Deeply knowing, highly entertaining, and just a little bit irreverent, this unputdownable encyclopedia of all things Jewish and Jew-ish covers culture, religion, history, habits, language, and more. Readers will refresh their knowledge of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, the artistry of Barbra Streisand, the significance of the Oslo Accords, the meaning of words like balaboosta,balagan, bashert, and bageling. Understand all the major and minor holidays. Learn how the Jews invented Hollywood. Remind themselves why they need to read Hannah Arendt, watch Seinfeld, listen to Leonard Cohen. Even discover the secret of happiness (see “Latkes”). Includes hundreds of photos, charts, infographics, and illustrations. It’s a lot.
The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia is a Jewish Book Council Selects title. Here’s why JBC recommends this book:
"Stephanie Butnick, Liel Liebovitz and Mark Oppenheimer, have successfully scaled an extremely high mountain with this book. Their mission to explain not just “Judaism” or the “Jewish people,” but all things “Jewish,” is accomplished in a way that is both substantive and digestible. Covering highlights across food, holidays, culture, history, language and ritual, the encyclopedia serves as a perfect entry point for novice learners, as well as an engaging read for serious observers." — Amy Oringel, Jewish Book Council reviewer