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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...
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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.

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IN THE BEGINNING...

the world was divided into two camps: Heebsters and non-Heebsters. Heebsters are Members and Friends of the Tribe who not only know what it is to be Jewish. They know it, flaunt it, dig it, and love it. And that is precisely what makes them Heebsters. If you're reading this, you might already be shining your Hebraic loud and proud. But what if you're not? Don't worry. No matter who you are or where you are, you can always become a Heebster. In fact, you're already on your way.

Deep, deep inside, every Jew is in some microscopic way already a Heebster. It's simply part of the Jewish spiritual inheritance. Even if you're ohm-ing in an ashram somewhere in Tibet, or raising buffalo in Dakota with nary a Jew in sight, there is something inside of you that has never stopped being part of the Tribe. It's a mystical birthright that traces its roots all the back to Mt. Sinai and has the power to light up countless generations ahead. All you need to do is fan the embers until that little Heebster spark catches flame.

And it will, my friend, because as a Heebster, you don't just survive, you thrive! Being Jewish is about much more than bagels and loxy. It's about moxie, about feeling Yiddishe foxy! Because when you're of Da Tribe, you've got Da Vibe. It's not about deprivation. It's about celebration, exclamation, and exaltation! When you embrace Da Place, you're blessed with grace. So let go of the pain. You're a link in the chain. Shun shame and embrace fame. Take charge and live large. Once the sweet Heebster harmony starts humming in your heart, you'll catch on fire with a burning love and pride for yourself, our people, and every fabulous facet of who we are! And to that, we say, "Ahhhhhmayn!"

Jew got questions? Jew got answers! When you don't care what it means to be Judaic, that's unHeebster. When you're down with all things Mosaic, that's oh so Heebster. How do you know who you are? For starters, it takes a minyan.

fyi: For the Yiddish Impaired

A minyan is a prayer quorum. "In Jewish," it takes ten to conduct a Torah service, to say Kaddish, the memorial prayer for the dead, and other assorted ritual festivities. Because of its mystical significance, a minyan may also be used to designate a certain spiritual quality that can be expressed only in the presence of ten. X-nay on "It takes two, baby." As every Heebster knows, it takes ten! It takes ten!

 

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About Lisa

Award-winning journalist Lisa Alcalay Klug has written for many publications, including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Jewish Living, Hadassah, Forward, and more. She advises Schmooze: the Jewish Culture Conference, teaches at the...

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Published Reviews

Jul.30.2008

Customer Rating for this product is 5 out of 5 In-your-face-funny
A reviewer, loves to laugh/loves irony, 07/29/2008

When you're in love, everything is Jewish. This hip, comprehensive, in-your-...

Aug.27.2008

Cool Jew will have you proud to be a Heebster. Or wishing you were one.

Member Reviews

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Sep.09.2008
Lisa Alcalay Klug has written a hilarious, informative book that gives all the tips anyone needs to be Jewish, or to love Jews. Cool Jew is chock...