Shabbat Surfing: Summer Reads

The way some people talk, you’d think the leaves were already changing colors.

Summer’s not over yet. We still have 23 good beach days before Labor Day!

If you’ve been searching for a great book to read while lounging by the pool or burying your feet in the sand, look no further.

We’ve got some amazing authors coming to our Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival this fall–I couldn’t have asked for better summer reading. Granted, they’re not light and fluffy like some beach reads–but who wants to take a season off from good books? I promise that these reads will engage your mind while you relax your body, and stay with you long after the summer is over.

But don’t take my word for it…

The New York Times on Ursula Hegi’s Children and Fire: All novelists are godlike.”

-NPR on Haley Tanner’s Vaclav and Lena: “From the moment they meet, Vaclav and Lena make magic together.”

The Daily Beast on Robert Lipsyte’s An Accidental Sportwriter: “Lipsyte is the guy who makes us ask the pencil-stopping question: Are sportswriters wasting their careers?

The Washington Post on Alicia Oltuski’s Precious Objects: “The ancient customs of Judaism run deeply through the diamond business…

Check out the full line-up at

Shabbat Shalom!

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