On the Jewish Review of Books

by Linda Silver

On Sunday afternoon, AJL’s Greater Cleveland Chapter had its annual
Jewish Book Month Tea. Abraham Socher, the editor of the Jewish
Review of Books and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Oberlin
College was the speaker and his talk, with lively discussion
afterwards, inspired me to urge all Jewish librarians to subscribe to
the Jewish Review of Books if you haven’t already. The fourth issue
will be published in January and in one short year, a whole new forum
for Jewish ideas, Jewish books, and Jewish culture has emerged as a
bright light in the Jewish community. Who writes for it? Some of
the best thinkers in Jewish life today: Hillel Halkin, Robert Alter,
Dara Horn, and Ruth Wisse to name a few. What is the writing
like? Intelligent, erudite but readable – accessible to the lay
reader. What is its point of view? Here is Abe Socher’s statement
from the first issue: “The Jewish Review of Books is a forum, not a
platform; a conversation, not a polemic. In particular, it is
founded in the conviction that the ideas and achievements of Jewish
religion, literature, and scholarship are interesting and valuable in
and of themselves. They are not reducible to any position or
program, no matter how worthy.” The subscription rate is very low –
$19.95 for one year in the U.S. and $29.95 in Canada – and
subscription information can be found at http://www.jewishreviewofbooks.com. If you don’t already subscribe, do yourself, your library collection, and your readers a favor and sign up now. Jewish libraries are about ideas and ideas abound in the new Jewish Review of Books!

From a posting on Hasafran.

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