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.

Visit the events page for current QBT offerings. Presented in partnership with JewishLIVE.

Courtney Zoffness

Courtney Zoffness, author of Spilt Milk: Memoirs, which considers what we inherit from generations past―biologically, culturally, spiritually―and what we pass on to our children.

Siona Benjamin

Siona Benjamin, contributor to Growing Up Jewish in India: From the Bene Israel to the Art of Siona Benjamin, about the Jewish communities of India, and illustrator of the children’s book I Am Hava, a story about the world’s most famous Jewish song—as told by the song herself.

Rachel Barenbaum

Rachel Barenbaum, author of Atomic Anna, an epic adventure as three generations of women work together and travel through time to prevent the Chernobyl disaster and right the wrongs of their past.

Cindy Rizzo

Cindy Rizzo, author of The Papercutter (The Split, #1), a blend of fantasy, romance, and Jewish imagination that imagines a world where a deeply polarized and ungovernable United States of America has separated into two nations—the God Fearing States and the United Progressive Regions.

Julie Klam

Julie Klam, author of The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters, the fascinating and funny true story—part memoir and part confessional—of one writer's journey into her family's past, the truths she brings to light, and what she learns about herself along the way.

Riva Lehrer

Riva Lehrer, author of Golem Girl: A Memoir, the vividly told, gloriously illustrated memoir of an artist born with disabilities who searches for freedom and connection in a society afraid of strange bodies. 

Emily Barth Isler and Aimee Lucido

Popular middle-grade authors Emily Barth Isler and Aimee Lucido discuss the possibilities and pitfalls opened up by writing for a young audience.

Haviva Ner-David

Haviva Ner-David, author of Hope Valley, the story of a Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian-Israeli who form the unlikeliest of friendships, and Dreaming Against the Current, the journey from Orthodox Jewish feminist activist to post-denominational inter-spiritual rabbi/minister.

Ariella Elovic

Ariella Elovic, author of Cheeky: A Head to Toe Memoir, a graphic memoir that asks: how can the author learn not to see herself as a never-finished DIY project, but to accept and even love the physical attributes society taught her to hide?

Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker, author of The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni, an enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East, following the explorations of mythical creatures.

Vanessa Zoltan

Vanessa Zoltan, host of the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and author of Praying with Jane Eyre: Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice, in which she brings a Jewish text-study approach to her favorite novel, Jane Eyre.

Judy Bolton-Fasman

Judy Bolton-Fasman, author of Asylum: A Memoir of Family Secrets, which recounts the search for answers to the mysteries embedded in the lives of her Cuban-born mother, Matilde Alboukrek Bolton and her elusive, Yale-educated father, K. Harold Bolton.

Alexandra Dunietz & Lizzie Skurnick

Lizzie Skurnick, reissuer of the All-of-a-Kind Family series, and Alexandra Dunietz, coauthor (with June Cummins z”l”) of From Sarah to Sydney: The Woman Behind All-of-a-Kind Family, the biography of groundbreaking author Sydney Taylor.

Rachel Sharona Lewis

Rachel Sharona Lewis, author of The Rabbi Who Prayed with Fire, the tale of a queer female rabbi whose synagogue bursts into flames

Rachel Beanland

Rachel Beanland, author of "Florence Adler Swims Forever", a summer story of three generations grappling with a shocking tragedy, heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets.

Gabrielle Glaser

Gabrielle Glaser, author of American Baby, which examines the dark truth about postwar adoption in the US.

Annelise Heinz

Annelise Heinz, author of Mahjong, an exploration of how the Chinese game helped shape American modernity, Chinese American heritage, and Jewish American women's culture. This QBT was made possible with generous support from Olivia Cohen-Cutler.

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of The Disordered Cosmos, a journey into the world of particle physics that is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions

Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh, actress, singer, and author of the newly released memoir Lilyville: Mother, Daughter, and Other Roles I've Played, talks to JWA about her roles

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert, author of Little & Lion, talks to JWA about Jewish and multiracial identity on April 29, 2021.

Joy Ladin, Shara McCallum, and Lesléa Newman

In a special roundtable book talk for National Poetry Month, Joy Ladin, Shara McCallum, and Lesléa Newman speak to JWA on April 22, 2021.

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.

Upcoming Events

From film screenings to author events to panel discussions, JWA sponsors a wide variety of events. Check out what’s coming up!

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 August 8, 2022) <https://jwa.org/programs/bookclub/quarantine-book-club>.


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