How to Be a Jewish Mother

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How to Be a Jewish Mother, a very lovely training manual
Author Dan Greenburg
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Price Stern Sloan
Publication date
October 1964[1]
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 99

How to Be a Jewish Mother is a 1964 Jewish humour book by American humorist Dan Greenburg which was the best selling non-fiction book in the United States in 1965, with 270,000 copies sold.[2][3][4] The book was first published by Price Stern Sloan under publisher Larry Sloan.[5][6]

The book was adapted into a play starring Molly Picon and Godfrey Cambridge which had a brief run on Broadway at the Hudson Theater from December 1967 through January 1968.[1][7] A 1983 French adaptation, Comment devenir une mère juive en 10 leçons, met with long-running success.[8][9] Gertrude Berg also released a best-selling comedy album from the book in 1965.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Battaglio, Stephen. David Susskind: A Televised Life, p. 251 (2010)
  2. ^ Hackett, Alice Payne. Seventy years of best sellers, 1895-1965, p. 227 (1967)
  3. ^ The Bookseller ("Non-Fiction. The bestseller of the year in non- fiction was a book called How to Be a Jewish Mother, by Dan Greenburg")
  4. ^ Bernstein, Fred A. The Jewish Mothers' Hall of Fame (chapter on Leah Greenburg and the book) (1986)
  5. ^ Werris, Wendy (2012-10-15). "Obituary: Larry Sloan, 89". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ Wang, Regina (2012-10-18). "‘Mad Libs’ Publisher Larry Sloan Dies". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  7. ^ (29 December 1967). Theater: 'How to Be a Jewish Mother'; Molly Picon Stars With Godfrey Cambridge, The New York Times
  8. ^ (10 March 2001). Une mère juive joyeuse et drôle, Le Parisien (in French)
  9. ^ (6 October 2004). Comment devenir une mère juive...., (in French)

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