The Nashville Jewish Book Series Concludes Its 2023 Season This Month

The Nashville Jewish Book Series 2023 season is coming to an end, but we still have one more in-person and one more virtual event to close the series.


Join the NJBS on Tuesday, May 2 at 7pm at the Gordon JCC for the final in-person event of the season with journalist Micheline Maynard and the story of Zingerman’s rise to a global food community.


Journalist and author Micheline Maynard, a contributing columnist at the Washington Post, will come to town to discuss her book, Satisfaction Guaranteed, How Zingerman’s Built a Corner Deli into a Global Food Community. The book looks at the business philosophy and sustainability of Ann Arbor’s renowned deli.


Margaret Littman will moderate the panel with Maynard and three of Nashville’s star entrepreneurs: Dr. Jonathan Gluck of Gluck Orthodontics and Benjamin and Max Goldberg of Strategic Hospitality. Together they will dive into the best practices and philosophies that businesses can use to design and grow from. Themes of healthy workplaces will be drawn from the expertise of Zingerman’s, as outlined in the book. Audience questions and participation will be welcomed.


This panel is a must-attend for those interested in workplaces, business, building community, and deli foods. Tickets are $18. Maynard will be available to sign copies of the book afterward. Books will be available for sale from Parnassus Books. There will also be candy bars from Zingerman’s along with drinks to quench your thirst.


This program is sponsored by Gluck Orthodontics.


The final event of the year is a free virtual event taking place on Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm with author Weina Dai Randel, The Last Rose of Shanghai. This historical fiction is an inspirational book about a Jewish refugee and a young heiress at a formerly popular and glamorous Shanghai nightclub. The novel ties love, music, and resilience together in this sweeping story of love and redemption.


Yurina Yoshikawa, writer and teacher of fiction and non-fiction writing at The Porch will be in conversation with Randel. You do not want to miss this event which brings cultures together. Stay tuned for information about an upcoming writing class with The Porch, focusing on writing multi-cultural stories.


This program is sponsored by Asian and Pacific Islanders of Middle Tennessee.


The Nashville Jewish Book Series aims to bring people together for meaningful discussions about Jewish culture, identity, and life through literature. The NJBS runs from November 2022 to May 2023. Find the full schedule with registration and ticketing information at or contact community-wide programs. rector Sharon Benus at or 615-354-1697.


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