A special discussion of The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 7:00pm
2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208

A special discussion of The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm ET

Location: Joseph-Beth Rookwood

Join us for a special discussion of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, in collaboration with Rabbi Austin Zoot and Valley Temple.

The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback — “an excellent, hyperliterate, genre-pantsing detective novel that deserves every inch of its…blockbuster superfame” (New York).

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.


Rabbi Austin Zoot serves as the Valley Temple Rabbi Educator. He brings a passion and commitment to lifelong Jewish learning, using education as a means to bring people of all ages together. Rabbi Zoot was ordained from Hebrew Union College in 2020 and attended Indiana University for his undergraduate studies, where he received degrees in Jewish Studies and Telecommunications. He brings his passion for modern communications tools and Jewish communal spaces together in an attempt to build lasting connections. He also is passionate about summer camp, having spent 10 summers at URJ camps across the country, and is a strong supporter of NFTY, having served on North American Board as a teen.


The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780007149834
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 29th, 2008

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