On Sunday, December 11, 2022 beginning at 10:00 AM, the Museum will present its first-ever New York Jewish Book Festival, featuring talks, panels, and author signings. The daylong event will touch on themes of Jewish heritage including culture and history, modern life and literature, the Holocaust, food and cookbooks, and books for kids and families.

New York Jewish Book Festival FAQ’s

  • When is the New York Jewish Book Festival?
    • The festival is on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280).
    • Programs will run from 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. The resource area with invited partners and author signings is open from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  
  • Are tickets required to attend the festival?
    • General registration is free to all and required. If you arrive and haven’t registered, we’ll ask you to register at the door.
    • For keynote events: specific registration for these special events taking place in Edmond J. Safra Hall is required. If you do not register in advance, you can register at the festival, but space is limited for all programs and keynotes. If keynotes reach capacity, tickets will be standby only and ushers will admit people if seats are available.
  • Can I register for the events in advance?
    • Events (that aren’t keynotes) are open to all on a first come, first serve basis. Once a program reaches its capacity, no further entry will be accepted.
  • Is the festival free?
  • Will any of the events be livestreamed or recorded?
    • Yes, you can register to attend the keynotes via livestream. Select events will be recorded and made available after the festival.
  • Can I purchase books at the festival?
    • Yes, most of the books associated with programs at the festival will be available for purchase.
    • Many authors will participate in signings after their programs. If you don’t want to purchase books at the festival, many will be available at our online Pickman Museum Shop.
  • Will the Museum’s exhibitions be open during the Book Festival?
    • Yes! Our current exhibitions (The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do and Survivors: Faces of Life After the Holocaust. Photographs by Martin Schoeller) are on view and will be open with free admission for all Book Festival attendees on December 11.
  • Will there be food or drinks available?
    • Yes, the Museum’s Lox Café, which features family-friendly Jewish & Russian fare, will be open during the festival.
  • What is your security and bag policy?
    • The visitor admissions policies are consistent with the Museum’s which are as follows:
      • All visitors to the Museum must pass through security.
      • Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibition galleries.
      • Backpacks, strollers, large bags, and other large items are not allowed in the galleries. Please ask at the Visitor Services desk if you need to check your belongings.
  • Is there coat check?
    • Yes, we have free coat check and cubbies where you can check bags and other items.  Check out our Museum map when you arrive to help you navigate the Museum.
  • What are the COVID-19 policies?
    • COVID-19 vaccination is no longer required to enter the museum. Masking is appreciated and recommended for all attendees, but also no longer required. We ask that anyone experiencing symptoms of or who has been exposed to COVID-19 attend the festival’s online events.
  • Is the Museum accessible?
    • All Museum spaces are wheelchair accessible. We can provide wheelchairs on a first-come, first-served basis; please visit the Ann & Abe Oster Welcome Desk for assistance. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on all floors of the Museum.
    • Service animals are welcome.


This program is made possible in part by support from the Battery Park City Authority.   

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