al rela­tion­ship with them uplift­ing, inspir­ing, and deeply ful­fill­ing. Chag Sameach!

Woke Antisemitism

Woke Antisemitism Monday Night Discussion with Author David L. Bernstein, Wendy Cedar & Donald Green

Woke Antisemitism

Tuesday Afternoon Discussion with Author David L. Bernstein, Wendy Cedar & Donald Green

Andrew Meier

Morgenthau Sunday Discussion with Author Andrew Meier

Jennifer Rosner

Author of Once We Were Home

Elizabeth Graver