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JBC Author Series

Jewish Book Council is the longest-running organization devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature. 
For over seventy years, they have used literature to bring people together for meaningful discussions around Jewish life, identity, and culture. As a part of the JBC network, we are thrilled to welcome authors from far and wide to our community here in Port Washington, to share their teachings with us throughout the year. 

Below you will find our JBC Author Events
from 5782 / 2021-2022.

To view the 5781 / 2020-2021 events, click here.

Click on a book cover to learn more, to purchase the book,
or to watch the archived event. 






Annelise Heinz
Wednesday, October 6 at 12:00 PM via Zoom

View the Archived Event Here

Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture illustrates how the spaces between tiles and the moments between games have fostered distinct social cultures in the United States. This mass-produced game crossed the Pacific, creating waves of popularity over the twentieth century. Annelise Heinz narrates the history of this game to show how it has created a variety of meanings, among them American modernity, Chinese American heritage, and Jewish American women’s culture. As it traveled from China to the United States and caught on with Hollywood starlets, high society, middle-class housewives, and immigrants alike, mahjong became a quintessentially American game.

Click here* to purchase Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture
*For each purchase using the link above, the synagogue receives a small commission.

Annelise Heinz is an assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and international Chinese television. She has lived and played mahjong in the United States and Southwestern China.


Steven Raichlen
Thursday, October 7 at 10:30 AM via Zoom

Offered as part of our "My Plate Overfloweth" Four-Part Workshop


America’s grilling guru offers a primer for how to grill vegetables – with lots of creative flavors and techniques–whether you’re eating main dishes that highlight vegetables, or you’re rounding out the barbecue menu with grilled garden-fresh sides. Not a vegetarian book, but vegetable-forward (and with vegetarian and vegan adaptation).

Click here* to purchase How to Grill Vegetables: The New Bible for Barbecuing Vegetables over Live Fire
*For each purchase using the link above, the synagogue receives a small commission.

Steven Raichlen is the author of the New York Times best­selling Barbecue! Bible cookbook series, which includes the new Brisket Chronicles, Project Fire, Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and MarinadesProject SmokeThe Barbecue Bible; and How to Grill. Winners of 5 James Beard awards and 3 IACP awards, his books have been translated into 17 languages. His TV shows include the public television series Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire, Project SmokePrimal Grill; and Barbecue University; the French language series Le Maitre du Grill, and the Italian series Steven Raichlen Grills Italy. Raichlen has written for the New York TimesEsquire, and all the food magazines; and is the founder and dean of Barbecue University. In 2015, he was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.



Sun, October 24 2021 18 Cheshvan 5782