Quarantine(ish) Book Talks

Quarantine(ish) Book Talks provide opportunities to come together virtually to explore literature by and/or about Jewish women in conversation with JWA's CEO Judith Rosenbaum. The following are video recordings of past events.

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Jessica Cohen

Jessica Cohen, translator of Ronit Matalon’s And the Bride Closed the Door, talks about the art and politics of literary translation on April 15, 2021.

Judy Batalion

Judy Batalion, author of The Light of Days talks about the untold histories of Jewish women resistance fighters during the Holocaust on April 8, 2021.

Jodi Eichler-Levine and Arielle Tonkin

Jodi Eichler-Levine, author of Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis talks about the history of Jewish crafting and is joined by guest artist Arielle Tonkin for a DIY weaving exercise on February 11, 2021.

Talia Lavin

Talia Lavin, author of Culture Warlords, talks to JWA about fighting fascism in America on February 4, 2021.

Jonathan Sarna

Jonathan Sarna, editor of Cosella Wayne: Or, Will and Destiny by Cora Wilburn, discusses the first Jewish-American novel by a woman on January 27, 2021. Part of the Stroum Jewish Jewish Community Center Arts + Ideas: Book Fest in Your Living Room Series presented in Partnership with the Jewish Book Council and Jewish Women’s Archive.

Carol Isaacs

Carol Isaacs, author and illustrator of The Wolf of Baghdad, talks about illustration and her families roots with JWA on January 21, 2021.

Janice Kaplan

Janice Kaplan, author of The Genius of Women, talks to JWA about undercelebrated women geniuses on December 17, 2020.

Myra Strober

Myra Strober, author of Sharing the Work, talks to JWA about fight for family-friendly work policies on December 10, 2020.

Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman, illustrator of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, talks to JWA about Gertrude Stein's most famous work on December 3, 2020.

Mimi Lemay

Mimi Lemay, author of What We Will Become, talks to JWA about raising a transgender child on November 19, 2020.

Laura Leibman

Laura Leibman, author of The Art of the Jewish Family, talks to JWA about artifacts from Jewish American life in the 1700s and 1800s on November 12, 2020.

Bess Kalb

Bess Kalb, author of Nobody Will Tell You This But Me, talks to JWA about memorializing her grandmother with humor on September 24, 2020.

Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman, author of My Life as a Villainess, talks to JWA about her memoir on September 10, 2020.

Esther Amini

Esther Amini, author of Concealed, talks to JWA about being the child of two worlds on September 3, 2020.

Jennifer Rosner

Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings, talks to JWA about Holocaust fiction on July 30, 2020.

Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky

Dr. Chavi Eve Karkowsky, author of High Risk, talks to JWA about maternal-fetal medicine on July 23, 2020.

Natasha Díaz

Natasha Díaz, author of Color Me In, talks to JWA about multiracial and Jewish identity on July 16, 2020.

Lizzie Skurnick

Lizzie Skurnick, editor of Pretty Bitches, talks to JWA about the names used to demean women on July 9, 2020.

Rachel Zucker

Rachel Zucker, author of SoundMachine, talks to JWA about crafting poetry on May 21, 2020.

Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon, author of The Book of V, talks to JWA about rewriting the story of Purim on May 14, 2020.

Rabbi Laura Geller

Rabbi Laura Geller, author of Getting Good at Getting Older, talks to JWA about aging on May 7, 2020.

Abby Stein

Abby Stein, LGBTQ activist and author of Becoming Eve, talks to JWA about writing a memoir about coming out as transgender and leaving the Hasidic community on April 30, 2020.

Sarah Hurwitz

Sarah Hurwitz, author of Here All Along and former speechwriter for Michelle and Barack Obama talks to JWA on April 23, 2020.

Alicia Jo Rabins

Writer, musician, composer, performer, and Torah teacher, Alicia Jo Rabins explores poetry, music, Passover, and social distancing in this interview/performance on April 12, 2020.

Esther Safran Foer

Esther Safran Foer, author of I Want You to Know We're Still Here, discusses uncovering family secrets and chronicling them in her first memoir, on April 2, 2020.

Rachel Barenbaum

Rachel Barenbaum discusses her process for writing A Bend in The Stars, on March 25, 2020.

Rachel Kadish and Tova Mirvis

Authors Rachel Kadish and Tova Mirvis discuss the importance of writing and literature in a time of crisis, on March 19, 2020.

Quarantine(ish) Book Talks were established with help from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of NEH.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Quarantine(ish) Book Talks." (Viewed on April 20, 2021) <https://jwa.org/programs/bookclub/quarantine-book-club>.

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