Jewish Studies
(by title)

Jewish Studies / Literary Criticism

Aharon Appelfeld

A compelling study of the entire oeuvre of a widely published Israeli writer, now available in English.
Schwartz, Yigal. Jeffrey M. Green, trans.; Arnold J. Band, fwd.

Jewish Studies

Alternatives to Assimilation

Explores the influence of American culture and history on the development of Reform Jewish institutions. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life.
Silverstein, Alan

Jewish Studies / American History / Jewish History

American Jewish History

A treasure trove of primary source documents on American Jewish history, culture, and life
Zola, Gary Phillip and Marc Dollinger, eds

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies

American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise

The first and only complete exploration of the role of American women in the creation and support of the State of Israel from pre-State years through the struggles of Israel’s first decades.
Reinharz, Shulamit and Raider, Mark A.

Jewish Studies

An American Orthodox Dreamer

The first full-scale historical treatment of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the leading figure in twentieth-century American Jewish Orthodoxy.
Farber, Seth

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies

The American Synagogue

Leading historians of modern Jewry offer the first comprehensive account of American synagogue history.
Wertheimer, Jack, ed.

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies

The Americanization of the Synagogue, 1820–1870

Jick, Leon A.

Jewish Studies

The Americanization of Zionism, 1897-1948

A cogent analysis of the political and cultural factors that shaped American Zionism in its early stages.
Cohen, Naomi W.

Jewish Studies / Biography / Holocaust Studies

The Architect of Genocide

How Heinrich Himmler turned Hitler’s Nazi policy toward the Jews into horrific reality.
Breitman, Richard

Memoir / Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies


"A taut, terse Holocaust narrative that is all the more powerful for its ironic reserve." -- Kirkus Reviews
Adelsberger, Lucie; Lipstadt, Deborah E., foreword.; Ray, Susan H., trans.

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine


Back, Rachel Tzvia

Jewish Studies / Fiction & Literature

Battlefields and Playgrounds

A major Holocaust novel, hailed internationally as 'vast and magnificent' and named Book of the Year by the Financial Times.
Nyiri, János. trans. from the Hungarian by William Brandon and the author.

Jewish Studies / Social Science

Becoming American Jews

A compelling history of Boston’s Temple Israel and its role in American Reform Judaism
Dwyer-Ryan, Meaghan, Susan L. Porter, and Lisa Fagin Davis

Jewish Studies / Jewish History / History of Israel & Palestine

Becoming Israeli

A fresh and lively assessment of the pleasures and hardships of daily life in Israel during the 1950s
Helman, Anat

Jewish Studies / Education History

The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education

The first full-scale history of the creation, growth, and ultimate decline of the dominant twentieth-century model for American Jewish education
Krasner, Jonathan B.

Jewish Studies / Biography / Jewish History

The Besht

Now available in English, a provocative new biography of the founder of Hasidism
Etkes, Immanuel

History of Israel & Palestine

The Best School in Jerusalem

Recounts the remarkable tenure of Annie Landau as principal of the Evelina de Rothschild School in Jerusalem
Schor, Laura S.

History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

Between Jew and Arab

An exploration of the fascinating Jewish thinker Simon Rawidowicz and his provocative views on Arab refugees and the fate of Israel
Myers, David N.

Jewish Studies

Between Mussolini and Hitler

A landmark study of the forces shaping Fascist Italy’s policies toward Jews in occupied territories during World War II.
Carpi, Daniel

Literary Criticism - French / Jewish Studies / Philosophy

The Book of Questions
Rev. ed. Trans. from the French

A meditative narrative of Jewish Experience and man’s relation to the world.
Jabès, Edmond. Rosmarie Waldrop, trans.

Literary Criticism - French / Jewish Studies / Philosophy

The Book of Questions
Rev. ed.

Jabès, Edmond. Rosmarie Waldrop, trans.

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Literary Criticism

The Boom in Contemporary Israeli Fiction

Five essays explore facets of what Mintz calls the complexity of cultural reverberations in Israeli fiction of the past two decades.
Mintz, Alan, ed.

Hebrew Language Study / Jewish Studies

Brandeis Modern Hebrew
Audio CD.

Ringvald,Vardit, Bonit Porath, Yaron Peleg, Esther Shorr, and Sara Hascal

Hebrew Language Study

Brandeis Modern Hebrew, Intermediate to Advanced

The long-awaited sequel to the classic Hebrew language textbook, this book is intended for intermediate and advanced students
Ringvald, Vardit

Jewish Studies / Biography / Holocaust Studies

Breaking the Silence

A remarkable story of the German industrialist who first warned the West of Nazi plans for the mass murder of Jews
Laqueur, Walter and Breitman, Richard.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

A Breath of Life

A vigorous portrayal of the effects of a distinct form of feminism on the spiritual and secular lives of Jewish women.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack

Jewish Studies / Psychology & Psychiatry / Holocaust Studies


A powerful look at how French medical science apprehended and described Holocaust survival
Dorland, Michael

Jewish Studies

California Jews

The first full-length presentation of Jewish life, history, and culture in California from the Gold Rush to the twenty-first century
Kahn, Ava F. and Marc Dollinger, eds., Moses Rischin, fwd.

Jewish Studies / Biography / History of Israel & Palestine

Chaim Weizmann

Reinharz, Jehuda

Jewish Studies / Biography / History of Israel & Palestine

Chaim Weizmann

Reinharz, Jehuda

Jewish Studies

Community and Conscience

The first thorough account of South African Jewish religious, political, and educational institutions in relation to the apartheid regime.
Shimoni, Gideon

Jewish Studies

Confronting the Nation

Mosse, George L.


Converging Movements

A groundbreaking study of the 92nd Street Y and its major influence on 20th-century American culture.
Jackson, Naomi M

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies

The Covenant of Circumcision

Scholars and rabbis examine the complicated history and contemporary challenges of the Jewish rite of circumcision.
Mark, Elizabeth Wyner, ed.

Jewish Studies / Biography

The Darker Side of Genius

Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitism considered in the context of his time, place, and aspirations rather than in relation to his later appropriation by the Nazis.
Katz, Jacob.

Jewish Studies / Literary Criticism

Diaspora and Zionism in Jewish American Literature

An in-depth exploration of the work of four major writers confronting Jewish nationalism and the fate of the diaspora.
Omer-Sherman, Ranen

Jewish Studies / Sociology / Relationships

Double or Nothing?

A lively and accessible look at Jewish intermarriage and its familial and cultural effects.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack

Education / Jewish Studies

The Dynamics of American Jewish History

Sheds light on how Jacob Rader Marcus—one of the twentieth century’s most influential American Jewish historians—conceptualized his understanding of the American Jewish experience.
Zola, Gary Phillip, ed

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai

The Early Books of Yehuda Amichai collects for the first time in a single volume the three works -- Songs of Jerusalem and Myself, Poems and Time -- that established Amichai as Israel's greatest contemporary poet and one of the major poets of our time.
Amichai, Yehuda

Jewish Studies / Education

Educating in the Divine Image

An incisive look at gender inequities in Jewish day school education
Gorsetman, Chaya Rosenfeld and Elana Maryles Sztokman

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies

Eternally Eve

A fascinating analysis of the story of Eve, using modern poetry in conversation with biblical texts and rabbinic rewritings to reveal new layers of meaning
Lapidus Lerner, Anne

Jewish Studies / History / European History

Everyday Jewish Life in Imperial Russia

An astounding compilation of primary source documents dealing with all aspects of Jewish daily life in the Russian empire
Freeze, ChaeRan Y. and Jay M. Harris

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies

Expanding the Palace of Torah

A unique examination of the theological implications for Orthodox Judaism of women's changed status in the modern world.
Ross, Tamar

Jewish Studies

The Faith of Fallen Jews

Brings together key writings by one of the most distinguished and renowned Jewish historians of our time
Myers, David N. and Alexander Kaye, editors

Jewish Studies / Education

Family Matters

A provocative look at the current state of Jewish education in the United States
Wertheimer, Jack, editor

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies

Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism

An innovative analysis of how creative tensions between modern Orthodox Judaism and feminism can lead to unexpected perspectives and beliefs
Hartman, Tova

Jewish Literary Criticism / Jewish Studies / Literary Criticism - Feminist

Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature

Novel readings of rabbinic literature from the perspective of feminism and gender reading theories
Raveh, Inbar

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Fertility and Jewish Law

A comprehensive comparative study of Jewish law on contemporary reproductive issues from a gender perspective
Irshai, Ronit

Jewish Studies / Art

Fixing the World

The first full-color book to examine Jewish American painters and their works.
Soltes, Ori Z.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Follow My Footprints

Twenty-one writers document the diverse representations and roles of Jewish women in American literature and culture.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack, ed.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies


A fascinating analysis of why there are no female mystics in medieval Judaism
Koren, Sharon Faye

Jewish Studies / Religion / Women's Studies

Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality
Revised Edition.

The only comprehensive volume of Jewish women’s spiritual writing from the sixteenth century to the present
Umansky, Ellen M., Ashton, Dianne,eds.

Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies / British & European History

From Boycott to Annihilation

The fullest account to date of German Jews’ struggle for economic survival under the Third Reich.
Barkai, Avraham

Jewish Studies / History

From Text to Context

Essays examining the emergence of Jewish scholarship during the period 1818 - 1919, concentrating on the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement.
Schorsch, Ismar

Literary Criticism - French / Jewish Studies / Philosophy

From the Book to the Book
Trans. from the French

The first anthology to span the oeuvre of the late writer Edmond Jabès, including pieces previously unpublished in English.
Jabès, Edmond. Rosmarie Waldrop, trans.; Richard Stamelman, introd. essay.

Gender Studies / Jewish Studies

Gender and American Jews

A much-anticipated sociological analysis of gender components in contemporary American Jewish life based on the most recent population data
Hartman, Harriet and Moshe Hartman; Sylvia Barack Fishman, pref.

Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies / History - 20th Century / Biography & Letters

Generation Exodus

The dramatic and varied experiences of young Jews who fled the Nazis.
Laqueur, Walter

Jewish Studies / British & European History

German City, Jewish Memory

A remarkable, in-depth study of Jewish history, culture, and memory in a historic and contemporary German city
Roemer, Nils

Biography / Jewish Studies

Germany’s Prophet

A provocative and disquieting portrait of Bible scholar and founder of modern German antisemitism Paul de Lagarde
Sieg, Ulrich

British & European History / Jewish Studies

Glorious, Accursed Europe

An exhaustive study of how Jews imagined the idea of Europe and how it existed in their collective memory from the Enlightenment to the present
Reinharz, Jehuda and Yaacov Shavit

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

Great Tranquillity
Trans. from the Hebrew

Amichai, Yehuda. Glenda Abramson and Tudor Parfitt, trans.

Jewish Studies / Religion

Hebrew and the Bible in America

Goldman, Shalom, ed.

History - 20th Century / British & European History / Holocaust Studies

Hitler in History

A leading interpreter of the Nazi period addresses crucial issues in modern European and contemporary history.
Jäckel, Eberhard

Jewish Studies / British & European History

A Holocaust Controversy

A provocative study of a French Holocaust controversy of the 1960s and the dynamics of postwar memory.
Moyn, Samuel

Jewish Studies

The Holocaust in History

A distinguished scholar offers a comprehensive and thought-provoking evaluation of historians’ understanding of the Holocaust.
Marrus, Michael R.

Holocaust Studies

Holocaust Literature

A comprehensive assessment of Holocaust literature, from World War II to the present day
Roskies, David G., and Diamant, Naomi

Holocaust Studies / Women's Studies

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters

An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs
Clementi, Federica K.

Jewish Studies / Religion / British & European History

A House Divided

Katz, Jacob. Ziporah Brody, tr

Jewish Studies

“How Goodly Are Thy Tents”

An entertaining ethnographic study of how Jewish summer camps foster Jewish sensibilities and education.
Sales, Amy L. and Saxe, Leonard

Jewish Studies / American History

Imagining the American Jewish Community

A lively collection of sixteen essays on the many ways American Jews have imagined and constructed communities
Wertheimer, Jack, editor

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies / Music / Theater & Performing Arts

In Search of American Jewish Culture

A leading cultural historian explores the complex interactions of Jewish and American cultures.
Whitfield, Stephen J.

Jewish Studies / Jewish History / Historical Biography

The Individual in History

Essays in honor of the scholarly work and institutional leadership of Jehuda Reinharz, focusing on the role of the individual in history
Freeze, ChaeRan Y., Sylvia Fuks Fried, and Eugene R. Sheppard, editors

Jewish Studies / American History

Irreconcilable Differences?

A bold analysis of the creation and dissolution of the American Jewish consensus on Israel.
Rosenthal, Steven T.

World History / History of Israel & Palestine


A history of Israel in the context of the modern Jewish experience and the history of the Middle East
Shapira, Anita

History of Israel & Palestine / Middle East Studies

Israel in the Middle East
2nd ed.

An anthology of the most important documents on the domestic and foreign policy of the modern state of Israel, in relation to the rest of the Middle East
Rabinovich, Itamar and Reinharz, Jehuda, eds.

History of Israel & Palestine / Sociology of Religion / Demography

Israeli Society in the Twenty-First Century

A data-based analysis of social life and social problems in contemporary Israel that draws a vivid portrait of a dynamic and rapidly changing society
Goldscheider, Calvin

Jewish Studies / Biography / Economics & Business / New York City

Jacob H. Schiff

The first full-scale biography of a major Jewish leader and financier.
Cohen, Naomi W.

Jewish Studies / Religion / Philosophy


A translation of the famous 18th-century German treatise with introduction and detailed commentary
Mendelssohn, Moses. Alexander Altmann, introd. and commentary; Allan Arkush, trans.

Popular Culture / Jewish Studies

Jewhooing the Sixties

A lively look at four major Jewish celebrities of early 1960s America, who together made their mark on both American culture and Jewish identity
Kaufman, David E.

Jewish Studies / British & European History

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia

A pathbreaking study of Jewish marriage and divorce in 19th-century Russia.
Freeze, ChaeRan Y.

Jewish Studies / Poetry / Poetry Criticism

Jewish American Poetry

A rich and provocative overview of Jewish American poetry.
Barron, Jonathan N., and Selinger, Eric Murphy, eds.

Jewish Studies / Rituals

A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls

Formulates a framework for the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls
Siegel, Sharon R.

Jewish Studies / British & European History

Jewish History and Jewish Memory

Pursuing a master-scholar’s inquiry into the relationship between historical knowledge and Jewish collective memory in medieval and modern times.
Carlebach, Elisheva, John M. Efron, and David N. Myers, eds.

Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies / Jewish History

A Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz

Intriguing biography of Eliezer Gruenbaum, the communist Jewish Kapo whose controversy-ridden story spans Europe and Israel
Friling, Tuvia

Jewish Studies / Political Philosophy / German History

Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848

A provocative look at how Jewish intellectuals thought about Jewish religion and existence within a German philosophical tradition
Rose, Sven-Erik

Jewish Studies / Memoir / Women's Studies

Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames

A riveting family portrait of four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta.
Silliman, Jael

Jewish Studies

Jewish Renaissance and Revival in America

An anthology that explores religious and social revival in American Judaism in the 19th century
Fishbane, Eitan P. and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds.

Jewish Studies

The Jewish Response to German Culture

Seventeen scholars explore the interaction between a Jewish culture with its ancient heritage and an expansive German culture in the process of modernization.
Reinharz, Jehuda, and Schatzberg, Walter, eds.

Jewish Studies / Rhetoric / Jewish Literary Criticism

Jewish Rhetorics

Addresses the plurality of Jewish approaches to rhetoric and traditions from ancient times to the present day
Bernard-Donals, Michael, and Janice W. Fernheimer, editors

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies / American Southeast

Jewish Roots in Southern Soil

A lively look at southern Jewish history and culture.
Ferris, Marcie Cohen and Greenberg, Mark I., eds. Eli N. Evans, fwd.

History of Israel & Palestine / Women's Studies

Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel

A critical look at the history and culture of women of the Yishuv and a call for a new national discourse
Kark, Ruth, Shilo, Margalit; Hasan-Rokem, Galit;
Reinharz, Shulamit fwd.

Jewish Studies / Intellectual History

Jews and Diaspora Nationalism

An anthology of Jewish diaspora nationalist thought across the ideological spectrum
Rabinovitch, Simon

Philosophy / Jewish Studies

Jews and Race

An anthology of writings by Jewish thinkers on Jews as a race
Hart, Mitchell B., ed.

Jewish Studies / Education History

Jews at Williams

A study of anti-Semitism, assimilation, and class—the forces that governed Jewish participation in elite higher education for the first two-thirds of the twentieth century
Wurgaft, Benjamin Aldes

Jewish Studies

Jews in British India

A historical and sociological description of the two major Jewish communities in India as they have struggled to keep their identity over the past century.
Roland, Joan G.

Sociology / Israeli Studies

Jews in Israel

Offers a complete sociological perspective of Jews and Jewish life in Israel from 1948 to the present.
Rebhun, Uzi and Waxman, Chaim I., eds

Jewish Studies

The Jews in Modern France

Eighteen noted historians and political scientists analyze the history of the Jewish minority in France since the Revolution.
Malino, Frances and Wasserstein, Bernard, eds.

Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies

The Jews of Bialystok During World War II and the Holocaust

Jewish society as an active protagonist in the story of the Holocaust
Bender, Sara; Yaffa Murciano, trans.

Jewish Studies

The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars

Original essays by distinguished scholars explore Jewish politics, religion, literature, and society in Poland from 1918 to 1939.
Gutman, Yisrael; Mendelsohn, Ezra; Reinharz, Jehuda; and Shmeruk, Chone, eds. Sylvia Fuks Fried, asst. ed.

Jewish Studies

Jews of South Florida

A lavishly illustrated and lively introduction to a unique American Jewish community.
Greenbaum, Andrea, ed.

Jewish Studies

Jews Welcome Coffee

A lively look at how coffee affected Jewish life in early modern Germany
Liberles, Robert

Jewish Studies

Kabbalah and Art

Bronstein, Léo

Jewish Studies

Kabbalah and Consciousness and the Poetry of Allen Afterman

Afterman, Allen

History of Israel & Palestine

Land and Desire in Early Zionism

A provocative look at the centrality of desire for “the Land” among early settlers in pre-state Israel
Neumann, Boaz

Memoir / Jewish Studies

Lavish Absence

An intimate portrait of one of France’s most important writers by his translator.
Waldrop, Rosmarie; Stamelman, Richard, foreword

Education / Jewish Studies

Learning and Community

Rich ethnographies of Jewish supplementary schools drawn from every region in the U.S.
Wertheimer, Jack

Jewish Studies / Memoir / Women's Studies / Cold War Studies

Leaving Leningrad

A nostalgic and humorous memoir of life under communism and capitalism.
Shtern, Ludmila

Jewish Studies / Literary Criticism

The Legend of the Wandering Jew

This book traces the enduring legend and changing meanings of the Wandering Jew through the ages
Anderson, George K.

Jewish Studies / American History

Let Us Prove Strong

A history of the last 60 years of the American Jewish Committee to commemorate its centennial in 2007
Sanua, Marianne R.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism

Provocative exploration of levirate marriage in ancient Judaism that sheds new light on the Jewish family in antiquity and the rabbinic reworking of earlier Israelite law
Weisberg, Dvora E.

Philosophy / Jewish Studies

The Life and Thought of Hans Jonas

An analysis of the Jewish background of an eminent philosopher
Wiese, Christian

Jewish Studies

Living with Antisemitism

A collection of 22 essays by distinguished scholars on the Jewish response to antisemitism worldwide over the past 200 years.
Reinharz, Jehuda, ed.

Jewish Studies / American History / Texas

Lone Stars of David

An essay collection of lively written, lavishly illustrated, and well-documented narratives on the history and culture of Texas Jews.
Weiner, Hollace Ava and Roseman, Kenneth D.

Jewish Studies / Architecture / Social Science

Louis I. Kahn’s Jewish Architecture

The evolution of the postwar American synagogue illuminated through the plans for Louis Kahn’s unbuilt Mikveh Israel
Solomon, Susan G.

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine

Love & Selected Poems

Aharon Shabtai, now in his late fifties, is the most important Israeli poet of his generation. This is his first book to be published in English.
Shabtai, Aharon. trans. from the Hebrew by Peter Cole.

Jewish Studies / Marriage & Family / Sociology of Religion

Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families

Fishman, Sylvia Barack, editor

Jewish Studies / Biography

Marie Syrkin

The life and times of Marie Syrkin, polemicist of pragmatic idealism
Kessner, Carole S.

History of Israel & Palestine / Women's Studies

Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State

A comprehensive look at how rabbinical courts control Israeli marriage and divorce
Weiss, Susan M. and Netty C. Gross-Horowitz

Jewish Studies / Philosophy

The Meaning of Jewish Existence

Altmann, Alexander, Alfred L. Ivry, ed.; Paul Mendes-Flohr, introd.; Edith Ehrlich and Leonard H. Ehrlich, trans.

Jewish Studies

Memory, the Holocaust, and French Justice

Two cases involving World War II-era crimes against humanity reopen a disturbing chapter in France's Vichy past.
Golsan, Richard J., ed. Lucy B. Golsan and Richard J. Golsan, trans.

Jewish Studies / Sociology

The Men’s Section

A provocative look at the inner world of Orthodox Jewish men who attend partnership synagogues
Sztokman, Elana Maryles

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies

Midrashic Women

A unique look at how non-legal rabbinic writings imagine women and their lives.
Baskin, Judith R.

Film, TV, Visual Culture / Jewish Studies

The Modern Jewish Experience in World Cinema

The first global investigation of Jewish experiences in film from a wide spectrum of disciplines
Baron, Lawrence, ed.

Jewish Studies / Middle East Studies

Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought

The first anthology of modern Middle Eastern Jewish thought
Behar, Moshe, and Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Editors

Philosophy / Jewish Studies

Moses Mendelssohn

An English translation of key works, many never before translated, by Moses Mendelssohn, the founder of modern Jewish philosophy
Gottlieb, Michah, ed.

Jewish Studies / Leadership Education

The New Jewish Leaders

A riveting study of a generational transition with major implications for American Jewish life
Wertheimer, Jack, ed.

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies / Sociology

Observing America’s Jews

Collected essays by a preeminent authority on American Jewish history.
Sklare, Marshall. Jonathan D. Sarna, ed. and fwd.; Charles S. Liebman, afterword.

Jewish Studies / History

On Pagans, Jews, and Christians

An analysis of the relationships between pagan Greece, imperial Rome, Judaism, and Christianity.
Momigliano, Arnaldo

Literary Criticism - Caribbean & Latin American / Holocaust Studies / Jewish Studies

On the Edge of the Holocaust

Aizenberg, Edna

Jewish Studies / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism

Orientalism and the Jews

A fascinating analysis of how Jews fit into scholarly debates about Orientalism.
Kalmar, Ivan Davidson, and Penslar, Derek, eds.

Art / American Art / Jewish Studies

Painting a People

Analyzes the life, work, and reception of a founding father of modern Jewish art in Eastern Europe.
Mendelsohn, Ezra

History of Israel & Palestine / Middle East Studies

Palestine between Politics and Terror, 1945–1947

A fascinating look at the end of British rule in Palestine, through the eyes of its final high commissioner
Golani, Motti

Biography - Musicians & Composers / Music / Jewish Studies

Papa, Play for Me

The heartwarming autobiography of a vintage Jewish comedian, with a new introduction highlighting his relevance to contemporary culture and cultural studies.
Katz, Mickey. Joel Grey, fwd.; Josh Kun, introd.

Jewish Studies

A People Divided

An analysis of contemporary American Judaism within the broader scope of American religious life.
Wertheimer, Jack

Philosophy / Jewish Studies

Philosophical Witnessing

Fascinating philosophical inquiry into post-Holocaust representations of the event in political theory, ethics, and aesthetics, and an assessment of the limitations and promise of philosophical ‘witnessing’ in relation to those issues
Lang, Berel

Jewish Studies

The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig

Eleven essays on the life and thought of the Jewish philosopher and theologian Franz Rosenzweig.
Mendes-Flohr, Paul, ed.

Anthropology / Photography / Jewish Studies

Photographing the Jewish Nation

Over 170 amazing photographs of Jewish life in the Pale of Settlement, from S. An-sky’s ethnographic expeditions
Avrutin, Eugene M., Valerii Dymshits, Alexander Ivanov, Alexander Lvov, Harriet Murav, and Alla Sokolova, editors

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies / Medieval History

Pious and Rebellious

The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women.
Grossman, Avraham

History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

The Plough Woman

An updated reprint of the classic text on the pioneer women of pre-state Israel.
Raider, Mark A., and Miriam B. Raider-Roth, eds. and annot.

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

Poems of Jerusalem and Love Poems
Bilingual Hebrew-English ed.

Amichai, Yehuda

Literary Criticism / History of Israel & Palestine

A Poetics of Trauma

Astute analysis of the work of a great Israeli poet through the lens of psychoanalysis, gender, nationalism, and trauma theory
Szobel, Ilana

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Princess or Prisoner?

An in-depth look at the lives of religious Jewish women in Jerusalem at a transitional moment in its history.
Shilo, Margalit

Jewish Studies

Prisoner of Hope

Israel's leading medical educator recounts his odyssey from tragedy to triumph.
Prywes, Moshe. As told to Haim Chertok. Elie Wiesel, fwd.

Fiction & Literature / Jewish Studies / Short Stories

Promised Lands

An anthology of previously-unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised Land
Rubin, Derek, ed.

Fiction & Literature / History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

The Pure Element of Time
Trans. from the Hebrew

A rich autobiographical novel of the sentimental education of one of modern Israel’s foremost literary talents
Be’er, Haim. Barbara Harshav, trans.

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Literary Criticism

Reading Hebrew Literature

Six classic texts of modern Hebrew literature viewed from a variety of critical perspectives.
Mintz, Alan, ed.

Jewish Studies

Religion and Jewish Identity in the Soviet Union, 1941–1964

Unearths the roots of a national awakening among Soviet Jews during World War II and its aftermath
Altshuler, Mordechai

Jewish Studies / Architecture

Resplendent Synagogue

A provocative interpretation of the art and architecture of a pre-modern wooden synagogue illuminates the social, historical, and religious context of an Eastern-European Jewish community.
Hubka, Thomas C.

Poetry / Jewish Studies


Rudman skillfully explores his own life and past.
Rudman, Mark

History of Israel & Palestine

The Rise of the Individual in 1950s Israel

A provocative history of Israeli society in the 1950s that demonstrates how a voluntarist collectivism gave way to an individualist ethos
Rozin, Orit

Economics & Business / Biography / Jewish Studies / Business History

Samuel Bronfman

The irascible son of a Jewish pioneer from Czarist Russia whose business acumen built an international company renowned for the quality of its products.
Marrus, Michael R.

Jewish Studies / History - 20th Century / Cold War Studies

A Second Exodus

A first-time chronicle of the US Soviet Jewry Movement.
Friedman, Murray, and Albert D. Chernin, eds

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora

Groundbreaking essays on Sephardic Jewish families in the Ottoman Empire and Western Sephardic communities
Lieberman, Julia R., ed.

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies

Sephardic-American Voices

A groundbreaking literary anthology reveals the nature and history of a lesser-known but vital branch of Jewish culture.
Matza, Diane, ed.

Women's Studies / Jewish Studies / Holocaust Studies

Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust

The first book in English to specifically address the sexual violation of Jewish women during the Holocaust
Hedgepeth, Sonja M. and Rochelle G. Saidel, eds.

Jewish Studies / Cultural Studies

Shul with a Pool

The evolution of an American institution that reflects the unique tension between Judaism and Jewishness.
Kaufman, David

Jewish Studies


Offers a roadmap for revitalizing the connection between the Jewish people and the Jewish past
Kurtzer, Yehuda

Holocaust Studies / Jewish Studies / Criminal Justice / Biography

Simon Wiesenthal

"A full, lucid, and moving biography of the Nazi-hunter who became the 'unwelcome conscience' of post-Holocaust Europe." -- Kirkus Reviews
Pick, Hella

Jewish Studies / European History / Jewish History

Sites of European Antisemitism in the Age of Mass Politics, 1880–1918

Explores local incidents of antisemitism and antisemitic violence across Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Nemes, Robert and Daniel Unowsky, editors

Fiction & Literature / Israeli Studies / Jewish Studies

Small Change
Trans. from the Hebrew

A haunting and impressionistic short story cycle from contemporary Israel.
Hendel, Yehudit. Dalya Bilu, Barbara Harshav, and Marsha Pomerantz, trans.

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies

State of Israel, Diaspora, and Jewish Continuity

Philosophically rich and wide-ranging essays on Jewish history and culture.
Rawidowicz, Simon. Benjamin C. I. Ravid, ed.; Michael A. Meyer, fwd

Jewish Studies / Biography / Ethnic Studies

Suddenly Jewish

Dramatic personal stories of the unexpected discovery of a Jewish heritage.
Kessel, Barbara

Jewish Studies / Canadian Studies

Taking Root

Tulchinsky, Gerald

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Talking Back

Lively essays investigating American Jewish women's images in popular culture.
Antler, Joyce, ed.

Cooking & Dining / Jewish Studies

A Taste of the Past

A beautifully illustrated re-creation of Jewish Hungarian cuisine and life in the nineteenth century.
Koerner, András

Sociology / Jewish Studies

Tempest in the Temple

A brave collection of essays by rabbis, educators, lawyers, and psychotherapists on sexual abuse within the Jewish clergy
Neustein, Amy, ed.

Education / Psychology & Psychiatry / Jewish Studies

Ten Days of Birthright Israel

The remarkable story of Birthright Israel, an intensive ten-day educational program designed to connect Jewish young adults to their heritage
Saxe, Leonard and Barry Chazan

Jewish Studies

These Are Our Children

Portrays the impact of Jewish orphanages on American Jewish communal life and culture.
Friedman, Reena Sigman

Jewish Studies

Through the Sands of Time

An enlightening look at a unique and remarkable Jewish community
Cohen, Judah M.

Poetry / History of Israel & Palestine / Jewish Studies

Bilingual Hebrew-English ed.

Amichai, Yehuda. trans. from the Hebrew by Ruth Nevo

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies / Latin American History / Biography & Letters

Uncertain Travelers

An evocative exploration of Jewish women's immigration to America.
Agosín, Marjorie

Religion / Jewish Studies / Modern Jewish History

Untold Tales of the Hasidim

Reveals the untold tale of shocking events and anomalous figures in the history of Hasidism
Assaf, David

Memoir / Jewish Studies

Wedding Song

An unflinching personal story of family, religion, and community that shows the horror of growing up in the shadow of religious fundamentalism.
Goldin, Farideh

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Women's Studies

What Makes Women Sick?

An eye-opening look at Israeli women's life expectancy and health.
Sered, Susan.

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Biography

With My Own Eyes

A noted social historian views the first three quarters of the century through the lens of his own life.
Katz, Jacob. Ann Brenner and Ziporah Brody, trans.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies / Gender Studies

Women and American Judaism

New portrayals of the religious lives of American Jewish women from colonial times to the present.
Nadell, Pamela S. and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies

Women and Water

Provocative essays address the question of women’s menstrual rituals in Jewish law, history, and culture.
Wasserfall, Rahel, ed.

Jewish Studies / Women's Studies / Education History

The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965

The first volume to examine the contributions of women who brought the forces of American progressivism and Jewish nationalism to formal and informal Jewish education
Ingall, Carol K., ed.

Jewish Studies

Women, Birth, and Death in Jewish Law and Practice

A sensitive exploration of the development of pivotal life cycle rituals as they touch Jewish women’s lives.
Millen, Rochelle L.

Jewish Studies / Film, TV, Visual Culture

Woody on Rye

A critical assessment of Jewishness in Woody Allen’s films and plays
Brook, Vincent, and Marat Grinberg, editors

History of Israel & Palestine / History - 20th Century / Jewish History

Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929

Cohen, Hillel

Jewish Studies / Biography / Literary Criticism

Yehuda Amichai

An astonishing revision of the prevailing critical analysis of the poetry of Yehuda Amichai, based on newly discovered materials
Gold, Nili Scharf

History of Israel & Palestine

Young Tel Aviv

Fascinating revisionist history of Jewish life in Tel Aviv in the Mandate era
Helman, Anat

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies / Religion / Political Science & Government

Zionism and Religion

Scholars from Israel and the US examine from various perspectives the relationship between nationalism and religion.
Almog, Shmuel, Jehuda Reinharz and Anita Shapira, eds.

Jewish Studies / Israeli Studies

Zionism and the Creation of a New Society

Two experts trace the development of the Zionist idea from its earliest expressions up to the birth of the State of Israel.
Halpern, Ben, and Reinharz, Jehuda

Jewish Studies / History of Israel & Palestine

The Zionist Ideology

The definitive study of the origins and evolution of Jewish nationalist ideology.
Shimoni, Gideon

Jewish Literary Criticism / Jewish History / History of Israel & Palestine

The Zionist Paradox

A comprehensive reinterpretation of the development of Hebrew and Israeli literature against the backdrop of the Zionist ideal
Schwartz, Yigal

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