JLF Co-founder and Educational Director
Shimon Apisdorf is the co-founder and educational director of the
Jewish Literacy Foundation (JLF). Mr. Apisdorf has authored eight of
the foundation�s books, including the popular Jewish Holiday �Survival
Kit� series. Under Mr. Apisdorf�s leadership, JLF has distributed more
than 67,000 books to unaffiliated and marginally affiliated Jews
across the continent in an effort to educate Jews about their heritage
and bring them closer to Judaism.
Most recently, Mr. Apisdorf completed Israel in a Nutshell, a book
that discusses the history of the creation of the State of Israel and
the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Israel in a Nutshell is the first
book to launch JLF�s continent-wide campaign to provide every Jewish
home with a Jewish library. This book is part of a series of twelve
books entitled Judaism in a Nutshell that addresses modern-day Jewish
issues such as God, spirituality, holidays, and interpersonal
relationships in a concise format.
In 1999, Mr. Apisdorf received the Benjamin Franklin Award from the
Publishers Marketing Association for Chanukah: Eight Nights of Light,
Eight Gifts for the Soul, and in 1993 he received the same award for
the best-selling Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit series.
Before joining JLF, Mr. Apisdorf was the first Judaic studies teacher
hired at the newly founded Columbus Torah Academy High School in 1992
where he taught for three years. From 1991-1993, Mr. Apisdorf was the
educational director for the Jewish outreach organization, Aish
HaTorah, in Columbus, Ohio. From 1987-1990, Mr. Apisdorf served as the
director of special programs for Aish HaTorah in Toronto where he was
instrumental in the development of Canada�s largest Jewish adult
education program. Today, Mr. Apisdorf resides in Baltimore, MD with
his wife, Miriam and their four children.
Mr. Apisdorf attended the University of Cincinnati and then went on to
study at the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland. In addition, Mr. Apisdorf
studied at the Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem for
five years where he received his Rabbinic Ordination in 1995. Mr.
Apisdorf is also the author of The Passover Survival Kit, The Survival
Kit Family Haggadah, The One Hour Purim Primer, and the co-author of
The Death of Cupid: Reclaiming the Wisdom of Love, Dating, Romance,
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