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My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays One Wondering Jew to be Published by Fig Tree Books

Fig Tree Books

Fig Tree Books LLC, publishing the best literature of the American Jewish experience, has acquired the rights to publish My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. Based on Pogrebin’s series for The Forward, My Jewish Year reflects the author’s journey – spiritual and reportorial — into the heart of Judaism. For a year, Pogrebin observed every popular holiday (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover), festival holidays (Sukkot, Hanukkah, and Purim), six fasts and every less-understood holiday (Shavuot, Shemini Atzeret, Lag B’Omer), seeking clarity and connection through deep research, revealing interviews, and celebrations that took her out of her comfort zone. In the process, she found a depth of community she won’t forget. Publication of My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew is scheduled for January 2017.

Wondering Jew - Series

Jewish Daily Forward, May 26, 2015

18 Holidays: One Wondering Jew follows Abigail Pogrebin’s unpredictable foray into a Jewish year, with all its demands and revelries. You will be provoked, inspired and entertained.

Is God a Given?

The Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals, May 4, 2014

"How refreshing it would be if our institutional leaders—be they rabbis, cantors, or educators— would actually press us to ask the hardest questions of ourselves: Is it possible to be a Jew without God? Might you have already communed with God without even knowing it? Do you accept the role that God supposedly has played in our collective story? How do you conceptualize the God to whom you pray?"

Yom Kippur 5774 - Will Apathy Be Our Legacy?

American Jewish World Service: Yom Kippur Chag V'Chesed, September 14, 2013

In this American Jewish World Service commentary on the high holidays and social justice, Abigail Pogrebin looks to Yom Kippur 5774 and wonders whether apathy will be our legacy.

Never Too Late

What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-one Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, April 2, 2013

"Never Too Late" is Abigail Pogrebin's unique contribution to this collection in which women look at the relationships between mothers and daughters through a new lens: a daughter's story of a gift from her mother that has touched her to the bone and served as a model, a metaphor, or a touchstone in her own life. The contributors of these thirty-one original pieces include Pulitzer Prize winners, perennial bestselling novelists, and celebrated broadcast journalists.

Consultant: Top Rabbis 2013

The Daily Beast-Newsweek, March 21, 2013


How Do You Spell Ms.

New York Magazine, October 30th, 2011

Forty years ago, a group of feminists, led by Gloria Steinem, did the unthinkable: They started a magazine for women, published by women—and the first issue sold out in eight days. An oral history of a publication that changed history.

I’ve Drunk the Kool-Aid: Gratitude works.

The Huffington Post, September 22, 2010

"I never thought I'd say it, let alone do it: I'm keeping a gratitude journal. It's hard for me to even write those words because I know they conjure a lemming-like embrace of the latest self-help stunt. We've all heard the guarantee: 'Write about gratitude and you'll start feeling more grateful...which will then change your perspective on life.' Pablum, right? Well, this is one time I've embraced my inner pablum. Because that's exactly what happened to me. I started writing down sweet moments. And life started feeling lighter."

“Clash of the Kindles”

Huffington Post, March 29, 2009

My husband and I are in love with our Kindles. But the little hand held machines are straining our marriage. I should start with the arc of the romance: It all began with Kindle One. My husband brought the gadget home and I salivated as he began to wirelessly receive...

“Power in a Poem”

Huffington Post, February 4, 2009

Two days ago, I sat in a typical, hulking public school in the Bronx, in a sunny library with grates on the windows, and heard vigorous poetry. I'd shown up feeling tired, distracted, my Blackberry overrun with unreturned emails. But suddenly I was jarred by the raw...

“Family Politics”

Huffington Post, January 30, 2008

I believe that Kennedy decided Obama was the better person to heal this country at a critical time. NOW's rebuke is exactly what allows ...

“Confessions of a South Pacific groupie?”

Huffington Post, June 12, 2008

I'm a Type A, over-scheduled, super-rational person who has suddenly become a simpleminded, starry-eyed sap. The reason? I recently saw the revival of South Pacific at New York's Lincoln Center Theater. I've been trying to keep my obsession in check. I haven't written a fan letter or stalked...

” Victoria Joins the Anti-Role Models”

Huffington Post, July 17, 2007

Stupidity is in. I realize that's not a revelation. Paris, Brittany, Nicole, and Lindsay have made stupidity seem stale by now. But then, last night, Victoria arrived. As in Beckham: The British siren who was a pop music success for five minutes in the 90s and went on...

“Recipe for a Happy Life”

Good Housekeeping, September 2006

Profile of Anna Quindlen

“Remembering David”

Ladies Home Journal, March 2005

Profile of David Bloom’s wife, Melanie

“Lost and Found”

Good Housekeeping, June 2005

Adopted Chinese sisters are reunited

“The Kids Stay Out of the Picture”

Radar, Summer 2005

piece on the gay children of anti-gay conservatives

“An Illicit Yoga Love Story”

New York Magazine, May 23, 2005


“Nanny Scam”

New York Magazine, August 2, 2004


“Mom, why don’t we have a Christmas tree?”

Salon, December 18, 2003


“The Father They Adored”

Good Housekeeping, October, 2003

Interview with Klinghoffer daughters

“Hippos and Chickens and Pigs—Oh, My!”

Good Housekeeping, November 1, 2002

Profile of Sandra Boynton

“Don’t Ignore Our Son”

Parents Magazine, August 2002

Family coping with autistic child

“How Much is Dad Drinking?”

More Magazine, November 2002

Alcoholism among the elderly

“What’s in a Name?”

New York Sun, April 17, 2002

Profile of Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“Courting Katie”

Brill’s Content, Fall 2001

Katie Couric’s next move

“The Cult of Bloomberg”

Brill’s Content, 2001


“Isn’t It Rich? Aren’t They a Pair?”

Brill’s Content, May 2001

Bobby Zarem and Denise Rich

“Andrew Cuomo’s Quest for Camelot”

Talk Magazine, August 2001


“Every Mother’s Nightmare”

Talk Magazine, May 2000

Shaken baby case

“The Son Also Rises”

Brill’s Content, December 2000/January 2001

Profile of Bob Guccione, Jr.

“Blow Up”

Brill’s Content, June 2000

Richard Blow’s book about JFK Jr

Sweet on Sugar

Brill's Content, November/December 1999


“The Politics of Personality”

Brill’s Content, March 1999

Interview with John Kennedy, Jr.

“Head to Head: Their Fight for your Morning”

Brill’s Content, April 1999

Diane Sawyer pitted against Katie Couric

“The Last Supper”

Brill’s Content, May 1999

Accompanying Ruth Reichl as she reviews her last restaurant for the NY Times

“Not the First time”

Brill’s Content, August 1998

With Rifka Rosenwein