Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

Law and Disorder: A Conversation about Mental Health and Crime with Jonathan Rosen and Rachel Aviv


Thursday, April 20, 2023
7 – 8 pm EDT
Scheuer Auditorium

Authors Jonathan Rosen and Rachel Aviv engage in a conversation about mental illness and crime in today's culture, exploring how the facts can be distorted through observation and spectacle, and how mental illness and crime can affect the Jewish community specifically and differently than other communities. Moderated by Stephanie Butnick, host of Tablet’s Unorthodox podcast.

Copies of both books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. To purchase an advance copy of Rachel Aviv's Strangers To Ourselves, please click here; Jonathan Rosen's The Best Minds is available on the JBC website. To purchase, please click here.

About the Speakers:

Jonathan Rosen is the author of two novels: Eve’s Apple and Joy Comes in the Morning, and two non-fiction books: The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds and The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature. His essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous anthologies. He lives with his family in New York City.

Rachel Aviv is a staff writer at The New Yorker who has written for the magazine about a range of subjects, including medical ethics, psychiatry, criminal justice, and education. She was twice a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Public Interest, and in 2022 she won a National Magazine Award for Profile Writing. Aviv was a recipient of the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for her 2022 book Strangers to Ourselves, which the New York Times named one of the ten best books of the year.

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between. She has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Admission to the event is free, and includes an opportunity to visit the Jewish Museum’s galleries on the day of the program. Advance RSVP is required; however, early arrival is suggested as space is limited, and entry is not guaranteed.

Co-presented by Jewish Book Council, the Jewish Museum, and Tablet Magazine.

The Jewish Museum is committed to making its programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for live CART interpretation, ASL interpretation, or additional accommodations please email [email protected] or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Book covers for Jonathan Rosen's The Best Minds and Rachel Aviv's Strangers To Ourselves