Mazal tov!!! Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe has been named a 2008 National Jewish Book Awards finalist.

If you haven’t read it yet, Cool Jew is a loving and irreverent celebration of Jewish culture. In addition to its fervent call for positive Jewish identity and affiliation, and embrace of Jewish multiculturalism and diversity, the 250-page book also chronicles contemporary Jewish arts and culture with approximately 400 images. These include original line drawings, vintage Israeli and Jewish posters, t-shirt designs, kabbalistic paintings from Israel, album covers, kitsch and more. Cool Jew includes extensive back-of-the-book resource guides on ways to enjoy Jewish community called “Da Tribe Online” and contemporary Jewish music called “The Heebster Jewkebox.”

Cool Jew placed in the category of “Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.” It is the only humor book among the 2008 National Jewish Book Award honorees. Click for a full list of winners and finalists.

Each year, the National Jewish Book Awards honor some of the best and most exciting authors in the field of Jewish literature. After more than fifty years of presenting these awards, hundreds of books have received the prestigious National Jewish Book Award, including titles by the top authors on the American Jewish literary scene.

The 58th Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at 7:30 pm, March 5th at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

If you’re coming to Jewlicious, celebrate Cool Jew with a free copy. The first 500 to arrive at the Jewlicious Festival receive a swag bag complete with a free copy of Cool Jew!

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Wordie. Foodie. Jewie. Nerdie. Ashkefardic keyboard addict. Visit me at, on my travels and in the pages of my books, "Hot Mamalah: The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe," and "Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe."

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