Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide for Every Member of the Tribe by Lisa Alcalay Klug


"It’s never been hipper to be Jewish." –VH1

Cool Jew does for gefilte fish and matzah balls what the Preppy Handbook did for plaid and polo–only with much more chutzpah.

Cool Jew covers everything Hebraic from womb to tomb, finally putting an end to Christmas tree envy. Short essays, lists, instructional guides, photographs, and original illustrations celebrate Jewish cultural pride with love, enthusiasm, and irreverence.

Entries ranging from "Heebonics for the Yiddish Impaired" to "Self-Help for the Christmas Carole Intolerant" provide the long-awaited Jewish response to that WASP manual of the ’80s, The Preppy Handbook.

In addition to cultural hilarity, Cool Jew features resourceful back-of-the-book material, including "People of Da Book" (authoritative texts on Jewish concepts and culture), the "Heebster Jewke Box" (tunes that rock the Heebster vibe), and the "Tribe Online" (an extensive listing of Jewish Web resources).

About the Author
Lisa Alcalay Klug is a former staff writer for the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times. An award-winning freelance journalist, she works as a stringer for the New York Times and contributes to the San Francisco Chronicle, Forward, Jerusalem Post, and many other publications. She divides her time among California, New York, and Jerusalem.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been covered in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and on 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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