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26 big things small hands do

Colleen Paratore

2008    32 pages    (Free Spirit Publishing)

Call #: JUV F PAR   

Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them [...]

Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them. The book ends with big hands clapping. A warm, affirming book for the home, childcare, or preschool. [less]

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Across the alley

Richard Michelson

2006    32 pages    (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers)

Call #: JUV F MIC   

Abe and Willie live across the alley from each other. Willie is black and Abe is Jewish, and during the day, they don't talk. But at night they open their windows and are best friends. Willie shows Abe how to throw a real big-league slider, and Abe gives Willie his violin to try out. Then one night, Abe's grandfather catches them—will Abe and Willie have the courage to cross the alley and reveal their friendship during the day? Like the bestselling The Other Side, E. B. Lewis's striking, [...]

Abe and Willie live across the alley from each other. Willie is black and Abe is Jewish, and during the day, they don't talk. But at night they open their windows and are best friends. Willie shows Abe how to throw a real big-league slider, and Abe gives Willie his violin to try out. Then one night, Abe's grandfather catches them—will Abe and Willie have the courage to cross the alley and reveal their friendship during the day? Like the bestselling The Other Side, E. B. Lewis's striking, atmospheric watercolors bring to life a moving story of baseball and music, and how two young people try to bridge the divide of prejudice. [less]

FriendshipBaseballViolin
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Against the tide: The story of a young activist's relentless efforts to rescue Europe's Jews during the Holocaust

Call #: DVD 736.4   

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Alef-bet : a Hebrew alphabet book

Michelle Edwards

2009    32 pages    (NewSouth Books)

Call #: JUV F Edw   

This illustrated children's book serves as an introduction to the modern Hebrew alphabet; but more than that, it is a joyous portrait of a very special family. Its heroine, Gabi, shares in the activities of five-year-olds everywhere. She dances, she pretends, she dresses up, she helps with the baby. Her exuberance about her life bounces off every page, and the enthusiasm and warmth of her family surround her, and the reader, with love.

This illustrated children's book serves as an introduction to the modern Hebrew alphabet; but more than that, it is a joyous portrait of a very special family. Its heroine, Gabi, shares in the activities of five-year-olds everywhere. She dances, she pretends, she dresses up, she helps with the baby. Her exuberance about her life bounces off every page, and the enthusiasm and warmth of her family surround her, and the reader, with love. [less]

AlphabetJuvenile literature
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All but my life

Gerda Weissmann Klein

2009   

Call #: 736.5   

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All of me!: a book of thanks

Molly Bang,

2009    (Scholastic)

Call #: JUV Ban   

In colors as bright as sunshine, Caldecott Honor Illustrator Molly Bang presents a young child who is thankful for the world around him/her.

In colors as bright as sunshine, Caldecott Honor Illustrator Molly Bang presents a young child who is thankful for the world around him/her. [less]

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American Judaism: A History

Jonathan D. Sarna

512 pages    (Yale University Press)

Call #: 770   

This magisterial work chronicles the 350-year history of the Jewish religion in America. Tracing American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, Jonathan Sarna explores the ways in which Judaism adapted in this new context. How did American culture - predominantly Protestant and overwhelmingly capitalist - affect Jewish religion and culture? And how did American Jews shape their own communities and faith in the new world? Jonathan Sarna, a preeminent scholar of [...]

This magisterial work chronicles the 350-year history of the Jewish religion in America. Tracing American Judaism from its origins in the colonial era through the present day, Jonathan Sarna explores the ways in which Judaism adapted in this new context. How did American culture - predominantly Protestant and overwhelmingly capitalist - affect Jewish religion and culture? And how did American Jews shape their own communities and faith in the new world? Jonathan Sarna, a preeminent scholar of American Judaism, tells the story of individuals struggling to remain Jewish while also becoming American. He offers a dynamic and timely history of assimilation and revitalisation, of faith lost and faith regained. The first comprehensive history of American Judaism in over fifty years, this book is both a celebration of 350 years of Jewish life in America and essential reading for anyone interested in American religion and life. [less]

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Ancient Jewish Novels: An Anthology (AAR Cultural Criticism Series)

2002    320 pages    (Oxford University Press)

Call #: F WIL   

This volume brings together for the first time all of the ancient Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Written at about the same time as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, but before the period of Rabbinic Judaism, these texts reveal the ambiguities and conflicts encountered by Jews in this period.

This volume brings together for the first time all of the ancient Jewish novels and fragments of novels. Written at about the same time as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, but before the period of Rabbinic Judaism, these texts reveal the ambiguities and conflicts encountered by Jews in this period. [less]

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Angel Book: Handbook for Aspiring Angels, The

Karen Goldman

1993    112 pages    (Simon & Schuster)

Call #: 200   

Angels hold profound meaning for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Ethereal and uplifting, these celestial beings reflect our deepest and best selves and embody our highest ideals of love and goodwill. In these pages, aspiring angel Karen Goldman takes us on a soul-warming journey filled with light, beauty, and goodness to the precious places where angels do exist. A road map to these higher realms, "The Angel Books" bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth, between hearts and souls [...]

Angels hold profound meaning for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Ethereal and uplifting, these celestial beings reflect our deepest and best selves and embody our highest ideals of love and goodwill. In these pages, aspiring angel Karen Goldman takes us on a soul-warming journey filled with light, beauty, and goodness to the precious places where angels do exist. A road map to these higher realms, "The Angel Books" bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth, between hearts and souls, and between all people. [less]

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Anti-Semite and Jew

Jean Paul Sartre

1995    176 pages    (Schocken)

Call #: 662   

With a new preface by Michael WalzerJean-Paul Sartre's book is a brilliant portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view. Nothing of the anti-Semite either in his subtle form as a snob, or in his crude form as a gangster, escapes Sartre's sharp eye, and the whole problem of the Jew's relationship to the Gentile is examined in a concrete and living way, rather than in terms of sociological abstractions.

With a new preface by Michael WalzerJean-Paul Sartre's book is a brilliant portrait of both anti-Semite and Jew, written by a non-Jew and from a non-Jewish point of view. Nothing of the anti-Semite either in his subtle form as a snob, or in his crude form as a gangster, escapes Sartre's sharp eye, and the whole problem of the Jew's relationship to the Gentile is examined in a concrete and living way, rather than in terms of sociological abstractions. [less]

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Apples and Honey : a Rosh Hashanah lift-the-flap book

Joan Holub

2003    (Puffin,)

Call #: JUV 239   

Rosh Hashanah is here and everyone is busy getting ready for the holiday. There are so many fun things to do - making New Year cards, shaping the challah bread, eating apples and honey, and going to Temple to hear Dad blow the shofar! Lift the flaps and see all of the special things you can do to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is here and everyone is busy getting ready for the holiday. There are so many fun things to do - making New Year cards, shaping the challah bread, eating apples and honey, and going to Temple to hear Dad blow the shofar! Lift the flaps and see all of the special things you can do to celebrate Rosh Hashanah [less]

HolidaysJuvenile
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Arab Mind, The

Raphael Patai

2002    466 pages    (Hatherleigh Press)

Call #: 891   

The classic study of Arab culture and society is now more relevant than ever. Since its original publication in 1983, the revised edition of Raphael Patai's The Arab Mind has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. This penetrating analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture. The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or girl, the intense concern with honor and [...]

The classic study of Arab culture and society is now more relevant than ever. Since its original publication in 1983, the revised edition of Raphael Patai's The Arab Mind has been recognized as one of the seminal works in the field of Middle Eastern studies. This penetrating analysis unlocks the mysteries of Arab society to help us better understand a complex, proud and ancient culture. The Arab Mind discusses the upbringing of a typical Arab boy or girl, the intense concern with honor and courage, the Arabs' tendency toward extremes of behavior, and their ambivalent attitudes toward the West. Chapters are devoted to the influence of Islam, sexual mores, Arab language and Arab art, Bedouin values, Arab nationalism, and the pervasive influence of Westernization. With a new foreword by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Director of Middle East Studies at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Fort Bragg, N.C., this book unravels the complexities of Arab traditions and provides authentic revelations of Arab mind and character. A later printing. from 2007, contains a revised foreword by Norvell DeAtkine but is otherwise identical to this, 2002, edition. [less]

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Around Sarah's Table: Ten Hasidic Women Share Their Stories

Rivka Zakutinsky

2011    256 pages    (Free Press)

Call #: 610   

In the tradition of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Holy Days by Lis Harris, Rivka Zakutinsky and Yaffa Leba Gottlieb show the inner workings of a fascinating community of women that few outsiders will enter on their own. With humor and sensitivity, Around Sarah's Table focuses on the lives of ten Hasidic women and on the insights each gains from the weekly Torah reading, illustrating the ways in which each woman's life is infused with Judaism. Brooklyn, 1991: A few Hasidic women begin meeting [...]

In the tradition of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club and Holy Days by Lis Harris, Rivka Zakutinsky and Yaffa Leba Gottlieb show the inner workings of a fascinating community of women that few outsiders will enter on their own. With humor and sensitivity, Around Sarah's Table focuses on the lives of ten Hasidic women and on the insights each gains from the weekly Torah reading, illustrating the ways in which each woman's life is infused with Judaism. Brooklyn, 1991: A few Hasidic women begin meeting once a week for lunch and intimate learning with friends. The few soon grow to many, from backgrounds as diverse as those of any other segment of the Jewish population. Gathered together by Sarah -- mother of thirteen, girls' high school principal, facilitator, connector, and hostess -- they called themselves the "Women's Tuesday Torah Luncheon and Study Group." From Reva the publisher to Rachel the mikvah maven, Klara the lawyer, Levana the rebbitzin, and others, the daily joys and sorrows of each allow us to see through the stereotypes to truly connect with the real women who lie behind those images. With the eyes, ears, and hearts of storytellers, Zakutinsky and Gottlieb generously introduce us to their very personal spiritual realm. Amidst a world filled with spiritual unrest and anxiety, Around Sarah's Table offers inspirational Hasidic and biblical interpretation gathered by women, for both women and men to follow. Less concerned with an academic approach to Bible study than with the traditional methods of "learning," the authors never seem to lose sight of how the ancient texts apply to their contemporary lives. Fast paced but reverent, Around Sarah's Table introduces us to the unique experience of living life as a Hasidic woman, and reminds us that beyond all the labels that tend to keep us apart, we are all very much alike. [less]

Jewish womenBiographyNew York (State) New York
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Around the Shabbos Table

Seryl Berman

2008    44 pages    (Hachai Pubns)

Call #: JUV F BER   

Did you ever watch children argue about where they want to sit, in the car, classroom, or at the table? All are sure that one spot is the "best," so someone must settle for something less. Around the Shabbos Table demonstrates that there is another way of looking at things.The story starts one Friday night when Tova Leiba's brother is unhappy with his seat. Tova Leiba agrees to change places with him, as she is confident that she can be happy there. And, thanks to her positive attitude, she does [...]

Did you ever watch children argue about where they want to sit, in the car, classroom, or at the table? All are sure that one spot is the "best," so someone must settle for something less. Around the Shabbos Table demonstrates that there is another way of looking at things.The story starts one Friday night when Tova Leiba's brother is unhappy with his seat. Tova Leiba agrees to change places with him, as she is confident that she can be happy there. And, thanks to her positive attitude, she does discover a hidden benefit to her new position at the table.This happens again and again when Tova Leiba's other siblings want to switch, too! Find the advantage of each new seat as she makes her way... around the Shabbos table! "Tov lev, simcha tomid"To a good hearted person, life's a constant celebration.What a valuable lesson to share with children! Each place in which we find ourselves, even one that appears to be less desirable on the surface, might just have a hidden, but wonderful quality. All we have to do, is open our eyes and find it! [less]

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As a Driven Leaf

Milton Steinberg

2015    496 pages    (Behrman House Publishing)

Call #: F Ste   

The age of the Talmud is brought to life in a breathtaking saga.First published in 1939, this masterpiece of modern fictiontells the tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah sstruggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenisticculture. Set in Roman Palestine, As a Driven Leaf drawsreaders into the dramatic era of Rabbinic Judaism. Watch thegreat Talmudic sages at work in the Sanhedrin, eavesdrop ontheir arguments about theology and Torah, and agonize withthem as they [...]

The age of the Talmud is brought to life in a breathtaking saga.First published in 1939, this masterpiece of modern fictiontells the tale of renegade Talmudic sage Elisha ben Abuyah sstruggle to reconcile his faith with the allure of Hellenisticculture. Set in Roman Palestine, As a Driven Leaf drawsreaders into the dramatic era of Rabbinic Judaism. Watch thegreat Talmudic sages at work in the Sanhedrin, eavesdrop ontheir arguments about theology and Torah, and agonize withthem as they contemplate rebellion against an oppressiveRoman rule.Steinberg s classic novel also transcends its historical settingwith its depiction of a timeless, perennial feature of theJewish experience: the inevitable conflict between the call oftradition and the glamour of the surrounding culture. Beyondits literary achievement, As a Driven Leaf is regarded as amajor influence on contemporary Jewish life and thought.This new edition includes two forewords: One new, by therenowned American Rabbi, Rabbi David J. Wolpe, the secondfrom author Chaim Potok, originally written in 1996. [less]

JewsFictionHistory
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Atlas of the Jewish World

Nicolas DeLange

1984    240 pages    (Facts on File)

Call #: 830.5   

Traces the history and experience of the Jewish world from ancient to modern times in a volume organized into sections on history, culture, and the Jewish world today.

Traces the history and experience of the Jewish world from ancient to modern times in a volume organized into sections on history, culture, and the Jewish world today. [less]

JewsGeograhyhistoryJudasimMaps
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Auschwitz: If You Cried, You Died

Martin Moore

1994   

Call #: VHS 736.5    

Video chronicles the journey of two holocaust survivors as they revisit the hell they knew as Auschwitz concentration camp.

Video chronicles the journey of two holocaust survivors as they revisit the hell they knew as Auschwitz concentration camp. [less]

HolocaustVHS
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Avengers: A Jewish War Story, The

Rich Cohen

2000    261 pages    (Alfred A. Knopf)

Call #: 736.2   

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Band's Visit, The

Call #: DVD 890.5   

A brass band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center. But due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, find themselves stranded in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert.

A brass band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center. But due to bureaucracy, bad luck, or for whatever reason, find themselves stranded in a desolate, almost forgotten, small Israeli town, somewhere in the heart of the desert. [less]

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Bar Mitzvah Book, The

Moira Peterson

1975    224 pages    (Praeger)

Call #: 222.31   

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Bat-Chen Diaries

Bat-Chen Shahak

2008    110 pages    (Kar-Ben Publishing)

Call #: TEEN 799.8   

In 1996, on her 15th birthday, Bat-Chen Shahak was killed by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Center. But the gifted teenager left behind a rich legacy of diaries, letters, poems and drawings. Following her death, her parents gathered her writings and created The Bat-Chen Diaries ; this is the first English translation of her work.

In 1996, on her 15th birthday, Bat-Chen Shahak was killed by a suicide bomber in Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Center. But the gifted teenager left behind a rich legacy of diaries, letters, poems and drawings. Following her death, her parents gathered her writings and created The Bat-Chen Diaries ; this is the first English translation of her work. [less]

Jewish girlsIsrael Juvenile literatureTeens
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Baxter, the Pig who Wanted to be kosher

Laurel Snyder

2010    32 pages    (Tricycle Press)

Call #: JUV F Sny   

While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner because he's not Kosher. So begins one pig's misguided quest to become Kosher. Will Baxter succeed or will his dreams of taking part in Shabbat dinner remain unfulfilled? Readers will cheer as a series of misunderstandings leads [...]

While waiting for the bus, a man tells Baxter the pig about the joys of Shabbat dinner. But before Baxter can find out how he, too, can join in the fun, the man has boarded the bus. Soon after, Baxter learns that he certainly cannot be a part of Shabbat dinner because he's not Kosher. So begins one pig's misguided quest to become Kosher. Will Baxter succeed or will his dreams of taking part in Shabbat dinner remain unfulfilled? Readers will cheer as a series of misunderstandings leads to a warm message of welcome and community.From the Hardcover edition. [less]

SabbathKosher
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Beautiful Yetta : the Yiddish Chicken

Daniel Pinkwater

2010    32 pages    (Feiwel & Friends)

Call #: JUV F Pin   

Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher’s shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn—a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!!??????geVAHLT!Oh, dear!But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.                                [...]

Yetta, beautiful Yetta, manages to escape from the butcher’s shop. But now she is lost in Brooklyn—a strange place filled with rude rats and dangerous buses!!??????geVAHLT!Oh, dear!But then, brave Yetta saves a small green bird from a sneaky cat, and his friends, the wild parrots of Brooklyn, are very grateful.                                     ¡Muchas gracias, gallina hermosa!                        ¡mooCHAS grahSEEas, gahYEEna ehrMOsa!                        Thank you very much, beautiful chicken!Has beautiful Yetta found her new home? Inspired by real events, this multilingual story is a witty, warm, and wonderful read-aloud for any age.   [less]

JuvenileGratitude
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Behind Enemy Lines : the True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany

Marthe Cohn

2006    304 pages    (Broadway)

Call #: 736.5 Coh   

Marthe Cohn was a beautiful young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army.As a member of [...]

Marthe Cohn was a beautiful young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. The rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army.As a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army, Marthe fought valiantly to retrieve needed inside information about Nazi troop movements by slipping behind enemy lines, utilizing her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight, risking death every time she did so, she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders.When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Médaille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had faced death daily while helping defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be. [less]

HolocaustBiography
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Beit She'an Capital of the Decapolis

Call #: 857.3   

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Bible basics: an introduction & reference guide to the five books of Moses

Jerome S. Hahn

1997    176 pages    (Feldheim)

Call #: 003 Hah   

An ideal introduction to the world of the Torah and our rich heritage. Contains maps, timelines, lists of mitzvos and character traits, genealogy, and an English translation of the first three Torah portions.

An ideal introduction to the world of the Torah and our rich heritage. Contains maps, timelines, lists of mitzvos and character traits, genealogy, and an English translation of the first three Torah portions. [less]

TorahCommentary
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Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas, The

Jean-Pierre Isboats

2007    368 pages    (National Geographic)

Call #: 830.5   

Casting the tumultuous history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the rich canvas of the Near East, The Biblical World reveals how three great religions emerged from the same cradle. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources—from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings—to place Bible stories in the framework of history. Chronologically arranged chapters detail battles, conquests, tribal migrations, [...]

Casting the tumultuous history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam against the rich canvas of the Near East, The Biblical World reveals how three great religions emerged from the same cradle. Author Jean-Pierre Isbouts employs a non-denominational perspective and a wide range of sources—from ancient hieroglyphic texts to the latest scientific findings—to place Bible stories in the framework of history. Chronologically arranged chapters detail battles, conquests, tribal migrations, natural calamities, and more, supporting the stories with intriguing archaeological evidence. To locate sites and events, National Geographic cartographers have created fifty all-new maps of stunning quality. Hundreds of photographs and artifacts add visual excitement. Quick-read timelines link events across cultures while illustrated sidebars focus on what life was like during each era: family roles, farming, trade, dress, childbirth, burial customs, and other aspects of daily existence. The story traces the evolution of Judaism from Abraham to the Unified Kingdom of Israel... chronicles the emergence of Christianity in the context of Greco-Roman civilization... and identifies the unique circumstances that prepared for the rise of Islam. The multi-dimensional approach weighs similarities and differences among the three faiths and follows developments in nearby lands. With a foreword from bestselling author Bruce Chilton and text reviewed by distinguished advisers, The Biblical World offers a carefully researched, balanced view of history and religious tradition. For its scope, beauty, and relevance in today's world, this unparalleled atlas is destined to become a classic. [less]

JuvenileSabbath
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Bielski brothers : the true story of three men who defied the Nazis, built a village in the forest, and saved 1,200 Jews

Peter Duffy

2004    336 pages    (Harper Perennial)

Call #: 736.2 Duf   

In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblingsbeing led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would,of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running orgiving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- foughtback, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding theBelarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis [...]

In 1941, three brothers witnessed their parents and two other siblingsbeing led away to their eventual murders. It was a grim scene that would,of course, be repeated endlessly throughout the war. Instead of running orgiving in to despair, these brothers -- Tuvia, Zus, and Asael Bielski -- foughtback, waging a guerrilla war of wits against the Nazis.By using their intimate knowledge of the dense forests surrounding theBelarusan towns of Novogrudek and Lida, the Bielskis evaded the Nazis andestablished a hidden base camp, then set about convincing other Jews to jointheir ranks. As more and more Jews arrived each day, a robust communitybegan to emerge, a "Jerusalem in the woods."After two and a half years in the woods, in July 1944, the Bielskis learnedthat the Germans, overrun by the Red Army, were retreating back towardBerlin. More than one thousand Bielski Jews emerged -- alive -- on that final,triumphant exit from the woods. [less]

Holocaust1939-1945 Jewish resistanceWorld War
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Bim and Bom: a Shabbat tale

Daniel J. Swartz

1996    24 pages    (Kar-Ben Copies)

Call #: JUV F Swa   

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Board bookJuvenilePicture bookSabbath
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Bim! Sings the Baby Baby's Shabbat Book

Linda Glaser

2013    (Albert Whitman & Co.)

Call #: JUV F Gla   

The baby can't say or do very much, but that doesn't matter. Shabbat dinner is fun for everyone in the family, even the littlest member.

The baby can't say or do very much, but that doesn't matter. Shabbat dinner is fun for everyone in the family, even the littlest member. [less]

Board bookJuvenilePicture bookSabbath
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Birth of Israel: Jubilee Collection; Fifty Years, The

Call #: 828   

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IndependenceIsrael
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Blessing of Freedom: Chapters in American History

Michael Fledberg

2001    (Ktav Publishing House, Incorporated)

Call #: 770   

Since January 1997, the American Jewish Historical Society has published a weekly newspaper feature entitled Chapters in American Jewish History. The present volume offers 120 of the best columns, organized according to subject and period. Blessings of Freedom is not a complete history of American Jewry but a collection of vignettes and episodes that taken together illustrate the overriding directions and tendencies of the much larger tapestry that comprises the American Jewish experience. Each [...]

Since January 1997, the American Jewish Historical Society has published a weekly newspaper feature entitled Chapters in American Jewish History. The present volume offers 120 of the best columns, organized according to subject and period. Blessings of Freedom is not a complete history of American Jewry but a collection of vignettes and episodes that taken together illustrate the overriding directions and tendencies of the much larger tapestry that comprises the American Jewish experience. Each chapter is a window on an interesting and illuminating glimpse at an important and often colorful aspect of the American Jewish story. Bibliographical information is given for those interested in learning more about the topic. Blessings of Freedom is recommended for young adults in addition to adult readers. [less]

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Book Thief, The

Marcus Zusak

2007    576 pages    (Alfred A. Knopf)

Call #: F Zus   

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion- [...]

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. [less]

FictionGerman occupation
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Born to Kvetch: Yiddish Language and Culture in All its Moods

Michael Wex

2005    303 pages    (St. Martin's Press)

Call #: 435   

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases, idioms, and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution: they never stopped kvetching---about God, gentiles, children, food, and everything (and anything) else. They even learned how to smile through their kvetching and express satisfaction in the form of complaint [...]

As the main spoken language of the Jews for more than a thousand years, Yiddish has had plenty to lament, plenty to conceal. Its phrases, idioms, and expressions paint a comprehensive picture of the mind-set that enabled the Jews of Europe to survive a millennium of unrelenting persecution: they never stopped kvetching---about God, gentiles, children, food, and everything (and anything) else. They even learned how to smile through their kvetching and express satisfaction in the form of complaint.In Born to Kvetch, Michael Wex looks at the ingredients that went into this buffet of disenchantment and examines how they were mixed together to produce an almost limitless supply of striking idioms and withering curses (which get a chapter all to themselves). Born to Kvetch includes a wealth of material that's never appeared in English before. You'll find information on the Yiddish relationship to food, nature, divinity, and humanity. There's even a chapter about sex.This is no bobe mayse (cock-and-bull story) from a khokhem be-layle (idiot, literally a "sage at night" when no one's looking), but a serious yet fun and funny look at a language that both shaped and was shaped by those who spoke it. From tukhes to goy, meshugener to kvetch, Yiddish words have permeated and transformed English as well. Through the idioms, phrases, metaphors, and fascinating history of this kvetch-full tongue, Michael Wex gives us a moving and inspiring portrait of a people, and a language, in exile. [less]

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Bottle in the Gaza Sea, A

Valerie Zenatti

2008    160 pages    (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)

Call #: YA F Zen   

Bottle in the Gaza Sea should be THE novel for teens on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. When teen Tal Levine witnesses a bombing in Tel Aviv, she becomes despondent. Like so many people, she wants Israel and Palestine to live in peace. One day she puts her hopes into a letter, places the letter into a bottle, and gives it to her brother, asking him to toss it into the Gaza Sea. A young man in Gaza finds the bottle, and responds. He is critical, angry, annoyed at first, but eventually they both [...]

Bottle in the Gaza Sea should be THE novel for teens on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. When teen Tal Levine witnesses a bombing in Tel Aviv, she becomes despondent. Like so many people, she wants Israel and Palestine to live in peace. One day she puts her hopes into a letter, places the letter into a bottle, and gives it to her brother, asking him to toss it into the Gaza Sea. A young man in Gaza finds the bottle, and responds. He is critical, angry, annoyed at first, but eventually they both participate in a friendship that ultimately opens their eyes. [less]

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Bronfmans: The Rise and Fall of the House of Seagram, The

Nicholas Faith

2007    352 pages    (St. Martin's Press)

Call #: 772   

The story of the Bronfman family is a fascinating and improbable saga. It is dominated by "Mr. Sam," the single greatest figure in the history of the liquor business, the man who made drinking whiskey respectable in the United States and who in the 1950s and 1960s built Seagram into the first worldwide empire in wine and spirits. After Sam's death in 1971, his oldest son, Edgar, maintained the business, though he was distracted by his matrimonial problems. Nevertheless, in the 1980s he [...]

The story of the Bronfman family is a fascinating and improbable saga. It is dominated by "Mr. Sam," the single greatest figure in the history of the liquor business, the man who made drinking whiskey respectable in the United States and who in the 1950s and 1960s built Seagram into the first worldwide empire in wine and spirits. After Sam's death in 1971, his oldest son, Edgar, maintained the business, though he was distracted by his matrimonial problems. Nevertheless, in the 1980s he masterminded a major coup when he translated a small investment in oil made by his father into a 25 percent stake in the mighty DuPont company. But in the 1990s, Edgar allowed his second son, Edgar Jr., to indulge his ambition to become a media tycoon. The stake in DuPont was sold, and the money reinvested in Universal, the film and theme-park empire. Edgar Jr. then paid more than $10 billion to buy Polygram Records and thus fulfill his fancy to be king of the world's music business. But at the same time, he remained in charge of the liquor business, which started to stagnate--indeed, to fall apart. Then came the final disaster when the increasingly divided family sold out to Jean-Marie Messier, overreaching empire builder of Vivendi, the French conglomerate.But the story of this amazing family over the past century is about more than booze and business. "The Bronfmans "is a spectacular account that details the larger-than-life personalities and bitter rivalries that have made the family so famous and, sometimes, so infamous. [less]

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