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Frankel Ink

Below are some of the books recently published by Frankel Center faculty and fellows.

A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture

By: Shachar Pinsker

Professor Pinsker's latest book was published by the New York University Press in May 2018.  See below for the book's summary and links to reviews.

Wall Street Journal review by Sholem Aleichem

Forward review by Professor Mikhail Krutikov

The New York Jewish Week interview by Sandee Brawarsky

A fascinating glimpse into the world of the coffeehouse and its role in shaping modern Jewish culture

Unlike the synagogue, the house of study, the community center, or the Jewish deli, the café is rarely considered a Jewish space. Yet, coffeehouses profoundly influenced the creation of modern Jewish culture from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. With roots stemming from the Ottoman Empire, the coffeehouse and its drinks gained increasing popularity in Europe. The “otherness,” and the mix of the national and transnational characteristics of the coffeehouse perhaps explains why many of these cafés were owned by Jews, why Jews became their most devoted habitués, and how cafés acquired associations with Jewishness.  Examining the convergence of cafés, their urban milieu, and Jewish creativity, Shachar M. Pinsker argues that cafés anchored a silk road of modern Jewish culture. He uncovers a network of interconnected cafés that were central to the modern Jewish experience in a time of migration and urbanization, from Odessa, Warsaw, Vienna, and Berlin to New York City and Tel Aviv. A Rich Brew explores the Jewish culture created in these social spaces, drawing on a vivid collection of newspaper articles, memoirs, archival documents, photographs, caricatures, and artwork, as well as stories, novels, and poems in many languages set in cafés.   Pinsker shows how Jewish modernity was born in the café, nourished, and sent out into the world by way of print, politics, literature, art, and theater. What was experienced and created in the space of the coffeehouse touched thousands who read, saw, and imbibed a modern culture that redefined what it meant to be a Jew in the world.

Jewish New York: The Remarkable Story of a City and a People

By: Deborah Dash Moore
Published by New York University Press in October 2017

Sargon II, King of Assyria by Josette Elayi. Archaeology and Biblical Studies 22

Series Editor: Brian Schmidt
Published by the Society of Biblical Literature in July 2017

Modernism without Jews?: German-Jewish Subjects and Histories

By: Scott Spector
Published by Indiana University Press in September 2017

Second Temple Jewish "Paideia" in Context

By: Gabriele Boccaccini
Published by De Gruyter in July 2017