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"The World in Me" Audio Essay on Bookpod.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016,
7 PM

"Building a New Tappan Zee Bridge"
Cornell Club of Rockland County
10 Patriot Hills Ln, Stony Point, NY

Friday, August 12, 2016,
10:45 AM

"Displaced Persons," and the "paradoxical lives Holocaust survivors built in America"
Hevreh of Southern Berkshires
270 State Road, Route 23
Great Barrington, Mass.

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, 7 PM
"Pious Ones"
Lenox Bookshop
Lenox, Mass.

Dec. 20, 2015, 10:30 AM
Talk on "Pious Ones"
Temple Emeth B'Yachad
Teaneck, N.J.

Nov. 12, 2015
Talk on "Displaced Persons"
Bronx Science alumni
Private home

June 23, 2015
Talk on "Pious Ones"
YIVO Institute For Jewish Research
West 16th Street, NYC

June 16, 2015
Talk on"Pious Ones
Hillcrest Hadassah
Flushing, N.Y.

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.