The Schmutz

At CBE, we count many acclaimed authors, journalists, and screenwriters among our membership. Join us for our new quarterly series, The Schmutz: CBE Writers Get Real, where the writers in our midst will introduce us to the books, ideas, and authors they can’t stop thinking about.

Current Events

The Schmutz: CBE Writers Get Real with Stephen Mills in Conversation with Anna Solomon
Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM in the CBE Chapel
Our series kickoff features Stephen Mills, author of Chosen: A Memoir of Stolen Boyhood, in conversation with CBE member author Anna Solomon (The Book of V.). Click here to learn more.

Brooklyn By the Book

Brooklyn By the Book is a collaboration between the Community Bookstore of Park Slope and Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE). We host best-selling authors here at CBE to talk about their new works and engage in conversation with our community.

Community Bookstore

Community Bookstore of Park Slope is one of the oldest surviving—and thriving—independent bookstores in New York City. In 2010, Ezra Goldstein and Stephanie Valdez took over the management of the store, which they then purchased in December 2011. During the store’s 40 year history, it has hosted hundreds of readings, both in the store and off-site.

Booking Contact:
Stephanie Valdez, Community Bookstore and Terrace Books Co-Owner and Event Director

Past Events
Brooklyn By the Book - Past Events

November 12, 2022
Walking Beauty and Orwell’s Roses, Rebecca Solnit with Sabrina Imbler
October 19, 2022
Liberation Day, George Saunders with Brandon Taylor
June 13, 2022
How to Raise An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi with Mira Jacobs
October 6, 2019:
She Said, Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
September 26, 2019:
Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith
August 13, 2019:
How to Be An Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
May 28, 2019:
How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan
November 18, 2018:
We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates
October 23, 2018:
Ottolenghi Simple, Yotam Ottolenghi
September 12, 2017:
Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
September 7, 2017:
The Golden House, Salman Rushdie
July 13, 2017:
A Stone of Hope, by Jim St. Germain
March 2, 2017:
4 3 2 1, by Paul Auster
February 15, 2017:
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
November 9, 2016:
Thus Bad Begins, Javier Marías
October 19, 2016:
A Gambler’s Anatomy, Jonathan Lethem
September 15, 2016:
M Train, Patti Smith

City Outings

Join us for Jewish-themed cultural events throughout NYC—art, plays, music, dance, lectures, walking tours, etc. Let’s venture beyond Garfield Place and enjoy our city’s best offerings, as a group! All are welcome.

Help us discover what kinds of events you will find the most enjoyable and thought-provoking for our community by filling out our survey — all are welcome!

If you have any questions about City Outings, please email Rabbi Matt Green at

Upcoming Event

CBE — City Outings: Private Tour of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli
Sunday, December 11 at 1:00 PM at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street) New York, NY 10024
Join CBE – City Outings for a private one hour tour of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli at the New York Historical Society. Tickets are $25/adult and $22/senior. The tour is limited to 20 people. Please contact Joy London, CBE – City Outings Coordinator, to let her know you plan to attend.