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The NGFP Fellows Bookclub provides information about books of Jewish interest If you have comments about any of these books, hit the Add Comment button at the bottom of each article. If you have suggestions about books of Judaica content you have enjoyed, that you would like us to add, then send us an email.

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Created in 2003 as a locus for Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, Nextbook is a non-profit organization which commissions books on Jewish themes, sponsors public lectures, readings, and performances in cities around the country, and publishes an online magazine. The website,, contains information on all of these projects and also maintains an annotated list of recommended books.

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Book of Customs:

While researching Jewish imagery years back, award-winning book designer Scott-Martin Kosofsky happened upon a 1645 edition of the Minhogimbukh (Book of Customs) a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to the Jewish year written in the Yiddish vernacular. Captivated, he investigated further and learned that from 1590 to 1890, this cross between a prayer book and a farmer's almanac was immensely popular in households all across Europe.

Using the 1593 Venice edition as a model, Kosofsky has revived the Book of Customs for modern usage, including all of the original woodcuts (12 of which depict agricultural life of several hundreds years ago).

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