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One Book | One Community: The Family

One Book | One Community: The Family

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Did you miss out on the fantastic One Book | One Community?

Listen to David Laskin's talk
from one of the author events.

Many people in the Chicago area are familiar with a community coming together to read and discuss a common book through the city’s One Book, One Chicago program. The concept was originated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book. Today there are citywide, statewide, and even nationwide reading programs all over the world.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership brings this concept to the Jewish community of greater Chicago with One Book | One Community. Building on the success of One Book | One Community over the last three years, Spertus will again present a series of programs and related resources — all related to a single book — in conjunction with Jewish Book Month. In 2014, Jewish Book Month, which takes place the month before Hanukkah, runs from mid-November through mid-December. (Hanukkah begins on December 16.)

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community ONE BOOK
is David Laskin's THE FAMILY!

"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration
of the forces that shaped modern history”
— Bestselling author Stephan Greenblatt

"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel”
— Jewish Journal

An Amazon Book of the Month

The Family was named a best book of the year by the Seattle Times, Kirkus Review, and the New York Public Library. It was awarded the 2014 Washington State Book Award for Memoir/Biography.

The Family


This year's pick, David Laskin’s The Family is a fascinating memoir that follows the author’s amazing ancestors across the tumultuous sweep of the twentieth century. Characters range from a Torah scribe on the fringe of the Russian empire to the brilliant woman who founded Maidenform bras to young risk-taking pioneers building a foundation for the State of Israel.


David LaskinDavid Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.

Get Your Copy of the Book!

The Family is currently available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop onsite and online.

Read About The Author

Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>

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Our thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their help spreading the word about One Book | One Community.

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book Is David Laskin's The Family

Download your READERS' GUIDE

Includes an interview with author David Laskin, historical resources, recipes, timelines, and reading lists of other books you're sure to enjoy!


Kick-Off Event
Old Land, New Land, Holy Land
with Stuart Rosenberg
Sunday, November 9

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
with Mike Karsen
Sunday, November 16

Lecture and Book Discussion
with Dr. Phyllis Lassner
Thursday, November 20

Book Discussion | Book Group Meetup
with Rachel Kamin
Tuesday, December 2

Author Events
Sunday, December 7


One Book | One Community is supported, in part, by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

JUF News is the media sponsor
of One Book | One Community.

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We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El and our colleagues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

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