Now an annual fixture on the Melbourne Jewish Book Week calendar, The Beth Din of Books brings together writers and critics Tali Lavi, Elissa Goldstein and Bram Presser as they preside over some of the best new Jewish books around. Fun, irreverent but deeply imbued with a love of the written word, the Beth Din of Books is sure to help you find your next favourite read!


Bram Presser

Bram Presser is a semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic and lapsed lawyer. His novel, The Book of Dirt, won the National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction (USA), the Voss Prize and three categories at the NSW Premiers Literary Awards. In his spare time, Bram reads, reviews, blogs and judges literary prizes.

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer, critic and public interviewer whose work has appeared in The Jewish Quarterly, The Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review and other publications. Her essay ‘Counting’ was published in Marina Benjamin’s Garden Among Fires: A Lockdown Anthology. She has an MA in Creative Writing (RMIT University), has written a play (Tales of…

Elissa Goldstein

Elissa Goldstein is a writer, editor and collector of library memberships (her most recent acquisition is a Library of Congress researcher card). She has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and previously worked at the ABC and Tablet. She is currently a digital producer at The Age.