Blog Archive: News


Sleepless on Shavuot: Let My People Learn

May 30, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

We’re about to embark on the Shavuot holiday, which means that many of us may be up very, very late tonight.

The Shavuot chapter in Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year is one of my own favorites. (In fact, it’s inspiring me to attempt an all-night study-fest this year myself, for the very first time.) So it was especially gratifying to receive a request from the team at the Reform Judaism site regarding the possibility of sharing a chapter excerpt.


A Brief Reminder About Our Newsletter

May 23, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

A few brief notes about our monthly newsletter.


New Events Added to Our Calendar

May 9, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Tonight in New York City, in an event titled “Reclaiming Ritual: A Jewish Woman’s Education,” our Abigail Pogrebin (My Jewish Year) will be in conversation with Rabba Sara Hurwitz and Rabba Yaffa Epstein. They will be introduced by Rabbi Avi Weiss. Reservations are required, though the event is free. It is co-sponsored by Yeshivat Maharat, ImmerseNYC, and the Pardes Institute.

But if you’re can’t make this event—or you’re not in the New York area in the first place—we’ve got some good news for you: The My Jewish Year calendar continues to expand.

Abigail Pogrebin’s (More than) 15 Minutes of Fame

Apr 18, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Welcome back from the Passover holiday, everyone! We hope that it has been a meaningful time for all. For us, it has certainly been a busy time. And much of that busy-ness is due to Abigail Pogrebin’s recent television appearances. (Yes, note the plural!)

We’re delighted and honored that Abby and My Jewish Year have been featured recently on The Today Show and on Face the Nation. If you’ve missed these events when they were broadcast, you can watch the video clips below.

Bonus: we’ll also provide for you a “teaser” clip for Abby’s next on-screen appearance: an interview coming up tomorrow on the Jewish Broadcasting Service.

Passover Stories and Lessons

Apr 4, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

There were many wonderful moments in last week’s conversation between our Abigail Pogrebin and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin at the Jewish Theological Seminary. But one of my favorites occurred during the audience Q&A period, when a Passover-related question from one attendee prompted Rabbi Telushkin to refer to a story by the acclaimed Israeli writer S.Y. Agnon (1888-1970).

The questioner had brought up the commandment found within the Haggadah: “Let all who are hungry come and eat.” In the exchange that followed, Rabbi Telushkin recalled that the commandment is, in fact, twofold: “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let all who are in need come and celebrate Passover.” He noted that this fuller perspective illuminates one of Agnon’s stories. Which, of course, I then immediately wanted to read.

Book Clubs

Great News for Book Clubs: Discounts and More

Mar 28, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

FTB titles make excellent choices for book clubs, and we try to make it extra-easy and appealing for you to use them. Let’s take a look at Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew, as an example.

Happy Publication Day to Abigail Pogrebin and MY JEWISH YEAR!

Mar 14, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Or at least, an entire blog post.

Happiest of publication days to Abigail Pogrebin and My Jewish Year.

Back Where MY JEWISH YEAR Began: The Forward Interviews Abigail Pogrebin

Mar 7, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

One week ahead of My Jewish Year‘s official publication date, today’s post is an all-too-brief acknowledgment of one institution’s formative role in its genesis. For if the basic project that anchors My Jewish Year—Abigail Pogrebin’s in-depth exploration and observance of a year’s worth of Jewish holidays—seems at all familiar to you, that may be due […]


Good News for Readers: Complimentary E-Book Offer (and Additional Discounts)

Feb 28, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Our February newsletter went out to subscribers this morning. And if you’re not yet a subscriber, we’re now offering something special to entice you to join us: a free e-book.

Jewish Year

Abigail Pogrebin on MY JEWISH YEAR and “One of the Most Extraordinary Years” of Her Life

Feb 21, 2017

By Erika Dreifus

Three weeks to go until the official publication date of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew! (Of course,  you can pre-order the book anytime before then.) The excitement continues to build—as does the coverage.

A few days ago, for instance, Publishers Weekly featured a new interview with Abby about her book. Here’s a snippet: