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Selected Books and eBooks
The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945 by
Call Number: D810.J4 W963 2007
This work remains the definitive book on America's response to the Holocaust. It won the National Jewish Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award, among others. This edition includes a new preface by the author discussing recent scholarship on the American response to the Holocaust.
The Jewish Americans by E184.35 .J48 2011
Judaism is considered by many to be both an ethnicity and a religion. This dual relationship has made Jews in America distinct from other minority groups. Written in an engaging and informative manner, this book offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of this ethnic group, as well as their contributions and conflicts in American society.
Call Number: E184.35 .J48 2011
History Lessons: The Creation of American Jewish Heritage by This is the first book to examine how Jews in the United States collectively wove themselves into the narratives of the nation, and came to view the American Jewish experience as a unique chapter in Jewish history.
Call Number: E184.35 .W418 2010
Sephardic Jews in America: A Diasporic History by “A landmark contribution to the history of those Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews who were all too often invisible to the 'mainstream' Jewish community and to the historiography of American Judaism.” --American Jewish Archives Journal
Call Number: E184.36.E84 B46 2009
Jewish Roots in Southern Soil: A New History by Jews have long been a presence in the American South, first arriving in the late seventeenth century as part of exploratory voyages from Europe to the New World. Nonetheless, southern Jews have perplexed scholars. Why study southern Jewish history? What is the southern Jewish experience? This book addresses these questions through the voices of a new generation of scholars of the Jewish South.
Call Number: F220.J5 J46 2006
Streaming Media | Films | Documentaries
America's First Synagogues "Tells the story of the Jewish pilgrims who founded Congregation Shearith Israel-a 'Remnant of Israel'-in 1654 in the Dutch trading post of New Amsterdam, modern day New York City. Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI, built in 1763, is the oldest continual Jewish house of worship in the U.S. Viewers will also learn about the history of Sephardic Jews who fled to the New World to escape the Spanish Inquisition...."
Call Number: Streaming Video - Films on Demand
Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Almanacs
The Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America by This is the first anthology in more than half a century to offer fresh insight into the history of Jews and Judaism in America. The volume opens with early Jewish settlers (1654-1820), the expansion of Jewish life in America (1820-1901), the great wave of eastern European Jewish immigrants (1880-1924), the character of American Judaism between the two world wars, American Jewish life from the end of World War II to the Six-Day War, and the growth of Jews' influence and affluence.
Call Number: E184.35 .C65 2008
Encyclopedia of American Jewish History by Written by the most prominent scholars in American Jewish history, this encyclopedia illuminates the varied experiences of America's Jews and their impact on American society and culture over three and a half centuries.
Call Number: E184.35 .E53 2008 ebk