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Shtetl Finder Gazetteer: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents, Chester G. Cohen

1 Shtetl Finder Gazetteer: Jewish Communities in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries in the Pale of Settlement of Russia and Poland, and in Lithuania, Latvia, Galicia, and Bukovina, with Names of Residents
Chester G. Cohen
(1980), 2007, 8˝x11, paper, alphabetical, 154 pp, Heritage Books
Lists over 2,000 Jewish communities in eastern Europe, giving locations and lists the names of some Jews known to have lived in each community as compiled from newspapers, book subscriber lists, directories, etc.; of great value for locating obscure communities.
Price: 25.00 USD

Jews in America: A Cartoon History [Updated and Expanded Edition], David Gantz

2 Jews in America: A Cartoon History [Updated and Expanded Edition]
David Gantz
paperback, Jewish Publication Society
A unique presentation of the history of Jewish life and culture in the United States over the past 500 years
Jews in America is a graphic history that uses the comic book format-- an artistic expression as American as jazz--to depict five centuries of Jewish life in this country. With its blend of humor, history, and old-fashioned sentimentality, Gantz, an artist who has spent a lifetime using paper and ink to present social commentary and issues with wry wit, illustrates the prominence of Jews in American history from the time Columbus first set foot in the New World.

Jews in America will appeal to readers from ages 12 to 120.

About Author
Long Island, New York-based cartoonist, illustrator, author, and sculptor David Gantz has written and illustrated more than 75 children's books. His syndicated cartoon strip "DudleyD" ran for six years with the Herald Tribune Syndicate and his strip "Don Q" ran for six years with the New York Times Features Syndicate. He has also worked as a writer and illustrator for MAD magazine.
Price: 28.00 USD



3 The Jewish American Family Album
Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler; introduction by Mandy Patinkin
128 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 164 b/w photos, Oxford University Press
As long ago as September 1654, 23 Jews disembarked from a ship named the Sainte Catherine into New Amsterdam--today's New York City. They came to find a safe haven from oppression and religious persecution and to seek economic opportunity. But even they were not the first Jewish Americans, and they were certainly not the last. Three million Jewish immigrants followed in the next three centuries. Today, about 4 out of every 10 Jews in the world are U. S. citizens.
The Jewish American Family Album tells personal stories of Jewish immigrants from their arrival in this country (as early as 1579) to the present day. Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have found letters, diaries, and newspaper articles that describe what life was like in the old countries and tell of the difficulties encountered in leaving home for a new life in America. They have combed through family archives and scrapbooks to find personal accounts that make history as immediate and exciting as stories told generation after generation in any family.
In their own words, we learn what life was like for these millions of Jewish immigrants. We read of the earliest of the Jewish Americans, some of whom fought and died in the Revolution. We hear from Holocaust survivors and their children. We discover that from the beginning, Jewish Americans provided a base of support--lodging and fellowship--for those who followed. The part Jewish Americans played in the settlement of the American West, their strategic importance to the U.S. labor movement, and their many contributions to theater and music are documented with rare first-person accounts and extraordinary photographs. We hear of the challenges the immigrants faced, including anti-Semitism, even in the "Land of the Free." But Jewish Americans linked old traditions with new ones to build communities that have become a permanent and important part of American life.
The memories and experiences of well-known Jewish Americans such as comedians George Burns and Jack Benny, Oscar Solomon Straus (the first Jewish Presidential cabinet member), and novelist Edna Ferber are included, as are profiles of Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, union leader Samuel Gompers, and poet Emma Lazarus, among others. But other Jewish Americans who did not achieve celebrity status are also represented. Moses Albert Levy, a doctor who joined Sam Houston's army, 13-year-old Mary Antin, who arrived in Boston in 1894, Sarah Thal, who was a homesteader in the Dakotas, and many more fascinating but unknown immigrants tell powerful, emotional, and sometimes funny stories of life in their new homeland.
These memories and profiles are illustrated with rare and moving photographs from news sources and family collections. They show in vivid fashion a people who have brought us humor, spirit, and perseverance. The Jewish American Family Album is an important tribute to the magnificent variety of people and cultures that makes up our United States.

About Author
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler have published over 60 books for children and adults and have been honored by the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Society for School Librarians International. They live in New York City.

Selected for the "1997 Books for the Teen Age" by the New York Public Library

"Each American Jew should read these echoes of their American past."--Lifestyles

"This latest entry in the very well-received 'Family Album' series upholds the high standards of its predecessors: well-organized excerpts from primary sources about the experiences of immigrants to the United States, accompanied by clearly reproduced and informatively captioned photographs.... For its effective, inisghtful portrayal of the experiences of a very important group of immigrants, this book is highly recommended for school and public libraries."--MultiCultural Review

"Attractive and extremely useful.... The volume's many voices tell of the persecutions that motivated waves of immigration, the hardships of the journey, and the struggles and successes of life in America."--Kirkus Reviews

"A handsome book that emphasizes the importance of family, continuity, and returning to one's roots. What makes this title unique is the high quality of the carefully researched and varied historical information and the Hooblers' judicious selection of primary-source excerpts.... The book's design contributes to ease of reading and comprehension. Milton Meltzer's The Jewish Americans ...established the standard, but this volume surpasses it. Altogether a fascinating, quality choice."--School Library Journal
Price: 16.95 USD



4 The Seven Good Years And Other Stories of I.L. Peretz
I.L. Peretz, illustrated by Deborah Kogan, Translated and Adapted by Esther Hautzig
7" x 9", 96 pages, Paperback, Jewish Publication Society
Ten stories by a master of Yiddish literature, charmingly retold and illustrated.
Readers of all ages will be charmed by Hautzig's skillful and sensitive translations of I.L. Peretz's tales from Eastern Europe. Peretz, considered one of the greatest writers of modern Yiddish literature, wrote of the magical quality of kindness and the bitter fruits of blind faith.
First published by JPS in 1984, this book is now being reissued after many years out of print. The charming stories and evocative drawings make this collection a treasure that will delight all ages.

About Author
I.L. Peretz, 1859–1915, captured the essence of Eastern European Jewish life in his writings. Born in Poland in 1859, he eventually settled in Warsaw and became a leader of the movement within the Jewish community to establish and develop Yiddish as a modern, secular, literary language. His early work was written in Hebrew and most of his later work in Yiddish. All of his writings are imbued with a warm understanding of Jewish life.
Esther Hautzig was born in Vilna and was deported with her family to Siberia, where she lived for five years. In 1947 she immigrated to the United States. She worked for many years in publishing and in the promotion of children's books, while writing books of her own. Since 1990 she has been a full-time writer as well as a volunteer for the New York Public Library and the New York City School Volunteer Program.

A Parent's Choice Remarkable Book for Literature

A 2005 Storytelling World Award Winner

"These captivating tales will introduce ... readers to the magic of one of the fathers of Yiddish literature." - Village Voice
Price: 9.95 USD



5 Sampler of Jewish-American Folklore
Josepha Sherman
line drawings, collection notes, motif index, and bibliography, paperback, August House, Inc.
Someone once observed that "A Jew is composed of 28 percent fear, 2 percent sugar, and 70 percent nerve." Certainly, the Jews have needed every bit of that nerve over centuries of persecution. The struggle and triumph of Jewishness, author Josepha Sherman observes, "is reflected in the vast body of Jewish folklore, which emphasizes ethical behavior and survival through cleverness, kindness, and above all, humor."
In this American Folklore Series volume, Josepha Sherman presents the rich and varied folklore of the American Jew. This examination of Jewish-American traditions includes lunar holidays and everyday observances; wonder tales from the Sorcerer's Apprentice to a Jewish version of Cinderella; tales of dybbuks, golems and other supernatural beings; and superstitions and traditions surrounding birth, marriage, and death. Hershele, the trickster of Jewish legend, is here, as are the skewed logic of the Wise Men of Chelm, stories of clever folk and survivors, and proverbs.
This affectionate and unflinching examination of the traditions of American Jews offers insights for expert and casual students of folklore and makes an ideal gift for anyone interested in the origins of Jewish culture.

About Author
JOSEPHA SHERMAN, an editor and specialist in comparative folklore, holds a B.A. from Hunter College and an M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology. She is the author of more than ten books and some fifty stories and articles. Her novel, The Shining Falcon, won the Compton Crook Award for the best first novel of 1989. She lives in Riverdale, New York.

"Reveals the varieties of Jewish wisdom, cleverness, irony, and humor." —Publishers Weekly
Price: 11.95 USD

Jews in Michigan, Judith Levin Cantor.

6 Jews in Michigan
Judith Levin Cantor.
93 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Notes, bibliography, index, illus, paperback, Michigan State University Press
Since the earliest days of the British fur trade, Jewish pioneers have made Michigan their home. Judith Levin Cantor's Jews in Michigan captures the struggles and triumphs of Michigan's Jews as they worked to establish farms, businesses and synagogues, sparking commercial and residential development throughout the state, and even into the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Cantor celebrates both urban and rural immigrants, who supplied essential goods and services to those in lumbering, mining, and automobile manufacturing. She also deals honestly with questions of anti-Semitism and prejudice. Cantor's book shows how, in the quest to build strong communities, Jewish residents also helped create the foundations of the Michigan we know today.

About Author
Judith Levin Cantor is a professional archivist and former editor of Michigan Jewish History, the journal of the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. A fourth-generation Michiganian, among other assignments she is the archivist at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, in East Lansing, Michigan.

"Jews in Michigan is an interesting and informative look at the history of a people that helped create the foundations of the Michigan we know today." - Dennis M. Allen

Winner of the Historical Society of Michigan Award of Merit, 2002
Price: 11.95 USD

Zayda Was a Cowboy, June Levitt Nislick

7 Zayda Was a Cowboy
June Levitt Nislick
6" x 9", 128 pages, Paperback, Jewish Publication Society
A delightful story about an important but little-known era of Jewish history.
The extraordinary story of how one family, and one young boy in particular, are changed forever when Zayda (Yiddish for "grandfather") comes to live with them. At first the young narrator, Bill, is resistant to all the changes in the house: Zayda spooks his friends, tries to get Bill to speak Yiddish, and demands strange foods like herring.

But as Zayda starts telling Bill and his brother Danny the fascinating story of his life, a story filled with many extraordinary dangers and adventures, the boys begin to see their grandfather in a whole new light. From why, as a young boy, he was forced to flee his Russian village for America to how he eventually became a cowboy, Zayda holds the boys captive with his amazing tale.
Like Zayda's grandsons, young readers -- and their parents and teachers -- will also be entranced by Zayda's saga. While the characters are fictional, Zayda's experiences are historically correct and are a colorful retelling of a fascinating yet little-known time of Jewish-American history.
This book, like Zayda himself -- funny, touching, and memorable -- is destined to be a favorite of Jewish and non-Jewish children alike, teachers, librarians, and educators for many years to come.

About Author
Surprisingly, Zayda Was a Cowboy is June Levitt Nislick's first children's book. A writer for the newsletter of the Jewish Family & Children's Family Service of North Jersey for many years, she had never considered publishing a children's book until this work won the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition Award (Association of Jewish Libraries). A mother and a grandmother, Nislick lives with her husband in Manhattan.

A 2006 Notable Children's Book of Jewish Content by the Association of Jewish Libraries

"The true charm of the story is in listening to Zayda tell it... Seldom does a written narrative so resemble human speech and just as seldom does narrative style establish character as well as this does." - Jewish Book World

"The facts of cowboy work will fascinate kids, as will the seldom-told immigration story.... This will make a great read-aloud; the story will interest kids no matter what their religious background." - American Library Association Booklist

"Though its characters are fictional, its Old World and New World adventures are historically accurate, often fascinating, sometimes humorous, and thoroughly empathetic.... an entertaining, rewarding read." - Ottawa Jewish Bulletin

"Nislick's historical fiction provides multicultural experiences that are good lessons for all.... Boys would enjoy the adventures of Zayda as a cowboy, and there are parts of this book that are laugh-out-loud funny." - Multicultural Review
Price: 9.95 USD

"And Prairie Dogs Weren't Kosher" Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest Since 1855, Linda Mack Schloff

8 "And Prairie Dogs Weren't Kosher" Jewish Women in the Upper Midwest Since 1855
Linda Mack Schloff
256 pages, 85 illustrations, 4 maps, 7 3/4 x 9, paperback, Minnesota Historical Society Press / Borealis Books Imprint
Linking the personal and the historical, Schloff integrates oral accounts, diaries, letters, and autobiographies with original research and interpretation to shed vital new light on the Jewish experience in America's heartland. The book uses the voices of four generations of Jewish women who settled in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Wisconsin to show how they transported and transformed their cultural and religious life in a region inhabited by few Jews. As the wives of fur traders and homesteaders, storekeepers and professionals, they were the key link in creating Jewish homes and helping their families fit in-often under harsh conditions. But in the process of becoming Jewish Americans, they also carved out new roles for themselves as jobholders, synagogue-builders, and social activists. Chapters focus on Jewish life in the Old Country, immigration and settlement, the challenges of keeping kosher in the new land, work, synagogues, and women's organizations. Each opens with a brief, lucid essay introducing the personal accounts-more than 120 in all-which Schloff drew from a range of previously untapped archives as well as from her own interviews and investigations in Jewish communities throughout the region. Some 85 period photographs vividly accent the text.

About Author
Historian Linda Mack Schloff is director of the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, St. Paul.

"Begins to fill a void in American Jewish history and admirably expands our access to the religious, cultural, and social lives of women in the middle of America and their contributions to the larger community."--Nebraska History
Price: 14.95 USD

Americans of Jewish Descent, Malcolm H. Stern

9 Americans of Jewish Descent
Malcolm H. Stern
(1958), 1978, 3rd printing, paper, 11 pp, Heritage Books
Documented study explores the backgrounds of the Ashkenazim and Separdim who immigrated to the American continent.
Price: 4.50 USD

Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land 1855-2005, Nora Faires, Nancy Hanflik

10 Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land 1855-2005
Nora Faires, Nancy Hanflik
Illustrated with vintage photographs, 1 table, and 2 maps, Notes, Glossary, Index, 240 pp., 6.00" x 9.00", September 2005, cloth, Michigan State University Press
Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land--1855-2005 combines an examination of the evolution of a small ethnic and religious community with analysis of the dramatic rise and decline of an industrial boomtown. In both popular accounts and scholarly writings, Flint has become an icon of manufacturing production become rustbelt ruin. As this book shows, even during Flint's vaunted postwar "golden age," Jews participated in the good life of consumer abundance but remained outside the city's major industry of automaking and absent from its most important corridors of power. Throughout the twentieth century, most Jewish families in this General Motors town worked as storekeepers, entrepreneurs, and professionals. They carved out a niche in the interstices of a political economy over which, like the autoworkers who were their customers and clients, they had little control but upon which their economic fortunes depended. When General Motors began slashing jobs in the mid 1970s, Flint's Jewish families consequently suffered along with other city residents, both black and white. Flint Jewry thus was forged in a setting of economic boom, but has seen that white-hot prosperity turn to ash, as the city has become America's poster town for deindustrialization.
Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land provides a unique window on the religious, social, and communal structures created by Jews in this wildly turbulent environment. It traces a Jewish community comprised of multiple strands of migrants. It sees Flint Jewry as part of a global diaspora during decades of tumult, destruction, and international realignment. The study of Jewish Life in the Industrial Promised Land hopes to stir memories and imagination, to engage and enlighten, and to explicate key aspects of the evolution of twentieth-century American society and culture, while paying close attention to the voices of those whose story it tells.

About Author
Nora Faires is Associate Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Western Michigan University. Faires serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of American Ethnic History and the Michigan Historical Review and on committees of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and Social Science History Association. Faires is coauthor of Permeable Border: The Great Lakes Basin as Transnational Region, 1650-1990.

Nancy Hanflik received her master’s degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan-Flint. Her thesis became the foundation of an exhibit, 'A Century of Jewish Life in Flint,' which she co-curated at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan. She is a past president of the Flint Jewish Federation.

Finalist in the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards, in the Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult category

"authors note that, for the most part, Jewish residents didn't work in local auto factories but chose business the lives of several early settlers....After chronicling the decline of GM locally, Hanflik and Faires close with an upbeat epilogue that includes commentaries by prominent community and business leaders...."- Flint Journal
Price: 29.95 USD

Jewish Cemeteries of Five Counties of Connecticut. The Cohen/Goldfarb Collection, Volume 2, Rabbi Edward A. Cohen and Lew Goldfarb

11 Jewish Cemeteries of Five Counties of Connecticut. The Cohen/Goldfarb Collection, Volume 2
Rabbi Edward A. Cohen and Lew Goldfarb
1998, 8˝x11, paper, 208 pp, Heritage Books
This volume covers Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, Tolland and New London Counties. New Haven County and Fairfield County are represented but not complete; and as of now, the authors have found no Jewish cemeteries in Windham County. This data is presented in an alphabetical, columnar format. The information includes cemetery (in a coded format), row, name, maiden name (or other bits of information such as age or place of birth), date of death, date of birth, parents and spouse.
Price: 32.00 USD


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