Introducing Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $12.99, September 2008) by award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug. Imagine an updated combination of the beloved Jewish Catalog meets the Joys of Yiddish with a hip-hop spin that captures the spirit of the times. Cool Jew does for matzah balls and gefilte fish what The Official Preppy Handbook did for plaid and polo, only with much more chutzpah!
A field manual for 21st century Jews and the people who love them, Cool Jew decodes contemporary Judaism and its hippest forms of cultural expression. Spanning 250 pages and nearly 400 images, it covers everything from identity, rituals, clothing, and cuisine, to holidays, spirituality, diversity, and language. It combines original illustrations by artist Amos Goldbaum with historical images, album covers, Kabbalistic paintings, pop Judaica, and more.
A hallmark of the current Pan-Jewish cultural revival, Cool Jew also features resourceful back-of-the-book material, including “People of Da Book” (authoritative texts on Jewish concepts and culture), the “Heebster Jewke Box” (tunes that rock the Heebster vibe), and the “Tribe Online” (an extensive listing of Jewish Web resources).
For strongly identified Jews, the more Jew-ISH, Honorary Heebs, or a deprived Midwesterner who has never met a live one, this collection provides all you need to know to Super Jew yourself or befriend the Jewish people. Packed with sites, tunes, eats, and treats, it’s the perfect gift for the high holidays, bar and bat mitzvahs, Chanukah, Purim, or any time of year.
Mazal tov! Author Lisa Alcalay Klug was named the Erma Bombeck Humor Writer of the Month in December 2008. And in January 2009, it was announced that Cool Jew was named a 2008 National Jewish Book Awards finalist in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. It was the only humor book among the 2008 honorees.