The JCC of Central New Jersey will present One Book, One Jewish Community at the JCC on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the JCC’s newly renovated Weinberg Pavilion.  One Book, One Jewish Community is part of a national movement that encourages groups and individuals to read the same book and then come together to share insights and perspectives. Its goal is to foster a joy of reading while supporting Jewish identity and practice.  

The selected book for the event is Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter, an award-winning novel by Peter Manseau, who will be the featured guest speaker at the event.  Manseau is a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he studies religion and teaches writing.  He is also the author of Vows and coauthor of Killing the Buddha.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.  A founding editor of the award-winning webzine,, he is now the editor of Search, The Magazine of Science, Religion and Culture.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington, DC.
Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter is the untold story of the last Yiddish poet in America – the bad-tempered but charmingly eloquent Itsik Malpesh – and his 21-year-old non-Jewish translator.  It is the winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and the Hadassah Magazine’s Ribalow Award. The book can be purchased at a reduced rate of $10 at the JCC Member Services Desk.  There will be a facilitated discussion about the book at the JCC on Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in preparation for the author’s visit.  Attendance at the pre-event discussion is free.

Book groups and individuals are all encouraged to participate and this event is open to the public.  Admission to the November 17 event is $18 per person.  Wine, coffee, tea and desserts will be served. Tickets can be purchased online at, by mail or in person at the JCC in Scotch Plains.  Participants who register for this event at the JCC or online by November 3 will be eligible for a chance to win a Kindle™. 

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For information, study guide, author interview and other links, go to  If you have additional questions about the event, please contact Michele Dreiblatt, Cultural Arts and Education Director at 908-889-8800 x205 or Community partners for this event include Jewish Federation of Central NJ, Haddasah, J Connection, area synagogues and book clubs.

The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, United Way of Greater Union County and the United Fund of Westfield. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.