Get the Inside Scoop on the Best Contemporary Jewish Literature

The first The Whole Megillah Seminar on Jewish Story, together with the Association of Jewish Libraries, is planned for Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Temple Emanu-El, 10 E. 66th Street, in New York City. The full-day event features several panels:


  • Peninnah Schram, Storyteller, Professor of Speech and Drama, Yeshiva University’s Stern College
  • Samuel Norich, Publisher, The Jewish Daily Forward

Children’s books:

  • Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions, winner of the 2013 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Teen Readers
  • Susan Lynn Meyer, author of Black Radishes, a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor recipient for Older Readers
  • Rebecca Short, Associate Editor, Delacorte Press/Random House
  • April Halprin Wayland, author of New Year at the Pier, a 2010 Sydney Taylor Book Award Winner for Younger Readers.


  • Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here, winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize for Nonfiction
  • Nancy K. Miller, author of What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past and other memoirs
  • Tahneer Oksman, Jewish women in comics


  • Hila Ratzabi, poet and author of The Apparatus of Visible Things
  • Amy Gottlieb, poet and novelist, whose poetry has appeared in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, among other anthologies and literary journals
  • Jason Schneiderman, Assistant Professor of English at BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College), author of two books of poems, winner of the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America


Special features—docent-led tour and hands-on writing inspired by Jewish art

On Monday, May 19, interested attendees are welcome to visit the Jewish Museum for special events:

  • A special docent-led tour of the museum
  • A hands-on writing session, inspired by the museum’s art

An extra $35 fee applies.

Cost of Seminar: $125, includes kosher lunch

Special promotion through May 1: $99

For more information and to register, please contact barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net