This fall, we celebrate ten years of bringing top-notch Jewish cultural arts programming to the regional Denver community through the Neustadt JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music). But did you know that we’ve been sharing Jewish books with the community for the last half-century? At last year’s JAAMM Fest, we celebrated fifty years of Jewish books at the JCC Denver! Book lovers, rejoice, for this year’s upcoming JAAMM Fest will continue to offer the best and the brightest of Jewish literature and non-fiction for all ages and interests. 

Steve and Kathy indulge Amy with a selfie before the first “Meet the Author” session begins.

JAAMM Fest grew out of the long-standing tradition of celebrating Jewish Book Month, which is the month preceding Hanukkah, by bringing an expansive list of Jewish books to the community. All kinds of books – fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, cookbooks, self-help, poetry, graphic novels: at one point, as many as 1,500 titles were on display at the Leah Cohen Book Fair!

To honor this tradition and identify which gems of Jewish books to bring to you, I (our MACC Festivals Director) alongside Steve Wilson, the MACC’s Executive Artistic Director, and Kathy Neustadt, our incredible JAAMM Festival benefactor and chair of the MACC Board of Directors, set out for New York City and attended the Jewish Book Council (JBC) Network Conference. We schmoozed with literary programmers from JCC’s all over North America, attended informative panels and discussions about Jewish arts programming, and listened to over 200 authors pitch us their books. We’ve made our offers…and you’ll have to stay tuned later this summer to discover who’s coming to JAAMM!

 

The team celebrates #JewLit by striking a pose in front of JBC’s step and repeat

Another way we are honoring our literary roots is through our JAAMM Bookstore: a curated selection vetted by our smart and dedicated core group of literary volunteers of around 50 titles that you’ll want to share with your friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a Hanukkah gift for your children or grandchildren, or want to treat yourself to some of the latest award-winning Jewish literature, I know you’ll find something that you’ll love!