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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Minyan of Jewish Authors to be Celebrated at Literary Hootenanny in Teaneck, NJ, on Labor Day

Ben Yehuda Press of Teaneck, NJ, will celebrate its second year of business on Labor Day with a "Literary Hootenanny," featuring readings from 10 recent and forthcoming books. Ben Yehuda Press publishes books of Jewish interest of all religious perspectives, including theology, scholarship, poetry, history and fiction.

Teaneck, NJ (PRWEB)
August 29, 2006

On Labor Day, Ben Yehuda Press will celebrate its second year of publication with a “Literary Hootenanny” with readings from its recent and forthcoming books.

Ten books will be featured -- a number that in Jewish tradition constituting a "minyan," or quorum.

Titles range from theology to memoir, from poetry to fiction. They represent a spectrum of Jewish views, including Jewish Renewal, Orthodox, Atheist and Agnostic, and a variety of locales, including medieval Cairo, early 20th century New York City, post-war Berlin, and a near-future America.

"The Jewish experience is broader than any one denomination, location or publishing niche," explained Larry Yudelson, founder and editorial director of Ben Yehuda Press. "Our success in signing this stellar roster of authors shows our commitment to providing a forum for all the voices in the spectrum, and indicates that our broad focus fills a real gap in the Jewish community.”

Scheduled to read from their Ben Yehuda Press titles are:

Shefa Gold, author of Torah Journeys: The Inner Path to the Promised Land (Oct. 2006). Destined to be a classic of Jewish renewal, Torah Journeys finds in Torah a challenging path for personal growth. Scheduled for October publication, Torah Journeys has received advance praise from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Matthew Fox and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among others. This is the first book by the pioneer of Jewish chant, who has recorded several CDs. (Shefa Gold will also be presenting from her book on Tuesday evening, Sept. 5th, at the 92nd St. Y in Manhattan).

Burton J. Visotzky, author of A Delightful Compendium of Consolation: A fabulous tale of romance, faith and adventure from the Cairo Geniza (2007). The first work of fiction by the popular Jewish Theological Seminary professor of midrash, and author of 8 previous non-fiction works.

Isidore Century, author of From the Coffeeshop of Jewish Dreamers: Poems Selected & Poems for the Parsha. Wise, witty, and wistful poetry with a kick, by a poet who “didn't know he was Jewish” until he read his own poetry.

Lawrence Bush, author of Waiting for God: A Baby-boomer Searches for Spirituality (Spring 2007). Lawrence Bush is the editor of Jewish Currents, and the author of American Torah Toons.

Yori Yanover, author of The Cabbalist's Daughter: A Novel of action, adventure, comedy and Messianism (2007). Yori Yanover is the publisher of the paper Grand Street News, and author of Dancing and Crying, the well-received book about the last years of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Nicolette Maleckar, author of The Lilac Tree: A coming-of-age romance in postwar Berlin (April 2006). Nicolette Maleckar is a prolific writer of romances who makes her home in the mountains of West Virginia.

Lilah Green, author of Potato Chips, Men and Other Demons (2007). An endearing, engrossing story of a religiously committed Jewish woman lawyer who is tempted by the possibility of romance with an exciting non-Jewish man. This is Lilah Green's first book.

Hank Rosenfeld, author of Stars and Gripes: The Life and Times of Irv Brecher – Oldest Living Comic Screenwriter Tells All (2007)

Barry Lichtenberg, editor of Life in the Present Tense: Essays from the Home Front by Rifka Rosenwein (Fall 2006). A compilation of Rifka's columns which first appeared in the pages of the Jewish Week.

Henry Foner, editor of A Song with Social Significance: Memoirs of an Activist by Dorothy Epstein (October 2007). The story of a trailblazer of the union movement.

Ben Yehuda Press, founded in 2005, publishes books of Jewish interest, including poetry, theology, Torah study, literature, history, scholarship and fiction.

The readings will begin at 3pm on Monday, Sept. 4th, Labor Day, and will take place at 430 Kensington Rd., in Teaneck, NJ.

Members of the press are invited to RSVP at 201-833-5145 to arrange interviews with the authors.

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