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Purim Recap!

Hey Friends, Heebsters and Honoraries,

What an amazing year it has been already!!!

In the past few months, Cool Jew has been on the go... on stage and on tour, with a lot of super fun return visits to some of my favorite events across the country!

The book tour that keeps on giving has included these wonderful events:

Schmooze Conference - my fourth on the Schmooze Conference Team and my first as assistant director!
Moderator: "NextGen Magnets: Programming for 20s and 30s"
City Winery, NYC, January 11 - 12, 2011

Limmud NY -- my third in a row as a presenter!
"Cool Jew: A Cultural Ride for Every Member of the Tribe," sell-out crowd, standing room only!
January 14 - 17, 2011

Midrasha of the East Bay Annual Fundraiser
Moderator of "The Business of Bagels and Blessings," a panel discussion with authors, Noah Alper, Business Mensch, and Sue Fishkoff, Kosher Nation
Temple Isaiah, February 13, 2011

Limmud LA -- my third in a row as a presenter!
"Jewseum: The World's First Virtual Interactive Jewish Museum"
February 18 - 21, 2011

Jewlicious Festival 7.0 -- my fifth consecutive as a presenter!
February 25 - 27, 2011

"Author at large," moderating and presenting at three sessions

* Moderator and presenter at "Shmooze Talk:" short, sweet inspirational talks with four presenters:
Tal Brody, Israel's Goodwill Ambassador and Basketball Superstar
Dan Sieradski, Director of Digital Strategy, Repair the World
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein, Co-Founder, Jewlicious Festivals

* StorySlam: Creative Storytelling Workshop

* Moderator: Why We Give a Damn - Roundtable
Activists speak the "why" of "what" they do

Limmud Shabbat/Limmud Winnipeg -- the inaugural event!
March 11 -13, 2011
Another three sessions:
* "Jewseum: The World's First Virtual Interactive Jewish Museum" and
* A "Cool Jew: A Cultural Ride for Every Member of the Tribe Double Header" with a big Saturday night show in Winnipeg's massive Rady Center Theatre and a repeat performance, standing room only, on Sunday!

All those awesome Limmud experiences came into this fantastic JTA article, "Limmud becoming new favored networking tool for Jewish authors, artists, groups" by Sue Fishkoff.

And now... it's Purim! It's also time for this Cool Jew to get back to the business of writing. My new book, also with my fantastic publisher, Andrews McMeel, is in progress and so much fun!

In the meantime, wishing you a l'chaim in your punim and a fun-filled, meaningful Purim Sameach!

December 2010 and January 2011

Catch Cool Jew

at several upcoming gigs, December 2010 and January 2011!

I'll be emceeing the Saturday night show at the upcoming Hazon Food Conference - West!
Dec. 23 - 26, 2010
Walker Creek Ranch
Sonoma County, CA

I'll be on hand, helping run the program and moderating sessions on stage as assistant director of Schmooze 2011.

Schmooze 2011
Jan. 11 - 12th, 2011
New York City

And I'll be in the mix at Limmud NY
January 14-17, 2011
Martin Luther King Day Weekend
Hudson Valley Resort
Kerhonkson, NY

For more info, call 212-908-2525 or email info(at)limmudny.org. Drop my name and register by Friday, December 24, 2010 for a $50 discount to Limmud NY at www.limmudny.org.

See you there!

Cool Jew in Jerusalem

Two special events on tap this week in Jerusalem!

1. An Evening of Spoken Word
אירוע "ספוקן וורד " בירושלים

Come here the debut of my newest piece at a bilingual "Evening of Spoken Word" on Tuesday, October 12th, 2010. אירוע "ספוקן וורד" בירושלים at the Avram Coffee Bar, 97 Jaffa Road, Jerusalem. בר-קפה אברם ,רח יפו 97.

Big thanks to meshoreret Michaela Lamdan for putting together an amazing program!

משוררים, מוסיקאים ושחקנים
בערב יוצגו טקסטים מלווים במוסיקה במגוון סגנונות ה"ספוקן"
Harold Rubin &JC Jones
ורדה בן חור, חגית גרוסמן ואופיר לוקיי, ללי ציפי מיכאלי בלווי סקסופן ,יחזקאל נפשי וא.ב. דן , אמיר מנשהוף, נעם פרתום , שירה ז' כרמל , מיכאלה למדן,אפרת קוזין,מרפי ,גילי א' דנון
אורחת מיוחדת - הסופרת ליסה קלג מקליפורניה
If you don't read Hebrew, that last line reads "Special guest: author Lisa Alcalay Klug from California!"
כניסה- 20 ש"ח
מומלץ להזמין מקום
טל' להזמנת מקום:

2. Catch the Cool Jew show at the Conservative Yeshiva

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 2010, 12:30 pm

Cool Jew: A Cultural Ride for Every Member of the Tribe

A fun-filled romp across the contemporary Jewish cultural landscape. Includes musical samplings, slides, poignant personal anecdotes and humorous escapades fresh from the United States and the massive tour across North America, Europe and Israel that launched the best-selling book, Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, the first humor book honored in the 50-year history of the National Jewish Book Awards.

Lisa Alcalay Klug is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe. She has published hundreds of articles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem Report, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Moment, Hadassah, Forward and many other mainstream and Jewish media outlets. Over the past two years, she has co-curated, performed and presented at more than 100 events in the U.S., Canada, Israel and Europe at a wide variety of venues. These include universities, synagogues, book fairs, Jewish Federation events and festivals including Jewlicious and Limmud conferences in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, London, Berlin and Amsterdam. She holds a Masters of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies (Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors) from the University of California at Berkeley. She also completed post-graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a focus on Contemporary Jewry. Lisa is the founding director of Tolerant Nation, which provides innovative arts and cultural events for young Jews to interact with one another, connect to their Jewish legacy and explore cross-cultural experiences.

Cool Jew Goes Global!



It's the tour that keeps on ticking! The 2009-2010 Cool Jew World Tour officially begins this weekend, when I set off for New York City! With books in tow, I'll be joining the sixth annual Carlebach retreat at the beautiful eco-friendly Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. Next stop?

First, The Motherland. Then, The Mothership

Tick, tick, tick! The overseas leg launches December 1st, as we blast off for Tel Aviv! Among other events we'll be announcing online, we'll be celebrating Chanukah Cool Jew-style with a come-one, come-all Cool Jew-licious Tweet Up! It's a joint event with one of my favorite blog-spots, Jewlicious and stand-up comedian Benji Lovitt. Catch us at sunset at the public menorah lighting in Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem the third night of lights. Or join us after work at a downtown libation-location TBA. For late-breaking deets, follow me on Twitter @lisaklug, friend me on Facebook or visit CoolJewBook.com!

December 23rd, it's off to London for the celebrated festival known as Limmud UK: 2,000 Yidden * 800 sessions * 5 days plus a pre-festival Shabbat! It's all held at the University of Warwick. This Californian will be bracing the cold to present five times and enjoy all the festivities at this mothership of all Limmud festivals worldwide!

Then it's off to Paris! January 4th - 10th, the city across the Channel brings on private events in the historic city of lights. Catch these updates on Twitter. Then it's back across the pond just in time for...

More Schmooze, Less Snooze!

Schmooze: The IJPA Jewish Culture Conference for international Jewish arts and culture presenters and artists takes place January 11th - 12th at City Winery in Manhattan. I've loved being part of planning Schmooze the past few years and am thrilled by the awesome line-up we'll be presenting one more time. In addition to Schmooze, I'll be catching the spectacular shows that always run concurrent with each night of Schmooze at the Oy!hoo Music Festival. Imagine 20 rockin' innovative and emerging Jewish performers across two NYC venues. Tickets to Schmooze, which includes an all-access pass to the music festival, and festival tix ala carte are available at Oyhoo.com.

There's one more big event on this ground-breaking tour and that's Limmud NY, January 15th - January 18th. It's four days of eye-opening sessions, book signings, concerts, Shabbat, and more at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York. Registration is now open.

In Other Headlines

You asked for it, you've got it! New this holiday season, pair up a book with awesome Heebster gear from the Cool Jew Book Store. Now you can score an entire grocery store worth of rockin' goods featuring the iconic book jacket or the ridonkulously cool Cool Jew necklace designed by yours truly. It's all currently on sale at reduced "Black Friday" rates, so swagger on over and pick up some swag!

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with blessings of gratitude and abundance,

A Chanukah Sameach -- may the light of Chanukah illuminate your world with joy, meaning and fun,

And as always,

A l'chaim in your punim!


Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe, a 2008 National Jewish Book Award Finalist, makes a great gift!

Now booking: lisa (at) cooljewbook.com

Hello, Rochester!


This year, Women's Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation presents its 19th annual opportunity to celebrate the power of a woman's gift! Join us on Tuesday, October 27th with keynote speaker, Lisa Alcalay Klug, author of

Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe.

THE MAIN EVENT will take place at Temple Beth El, 139 South Winton Road in Rochester, New York

beginning with a 6:15 PM reception followed by 7:00 PM dinner and program.

Cost for the evening is $40 per person. During the evening each woman will have the opportunity to make a personal pledge to the 2010 UJA Federation Campaign; a minimum gift of $200 is suggested. The MAIN EVENT is sponsored by Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester.

More info on registering is available here.

Limmud UK

A week long chag - a festival of the mind and the spirit.


Start Time:
Friday, December 25, 2009 at 8:00am
End Time:
Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 2:00pm
The University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom

* Choose from over 800 sessions
* A wide range of options every hour
* Hundreds of speakers from all over the world
* Torah, Spirituality, Israel, History, Politics, Social Action, Community, Society, Arts, Culture, Music, Performance and more
* Over 2,000 fellow participants to meet and keep the discussions going

* Efraim Zuroff, Nazi hunter and candidate for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize
* Bernard Kops, the East End poet and playwright
* Michelle Citrin, singer and YouTube phenomenon
* Hephzibah Anderson, author of Chastened: No More Sex in the City
* Lisa Klug, author of Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe

* Darshan, New York Hip Hop artists
* Kobi Oz, Israeli singer / songwriter who has represented his country at Eurovision
* Hagai El-Ad, Chief Exec of Association for Civil Rights in Israel
* Jonathan Fine, authority on terrorism and geopolitics from the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya
* Shalva Weil, historian of Ethiopian and Indian Jewry
* Jay Michaelson, editor of Zeek, the Manhattan based Jewish youth culture magazine
* Robert Rabinowitz, climate change expert


*spotlight sessions on sustainability and the Jewish world
*new tracks including Jewish Communal Professional covering the core skills of fundraising, strategy, education and more
*in Mind, Body, Spirit you’ll be engaging your whole Jewish being to explore texts in new and interesting ways.
*recreational activities like the pub quiz, the ‘Unfire’, a late night bar and top film, theatre and musical performances

The very best value:
We’ve kept a low price of only £370 for five days - only £74 per day including all your food, accommodation, sessions and entertainment. A new low price on ensuite single rooms, reduced to only £430.

If you’re under 30 a great way to experience Conference for as little as £115 is by spending a few hours a day volunteering in our Young Adult Development programme.

Book by November 23, before our prices rise.

Apply online at www.limmud.org

Where will Limmud Conference 2009 take you?