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new editon of "Jewish Heritage Travel" released today

book coverRuth Gruber just posted this to the Jewish-Music mailing list. I travelled all over Eastern Europe ten years ago using the previous edition (which was snapped off my shelf from a fellow-traveler, so who knows where it's gone since then). I should also note to the uninitiated that Ruth Gruber is also the author of 2001's highly-acclaimed "Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe".

I'm pleased to announce the publication of my book, "National Geographic Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to Eastern Europe," which officially comes out today, March 20. It's a new, updated and expanded edition of my original Jewish Heritage Travel, which first came out in back in 1992—a lot has changed since then….

The new edition includes 14 countries—Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Lithuania and Ukraine (mainly western Ukraine) are newly added; sites in the other countries have been updated. There are all-new pictures, and the book has been redesigned. I include web resources and publications, as well as addresses for kosher facilities, synagogues, etc.

Alas, there was only room to note a few of the Jewish culture/music/etc festivals, but there is a book-event for it scheduled for this summer's Krakow festival, and probably also one in Prague the week before that.

The book is available at internet bookselling sites and (I hope) in bookstores.