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Gurock to Present Two Works at “A Celebration of Jewish Books”

Dr. Jeffrey Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History, will participate in “A Celebration of Jewish Books” at The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center on Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m. The event is organized by the Jewish Book Council, Moment magazine, PJ Library and the Jewish Women’s Archive.

The Celebration will begin with a talk with crime writers Faye and Jonathan Kellerman. Afterward, the program breaks out into smaller sessions, during which Gurock will share two of his books. In The Jews of Harlem (NYU Press, 2016), he explains, “he uncovered the history of a forgotten community that once housed 175,000 Jews and is now in the process of revival.” His more recent work, Jewish New York (NYU Press, 2017), “is a major collaborative effort to produce the first full-length history of the world's largest diaspora community.” His co-writers were Deborah Dash Moore,‎ Annie Polland, Howard B. Rock and Daniel Soyer and Diana L. Linden.

The event is more than a celebration, Gurock noted. It shows the “remarkable range of accessible scholarship and writing available to Jews in New York, and elsewhere, who are desirous of exploring their heritage.”

Other writers scheduled to present during the Celebration include Anita Diamant, Dara Horn, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and 46 more authors. There will also be special kids’ corner with Jewish storytellers, live music and special activities and a pop-up bookstore. Click here to register for the event.