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"The World in Me" Audio Essay on Bookpod.

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Click here to listen to Joseph Berger's interview with Leonard Lopate on NPR Dec. 27th
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Upcoming speaking engagements:

April, 30, 2015, 10:30 AM
Conversation with Lucinda Franks
Mid-Westchester JCC
Scarsdale, NY

March 15, 2015, 9:30am
Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester
Chappaqua, NY

March 3, 2015
JCC Mid-Westchester
Scarsdale, NY
Joe Berger interviews Lucinda Franks Morgenthau, author

February 26, 2015, 7:30pm
JCC of Central NJ
Scotch Plains, NJ

December 7, 2014, 2pm
Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
Newburgh, NY

November 19 2014, 7:30 PM
JCC Mid-Westchester
Scarsdale, NY
Joe Berger interviews Martin Fletcher, NBC's Israel correspondent

November 10, 2014, 3pm
Atria Senior Living
New York, NY

November 3, 2014, 12pm
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
Dunwoody, GA

October. 23, 2014, 7:30 PM
JCC Mid-Westchester
Scarsdale, NY
Talk with Gary Rosenblatt, editor of Jewish Week, on his book, “Between the Lines,” and “The Pious Ones.

September 29, 2014, 1:30pm
Central Queens YM & YWHA
Forest Hills, NY

Thursday, Aug. 14. 7:30 PM
Hamptons Synagogues, Westhampton, N.Y.
Talk on “The Pious Ones”

April 21, 2015. 7:00 PM
Westchester Jewish Film Festival
Jacobs Burns Theater
Pleasantville, NY

Past speaking engagements have included:

Friday, July 18,2014, 12:30 PM
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Talk to teachers on “Displaced Persons”

Larchmont Women's Club "The World in a City" Orienta Beach Club 1054 Walton Avenue Mamaroneck, NY 10534

Conversation, Kate Roiphe
Breaking News in Jewish World

92d Street Y
92d Street and Lexington
New York, NY

Immigrants in New York
International House
Riverside Drive, 122d St.
New York, NY

Immigrants in New York
Yeshiva University High School
2540 Amsterdam Avenue
New York , NY

Conversation, Gershom Gorenberg
Breaking News in Jewish World
92d Street Y
92d Street and Lexington
New York, NY

Click here for past appearance dates

The Pious Ones

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of Hasidim

"Longtime New York Times reporter Berger puts decades of experience in reporting on Hasidim to work in this balanced, intriguing account of the American Hasidic population.... Assuming very little previous knowledge from readers, the author masterfully explains all aspects. ..... Filled with plenty of material for further discussion, the book does a service by dispelling many myths, and Berger provides an avenue for wider public understanding and acceptance of Hasidism.... Through Berger's solid research and approachable writing, readers will gain a clear, well-rounded understanding of who the Hasidim are, where they came from and where they are going as a people".
---Kirkus Reviews
   

 

The World in a City:
Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York


"Berger's descriptions of the adaptations of these newcomers serve as inspiration for even the most cynical New Yorkers. . . a travel cornucopia to prompt stick-in-the-mud New Yorkers to explore outlying neighborhoods" --
New York Times Sunday Book Review, Nov. 4, 2007

"What a wonderful world exists in The World in a City, superbly described by a great writer, Joe Berger. . . .The World in a City takes readers on a marvelous trip around the world without their ever having to leave New York." --
Edward I Koch, former mayor of New York City
   

 

Displaced Persons:
Growing up American after the Holocaust


"This powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written by Joseph Berger, is a remarkable tribute not only to his parents but to an entire generation of Holocaust survivors who. . .succeeded in rebuilding their lives and dreams."
-Elie Wiesel

"An absorbing, deeply moving memoir." -The NY Times


Joseph Berger was a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for over 30 years, writing about education, religion, and the vivid kaleidoscope that is New York City as well chronicling many of the events that have shaken Israel and the Middle East. He retired in December 2014 and now teaches urban affairs at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.
He is the author of four books, the latest, The Pious OnesThe World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, was published by HarperCollins in Fall 2014. Francine Klagsbrun of Jewish Week said the “book takes us on a remarkable journey into the complexities” of Hasidic lives, and in a review in the Jewish Press, William Helmreich, a professor of sociology at City University, called the book a “charming, informative and ultimately really fun read by a longtime, prominent journalist.”
Berger previously wrote The World in a City: Traveling the Globe through the Neighborhoods of the New New York, an intimate insider's tour of a New York City transformed by immigration, gentrification and other forces. Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust is a memoir about his family's experience as refugees in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. It was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times, which called it "an extraordinary memoir" and was praised by Elie Wiesel as a "powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written." His first book was The Young Scientists: America's Future and the Winning of the Westinghouse, an upbeat portrait of America's best schools and the way they educate the nation's most scientifically talented youngsters. The book inspired many high schools to launch programs that train students to do research, not just learn basic science.
Berger is a prolific speaker about immigration, New York City, the Holocaust, Israel and themes in education. He has appeared in over 200 venues including the 92d Street Y, Barnes & Noble, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of the City of New York, numerous book fairs and an array of colleges around the country, including Princeton, Columbia, Vassar, Barnard, Sarah Lawrence, and New York University. He has also run two speakers series: at the 92d Street Y where he has interviewed Edward Koch, Mort Zuckerman, Cynthia Ozick,  and Jeffrey Toobin; and at the Mid-Westchester Jewish Community Center, where he has interviewed Martin Fletcher and Gary Rosenblatt.

Please change the bio to read like this:
Joseph Berger, an immigrant himself, spent three years as a kind of roving correspondent to New York neighborhoods, writing feature articles about the ethnic and cultural richness of the city that became the core of two books, “The World in a City” and “The Pious Ones.” Berger was a reporter, editor and columnist with The New York Times from 1984 to 2015 and continues writing periodically for The Times as well as teaching urban affairs at the City University of New York. He was a religion correspondent from 1985 to 1987, covering the Pope's trip to 10 American cities in nine days, and national education correspondent from 1987 to 1990, a period when American school curricula were under attack as too European-focused. From 1990 until 1993, he covered New York City's schools and colleges, when there were bitter controversies over condom distribution and AIDS instruction. He was the recipient of the 1993 Education Writers Association award for exposing abuses in bilingual education. In September 1999, he was appointed deputy education editor where, among other stories, he directed coverage of the firing of one chancellor and the search for another, the dramatic changes in bilingual education and a series on the first-year of a new teacher. He wrote a biweekly national column for the Times' education page as well as columns for the regional editions. Most recently, he chronicled the building of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, the first major bridge built in the New York area in half a century, in an occasional Times series.
Prior to joining the Times, Mr. Berger worked as Newsday's religion writer, where he three times won the Supple Award given by the Religion Newswriters Association, its highest honor. Mr. Berger also worked at The New York Post, covering such assignments as the 1973 Middle East War and Watergate. From 1967 to 1971, he was an English teacher at a Bronx junior high school.

Berger is the author of “Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust," which was published by Scribner in April 2001 and is a memoir about his family's experience as refugees in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. The book was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times, which called it ”an extraordinary memoir” and was praised by Elie Wiesel as a “powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written.” There have been excellent reviews as well in the Boston Globe, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Berger’s first book was ``The Young Scientists,'' a study of the country's top science high schools and their students, published by Addison Wesley in 1993.

Berger was born in Russia in 1945, spent the postwar years in D.P. camps in Germany and, after immigrating here, grew up in Manhattan and the Bronx. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, City College and the Bronx High School of Science. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Brenda, a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. Their daughter, Annie, a graduate of Northwestern University, is an associate editor for young adult books at HarperCollins.