Ted Merwin, Ph.D. is a writer, professor, Hillel Director, humorist, veteran journalist, collector and noted public speaker. His new book, Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli, won a 2015 National Jewish Book Award.
It has been featured in the New York Times(both Sunday and daily),
New York Post, New York Observer , Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune,The Economist, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, Forward, Tablet, New York Jewish Week, and on radio and TV nationwide.
Ted has given more than 100 entertaining, multimedia public lectures over the last several years, including at the 92nd Street Y, the JCC in Manhattan, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in L.A., the Department of Homeland Security at JFK, the Spertus Institute in Chicago, and at universities, synagogues, JCC’s, libraries, book festivals, and museums from coast to coast.
To book an appearance, please contact Suzanne Swift at the Jewish Book Council, (212) 201-2920


For more about the deli book, click here .
For a link to the Sunday New York Times review, “Pastrami on Rye,” click here.
For a link to the Economist review, “The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Deli,” click here.

9780814760314_FullIn Their Own Image Cover

In addition to his two books, Ted has published widely on Jewish culture in the New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Haaretz, Forward, Moment, Hadassah, London Jewish Chronicle, and the New York Jewish Week. He also blogs about religion for the Huffington Post.

interview with Ted Merwin on ABC-TV