JBC Network

The JBC Network Platform is designed to benefit communities that offer Jewish book programs and the authors of Jewish-interest books. The JBC Network—with roughly 120 member organizations across North America, including JCCs, synagogues, Hillels, Jewish Federations, and cultural centers—gives over 250 authors a platform for sharing their books each year. The program connects authors with their readers and promotes Jewish culture through Jewish book events.

For authors, this is an opportunity to promote current books of Jewish interest and make connections to communities around North America. For program directors, JBC Network provides a wide selection of interesting authors who will present book programs for no honorarium.

Each spring, the Jewish Book Council sponsors a conference for the professional representatives of JBC Network member sites and their lay committee members. More than 250 attendees gather to learn about the newest Jewish-interest books, discuss innovative ideas for book programming, hash out the nuts and bolts of running successful programs, and meet JBC Network authors. Following the annual conference, Jewish Book Council staff acts on the specific requests of JBC Network members and plans tours for requested authors.

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For more information, contact Suzanne Swift, JBC Network Director.

Did you know?

  • The Jewish Book Council originally formed the JBC Network in 1999 to serve as a central address for Jewish organizations that present book or author programs.
  • Because of its popularity, the number of participating authors has quintupled over the past decade and a half from approximately 50 authors to over 270 each year.
  • Past JBC Network author include: Nathan Englander, Samuel G. Freedman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Myla Goldberg, Ari L. Goldman, Dara Horn, Dr. Eric Kandel, Nicole Krauss, Rabbi Harold Kushner, Aaron Lansky, Daniel Libeskind, Naomi Ragen, Ambassador Dennis Ross, Darin Strauss, Shawn Green, and Dr. Jonathan Sarna.
  • For the 2018-2019 season, over 1,000 Jewish literary events have been scheduled through the JBC Network across North America.
  • JBC Network authors are skilled in the art of the elevator pitch—each gets only 2 minutes to present his or her book at the annual JBC Network conference.
  • Check out the 2007 New York Times profile of the JBC Network here.