Your Jewish Heritage Month Reading List

Fourteen books that celebrate the long-standing tradition of Jewish writers.

Jewish Heritage Month

May is Jewish-American Heritage Month, or, to make it sound really yummy, JAHM (and let’s be honest, there’s a lot of delicious Jewish food out there, though jam isn’t generally considered a Jewish specialty). We just got past Passover, and the next holidays (Lag Ba’Omer and then the cheesecakey Shavu’ot) aren’t upon us yet, so we can take this time to focus on the cultural heritage of Jewish writers. Since the written word is so important in the Jewish religion, it makes sense that there are lots and lots and lots of amazing books written by Jewish authors out there, and since we have an excuse to celebrate them, let’s. Also, let’s be clear: this is just a smattering, a little taste, of the incredible literature out there by Jewish writers.

Have any recommendations for books you don’t see here? Which would you add to the list?

Bookshelf curated by Ilana Masad.

Original illustration by Kristin Logsdon.

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About Ilana Masad

Ilana Masad

ILANA MASAD is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Printer’s Row, The Toast, The Butter, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, and more. She is the founder of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast for new, emerging, and struggling writers. She is (way too) active on Twitter @ilanaslightly.