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Jews and Chinese Food: Kick-Off Event for One Book | One Community

Jews and Chinese Food: Kick-Off Event for One Book | One Community

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:30 pm

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From the grit of the Lower East Side to the cul-de-sacs of contemporary suburbia, Jews have had a special relationship with Chinese food, a relationship deliciously explored in The Middlesteins, this year's One Book | One Community selection.

On October 17, 2013, Spertus Institute’s Chef Laura Frankel “woked” a happy audience through the history of Jews and Chinese food while they learned to make bao dumplings with pulled brisket, lo mein noodles with wok charred long beans, and more.

This program was the kick-off to One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. This year's pick, Jami Attenberg's aclaimed The Middlesteins, was called "So readable, it's practically edible" by NPR's All Things Considered. See the sidebar at the right for One Book programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

The Middlesteins (which is on sale at the Spertus Shop and will be for sale at all One Book | One Community events) is currently available in hardcover, softcover, and e-book versions.

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Kick-Off Event
Jews and Chinese Food 

Thursday, October 17
6:30 pm at Spertus | Ticketed event >

Spertus Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 30
6:30 pm at Spertus | Free >

Suburban Book Discussion
Tuesday, November 5
7 pm at Skokie Public Library | Free >

Meet author Jami Attenberg at one of three events at three locations!

Suburban Author Event #1
Sunday, November 10
2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim 
in Lombard | Free >

Suburban Author Event #2
Sunday, November 10
7 pm at Congregation Beth Judea 
in Long Grove | Free >

Spertus Author Event | One Book Finale
A Literary Conversation
Monday, November 11
7 pm at Spertus | Ticketed event >

Supporters & Partners

Spertus thanks the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation for its generous support of the One Book | One Community author events.

We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and Congregation Beth Judea as well as our colleagues at the Skokie Public Library.

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

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The Spertus staff thanks our colleagues at the Jewish Book Council for helping to spread the word about One Book | One Community