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Joel is the author and co-author of three non-fiction books and numerous articles in the press. 

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The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah 


Joel’s comedic memoir about his year as a tank gunner in the IDF. He takes readers into the barracks; over, under, and through political fences; and face-to-face with life in the Israeli army. (Simon and Schuster.)

“A hilarious take on the sometimes absurd alternative reality of the IDF.”

- The Jerusalem Post

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Essential Tennis: Improve Faster, Play Smarter, and Win More Matches

In Essential Tennis, Joel and coach Ian Westermann unlock the secrets to tennis success -- from groundstroke technique to strategy, fitness, and the mental game.

“A must read!” 

-Paul Annacone, former coach of Roger Federer and Pete Sampras


Balboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes to Feed the People You Love

In the award-winning cookbook Balaboosta (Artisan Books), Joel teams up with Israeli chef and two-time Chopped Champion Einat Admony to present 140 of Einat’s favorite Mediterranean dishes and a slew of hilarious essays about her journey from Bnei Brak, Israel to New York City.

“Inventive and heartily satisfying twists on Middle-Eastern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine.”

- The New York Times



Joel’s writing has been featured in The Big Book of Jewish Humor – 25th Anniversary Edition, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes, and these publications:

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